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2007 $20 Challenge Update

December 31st, 2007 at 09:04 pm

Koppur gave me a great idea and that was to actually look at just how much I saved for 2007 for the $20 challenge.
I have been keeping a tally but was basically rouding numbers and some times not even including some amounts
All in all I was able to sock away $7849.71 out of that I saved $6871.71 only using $978 in the early part of the year.
I am so happy, never really having a savings this is a huge accomplishment
in addition, I made my final depost today of $50, now my goal for next year is to double that

Some people

December 30th, 2007 at 03:42 pm

I have a friend who has not worked in years, why I do not know. She is complaining about how they do not have enough money and is about to loose everything. So I say to her why you don’t get a job, her excuse they only have one car. So what happened with public transportation or getting a job opposite the days her husband has to go to work or one that is with in walking distance. Now I told her about my position at the part time job that I have, I am cutting my days she could work one day a week (Sundays) from 3-11 her excuse only have one car. People like this I simply do not feel sorry for.

Now I saw an old high school friend who was recently divorced, lost his house and car, in addition to losing his job. He was at the library looking for work and I did not even think about him for the position; I always run into him at the library maybe will see him on Monday

Great day today

December 30th, 2007 at 05:05 am

The weather was beautiful, I had a no spend day; therefore, added $1.44 to the cc debt. In addition I sold one of my textbook on half.com Smile ($30.50) Once I receive the deposit it will go to the CC

Oops I fotgot, I changed one of my checking accounts to an interest earning account, why not earn a little vs. nothing

CC vs Challenge

December 28th, 2007 at 01:44 am

I know I should be paying the cc with any extra cash I get but I feel obligated to add to the challenge, so I added $50 and paid $49 on the cc (I got paid from my part-time job today).
I decided that after the first of the year my entire check from my part-time job will be added to the challenge. I think it is best to go back to living on one check
I rerally need at least a total of $24k by November 2008 ($14k for a dowpayment and $10k for an EF). See I plan on gradating in December and would like to buy a townhouse as a graduation present

In the end new total for challenge is $7100.10 and CC debt $2981.93

Wish I had known

December 25th, 2007 at 05:12 pm

If I had known what I know now, things would have been different. For starters, I would have told my parents about being molested; I would have learned to love myself first.

Thinking back on it I think my shopping and wanted the life of others was a healing (not a healthy one) process for myself.

But life has been much better; after two failed suicide attempts I realized that my life and the way I choose to live it will be my happiness.

I have also learned that I am unique and that if I continue to compare myself to others it will definitely be self-destruction.

From a financial aspect I have learned that if I am happy with my self I am also happy with what I have (therefore spending less and saving more) it is just an amazing feeling

This year has been a blessing; this is the first time in my life that I can say I am truly happy; in addition, if I had known that simply talking about my situations (as I do here) is really more helpful than harmful. Not only has blogging helped me financially but mentally, emotionally and physically as well

These are things I wish I had known when I was young and foolish

Merry Christmas

December 24th, 2007 at 11:13 pm

Merry Christmas to everyone. Also if you have small children, don't forget to track Santa at http://www.noradsanta.org

$6

December 24th, 2007 at 08:34 pm

Just got 2 more checks from pinecone for $3 each, so I paid the cc

I will have to say I did really well today, I almost bought an iPod but opted out. I said to myslf is this a need or want, so that was the end of that.
I ended up buying another gift for my God daughter's sister, that was only $2.12 I had a coupon for Penney's which expired today for $10

$3 for Survey

December 22nd, 2007 at 01:41 am

Got my second check from Pinecone Smile and added it to my visa payment. The goal is the have this card paid off by January 31st. No way am I going back into debt

I also ate out today Frown $8.50 so I added this amount to my challenge, new total $7035.51

Remember that $5 payment on the my auto loan and the girl was laughing, well the check cleared the bank and it is not posted to my account....arrrrrrrgh

You know I will be contacting them first thing in the morning

$5 gift

December 21st, 2007 at 10:22 pm

Received a card today from one of the patients which had $5 in it, so I applied it to my cc instead of the challenge. I have no idea when the CC went up so much, I did pay for my classes (over a $1k) and my dental work, boy it really adds up

I made out pretty good

December 21st, 2007 at 01:12 am

At our office party, that is. I hate secret santa but this year I got a scratch off which I won $10 (paid it on the cc) and a $30 GC to Victoria secret

No idea

December 20th, 2007 at 11:54 pm

I have no idea when I became so cheap or should I say price conscious. Yesterday I went to Sally's for a permanent and they were close, so I ended up at Winn Dixie and paid $9 then I went into the Family Dollar store for batteries, found the same item or $5, bought and returned the one I bought from Winn Dixie. Any other time I would not even worry about but I now feel like $4 is $4

I notice that everything I look at the price of every thing

Annoyed

December 18th, 2007 at 08:26 pm

I went into BoA because I had an extra $5 to pay on my car and the girl had a nice little laugh. So I said to her if I paid $5 extra a day that will equal $25 which is $100 a month and $1200 for the year. Then I took my receipt and left

Doing Well this Xmas season

December 16th, 2007 at 05:20 am

I have hardly spent a dime for gifts. My part-time job gave us $25 GC to the mall (any store) so I bought my secret santa gift for $15. Then I had a $10 off coupon if I spent $10 so I bought my cousin a pair of pants for 11.99 only cost me $2.12 (I could not find my GC in my large purse and I was holding up the line so I paid cash)and I am going back to get my little neice a pair because I have another coupon plus I still have $35 for Target and I have one more gift to buy

Finally

December 15th, 2007 at 05:19 pm

I finally got my GC from my points, I was getting a little worried because they usually come really quick. Any how I only bought two gifts and have two more to go. The first one I spent $6 because I had a GC of $25 from mypoints, the second one cost me $30 (for my nephew, a train set) and now with the gift cards I just received I can go into Target and buy two gifts for two little girls for about $20 each Smile so in all I would have spent $36 for X-mas Smile Not to mention I have two $10 off coupons if you spend $10 from Penney's and since we have the secret Santa at work, the limit is $20, I will find two gifts for $10 that way I only pay the tax (6.5%) Smile I guess you can say I made out like a bandit this year
Costumed Smiley 009

$12, 000 by December 08

December 15th, 2007 at 02:46 pm

One of my goals for '08 is to have $12,000 saved by December. That means that I would need to set aside $500 each pay period,since I get a pay check twice a month. I am just sitting here wondering if it can be done. I have also decided to cut my hours at the part-time job, even though I like the extra $460 a month I am starting to get really tired and I plan on taking 4 classes next semester, so I need atleast one day off a week...we'll see

Hopefully I will also be graduating in the fall of '08 as well and my goal is to close on my house/townhouse as a graduation present to myself

OMG

December 15th, 2007 at 02:38 pm

I have just started this investing thing and I get so worried when there is a plunge. I know that I am saving for the long run and should not worry too much but my Wells Fargo Advantage (NVSOX) changed yesterday at 5.41 (14.40%)

darn it

December 15th, 2007 at 02:12 pm

I never use to pay attention to interest rates, if I got a CC I was just happy I had one, and I never paid attention to how much money the bank was paying me to borrow (in a sense )my money.

Now with the feds lowering the interest rates a quarter point ING has now lowered my interest to 4.025% which for me sucks, especially now that I have more money in that account.

I prefer ING but I may have to transfer my funds to HSBC since their rates are much higher

This housing/credit situation is creating a problem for everyone. Now I do not feel as though the government should step in and bail people out but I do feel as though they should look into the practices that caused this mess

yep I did it

December 15th, 2007 at 01:43 am

I reached my $7000 mark before the end of the year Big Grin I am so excited. This is a first for me to have money just sitting there earning interest. Now I have to reach $12,000 before April, that is my next goal...hopefully by the end of next year I would have $20,000 saved or more

We'll see

Bonus

December 14th, 2007 at 10:20 pm

Got another bonus Smile from my part-time job for $296 I am not sure if I should use it for CC or the challenge. Since I get get paid on Monday I was thinking to add it to my challenge, we will see

Going up slowly

December 13th, 2007 at 02:09 am

Just checked my credit score and all but 1 went up

657 new--664 Transunion
639 new--647 Experian
622 new--622 Equifax
I am not complaining just a little dissapointed, just have to pay off the cc again and a few MD bills

I also upped my challenge today by adding my weekly $25 to $6761.73
I reaaly want to reach $7000 before the end of the year, but we will see

Pinecone

December 12th, 2007 at 11:43 pm

I just received an email from Pinecone looking for male panelist over the age of 18. If any one is interested send me an e-mail and I will send you the link

What a day

December 11th, 2007 at 01:54 am

First I have it out with my co worker. Since she has started the only problem I have with her is the gum. She shares my desk with me, and chews gum, then takes it out of her mouth, leaves it on the desk (unwrapped), touches every thing then puts it back in her mouth and again touches evey thing, mind you she is not washing her hands. Then she puts it back in her mouth and starts the whole process over. This drives me crazy because we share the desk and I do not want to touch anything she touches. The problem is she sees nothing wrong with this, and we work in a health care facility.

On a good note, I got a "C" in the class that I was worried about. Only 1 point away from a "B"

So I got 2 "A" and 1 "C"

Got home today and received my first check from Pinecone ($3) so this was added to my challenge

Grades

December 10th, 2007 at 03:15 am

So far so go I just checked my grades for two of my classes and here they are:

Technology in health care 98.1% Smile
Health Research 97.28% Smile

However, my third class the one from Hell which had nothing to do with health care but should have been classified as a psych course, I am not sure of. Last I knew I had a 71% Frown and a paper as well as a final due. I am pretty good with the papers that I am not worried about but the final I am. I did study but his questions are tricky with a word like "and" you could choose the wrong answer only because of "and" or "or"

It is funny grades never was worth 2 cents to me in high school now I freak out, I guess because I am paying for it now and appreciate it more

Getting a jump start

December 9th, 2007 at 10:34 pm

Because this is my 3rd attempt with the accounting class, I have decided to study my butt off for the next three weeks, at least I will be ahead of the class and can ask any questions that I am unsure of. Right now I seem to have grasp the basics which was not the case earlier (keep your fingers crossed) I am hoping to get through chapters 1 through 6 or 7 that way I am way ahead of schedule and at least will get good grades on the first two tests

Bored

December 8th, 2007 at 04:36 pm

This is my first week with out any real studying or writing a paper. I am out of school for holiday break and I am bored. I think I will be one to be in school the rest of my life. I know once I receive my BA I will go on to obtain my masters and then my Phd. I think I will start studying for my accounting class being that this is the 3rd attempt

November's Spending

December 8th, 2007 at 04:34 pm

Just reviewed my spending for Novemeber and in some areas I did much better while others not so good. I have to double check my 401k contribution which seems not right:

Expense Categories
401k $4.22
Automobile : Car Payment $168.60
Automobile : Gasoline $126.01
Bills : Cable/Satellite Television $68.14
Bills : Cellular $74.51
Bills : Electricity $119.59
Bills : Online/Internet Service $60.87
Bills : Telephone $41.51
Bills : Water & Sewer $43.94
Cash Withdrawal - Unassigned $120.00
Charitable Donations $40.00
Clothing $199.67
Dining Out $54.96
Expense - Unassigned $302.76
Gifts $54.84
Groceries $180.30
Healthcare : Dental $436.65
Healthcare : Prescriptions $15.00
Leisure : Lottery $1.00
Miscellaneous $450.29
Personal Care - Unassigned $180.10
Sales Tax $8.02
Snack $3.20
Taxes : Federal Income Tax $325.89
Taxes : Medicare Tax $48.06
Taxes : Social Security Tax $205.44
Total Expense Categories $3,333.57

Graduation party

December 8th, 2007 at 04:35 am

I have decided that I want a graduation party. I have worked my behind off. Going to school part-time and some semesters full time, paying my way through college and not only that I am now working a part-time job, working full time and this last semester I went to school full tim

So my challenge for next year is to save for my graduation party in addition to my house. If every thing goes as plan and I can handle the course load I will graduate next fall and will be the first in my family to earn a BA degree so this is a big accomplishment

Up and Up we go

December 7th, 2007 at 01:56 am

My challenge is really taking off. I just added another $30 so now my total is $6727.23. I know that I have a balance on the CC but I am waiting for my second bonus check from my part-time job to pay it off and since I am only allowed two online payments in one billing cycle I deposited my other bonus check. But I will also add back to it in January to pay for my classes, at least this will be interest free

On a different note I got a speeding ticket about 13 miles over the speed limit Frown I just do not feel like going to the drivig school but I know in the long run it will work out in my best interest . Then he gave me a ticket because my tints was too dark so if I remove them I will not have to pay it

Oh well that is hwit goes

My friend bugs me too

December 5th, 2007 at 04:56 am

Sorry for the long post:

Broken Arrow had a post about a friend who bugs him now it is my turn.

I have a friend who bugs the crap out of me, every time I talk to him he is whining about money; but he won't look for a job.

He's hinting to me constantly that he needs money and things are not looking good. Well finally today he says to me if I could let him hold something, that’s right "hold" he didn't ask if he could borrow but hold, which bugged me even more. Then I say to him how much, he says $200. I immediately thought you have got to be kidding me, there is no way in Hell I would lend, well give him $200 especially if there is no reasonable way he will even pay me back since he is not working(hint hint)

A few months ago he gave me $45 and you know what I am going to give him back the same $45, I knew it was a mistake to take money from him as a gif I just knew it

Then when I told him I did not have the $200 he starting laughing as if I owe him something and that I was lying, anyhow he says to me you're the one with all the assets...I thought you SOB (sorry) even if I did, which I don't it is none of his business. So I say to him that is even more reason why I do not have the money because I have too many bills to pay

When I give him back his $45 I will definately loose contact with him.

This is the same sorry guy who ducked and dodged his landlord for almost a month after the guy let him move in with out paying first last or security and then he had the nerve to tell him off. Mind you he is good friends with my ex who is also use less what is that saying ‘birds of a feather flock together” or “two peas in a pod” these two are two of a kind a bunch of losers

Now he is doing little side jobs with him (his landlord) with out pay to cover his rent. And still will not look for a damn job

People just simply amazes me, here it is you work hard to pay down your debt so you can live comfortably, save as much as possible to reach your goals and you are suppose to lend a person who is not working $200, you have got to be kidding me

What bothers me the most is he thinks oh she lives at home, has a new car, nice clothes etc… but damn it, I work hard for the things I have. I drove an old beat up car for 3 years before I got my “used” car. I am sacrificing a lot living at home ( no privacy) and I am working two jobs and going to school, does he not know the term “opportunity cost” you have to give up some things to get something else

Rather than buying $10 bags of marijuana on a daily basis he would have money to pay bills, how about cutting off the cell phone and the cable or even sell some things

I am so sorry for the long post but I just had to let it all out

I just can't believe it

December 4th, 2007 at 04:12 am

Since I have joined this site I have been able to get my finances in order. I can't not believe that I am almost at $7000 saved. Just sitting there, I just can not believe. I am positive that there are a number of you who has three times as much but this is a big accomplishment for me I can't ever remeber saving so much money and not only that I can actually see my dreams of owning a home next year coming true, as long as I stay on the same path

I am just excited I WANT TO SCREAM!!!!!!!!!!

New balance 6652.23