Sunday, July 28, 2013

July Update

A few setbacks in July. My car needed new shocks... totaling almost $500. And our trip next month has fallen through (which will ultimately save us money in the long run, but in the meantime is tying up $550 that we may or may not see refunded) We decided to take a long weekend up to Vegas instead, so we booked the hotel, and bought some tickets for entertainment there as well.

We also spent more than usual on groceries this month, because we decided to try a 40 meals in 4 hours crockpot freezer plan. It meant an approximately $600 shopping spree, but should reduce our regular weekly trip down to $100 or less for the next several weeks.

All in all though, our debt still came down, and it's very encouraging to know that even on the not-so-great months, we can still see at least a modest reduction.

Total debt for July:
Down by $738.34

Monday, July 1, 2013

June Update

June is - thankfully - over, which means so ends our month of no extra spending.  It ended up being both easier and harder than I thought, and it was a good month to choose to do it too... our debt would have barely come down otherwise.  We managed to pay off a few stragglers, and are left with exactly four debts:

A mortgage, a second mortgage, and two credit cards. 

That's it!  We can do this, right?! 

Next order of business is to get in as good a shape as possible for two back-to-back trips:  One to a conference in Texas at the end of August, and one a two-week long road trip at the end of September.  They will of course prove to be setbacks as far as debt reduction (even road-trips are NOT CHEAP) but the goal is to do it with as small amount of financial impact as possible... while still having an excellent time.  We've done it before, and I know we can do it again.

Total debt for June:
Down by $1572.57