When I think of Goal-Setting, I think it’s important to set just 2 or 3. They should also be specific and measurable. My personal goals for this year are:
- Post on the Financially Me blog at least twice per month
- Launch a BUSINESS by July 1!
- Learn to speak French by taking a lesson once per week. (I bought Rosetta Stone 3 years ago…now is the time!)
To be honest, I’m kind of worried about that last one.
This year is especially exciting for my Family. We are debt free. We’ve saved quite a bit of my severance. We’re doing well in our careers. We’re healthy.
When we think of 2020, what is it this family wants to accomplish? What is it that I want to accomplish? It’s time to set some goals. The family needs to sit down, have a discussion and map it out. Goals to come…
Really. I was. I have been struggling not to take it personally, mainly because I put a lot into the company I worked for. I was told regularly how much of an impact I made and the Team I built was solid and engaged. When I take a step back, I do understand the business decision.
I wasn’t the only one to be laid off either but thankfully I was on contract. Although I won’t be working, I will still be financially stable for a time thanks to my severance agreement.
I plan on taking a little time to breathe then some more time to figure out what I really want to do next. Will I start my own business? Will I turn a hobby into a career? Will I jump back in to the workforce? I’m not sure but I’m excited to figure it out.
On to the next chapter…
Written April 15 but not posted:
I’m back from maternity leave and back at work! There’s been so much going on that this blog was set on the back burner, but now I need to catch everyone up.
In addition to a new baby, we also MOVED! The goal was to downsize to save in rent and utilities and we accomplished that. I think it’s fair to present out new listing of bills as they stand now. We surely have more money each month ($1,210) to pay down our remaining debt.
Here’s a glimpse at our debt today:
Over 5 months, we have made GREAT progress. As I mentioned…this was written in April, and since then we’ve had a new life event. I’ll post the details this week (week of May 12). Until then, Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mother’s out there!
I feel like we’re in a rut! Not much debt payoff progress these last two weeks. This may just be a bit of my impatience with the process. Anywho..time to pay bills.
According to my “Bills Budget,” this period’s paycheck covers the expenses below:
After paying these bills, what is left from our pay is $1,635. We are taking $800 for groceries, gasoline, needs for the kids and other things we may need for the family over the next two weeks. The remaining $835 is going toward paying down Credit Card 2.
Since last payday, our debt has gone down only $464 (sad face), but next pay period we will have more to pay towards debt given the bills we pay from that check are lower. Once I get over this impatience, I’ll be able to focus again on the overall progress we have made and remain confident that we are moving steadily toward our goals
That’s all this week. Thanks for reading and the support. Also, follow me on Instagram @financially_me. Take care and share!
Yikes yikes yikes! My first post of the New Year is so behind schedule AND I missed the January 4 Payday post. Let’s get caught up!
Since the New Year, my husband and I have reviewed our 2019 Financial Plan. The focus this year still is paying off the remaining debt balances. Assuming we REMAIN DILLIGENT, our debt will be paid off on September 13, 2019. That is a very short time from now and we (me mostly) cannot be more excited. I say I am most excited mainly because I have a much lower tolerance for debt than my husband. Much lower. After today’s paycheck, our debts look like this:
Progress is beautiful! Some contributors to additional debt payments have been my husband’s bonuses. He received a quarterly bonus for Q4 2018 as well as a holiday bonus. We applied the entire holiday bonus to debt and 30% of the Q4 bonus to debt. The remainder of the Q4 bonus went to our entertainment and travel fund. As I mentioned before in The Plan, it is important that we are still able to enjoy our time now together and keeping that balance is key.
Now to pay bills! According to my “Bills Budget,” this period’s paycheck covers the expenses below:
After paying these bills, what is left from our pay is $2,739. We are taking $1,000 for groceries, gasoline, needs for the kids and other things we may need for the family over the next two weeks. The remaining $1,739 is going toward paying off the last open Student loan account and pay down Credit Card 2.
Here is what our debt looks like today, down another $4,020 since 12/21, and down $23,923 since we started on November 23:
I’m liking that steady decline in the Total Debt number! As, always, thanks for reading and the support. Also, follow me on Instagram @financially_me. Take care and share!
While cooking dinner today, I was listening to a podcast discussing various methods to pay off debt. During the podcast, the hosts were speaking of a woman who was comparing the “Debt Snowball” method of Dave Ramsey to paying the debt with the highest interest first. In her opinion, paying higher interest first was a no-brainer because it costs less in the long run.
One of hosts mentioned that the reason some go for the”Debt Snowball,” starting with the smallest debt balance then moving to the larger, is to get a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment as you eliminate debt after debt. I totally agree!
In trying to pay down our debt, starting with the highest interest rate which was also our highest balance credit card, it seemed like the balance barely moved and I was often discouraged. Not only was I discouraged, but it was enough to think there was no point. We had multiple student loans and multiple credit cards, I really couldn’t see a reasonable end. Now, since focusing on smallest balance, we’ve paid off 3 of 4 student loans and 1 credit card. Also, those minimum payments that are no longer there have been shifted to pay off the next balance.
This last month has given us so much hope and I feel a sort of control again. We are taking this debt down!
What are your thoughts? How did you pay or how are you paying off your debt?