First, thank you so much for all of your kind comments regarding our family health situation. I’ll try to keep you updated (especially in terms of finances) as I get more information.
In the meantime I wanted to tell you about how this situation, coupled with the no-income May, are going to affect debt payments this month.
It kills me to do this….but I’m going to have to pay only minimums.
We live on last month’s income, so having such a low income for the month of May is really hurting us in June. Hubs’ business drew no income last month (thankfully it didn’t cost us anything so he had enough income to cover his expenses, but no profits were earned). Also, remember how we owe the IRS money? Yeah. We already have some of the money set aside but I was going to use my May paycheck to cover the rest of the bill. BUT, since my paycheck was our only source of income for the month, I’ve put some aside for IRS bill, but I’ve kept some to help cover part of our expenses this month. And we’re raiding our EF hard-core. I’m trying to minimize the amount we have to withdraw from the EF (we’re trying to sell everything possible), but it could come close to being wiped out this month. A very scary feeling.
Given all this (and uncertain future spending) I think that it’s better to keep some money in the bank, pay minimums on current debt, and try to build some reserves this month. Debt payments will be as follows:
- PenFed (car payment) = $0 (I’m prepaid ‘till next April so no fees incurred)
- Student Loan Payments = $433 (minimum payments: $77 to ACS ; $356 to Navient)
- Medical Bill = $25 (minimum)
- Balance transfer = $0 (no interest currently, but this means later payments will need to be higher to cover this month’s deficit)
That’s only $458 in debt payments this month!
I hate it! This is my lowest monthly debt payment in the 15 months I’ve been blogging here.
To compensate I’ve also taken away all monthly savings in their entirety. That means nothing toward:
- Cruise 2016 fund
- EF (in fact, we’re raiding the EF)
- Car repair fund
- Health/Dental/Vision fund
- Semi-annual fees fund
Usually I put several hundred toward savings each month (up to $1,000), but all savings is being suspended until we can get the financial bleeding to end.
So…minimum debt payments, no savings. Pretty much sums it up.
I’ve got to get back to work – Mondays are always a busy work day for me because assignments are due on Sundays. : ) Still thankful for my job!