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Plan #5: Emergency Fund & Credit Card

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After I spent of the bulk of last year getting back on my feet and establishing a healthy savings account, I began to diligently tackle my debt again. Creating mini-plans really worked for me.

You can see those plans here:

Now it’s time for a new plan.

Plan #5 Details

I appreciate your comments on my recent debt update. I felt really good about where I am right now after that update. Posting here so regularly is really helping keep me accountable and on track!

With that being said, I am ready to focus on my next mini-plan. It is two-fold.

Pay off Self Lender

With a balance due of just $291, one good month of income will have it settled. And because Self Lender is essentially a savings account, I will receive a minimum of $1,100 back.

This will become my emergency fund. Starting me off on the right foot for this chapter in my debt payoff journey.

piggy bank

Hopefully, I can pay this off in July and be done with it. Because this is such a small, but large step at the same time, I am making this plan twofold.

Pay off My Credit Card

The big part of my plan is to pay off my credit card. Its balance has hovered right around $5,000 for years now.

For most the past year, I have paid it off every month, but then turned around and used it to pay monthly obligations, buy groceries, etc. This way I paid little to no interest, but never really got out from under the debt.

My plan for paying it off is this:

  • Emergency fund of $1,100 established, so I will not focus on any savings right now.
  • Pay minimum on all other debts and cover monthly obligations. (Except for the extra $92 I pay every month towards the car.)
  • Anything extra will go towards the credit card.
  • And probably, most importantly, I will stop using the credit card EXCEPT for gas. (Because of the abundance of times my checking account has been cleared out, I use the credit card for gas.)

Because my income fluctuates greatly these days, this process could takes anywhere from a couple of months to several months. All depends on the number of projects I can pick up and complete.

Tell me, what am I missing? Are there other suggestions you would make for this plan?


Hope’s Debt Update – June, 2018

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I didn’t realize it had been so long since I published a debt update. You can see my last one published in February here.

June, 2018 Debt Update

Here are my debt numbers as of yesterday. Despite limited income over the last few months, and primarily living off savings, I have stayed on track with paying off debt.

Creditor
Balance

(as of 10/14/17)
Interest
Min. Payment
Student Loans$34,3752.88%$0 (income based deferment)
Car$6,8647.00%$308
Credit Card$4,98217.00%$36
Collections 3 (Ex-husband)$4,9536.25%$246
Collections 2 (Apartment)$499$0
Self Lender$29110.57%$97
Summer Camp (2018)$00.00%$0
Taxes (State)$00.00%settled with refund for 2017
Total$52,150$687

I removed the debts that were previously settled. Since the February update, the kids’ summer camp was paid off and my VA state tax debt was settled with my 2017 refund.(Received word of this, this week – yeah!)

State and Federal Taxes

I had both VA and GA earnings so had to file in both states. I am still waiting on the GA results, but I anticipate a refund. Because I am a first time filer in GA, I had to file via paper and their website says it can take up to 9 weeks to hear anything.

I am also anticipating a federal tax refund. More on that once I hear from the IRS. (Because of the final year of the adoption tax credit, W2 job where I had more than required withheld and my estimated tax payments from my consulting business, I was well covered.)

Looking toward the Future

As I put in the comments yesterday, I have now contracted out full time hours with my consulting business. While some hours I only earn $17 per hour, the bulk of the hours are contracted at $40 per hour.

After I get a month under my belt, I will publish an anticipated budget. For now, as many BAD readers advised when I wrote about the unemployment benefits I was to receive, I am only spending the minimum on the monthly bills and saving the rest.

Once I get back on stable ground with all the new clients, I will begin with a new debt pay off plan. My first goal…pay off my single credit card!

Your advice has been invaluable these last four years, but most importantly the last few months. Doing at this debt update gave me a lot of hope that being debt free is not too far off.

 


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