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We Made It – Brand New Month


It is officially the last day of No Spend January. We made it!!! And yes, I’m proud.

Other than the flat tire and replacement, we didn’t falter. In fact, I didn’t even spend my “exception” money…yet. I still have to register Princess for volleyball and get an oil change. But…

Exciting Things in February

We do have a few exciting things to look forward to this month:

  • It’s Valentine’s Day! And my first Valentine’s Day in years and years where I am officially part of a couple.  That’s new. I’ve been drawing and coloring for days to prepare a homemade gift that I will be mailing in pieces over the month. (How do you feel about the increase in stamps this month (and yes I get stamps at CVS)? I wouldn’t have noticed other than the long distance relationship I am in.)
  • Gymnast is supposed to come for his first visit. (Still working out the details on this, but hopeful it will happened.)

    He’s adjusting to the snow, but starting to miss home a bit.

  • Princess is out of school for a week. (We don’t have any plans, but it will be a nice break.)
  • Princess will start playing for a local rec volleyball league at the end of the month.

Debt Payments

But most importantly, I will be reviewing my financial accounts which I have mostly ignored this past month to make some decisions on debt payoff. Yeah!

Just a reminder, my debt priorities right now are:

  1. Tax Debt
  2. Collections
  3. Credit Card
  4. Car Loan
  5. Student Loan

My student loan is still in deferment and will be until May. So I have a little breathing room to pay off the other debts.

I am anxious to receive all my tax documentation and anticipate getting a refund. I am hoping that between my savings this month and the tax refund, I can get the bulk of debt #1, 2 and 3 paid off. That will feel amazing!

This is the year that things turn for us in a big way. I am ready for that change. I am motivated to make that change.

What about you? Has your excitement over the new year waned? Have your resolutions or goals petered out?




  • Reply jj |

    Good luck! Thanks to you, I did a low spend Jan, and I am pretty pleased with my small results. I am going to keep it going, and keep low spending/no spending wherever possible. I hope 2019 is your year!

  • Reply Janie B. |

    I could be wrong, Hope, but I believe that if you have a tax debt, you won’t be getting a refund. Any money that would be due you, will be applied to your tax debt FIRST! So, don’t be planning too much on getting a tax refund, per se. However, your tax bill will get paid . . .

    • Reply Hope |

      True and true, thankfully, I do now have the money to finish paying that debt and wipe it from my thoughts – woohoo!
      But first, I must grocery shop! And then I will sit down and plan what to do with the “extra” we have from our #nospendjanuary

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