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Staying on track

August 11th, 2017 at 12:35 am

Though, I don't blog as much I'm still on track for paying off CC3 by October.

I'm super happy to know that I'm still working on paying down debt. I've gotten CC3 from $1821.31 to $1513.00. Next week is payday and I'll be paying $100 on this card. I can't wait until I'm done and then can start on the fourth card.

I did it!

July 2nd, 2017 at 03:48 am

I did it, I've paid off CC2 a total of $656.00.

I thought that I wouldn't be able to, but after my fiancΓ© gave me his portion of the bills, I was able to take care of it.

Though my savings isn't that great, just having the CCs paid off makes a huge difference. I feel somewhat free. I say somewhat because I have so many others to pay off.

Now it's off to CC number three, I've already set up the weekly payment of $20 the begin next week.

I'm so happy you all wouldn't believe it.

CC2

May 28th, 2017 at 02:52 am

I have gotten CC2 down to $820, I have an 401(k) with an old company I worked for that has about $900 so I'm going to withdraw it, pay the taxes and pay off the CC. I wasn't with the company long when I signed up but either way, it's enough to pay off this CC.

In other news, it's been a relaxing weekend, enjoy your holiday everyone. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Undecided

May 14th, 2017 at 05:25 pm

So I have about $800 set aside and I so want to pay off my CC. Though this will deplete my cash on hand, I'd love to pay off CC2.
Dave Ramsey says to save a$1,000 first and then tackle debt but I just want the CC gone.

I have to laugh because now that I'm engaged I just want everything gone, when it comes to debt. Not that I didn't before but now I'm like it must go.

CC 1 Paid Off

April 26th, 2017 at 11:14 am

Though I haven't been blogging, I've still been saving and working towards paying down my debt.

I've paid off my first CC today, remaining balance was $710, it felt great to knock this little bug, as Dave Ramsey calls them, off my list.

My dad always use to say, the best time for a man to pay his bills is when he has the the money. One thing I've learned is that is true.

Now I'm moving on to CC2, balance is $975. I'm going to transfer tthe weekly $20 payment that I was paying on CC 1 to CC2, goal is to pay this card off by October, and then move on to CC 3.

CC Goal

January 28th, 2017 at 02:16 am

My goal was to pay an extra $200 on the CC by the end of the month, and it looks like I have met that goal. I'll double check on the 31st, there's some pending things. What sucks is that, I'll be hit with interest but if I keep doing what I'm doing, I'll have it down at least by a $1000 by the the d of February.

On a different note, I'm happy that Saving Advice is back up and running, I was a little nervous.

Rambling Monday

January 24th, 2017 at 01:33 am

Rambling Mondays ugh!
So the boss sent home an employee who was really sick, we all could tell she was not happy to do so. She told the employee that she must use her PTO time, strange thing is this is an exempt employee.

My mother called earlier, and asked me to take care of at few things. I was a little busy and didn't get around to it. So when she called I explained I hadn't taken care of it and she hung up on me. I was furious but I'm just going to pray for her.

As I was leaving the office, it was very windy all I could think about was a joke my dad use to tell me about the wind. I miss him so much.

I forgot to mention that I've finally signed up for tennis lessons. I've always wanted to learn how to play and the high school is offering it for $47. This is for two hours, once a week for 8 weeks. Not bad, most places want $30-45 a hour.

Lastly today is my very first no spend day of the year, so I'm adding $2 to the CC.

That's it in a nutshell πŸ₯œ

I'll take you to lunch...not

January 21st, 2017 at 02:49 am

So I usually pack my lunch because one, I can't afford to eat out every day, two I like my quiet time to read up on a few HR things and Bible study, three it's expensive to eat out.

So my boss comes and says the team is going out to lunch and she'd like to take me out for my birthday. I declined respectfully and explained that I had already plugged in my crockpot lunchbox. She insists and so does other teammates, so I say okay. We get there order, and the waitress comes and ask if the checks are separate. My boss who was taking me out to lunch says yes.

😑 Now I'm annoyed. First you said you wanted to take me out, second I had already packed my lunch and two we spent our lunch wolfing down our food because you're in a hurry, not to mention she didn't eat any of her food and complained the entire time. Ugh
Lunch was $14 but I added $5 for a tip costing me $19. And because I had not budgeted and any time I do this I pay the same amount on my CC. Ugh. $40 I really didn't want to spend and it was rude.
Twice this week I've been bamboolzed and it won't happen again.
Next time I pack my lunch, I'll be eating my lunch.

Best time for a man to pay his bills

January 17th, 2017 at 12:10 pm

One thing my dad has always said and that was, " A best time for a man to pay his bills is when he has the money." Trust me when I tell you, this is a true statement. You may not have much afterwards but at least your bills are paid.

Got up this morning, said thank you to the Lord for letting me see another day. I forgot it was my birthday, until I got a few texts. So I'm adding being thankful for another birthday to my list.

I'm also thankful because I was able to pay my CC bill as soon as I got it (best time to pay a bill) . I checked my emails and there was a bill from HSBC. I'm really sick of these CC bills. Like Dave Ramsey says, they're like little bugs, flying around nagging you. I can't wait to get the bills down and out of my hair. I can say, I got my BoA CC down by almost $200 this month, this comes from $2-$7 here and there.

So long as I continue to do as my dad says and blog here, I should have most of my debt paid off by December.

Dinner with friends

January 10th, 2017 at 02:57 am

When ever my classmate is in town, he always wants us to get together. I really didn't want to go and spend any money but I decided to go, since we hardly see each other.

Needless I was glad I went,it was great seeing everyone. We had great conversations and was able to capture the moment with photos. He also decided to foot the bill and we just left the tip. I thought that was nice.

I decided to take what o saved, about $13 (I had a salad) and $5 in tip, and paid it on the CC. I figured, why not? I would have spent this anyway.

This weekend, I'll update my sidebar. I've been a little busy.

No sodas

January 5th, 2017 at 02:46 am

For two days I did not have a soda. I almost caved in yesterday because I was stressed but I didn't. So for that, I paid $4 on the CC. I know some would say $4, but $4 here, $2 there all added up and I was debt free at one point by simply doing this. So I'm back at it.

Also thanks to everyone who has joined the Fitbit challenge. I haven't met my goal of 10k but at least I'm back walking. I did 30 minutes tonight, super proud of myself. I'm adding $2 to my challenge for being active.

Happy New Year πŸ₯‚πŸΎ

January 2nd, 2017 at 03:25 am

Happy New Year everyone! πŸ₯‚πŸΎπŸŽ†

Today was a little busy for me. Went to church, then off to find a belated Christmas gift for my boss, cleaned my car, meal prep and grocery shopping. I really wanted to get my shopping out of the way so that I could have a no spend day tomorrow but I forgot to get gas.

Church was awesome, it's been a while since I've been the first Sunday of the month, let alone the year. Unfortunately, things are tight so I was only able to make a $20 donation.

From there I headed over to Michael's, I wanted a new planner but just couldn't bring myself to spend over $30 on one. I would have had to purchase the binder, that was $20, the calendar another $5, plus other things I wanted like the meal plan, and fitness items. Just not worth it.

I was going to go to Bed Bath and Beyond but decided to head to the Christian bookstore to get a gift for my aunt ($7). While there, they had a lotion/bath set at half price for $10 so I picked this up for my boss. Not bad. Though I hate gift exchanges we had one at the office, the boss was on vacation so I made out like a bandit by waiting. Oh yeah and I found a lovely planner for $10.

From there I ended up buying a sub, ugh. Cost me about $10 with a drink and chips, needless to say because I ate out, I had to also pay $5 on the CC and add $5 to my savings. I figured, if I had the money to eat out I should have the money to pay down debt and save.

Once home, I created a meal plan for the week. From that I went grocery shopping ($64), I'm hoping to stay focus and keep up with my meal planning.

Lastly, I washed my car myself, costing me about $6, saving me another $6 so I'm adding the $6 saved to debt reduction and savings.

Finally a No Spend Day

February 3rd, 2016 at 12:20 am

Looks like today will be my first no spend day in months. I'm here with dad and will be heading home shortly, when I realized I haven't spent a dime. So I'll be adding $2 on the BoA CC.

In healthy living news, today is day 2 and I have not had a soda, adding $1 to the BoA CC. I also walked a little over a mile today so another buck added to the CC. In all today, I'll be adding $4 payment to the BoA CC.

Well I Tried

February 2nd, 2016 at 03:24 am

I really tried today to make it a no spend day but that didn't happened. Needed a few girly things so I headed to the store. While I was there I went ahead and picked up snack and dinner for tomorrow.

I did workout today. I started back walking/running. I want to train myself to run at least a 3k

I will say this, today was the first day in awhile that I did not have a soda, yay! I was so excited, and to be honest I wasn't even craving one.

In financial news, I checked my checking account and I had $.90 worth of change so I rounded down and added the $.90 to the credit card. Because I worked out and didn't have a soda I added two more dollars to the $.90, giving me a total of $2.90 paid on the CC.

That's it in a nutshell. Hopefully tomorrow I won't spend a dime.

$20 Challenge

January 30th, 2016 at 10:08 pm

Yep, dad gave me a $100 today and I transferred it to my savings, I'm at $2182.29, can't wait to get paid to hit the $2200 mark.

Also added $9 to the CC, have to stop eating out, this is adding up.

Tomorrow, I plan on making chicken and stuffing in the crockpot.

On our way to the fair, haven't been there in years.

Every little bit count

January 30th, 2016 at 02:51 pm

I know when I blog I stay on track, I hate when things throw me off, when that happens I stop blogging and start spending. Have to stay focus.

With that said, I'm trucking right along. The BF took care of my car's oil change and filled me up. I didn't ask how much he paid, but I estimated about $60 for everything. So I added the $60 to my $20/52 Week challenge. New total $2,082.26. I'm so happy.

Dad and I will be running errands and he usually give me a $100 on the days we do this. Even though I tell him he don't have to he always do. He says he'll rather give it to his kids than other people who will sure enough take it.

I splurged and had McDonalds for breakfast $3.60 so I paid $3.60 on the BoA credit card, I figured if I have extra to eat out then I have money to pay down debt.

Lastly, we are getting our security cameras installed. It saddens me that we are in an age where Big Brother always have to be watching. Awful

Dining out

January 29th, 2016 at 09:02 pm

Went out to lunch with an colleague and spent $20 so I decided to pay $20 on CC1, how I see it if I can eat out I can pay extra on the CC.

New total $1000

So Glad I did what I did

January 26th, 2016 at 03:14 pm

Last year I became a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. I knew that there were going to be a number of events that I would want to participate in and decided to open a second account, for this purpose. I must say, I am so glad I did this. I was able to save about $300 since December and just recently I had to order somethings. What I'm so proud about is that I paid for those items without feeling stressed, and that it was easy as 123. It's just nice to have the funds available at the ready to do what I need to do.

On the saving side of things, I received $15 from the Cash app for three referrals. I decided to deposit $8 to the house fund and $7 to the new home fund. Since this wasn't money earned, I thought why not use it to pay down debt and beef up the savings.

Yesterday I did not workout so I paid $2 on BoA CC.

That's it for now, I'll check back in shortly.

Split the extra cash

January 21st, 2016 at 03:16 pm

Though I had said that any extra money received that I Woolf put towards the house, but I find the need to add funds to my CC debt as well.
Last night I received an extra $30 from dad, so I added half to the $20/52 week challenge and the other half to CC1

New totals
Challenge $1906,26
CC1 $1053.00

It's a struggle but I'm trying. Hopefully today will also be my first no spend day if the year and I can add $5.00 to my challenge.

Time to move on

August 3rd, 2015 at 12:46 am

Okie dokie we are back from PA. We had my BF family reunion and of course I ended up spending money I should not have.

I asked the BF to move out. Prior to us going on this trip he still owed $120.00 for the airfare, now he owes me $200+ for cable, $75 for luggage and $281 for the rental car. I told him prior to going that I did not want to be responsible for anything concerning this trip. I foot the bill for the Derby because that was something that I always wanted to do, this was his trip. He wants to talk things out, but I'm done, financially, we are not on the same page, and I am tired.

On a different note I am tackling CC4, I caught the devil trying to set up automatic payments of $10 per week but I was able to do it.

I've managed to bump my IRA to $396.71, and still able to add $15 a week to that. Not to mention I signed up for the company's 401(k) at 3% that averages about $33 per pay period.

I was also able to bump my $20/52 Week challenge to $2211.30; I would love to hit the 5k mark by December, but it doesn't look like it unless I get a job paying more.

Lastly, I have been on two interviews with the same company and will be going in for my third on Wednesday. I am pretty confident that I have the job, but I won't post anything until I receive my offer letter.

That's in in a nutshell

Weight Watchers and more...

July 3rd, 2015 at 01:50 am

Well today I weighed in at my Weight Watchers meeting and I'm down 2lbs, so I paid $2 on CC4. I'm down 7lbs in 7 weeks, that's a pound a week. Hopefully I can increase this.

In reference to the 401(k) I went with two target funds. Since I have no clue, and did a little research this seems to be the safest route for me. I put 90% towards the 2040 fund, my actual retirement, and 10% in a 2035. I've decided to just park and leave and gradually increase my payroll deductions overtime.

Hope I'm doing the right thing

CC3 is back!

June 27th, 2015 at 02:25 am

Ugh! Received a bill from CC3, apparently the card wasn't paid off and there was some interest accrued; therefore, I owe $12.39 😑
I paid it it but this just annoyed me. I can now say goodby officially.

On a different note, I have started tackling CC4 and this week alone I added an extra $35.

I've also upped my 52 Week/$20 challenge to $2070. Things are going great. Hopefully I can get this card down by half by the end of the year.

Goodbye CC3!

June 23rd, 2015 at 10:45 am

Goodbye CC3!

I finally did it, I have paid off CC3. I'm so excited; as Dave Ramsey says, "Get rid of those little mosquitoes." Good news is that, I've already started tackling CC4, paid an extra $25 last nightπŸ˜ƒ



Now it's time to up my weekly IRA contributions from $10 to $15. It's not quite where I want to be, but it's a start. For each CC I pay off, I plan on upping this amount by $5

Ibotta

June 22nd, 2015 at 06:00 pm

Well I received an additional forty cents that put me over the $10 mark I needed to cash out on Ibotta. So I used that amount to pay down CC3. Now I wait patiently for my $153 in cash rewards from BoA and CC3 is out of here. I am so excited, I can just scream.
I'm ready to hit CC4, and get that one out of here.

CC3 almost gone

June 21st, 2015 at 05:59 pm

Well I logged in and cashed out my BoA points for cash. I thought the amount was $120 and in reality it was actually $153.93 πŸ˜ƒ

Right now the balance on CC3 is about $163. The good news is that if I receive the $153 from BoA within the next five days, I can add $10 and pay off CC3 by the end of the month.

I'm so excited because my goal was to have this CC paid off by June and to have $2k saved as well. This is such an amazing feeling to have reached my goals.

Next is CC4 the balance on that card is about $4800, the goal is to have at least half paid off by December

Hit my $2k

June 21st, 2015 at 05:45 pm

Well I did it! I hit the $2,000 mark for my challenges πŸ˜ƒ

Added a dollar for losing a pound, and $15 for washing my own hair and not going to the salon. I'm so excited, I wanted to hit this amount before the end of the month. Now the goal is to hit 3K before October, fingers crossed.

I also paid another $15 on CC3, new balance $168

What a week

June 18th, 2015 at 01:11 am

Busy week.

Mom fell out of the bed and is wearing a neck brace, doctor thinks it's vertigo. She's doing better

Caught dad with the neighborhood prostitute. I was so shocked I couldn't say one word. I'll have to share the story later.

Had an interview, the job is perfect except for drive that is about 45 minutes away from my house without traffic. The company is currently five minutes away but will be moving. I have another interview Monday with a different company, I'll see how that goes. This one is about 20 -30 minutes.

I added $70 to my 52 week/$20 challenge, new total $1934. I'm so excited, it looks as though I may hit the 2k mark before the end of the month. I'm really trying, fingers crossed.

Got CC3 down to $263.50. Next week I'll be paying an extra $70 on this card so that will put me under the $200 mark. I was hoping to have it paid off by the end of the month but it looks like that won't happen until mid July. Better late than never.

Other than that, that's it in a nutshell. I weigh in tomorrow for Weight Watchers, I sort of fell off the wagon but I haven't used any extra points hopefully I've lost a little.

Down 4lbs

June 13th, 2015 at 04:32 pm

Weighed in at my Weight Watchers meeting, and I'm down 4lbs πŸ˜ƒ
Because I'm down four pounds I added $2 to my 52 Week/$20 Challenge fund and $2 to my CC debt (4lb = $4). I'm super excited.

Yesterday marked 6 years that I've been with the BF, we decided not to spend any money on gifts and just go out for dinner. Made sense to me.

Honestly on a different note, I am thinking about taking the money out of my challenge fund ($283.50) to pay off CC3. I'm ready to start tackling CC4, I think I'm getting impatient. It's funny until I started my debt snowball the debt bothered me but not like now. It's like I'm on a high, and I'm trying to reach the euphoria, that feeling you get when you're debt free. πŸ˜ƒ

Finally!

June 9th, 2015 at 11:41 pm

Finally got CC3 under $300, new balance $285.50.

Dad gave me a few extra dollars and I always split this amount between CC and 52 Week/$20 Chalkenge. I was able to boost my challenge to about $1838 πŸ˜ƒ

I can say I'm doing good with paying down bills and saving. My sister called and asked to borrow $2,000, I'm so glad I said no. Normally I feel bad, and give in and then complain when I don't get my money back but this time I said no. Besides, giving her the money would have cleaned out my house fund and EF.

Fast forward two days and the BF tells me his cousin needs to borrow $2600 to pay the taxes on his home. Now he wasn't asking to borrow the money, but it sure as heck sounded like it. I just listened and didn't offer. I did take this opportunity to explain to him how important it is to save for rainy days.

I've talked about owning my own place forever and next year I want to make it a reality.

I've been applying for jobs that's paying more money. With a new job, I can save at a faster pace and pay down my debt more quickly.

Gym and CC Payment

May 29th, 2015 at 11:44 pm

Well I joined Weight Watchers (WW) free of charge through my health insurance. How cool is that? 😍

We have a wellness program with our insurance company. One of my of my goals was to lose weight, that is how I ended up with the free WW membership for six months. Sweet πŸ˜€

I went to the gym so I'm adding $2 to my challenge. I also went yesterday, so it's actuall four dollars πŸ˜€

Dad gave me an extra $20, I paid $10 on CC3 and added $10 to my challenge fund. Things are going pretty well.

New balances:
$367.50 CC3
52 Week/$20 Challenge $1738.01


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