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Hope’s February, 2018 Debt Update

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It seems like a lifetime ago that I did my last debt update, but it was just two months ago.

Debt Balances as of Feb. 26

Creditor
Balance

(as of 10/14/17)
Interest
Min. Payment
Car$8,2737.00%$308
Credit Card$5,01417.00%$36
Summer Camp (2018)$1,4310.00%$0
Student Loans$34,0732.88%$307
Taxes (State)$5,8000.00%Re-negotiating
Self Lender$67910.57%$97
Collections 1 (Medical)$186$0
Collections 2 (Apartment)$499$0
Collections 3 (Ex-husband)$5,8216.25%$246
Computer Equipment$022.90%$0
Amazon$026.99%$0
Total$61,776$994
There does not seem to be much needs explaining. I am only paying the minimum due on each debt right as I job hunt.  The tax debt is being renegotiated because the state’s number were evidently based on the federal tax returns that were returned saying I owed $18,000 but have since been corrected.  (Issue was the result of my adopted sons’ last name change.)

Cash on Hand

As of today, I am down to my last $200 in my everyday account. I have not received my final paycheck and have not heard whether my unemployment benefits have been approved. The local career center for the Georgia Department of Labor representative told me to call back tomorrow. It sounds like my employee is continuing to dispute my claim. No words!

They are also still holding my 401K hostage with their approval process. It’s been two weeks since I requested the move. I made another phone call to Voya today, and they said since I had already called the employer, they would prompt the account manager. I don’t know what good it will do, but my hands seem to be tied.

Next Steps

Needless to say, I’m applying like a crazy person.  I think last count I have applied for over 153 jobs through LinkedIn and have now added Indeed, Guru and several other job sites to my daily hunt. Do you have any other suggestions of places to look?

I will begin drawing from my savings at the end of this week if nothing else comes through.  This makes me so sad, but also so grateful. But mostly mad!


Well Crap

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It’s been a long time since we’ve had a major financial set-back. A really long time.

In fact, everything has been going rather smooth over the course of the past year or so. Income is up, outflow is down, we just hit the half-way point in our debt reduction journey. Life is good!

Until…..tax time.

We met with a CPA on Friday. Turns out we didn’t have all our sh-t together so we have to round up the last of our documents and get them over to the office early next week. So we don’t have official numbers, but it’s looking like it’s gonna be bad. Like….possibly in the 5-digits level of “bad.” Yeah. We may owe the IRS to the tune of over $10,000. How the f do we owe so much? I don’t even know where to begin.  I  thought my payments through my full-time job would help offset things more than they did. Clearly.

We have a LOT of deductions to claim. We also have tax credits we can claim. We’re not out of hope.

But it felt like I’d been punched in the gut after our CPA meeting. We don’t have $10,000. Not in cash. To owe that much would officially move us BACKWARD in our debt progression. The first backward movement since we started our debt payoff process nearly 3 years ago. We’ve had months of stagnation, but we’ve never gone BACKWARD. Never ADDED to our debt (mortgage not included). But my plan (to have cash or put it on a credit card to buy us an extra month) isn’t going to work if we’re talking about that much money.

We’re scrambling to think of a plan so we can pay with cash and not have to set up a payment plan (accompanied by penalties and interest) with the IRS.

In the meantime, we’ll be having another meeting (or two) with the CPA to figure out exact numbers and the best course of action. I’ve also suspended all non-essential debt-payments so we can pile up some cash. Unfortunately, given my recent agreement with the medical bill place, I’m committed to minimum sized payments of $1215/month through April. That, in addition to my minimum student loan payments, puts us at a minimum of about $2000/month. We’ve only been budgeting $3,000/month toward debt and having a minimum payment of $2000 only leaves us about $1,000/month of “wiggle room” to try to stockpile cash for our upcoming IRS debt payment. It’s not nearly enough. Particularly if we owe in the tens of thousands of dollars. omg. Just saying it makes me sick to my stomach. I hope to God it doesn’t turn out that bad. But, as the saying goes, hope for the best and plan for the worst. So all non-essential spending is DONE. In the meantime, we will hoard and stockpile money as best as we can. We do have an EF ($5,500) and a couple various savings accounts. Though it’s a bit like stealing from Peter to pay Paul. It’s certainly not ideal. But neither is the thought of acquiring more debt. It gives me a headache to even consider the thought.

Many of you had warned that we should beef up our EF now that we’re homeowners. This wasn’t the intended purpose (most commenters were thinking more in-line with needing to repair/replace an old roof or HVAC, etc.)….but now that we’re in this situation, it’s sure making me think about how great it would be to have a full $10,000 EF. This IRS tax problem would be solved (and then the “problem” of re-stocking the EF is much easier and less stressful).

So that’s my “well crap” update. I will bring you a February debt-update (which, as mentioned, is lower than the originally planned $3,000 due to the need to save all non-essential payments for our upcoming tax bill). In the meantime, I’ll just keep putting one foot in front of the other. Hoping for the best. Preparing for the worst. Ugh!