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I don't even know where to begin

So it has been a while since I posted anything, mostly because I was afraid that he would find my entries and read them, even though in reality I know that is very unlikely. Last week, while he (I can't call him DH because he isn't dear to me any more) was out of town on business, I got a letter from the mortgage company that they were going to accelerate into foreclosure (for the FOURTH TIME), a shut off notice for the electric, and a cancellation notice for the car insurance.   This is more

luchitasmom

luchitasmom

 

Plasma and Cancer

I just put myself in a weird situation. I've been donating plasma and they give you a debit card for payment. When you're new, the payment schedule is  1st donation: $60 2nd donation $75 3rd donation $60 4th donation $75 ect,, for like the first 6 donations or something like that.  Then, it drops to $35 and $45 thereafter.   The thing about the debit card is that it has fees and some rules: The first transaction is "Fee-free." but there are fees for A

Chérie

Chérie

 

Work and Bracelets

I actually had lunch with the big boss last week for being a top performer. He asked about them. I told him that they represented the debt that I accrued by making silly decisions. I followed it up by saying that after analyzing the data I realized that needed a plan to address it. The bracelets simply provide a creative visual for me to stay focused.  Then, I tied it into my performance at work "These bracelets have actually have been saving this company a lot of money... I sta

Chérie

Chérie

 

Debt Bracelets

Here are my debt bracelets!  I ended up doing one for each debt instead of the original plan to do them representing $10K each (9 would've been a bit much).  The big fat one is my loans since it's the biggest debt. Our car is grey so I put grey in that bracelet. The Amazon card was green and Capital One is blue so they are color coordinated as such.The skinny one is for the phone since it's the smallest debt.  I can't wait to start cutting them off as they get paid!!!!

Chérie

Chérie

 

UPDATE

I just made a payment of $801 to the Capital One card. That one extra dollar means that I reached my low end goal of getting the balance under $2000.   So, here's the update!   Credit Cards: Chevron     $2,313  Capital 1     $1,999 (down by $1,921 since last update) Amazon      $6,634 (down by $96)   Non-Card Debt Car              $11,724 (down by $236)  Phone         $344      (down by $24)   Student Loans     Loan 1       $4

Chérie

Chérie

 

Grocery Shopping

I just wanted to say that I am soooo proud of Spouse!  Spouse wanted to take over grocery shopping. Fine by me! Spouse went shopping for the last 3 weeks with Envelope in hand. I wasn't too thrilled last week when we didn't have eggs because "they weren't on sale."  I came home today and Spouse is beaming! "Look in the fridge! I got eggs! I ask got cake, stuff for smores, and STEAK..."  Umm... I was getting worried. LoL Spouse says, "... and you can't get mad because I have $

Chérie

Chérie

 

Spring Break!

Winter quarter ended last week, boy am I glad! I went into it thinking it would be easy but I feel as if though I suffered quite a bit. I decided that due to a couple of planned out of state trips in the next 3 months, that going to school Spring quarter might be pushing it. So my plan is to go back this summer and either do 1 or both of my final 2 classes needed for the AA.   April brings a 2-day fitness convention [put on by the format I teach] in Pittsburgh. I am really looking forward to

Gelly

Gelly

 

Reaching for the Stars

Since I've realized that I may not reach my low-end goal of getting the Capital One card under $2000 this month, I've decided that it isn't over until March 31st.  Tonight, I've started cleaning out my closet to look for things to sell. I didn't come up with much since I really like throwing things out. When we moved (9 months ago), I threw out so much stuff that I didn't need. Spouse is always telling me that I'm going to throw out too much and regret it one day. I'm not regretful... ok, m

Chérie

Chérie

 

Beating Up Capital One

I made a payment toward the Capital One card today for $486.   $120 was the regular snowball, $337 was budgeted, and  $29 is from being under budget. There's another category in the budget that we were under by $15 but I forgot about it in my calculations... So, I may be making a tiny payment of $15 after this one posts.   Capital One, your days are numbered! I actually called them today to update some info with them. I was talking to the agent who offered me a Rewards card.

Chérie

Chérie

 

Wedding Talk

Quoted from Mary  So how did the talk go on Friday?   Spouse will cover the expenses to get there. Getting back will be budgeted out. I also have a plan to cover the wedding gift. I just won a Sound Bar with a wireless Subwoofer from my job, so that will be their wedding present for their house. They have a wall-mounted TV so the Sound Bar can be mounted below it. The one I won sells for $199 and it was free (and non-taxable). So yay!!    Spouse has the task of pricing out

Chérie

Chérie

 

"Shopping"

My job was running a lot of incentives this past week. I finally got to redeem the cards that I won. I have two $10 Cold Stone gift cards and three $10 Wal-Mart gift cards. I also got 2 free movie tickets.  Yesterday, Spouse and I went to the book store for Spouse to spend their blow money. I went "shopping" and found a few books that caught my interest. After carrying them around the store for a while, I "checked out" by putting them on hold at my library and put them all back! As we

Chérie

Chérie

 

The Wedding

How strange things have become... I just got a wedding invitation from Spouses BFF. Instead of being all excited for them, I immediately thought, "This is going to be expensive."    Geez...    If I'm being completely honest, I don't want to go. Not because I don't love Alex to pieces, but because I don't want to be thrown off track. If it were a wedding in the same state, fine... I'd get a dress from the thrift store, some shoes that I could stand wearing for a few hours, bud

Chérie

Chérie

 

Spouse: Not Quite There Yet

Quoted from Kelvan 80   "What did DH say when you told him that first card was getting paid off?"   The response was laughable. This was literally the conversation:  Me: We have managed to not only save $1000, but I just submitted the final payment to the Chevron card! It's paid off!  Spouse: Good for you.    I let it go at first, but after we finally got to spend some time together, we did talk. Spouse was only bitter about me not sticking to the "budget" when they

Chérie

Chérie

 

March 3rd: $88K and dwindling

I am so exhausted after this week's overtime, It's time for a milestone update!     I am $88K in debt! Still daunting, but doable.    Here it is... in all of its treacherous glory. (I've rounded the change for the list, but the total includes every penny)   Credit Cards: Chevron     $2,313  Capital 1     $3,920 Amazon      $6,730     Non-Card Debt Car              $11,724   Phone         $344          Student Loans    

Chérie

Chérie

 

Counting eggs (checks) before they hatch

The check that I'm getting on the 3rd of March will cover dates from the end of January. So, it will be the last check before I went Gazelle! You can tell by the measly 4.5 OT hours (over 2 weeks). However, with my OT + Commissions, my snowball for this check will be a staggering $492!! The snowball for the following check is already at $297 without OT.    That means that no matter what, I'm getting this Chevron card PAID OFF by the end of the month! Wouldn't it be nice if we could all

Chérie

Chérie

 

Take THAT Chevron!

With all the great news, I figured Now was as good a time as any to throw the snowball!! I just made an Ahhhhhmazing payment of $1,134.00 to that silly ol' Chevron Card! I planned to wait until Payday (March 3rd) to figure out what would be left after the budget. But I just couldn't! It's ALL SNOWBALL Baaaabby!!    Also, I felt like I was falling behind. I didn't want my ONLY payment in Feb. to be $488.   So, here's the breakdown of this payment:   Budgeted snowball

Chérie

Chérie

 

Little win with Spouse!

Great news x2!! So it's great, GREAT news!  1) Work is doing an overtime incentive that I plan to take full advantage of! $10/hr extra for any hours from 41-45 and $15/hr extra for anything $45+ hrs. Since I get commissions, my hourly is only $13.75 so this is really great! Plus, I was going to work overtime anyway. Sure, why not get MORE money for it!! 2) I asked Spouse if they would be willing to read TMMO anytime in the near future. "Yeah, sure. I'm doing a reading challenge and I d

Chérie

Chérie

 

Responses about Family Life

Quoted from Clever Username: "Congrats on hitting the Starting line!Let's get out ahead of one thing. Your husband, the budget, his credit card and his second job. I like your thought if you get one thing from him, let it be the budget. But here's where credit cards get sticky. You lost me with the mine that his second income goes towards his credit card with a zero balance.This is not a debt question, this is a Budget question. Refuse to talk about it in debt language. These are expense

Chérie

Chérie

 

Almost Forgot!

I forgot the most important part!    We were under budget by $388 for the first bi-weekly period and Spouse gave me $20 to throw with me regular snowball of $80 so I was able to make a payment of $488 toward the Chevron card today!!! 

Chérie

Chérie

 

The Starting Line

*** I am moving my forum posts to the blog to keep up with my journey*** Where to start?    I am $90K in debt. What a daunting place to start, huh?   Here it is... in all of its treacherous glory. (I've rounded the change for the list, but the total includes every penny)   Credit Cards: Chevron     $2,266  Min. $80 Capital 1     $3,959  Min. $40 Amazon      $6,825  Min. $120   Non-Card Debt Car              $11,596  Min. $285

Chérie

Chérie

 

Hard to believe it's been a year.....

After 1 year his A1C is holding steady at 5.3 (off meds) and has lost 75 pounds (hovering between 75 and 80). Wants to lose 10-15 more ideally, but is currently stalled where he is. A few newer definitions.... these apparently haven't been around long and are based on the new (to medical professionals) idea that diabetes actually CAN go into remission (what some folks are calling "cured")... "partial remission" = fasting glucose between 5.6 and 6.9 for at least a year (no meds) "complete rem

momto6

momto6

 

No hours left in the day!

I am back in college this quarter, taking 2 classes. I have done school on and off for years, but I know I need to buckle down and finish getting that associate's. My mom and I are kind of in a race, to see who can get their bachelor's faster It's kinda fun. Obviously she has the advantage of being ahead of me already, but it's fun to share and joke with her. Anyway, being a student sucks the time out of my week. There is a lot of basic structured homework (online, business algebra) and then

Gelly

Gelly

 

I'm back and everything is different!

Wow - It's been a while and a lot has happened - actually - everything that could have happened has indeed happened.   I can't stay on long - but here is where we are:   I moved into my own two bedroom apartment in December of 2015.   In Feb of 2016 I was laid off after 10 years.   I freaked out - totally freaked out. Got very depressed - got suicidal - wanted to simply not be anywhere anymore - no job, no husband, no divorce, no friends - it was a really crappy three months - like real

Freedom10

Freedom10

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