Friday, September 30, 2011

September Update & Naysayers

I have been keeping this blog for three years this month, and for the vast majority of that time, everyone has been extremely supportive and kind. In fact, it took almost this entire time before I received even one negative comment about my writings about money. It wasn't even here; it happened when I took the - rather uncomfortable - step to talk about one of my shortcomings when it comes to money on my main blog. I think it's interesting that it's practically commonplace for people to brag about money, and it's completely socially acceptable to complain about money... but somehow saying the hard things and admitting an area where I might have need for improvement, and I'm ripe for ridicule.  And you know what?  Go right ahead, be cruel.  Make fun of me, throw my vulnerability in my face, try to make me feel bad. I'll pick myself up, remind myself of Dave Ramsey's words, "live like no one else so you can live like no one else", and shake it off. While it would be nice to be debt-free and, therefore, free of the need for the blog in the first place... it isn't happening in the near (or not as near) future. So, I'll keep plugging and I'll keep blogging... naysayers be damned.

Total debt for September:
Down by 2020.11

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

August Update

I spent a good portion of last month extremely stressed out about money... feeling the impact of a three week cross country vacation, and anticipating another 4 day, 4 figure jaunt to San Diego for a conference. What on earth were we thinking spending that kind of money? Was it a responsible thing to do, given that we should be focused on getting out of debt? But I don't regret it, on either front. It's paid for. And this month, I'm once again feeling hopeful and positive, because 1) we have no more vacations or extra big expenses planned for a good long while, and 2) we just took advantage of a great transfer interest rate and paid off one of our existing cards... which means that we're down to just two cards, our payments will have much more spending power and our balance will come down even faster. Yes!

Total Debt for August:
Down by $1263.16