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Settlement Check Received, What’s Next?

May 28th, 2022 at 12:05 pm

The settlement check arrived yesterday and I decided on the following:

  • Save the HOA and mortgage payment 
  • Pay my tithes
  • Round up my savings to $17,000
  • Round up my car fund to $1000
  • The rest will be used for the kitchen, anything left over goes to the EF. 

 

I am going with the bare minimum on the kitchen. I really wanted taller cabinets but at this time I need to be realistic, taller cabinets aren't a must it's a want, and costs a lot more. The cabinets are a must, just not the size, they're falling off the hinges. I was going to replace them during the holidays but since the valves gave out, as well as the refrigerator, I decided to just go ahead and do it. 

 

Home Depot has a credit card offer. I decided to apply, it's no interest for six months on purchases. I plan to purchase the cabinets, and whatever the total amount is, transfer that money to the home improvement account to make monthly payments. Total will be divided by six, so if the cabinets are $2,000 each month I will pay, $333.33. 

 

When I land another gig before the six months, I'm speaking it, I'll just pay in full and take the money saved and either pay the student loan or throw it at EF, this is all contingent upon what happens with the student loan forgiveness or interest-free extension. However,  if there is no new gig, and I don't think this will be the case, I'll make the payments for six months interest-free since I would have already set the money aside. 

 

A client that I worked with in the past picked me back up so for about two months I'll have some income coming in, about $4k a month for two months. This money I'm using for the bare minimums (e.g. Mortgage, water, electric) and saving the rest. The good thing is I got my household bills down to about $1500 a month, including the mortgage. It's true what they say, pay off your debt! It makes a huge difference, coming up with $1500 a month is a lot easier than $3000. 

 

In addition to the part-time gig, I also picked up a few more articles that pay about $100 an article, these cover my grocery and household cleaning items. 

 

I'll continue to look for contracts and full-time work but I'm praying for contracts only. 

 

Oh one more thing, thank you to Lots of Ideas, DW, and all those who read my blog. You all are amazing. You provide such sound advice. I'll be checking those SS future payments and figuring out what I need to do. 

 

I'm not sure who told me on one of my investment posts to focus on index funds, ut i did. I had been following VTI and took the plunge to pick up a few shares, not much because I couldn't afford a lot but a few. It was a fund that I was watching for some time anyway, and when things took a dive i remembed the commen about index funds  and  jumped on it. I'm glad to report that VTI is doing extremely well. I know it will have its ups and downs but over the last week, I've seen positive gainsand. I have to laugh who would have thought that six months ago I’d be using the language “positive gains”. Lol. 

 

I can't wait to be able to start back contributing more than the $100 a month to my IRA, I got my eyes on another fund, that's been doing great. 

 

Thank you all for your help and support. 

Saving & Debt Payments

May 27th, 2022 at 12:33 pm

I received my $800 payment from my long-term client,  paid my tithes of $80 and I have $720 left. I plan on keeping $500 in my checking account and using $200 towards savings and debt.

 

I always struggle with how much to save, pay towards my snowball but for savings I decided to round up and for debt I decided to round down. 

 

So for today I will be saving or paying the below: 

 

$29.63 EF

$13.04 car fund

$16.96 baby EF 

$15 vacation fund 

$50 student loan

$68.59 mortgage 

$20 IRA 

 

I'm so upset that I won't be meeting my June goal of paying off my student loan; however, I have to remember that I came a very long way and by the grace of God I was able to do what I have done. Actually, the goal was to pay it off by December but I was doing so well that I thought jube would be the month. 

 

I think that when I get the settlement check rather than paying the September mortgage and the November HOA, put that money aside. My thinking is I should land a job/contract by then and the money saved I'll just throw it at my student loan. If I don't get a gig well at least I know I have the money. 

 

Seems like saving and paying debt is the story of my life. I can't wait to reach financial freedom. But is that such a thing? 

Credit Score

May 25th, 2022 at 05:56 pm

Checked my credit score and I'm at 845. I can't believe it. I know Dave Ramsey is against credit scores but I'm here for it. I have paid off a ton of debt that has helped this number increase. Periodically I use my credit cards and pay them off immediately so that they don't close. 

 

I'm hoping that once I get this debt paid off I can get a rental property, so I want to maintain my score. 

 

I remember just a few years back being in the 600s. 

Monday Updates

May 24th, 2022 at 01:58 am

 

 

First thing I did this morning was submit my monthly invoice to my long term client for $800. I then reviewed and updated an article that I’ll get paid $100 in gift cards. 

Next, I applied for a few jobs and consulting gigs. I’ll be honest, I want to do consulting work. I’m praying that this pans out and is long term. I do not want to go back into the office. I like working for myself, it’s the flexibility I enjoy most, as well as the money made. 

 

I’ve decided that before I do anything when I get the settlement check I’m going to pay my September mortgage, and an additional HOA payment. I’d rather be ahead on the payments since I have no clue when additional funds will come in. The remainder I’ll use to replace the valve, kitchen cabinets and paint. Though this was to be done late this year or early 2023, with how crazy things have been going I’ve decided to just take care of it. 

 

I went to my first white cost ceremony, it was absolutely beautiful, I'm so proud of my friend. She's been accepted to the anesthesiologist assistant program, keep her in prayer, I know this will be tough. 

 

Extra Payments

April 23rd, 2022 at 11:04 pm

Paid an extra $25 on the mortgage and student loan each, now I'm officially under $8000 on student loan number three (3). See sidebar. 

 

I have to invoice my client on Monday. They're pretty good with paying the bill timely. If I get it before I leave for my trip, I'll pay another $2,000+ on student loan number 3. 

 

I'm so excited to see this number decrease. It's a matter of weeks by the time I pay this loan off then it's officially onto the last loan, that's about $28k. This will take some time because I'm going to slow down while I max out my IRA. I'm shifting my focus a bit after paying student loan number 3 because I'm behind on saving for retirement and I want to make sure I max out my IRA before the end of the year. 

 

I plan to pause student loan number 4 since it's interest-free for two months and throw everything at the IRA, then tackle the student loan. 

 

I know this isn't the Dave way but it's my way and it works for me. Age is not on my side. 

Mortgage, Stocks, Debt, and Progress

April 20th, 2022 at 03:59 am

I can't believe where I've come from. I have worked so hard to save and pay off debt. I've done it before but this time seems more difficult. I don't know if it's because I'm older, had more debt, or simply have a better understanding of money. Either way I'm making progress. 

I re-worked my budget to include extra payments on the mortgage. I know some will say why pay extra on the mortgage when you have student loan debts? Well because it makes me feel good and keeps me motivated. So today as I prepare for my trip, I paid my May mortgage and an extra $71.11 towards the principal. I absolutely love the amortization table, I use this to round down my debt. 

Other news, looking at my side bar you can see that I'm way behind the eight ball as it relates to my retirement account. I also re-worked the budget so that I max out my IRA account this year. I'm self-employed so I have no 401(k). I did a little research and learned that a SEP might work for me. I'm able to double what I'm contributing to an IRA to a SEP, so this might work. I've set up a call upon my return with a member of the Fidelity team. 

Also about a week ago, I bought my first stocks, Nike, because I'm a Nike snob. Well it's been exciting to watch how my stocks are doing, following the news on the company and all, not to mention the highs a lows. I'm new to this whole investing thing so I'm nervous as hell, I only bought five shares (I do plan on increasing). I must say that  I'm happy with the progress I'm making. I decided to follow a few other companies and every month when I deposit to my IRA, I'll take a little and buy a few shares. By doing this, I have an entire month to research the companies before purchasing. 

Friday is pay day for me and I'll be dropping $2100 on my student loan, this will bring my third student loan balance under $10k. I'm so happy I can scream. I still cant believe that in just over a year and a half I've paid off over $40k in student loans. Plus my other credit card debts. 

If you're new to this journey, keep pushing it gets better. 

It’s My Birthday!

January 18th, 2022 at 01:00 am

In honor of my birthday and turning the fabulous 48, I decided to pay $48 on my student loan. 

Normally I'm out and about for my birthday but today all I wanted to do was rest. Unfortunately, I worked, well I'm thankful so I shouldn't say unfortunately. I work for myself, and my clients needed attention, and I'm thankful for the opportunity to serve. I am heading to Greece for my birthday later this year, that's my a gift to myself and  I've paid cash for this trip 

In financial news, I've reworked my budget and I should be able to pay the final amount in interest on my student loan, #3, next week, this will allow me to start tackling the principal. With student loans, you must pay the interest before paying the principal. Fingers crossed that I can have this loan paid off before the interest starts back up. 

A Quick Recap of The Year

December 30th, 2021 at 11:37 am

I can't complain this has been a fabulous year. 

Here's a quick recap but ill be spending the weekend reviewing and finalizing things 

  • Quit my toxic job
  • Paid off a student loan
  • Paid down my second student loan 
  • Met my goal of one extra mortgage payment 
  • Met my savings goals 
  • Turned my side hustle into a nice little job 
  • Improved my blood pressure, no longer on meds 
  • Main bills paid through February 
  • Mood improved drastically 
  • Closed out the year with extra payment to my student loan and mortgage 

This has been a great year 

Saturday Ramblings

September 5th, 2020 at 11:38 pm


Today was an errand day for me. First it was Home Goods to return a few placemats, then Walmart for a few personal care products, next Aldi for fruits, then Target 🎯 to return a fall throw and spray paint, and finally I made my last stop 🛑 my mom’s for a bottle of wine I ordered last month that was delivered yesterday. I wanted to support a friend who is trying to earn some extra cash. It felt good getting out and about.

Since last month I went on a little hiatus with my spending, so I wanted to make this month a no spend month, only spending on necessary items. So far, I’ve had five no spend days (only necessary items). While out today, I made sure to pack water, and snacks, so that I was not tempted to buy anything.

It feels good to be back on track with things.

Having spent nothing (only needed items purchased) today, I’m setting aside $2 for my challenge, I’m also participating in a receipt challenge, so for every receipt obtained from purchases I must set aside a $1, today it was $3. The cash comes from my cash envelopes, this helps me to stay under budget.


So far for the challenge I think I have about $900 saved, in July I took about $800 and paid on my student loans. This time I’m not touching it, I hope, lol. I want to get my bedroom set. That’s what the savings challenge money was for initially. I don’t doubt by October I’ll take this money and pay down my student loan though. Lol, why? I really want to pay one of my student loans off by December 31st. I’m so close I can taste it.

For the holiday, I’ll be making pulled pork and potato salad.

That’s it for now

Investment Coaching and Student Loans

July 30th, 2020 at 02:59 am


Met with our mentor today to discuss investing. No I’m not at the point where I can invest, but I’m at the point where I want to learn about investing. The man we met with is a multimillionaire, he started when he was young. One thing he honed in on was, save most of your income, don’t buy unnecessary things and read.
It’s myself and two friends, he has agreed to teach us and he’s not charging.

I chuckled when he told us to get the books from the library because they’re free. First thing came to mind was if you want to be rich, do as the rich. I’m nervous about this journey but I’m excited.

Our first assignment, and it’s a tough one, pick a company you’d like to invest in and ask yourself why? Look at the owners, how they’ve performed etc. I’m so nervous because I have no idea what or who I’d like to invest in. But I’m going to try and tackle.

Lastly, I logged into my student loan account, and finally my payment of $500 hit, I’m officially now paying down principal and it feels great.

It felt good to not think about COVID today

Finally, My Student Loan Payment Hit My Account

July 18th, 2020 at 01:30 am

Finally my student loan payment hit my account, since last month I’ve paid off $2375.75 in interest. I have $800 to go before I can start tackling the principal of $6,629.41. I’m so excited because next week is pay day, and I’m throwing $300 on this loan and then on the first I’ll throw $700 for a total of $1,000. That means my balance will be $6429, all principal.

I’m so close to paying this off I want to scream. Though I have a huge student loan debt, it will just feel good to pay one off by the end of the year, God’s will.

I’ll be honest, I hope Congress continues with the interest free accrual through the end of the year at least

Crunching The Numbers Before Payday

July 8th, 2020 at 10:16 pm


Pay day is Friday, I sort of played around with the numbers and realized I will be saving about 34% of my income. Though most of this is sinking funds (e.g. HOA, mortgage, car insurance) it’s still a great feeling knowing I can save for these things.

After tallying what I’ll be adding to my challenge fund, my YTD will be $1532. I’m so excited about this. I had so many plans for this money when I first started, saving for my 50th, then it changed to paying off CC, now I’m teetering between a bedroom set and student loans.

My bedroom set was a hand me down, it’s over 20 years old and the drawers are actually falling apart, literally. I also need a new mattress but think I can hold off another year. However, a apart of me is saying screw the bedroom set and pay off the student loans. Maybe I can find a decent use set for $500 and throw the rest on the student loan. Either way I’m waiting until the last check in December and I make my last contribution before deciding.

By playing around with the budget I found some extra cash and I’ll be paying $150 on the student loans. That’s $707.02 towards my goal of a $1,000 for the month. Though I’ll meet my goal with the last check of the month, I really hope I get my tax return before the end of the month, so that I can throw the money on this student and that will take me over goal.

I’m happy that I’m able to make the payment but ticked off that this $1000 isn’t going towards retirement.

Refund, Cash Back and Student Loans

July 8th, 2020 at 04:22 am


Received the refund, for the house after the refinance, the amount was $779. I also received a refund, thank goodness, for my professional membership from the job, in the amount of $219.

Now that I have a nice chunk set aside for professional membership and certifications, $763, I’m going to stop contributing to that account and add the amount I was contributing to the student loans. My membership is ridiculously high $219 and the certification (two) are about $150 every other year, and of course they’re due in different years 🙄🤦🏽‍♀️. So with $800 saved, this should cover those expenses, plus I get a refund so I can stop saving after July. Once I’m told no more refunds, I’ll kick the savings back up again.

I promised myself that any money I get, something will always go in the savings, pay yourself mentality. I’m not saving as much as I would like to, I’m trying to pay off the student loans but I vowed to always put something up.

So out of the $779, $100 went to the EF and 619.90 went towards the cash back credit card payment. The $619.9 includes the appraisal, $510, and two fees of $54.95 for the refi, so overall I did not spend anything out of pocket and made money using my credit card cash back.

I had about $60 left, so I paid $30 towards the student loan and left $29 in my checking account as a buffer. I also paid the $219 (the refund) towards the credit card, for my professional membership fee. I like the idea of using the card, not carrying a balance and earning cash back. Even if it’s just $30 a month, that’s $30 I have to add to my student loan every month.

When I went to pay my student loan, I saw that there was a allocation option, never noticed it before 🙄🤦🏽‍♀️, so I clicked on it. Low and behold, I can allocate the percentage I want applied to each loan, interest first of course. I noticed that the loan that showed a balance of $29k was actually split into multiple loans. The smallest balance is just over $6k, that means that at the rate I’m going, $1k month, I can have this loan paid off by December. I feel so much better, knowing that these loans are broken up and that I would be able to pay one off this year. I feel like I can make some traction.

Lastly, the prayers are working, my friend’s mom is doing better, she’s still on the ventilator and in ICU but she’s doing much better, thank God and thank you all for your prayers.

That’s it in a nutshell.

On Track!

July 5th, 2020 at 08:55 am


I’m finally tackling Chris Hogan’s “Retire Inspire” it’s pretty good. I ended up purchasing it because for some reason none of the local libraries had digital copies. Honestly, I like the way books feel anyway, and I can highlight if need be.

After reading a few chapters I got even more anxious about paying off my student loans, I want to max out my 401(k), IRA and HSA but I can’t until I get these loans paid off. I hate I took these loans out. 😡

Now that I’m doing these user surveys, I get Amazon gift cards so I can use these for books and household supplies. I’m nervous about ordering groceries via Amazon but we’ll see what happens down the line. Any money saved from not buying household goods I can throw at the student loans.

This was a good week, money wise, with the next pay day I will only be able to throw an extra $100 at the student loan. I cashed out the reward cash from the credit card, $27.02 and threw at my student loans, MTD paid, $527.02. I’m on track with hitting my goal of $1000 for the month.

I’m hoping I get the mortgage payment refund back soon. I have to reach out to the broker regarding my $75 application fee refund. That’s on my list to follow-up on Wednesday.

Lastly, I reworked my budget. I bumped my direct deposit to the emergency fund by $100 a paycheck since I’m saving that amount in mortgage, I also reallocated the car fund direct deposit. I met my goal for the upcoming six month car insurance renewal in August, so I was able to decrease the amount needing to go to the account for the next renewal in March 2020 by $100. It feels good, everything seems to be working out.

Refi, Student Loans and Saving Challenges

July 1st, 2020 at 09:42 am


I’m really annoyed with the title company. My rate is locked in for a few more days and we are trying to close but they’re not responding. It’s crazy because I’ve used them twice before with no issues. I’ve given the broker to move on to another company.

I went ahead and paid the mortgage, though the rate is higher, my level of comfortability, is even higher. The broker told me I should be refunded. We will see.

Other news, I received payment from the side hustle, so I paid my tithes, added $100 to the EF, paid $500 on the student loans 👩🏾‍🎓, and kept a little cushion in the checking account in case something comes up with this refinancing. Next week is pay day and I’ll be able to add $400 to this debt. I’m hoping to hit my goal of $1,000 debt payment for July, actually for each month. If this happens I could knock my student loan debt 1 down by $8k by the end of the year.

This month I’m doing well, July is off to a great start. My challenge envelope for the year has hit a little over a $1,000. I had so many plans for this money but I know it’s going towards a new bedroom set, much needed, the drawers are falling apart, and student loans. More than likely I’ll buy used for the bedroom set. The goal is to save what I can then at Christmas time buy the dresser, night stand and new mattress. I’ll be honest, I’m so glad I started these challenges. One it teaches me patience, two, to save for what you need/want, three, I’ve also learned discipline and lastly, usually when I wait, there’s always a great deal.

Next, I’ve got to up the ante on my healthy points for Humana. These turn into cash, well gift cards and I’d love a iRobot for my floors. Last year Christmas I got my fitness watch and I’m down so far 11lbs. It’s away to award myself at the end of the year without spending my own money.

Student Loans

June 21st, 2020 at 09:02 am

Crunched the numbers, and I should be able to add $706 on Friday to my student loans, brining the month to date payment of $1,000. God I pray Congress, approves through the end of the year, zero interest, but if not it, it was good while it lasted. Last week I added an extra $100 to the loans.

I’m hoping to get the closing on the refi by the end of the month, that way I won’t have to make July payment on the mortgage and I can keep those funds in my house mortgage fund, which will be fully funded. The goal was to have at least three months mortgage save, separate from my emergency fund.

I’m excited to get this mortgage payment knocked down by almost $300 a month, this includes escrow. Even with a reduce payment I will continue to add the extra $100 a month. I do not want to stop doing this unless something changes financially.

By paying off the credit cards, reducing my monthly mortgage payments and my side gig, I’m able to save, contribute to my 401(k), pay extra on the mortgage and tackle the student loan debt simultaneously. I know Dave says not to tackle the mortgage, nor contribute to the 401(k), this method gives me a peace of mind.

Speaking of 401(k) I vowed that when ever I paid off a debt I’d add extra to my contribution, though I can’t do an additional $25-$50 as planned, I’m upping my contribution by $10. That will be $60 a pay check. At 46, I can’t afford not to make a change whenever I free up some cash.

Refinancing = Saving Money

June 11th, 2020 at 08:49 pm

By refinancing my house, my mortgage rate will drop close to 4 percentage points, I will save close to $500 a month by refinancing.
Today I locked my rate in

Now that I’ve gotten rid of that credit card, I’d like to build up my emergency savings account, especially since I have no clue what is going on with this virus.

With the savings from the mortgage and the side hustle I should be able to sock away about $1200 a month, two months would put me back at the amount I had saved prior to paying off the credit card. Once I’m back at that amount, I can aggressively tackle the student loans.

Honestly, I have no idea what God’s plan is, however, I’m truly thankful for him sharing with me financial literacy. I don’t know a quarter of what you all know, but what I’ve learned so far has really taught me a lot, and I’m thankful. Knowledge is key and I look forward to this continued financial growth.

Mother’s Day Check In

May 11th, 2020 at 02:21 am



Happy Mother’s Day to my SA family 🌸
Hope you all had a fabulous day.

Financial update
Today I paid extra on the credit card 💳, not much but every little bit helps.

I can’t wait to get back to some normalcy so that I can tackle this card aggressively, I’m praying that I can get this paid off by the summer, and then it’s the student loans. But I’ll continue to save until things seem to be a little normal.

Went to Walmart early this morning, the line was wrapped around the building. I’m glad I went because they finally had a limited stock of toilet paper 🧻. I bought two, one for me and the other for my mom. Literally the last time I saw TP was February. When I make my next trip, if they have it, I’ll buy some because you never know and hurricane 🌪 season is approaching.

Tijuana Flats had a free entree for Mother’s Day 🌸 so I took advantage of that for dinner, honestly, I shouldn’t complain but the food, was extremely salty 🧂.

I’m trying to support the local restaurants, during these times, but the food has been terrible. My nephew works at one and they’re relying heavily on some service and tips so I’m trying to do my part but the last three places I visited it’s been awful.

That’s it in a nutshell for me