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Hope’s Debt Update – December, 2018


I felt so good about my significant debt payment after our No Spend Month but this total debt number is not going down fast enough! But I am fairly confident Collection #1 will be paid off before the end of 2018 – yeah!


(as of 10/14/17)
Min. Payment
Student Loans$34,7252.88%$0 (income based deferment)
Credit Card$3,55717.00%$60
Collections 3 (Ex-husband)$1,0036.25%$246
Collections 2 (Apartment)$499$0

I am working on my new monthly budget now and will publish it later this week.

Next Plan?

I’m also torn as I begin thinking of my next targeted debt; it’s between the credit card and Collection #2 in my mind. But I’m leaning towards Collection #2 since it is such a small amount comparatively and will be a nice ego boost to have all collection accounts cleared up. But the credit card interest is significantly higher. What would you do?

Student Loan Debt

In the same thought, I’m already steering away from Dave Ramsey’s path again, and thinking I need to start paying something every month towards my student loan debt. I know it’s in income based deferment for a few more months, but the interest jump was a couple of hundred dollars. I want to really start seeing that total number drop.

As you can probably hear, I am conflicted. But I’m also not rushing into a decision and weighing all sorts of scenarios. I figure I have until next month to really make a firm plan as I am definitely targeting Collection #1 and getting that gone.

That will free up $246 per month AND be a HUGE weight off my mind as it is the last, very last financial tie to my ex-husband. Now that has been a LONG TIME coming. And I couldn’t be more excited from that point view.

I’m all ears for your recommendations. But know I am committed like never before (and actually making enough money these days to follow through with my commitment!) Debt free here I come!!!


Plan #6: Tax Debt


We survived No Spend October, extended it into November and have just returned from a fun holiday week with my family, it’s time to get serious about driving down my debt balances again. As I mentioned in a previous post, I was able to save enough to pay a good chunk towards my tax debt the week before Thanksgiving.

I did really well in the last year with my targeted plans:

Pay Off Tax Debt

I had decided before the overwhelming success of No Spend Month, that the next debt I would zero in is the outstanding tax debt left over from my marriage. While the interest rate is not as high as my credit card, the mental burden is HUGE! And I want it gone.

I have decided to take a page from the Dave Ramsey playbook and focus on it with a debt snowball. (Not sure if I’m saying that right.)

I’m going to continue to pay the minimums on all other debt (except my car payment which I will continue at $400 per month instead of $308.) And then at the end of every month, make an extra payment to the tax debt based on my income that month.

Anticipating that work will continue to be steady and continue to grow, my goal is to have this debt completely eliminated no later than January, 2019. But I hope to pay it off in December by sticking to a more frugal monthly budget as we did in October. As of now, the balance is right around $1,001.

Full debt update coming next week…