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Update

May 20th, 2012 at 08:21 pm

So I haven't updated here in quite some time, at least since February. We finished paying off our credit card debt and are still working towards paying off Hubby's car and are actively looking for our first home. We are looking into buying a townhouse. It has been a slow-moving process. But I think we've finally found a place we like. Unfortunately, the bank won't even process our pre-approval until we have $10,000 in the bank. Right now, we have $8,300ish, so we're going to have to buckle down and save to get it up. But we'll probably be too late for this particular townhome by the time we save all that money. We save about $600/month give or take.

Anyways, we've looked at our budget and cut a few things, but I think we're finally ready. Thank God because I am sick of driving 45 minutes to an hour to work every day!

New Budget

December 24th, 2011 at 05:16 pm

Hubby and I realized that our budget was not working. I mean, we weren't really trying and we both needed to cooperate in order for it to work. So, during the month of December, we created a new budget. We use YNAB and did a "fresh start". And we are really doing well! The month is almost over and the only thing we've overspent on was medicine, because we both got sick. Our personal funds were dropped from $100 per person per month, to $30. We cut a few things, and it worked out perfectly.

Now, with everything going on, we are very close to paying off our debt. And we are closer than ever to getting our own place. The new budget has been a challenge. I input all our transactions in the software, and it gives us these reports. Basically, we are living within our means now and saving more than ever.

And after I input all the transactions, it automatically updates our budget. And then I email the leftover amounts to Hubby. It's full disclosure. I can't hide any overspending, and he can't claim that he didn't know we didn't have the money in the budget. It's going to work out really nicely. After we pay off the credit cards, we'll finally be able to apply that extra money to saving for our own place. And I'll start putting money away for a new car for myself. In a few years, I expect to be able to buy a better car.

As of right now though, I'll take the little victories.

Last Credit Card

September 24th, 2011 at 02:55 am

We're down to paying off our last credit card! I'm so excited!!! After this, we'll be saving a lot more per month and able to go out if we'd like, as well.

Just one more credit card!

Money Spending Competition

September 5th, 2011 at 10:06 pm

My boss and I are going to have a competition to see who can spend the least amount of money throughout the month of September. Unfortunately, my finances include both myself and my hubby and my boss's only account for his actions so we'll need to be extra careful about spending.

I think it's just what we need to get serious about our bad spending habits. We were able to pay down some debt from August to September, but I know we could have done more had we just buckled down and kept at the low spending. The winner gets 100 gold in World of Warcraft. (Yes, I play. Yes, I'm a nerd.) It's less about gold and more about the stimulation of competition for spending less. I'm a competitive person, so this might actually work out for me.

We bought a car

June 4th, 2011 at 03:15 pm

So, we finally bought hubby a new-to-him car! Smile He's been driving a '96 Honda Accord with 175k miles on it. And it was finally time. It depleted our savings and now we have a car loan to pay off, but we'll pay more than the minimum on it.

We put $4500 down, traded in Hubby's car for $500, and ended up with a loan for $11,811.29. It sucks. But the car is a 2010 Chevy Cobalt with 40k miles in dark blue. It doesn't have any options (it's all push and pull), but it's exactly what we needed and it'll improve his credit score. Since his credit score is low and he's considered high risk, we have higher payments, but I didn't want my credit involved in any way. It's all him.

Anyways, we're very excited and hope to have it paid off before 72 months.

We bought a mattress

May 22nd, 2011 at 02:23 pm

We went and bought clothes with the extra money from my paycheck this week. We needed clothes. The hubby's were full of holes and his jeans were soft. We got him a couple pairs of jeans, a belt, and plenty of shirts. Then, we went into our emergency fund and bought a mattress that we needed. We've been sleeping on a twin-sized mattress together and it's horribly uncomfortable. So, we're happy with our purchase. I'm unhappy spending so much money.

But we've done well with saving and paying off our debt, so I think it's okay. I hope so, anyways.

Our emergency fund dropped $550. But, I'm hoping it'll still be okay.

Goodbye CitiBank

May 19th, 2011 at 02:20 pm

Paying off our debt has proven easier than anticipated. Quite frankly, what makes it so easy is the burden that is removed each time we pay off a credit card. So we paid off citibank today. We finished saving for the car yesterday and are just waiting for the money to be deposited in our checking account.

I'm interested to see how much we can pay off now that we are down to 4 bills a month.

Due to Economic Times

May 18th, 2011 at 04:26 pm

Hubby and I are bad at keeping on budget. But now, we are trying to move out on our own, pay off our debt, and save money. Because of this, we will be staying on our (already low) budget. We get a date night once a week. The rest of the time is eating in. That was the lowest I could get it without us cheating on our budget. But we've been bad lately. Spending extra. And we cannot afford to do that! So, we've spoken and agreed that we need to start staying on budget immediately. We pack lunch for work. We stay in more than go out. We lowered our weekly date money from $50 to $30. It sucks, but that's what needs to happen in order for us to save the most we can. We don't know how long it'll be before we have to move out on our own, so we've begun buckling down.

We are just waiting for some money to come in, but Hubby's car fund is all done when that money gets deposited. I can't wait to get rid of this clunker. So we'll only be putting money towards our emergency fund starting this week. Smile

Paid off our first card!

April 14th, 2011 at 02:13 pm

I'm super excited. Hubby got paid this morning, so we paid some bills. And we managed to pay off our chase card! It didn't have that much money racked up on it, but I still am happy to see it gone.

Also, we're doing well with the switch to cash. Hubby accidentally used our debit card once this week. It was fine. I left extra money just in case.

He then deposited his cash to cover it. So we're fine. It's a little easier since we're both so busy. But we both also spent our personal money completely for the month! The next few weeks will be tougher. But we're doing great. We're also discovering more and more coupons.

Once our debt is paid off, we can finally afford to move in together.

Cash Spending

March 28th, 2011 at 05:17 pm

My tip jar didn't really survive this weekend. I started out with $60, bought a few necessary things using the cash (dry cleaning, a new toothbrush) and *poof* there went my hard-earned tip money.

There's still $11 left and I work again today in the club lounge, so hopefully I'll be bringing in some serious tip money this week.

Anyways, it was better that we had that cash because I'm a lot less nervous about not getting a paycheck next week.

Love love love

March 25th, 2011 at 05:22 am

I'm am loving my new job. Today was a great day. I'm exhausted though. So, today I made $29 in tips! I added it to my stash, so I'm up to an even $40. I also found $0.12 in total today, which is awesome since I've been hitting a dry spell in finding change lately. I found a dime and penny at the gas station and another penny in the back of the club lounge tonight. I'm still a little nervous about getting through these next couple of weeks without dipping into savings, but, with the way things are going, we should be okay.

I had to buy some work shirts today. I bought some before, but they turned out to be completely see-through. So I have to return them tomorrow before work or Hubby has offered to do it after school tomorrow. Either way for a refund. I also got gas and paid a bill.

We've paused on the snowballing until I get my first real paycheck so we don't get ourselves into too much trouble. I get the last paycheck from my old job tomorrow. We'll be okay this week, we just have to keep it cheap.

We'll see about next week. At least Hubby still gets paid.

Halfway Through March

March 15th, 2011 at 01:33 pm

We are halfway through March, here's where we stand on overspending:

Overspent on restaurants by $31.73.
Overspent on miscellaneous by $218.96 (I owed my mom money).
Overspent on pets by $14.


That's it. Restaurants was definitely 100% my fault. I twisted some excuse and realized later. So I can improve on that. I owed my mom money, so that $218 couldn't be avoided, but it's in the budget because it's spent money. And the pets thing was also 100% my fault. I bought my bird a new toy and a water feeder since the vet told me way back when that he's dehydrated and probably just not drinking that much water since it's always available for him. So I bought that stuff, but ended up going over budget.

We've also managed to save $175 this month so far. Yay.

Week of Failure

March 10th, 2011 at 04:00 am

So this week, we failed. We overspent. And I feel so guilty! We spent through our emergency fund. I told Hubby that we need to have more self-control. I don't want to have the emergency fund in a separate bank because if we need it, it needs to be available ASAP, but we can't continue to spend it. He agrees. We are still not good at this. We have been getting progressively better, but it's a work in progress and this week, we failed.

As far as paying off the credit cards goes, we're doing well. As for the rest of the month, we'll just go on like usual. One date a week. And be much stricter on emergency fund disposal.

We failed. But, I've forgiven myself just enough to sleep at night, but we absolutely cannot let this happen again. It was so irresponsible. This journey is not easy.

One way we're trying to overcome our failure in coming weeks is to have our date nights in the middle of the week instead of directly after payday. We get so excited about payday that we always do dinner the same day or the next day. We will wait until Monday night this week. Hopefully it's in between enough for us to hold off. I guess we'll see.

Payday

March 5th, 2011 at 02:07 am

Every payday, I assess what I need to buy and put the rest into savings, leaving myself with the bear minimum. This week I was able to put away $60. I'm currently doing halfsies. I need to build up my emergency fund, but also need to build up the car fund because hubby's car is crap. So, $30 went to each of those goals.

I love payday and I hate it too. Just as quickly as my money arrives, it disappears. *sigh* Hopefully I'll be debt free soon!

Snowballing it

March 3rd, 2011 at 01:06 pm

We've decided a number of things. First, we are going to do the snowball method for paying off credit cards. The first card has a very small amount on it. $237.23. It's not going to be easy. I don't really like defaulting to minimums on the other cards, but it'll definitely be faster than what I was going to do. And it makes sense. My husband isn't happy with the idea that we have to pay minimums on a credit card with nearly $3000 on it. That's the last one we'll pay. For the record, I'm a student, which is the only reason I haven't paid off this credit card yet. I bring in, currently, about $600 a month.

The great news is that I just landed a full-time job doing exactly what I want to do! My income will nearly double. My husband brings in the same amount. So, once I start working at this new company in two weeks, I'll start looking at raising the amount we can spend in bills every week.

The other thing is that I want to go on vacation. Since I just started this job, it looks like I'll have to go on vacation next year. Sucks! But I don't want to mess this opportunity up by leaving town for a week. So we will be starting a vacation fund after we get the emergency fund where it's supposed to be this month ($342).

Lastly, we will be starting a retirement fund. I'm going halfsies on all these savings goals. Everything is divided in half with the car fund, which we need to build up as quickly as possible. Hubby's car is pretty awful. My car is fine. After we build up the car fund and buy a car, then I'm at a loss of what to do.

Do I create another car fund? Do I save for a house? Lots of potential in that money, you know? Anyways, those are the strides we've made in the past couple of days.

March 1

March 1st, 2011 at 03:22 pm

February was a difficult month, financially. It was tough because we spent so much money. Izzy's car is falling apart, so it's been expensive on that front. We also switched phone carriers, and that was expensive too. At least we can put February behind us and get back on track in March.

March, I'm sticking to the basics. Once a week, we're going on our date, but not eating out other than that. Gas prices are on the rise, so we'll see what happens there. Hopefully, it won't affect how much I have to put aside for gas every week. But let's be realistic. If it keeps going up, I'm going to have to. Sunpass stays the same. Groceries stay the same. The rest of our income is pure savings. Which will be great since we have to buy Izzy a new car soon. That scares the crap out of me.

We have $2k saved so far. Hopefully, we'll be able to get at least another grand before his car dies. We'll see. Right now, he needs a new alternator. And we need to keep an eye on his oil level. There is supposedly a leak. I just don't know how accurate that is.

I'll be looking into saving for retirement too. Izzy has a retirement fund through his job. I don't though. We'll see. We are also down to $4900 (more or less) in credit card debt. I feel pretty low that I can't afford to go out and do the things I see my friends doing.

But I know that at the end of life, I'll have a nice savings, and they won't. So...it is what it is.