So now that I have reached my surpassed my donation goal and wrote my book to show others how to pay it forward in their communities, I am now going slow down this year and focus on myself and knocking down debt. I had started this journey last year and was doing pretty well until the business fire hit on Memorial Day Weekend, but something as devastating as this would set anyone back. I vowed to try in 2017 so here we go 🙂 I am listed my debts and the progress I make which helps make me accountable if I am spending unnecessary money.
Regular Bills (My Portion)
Hannah: 800.00 (For Car Down Payment, since I have helped her out a lot and last year was so tough, she has been patient a lot, she is 21 and we don’t charge her rent, and I have been paying her car insurance since she started driving, Starting in January, I will be still pay her insurance, but applying it to my debt, small steps yay)
Mom: 400 another car loan, hope to have this paid off on her birthday March 21st
Amazon 1,900.00 I let my daughter talk me into using this because she has better credit than me, and after the tragedy, we all needed a vacation because of all the stress..I spent more than necessary, so now have an extra bill :/
Fingerhut: 180.00 TV I bought for my daughter
Capital One: 481.00
Capital One: 430.00
Victoria S: 700.00
Loan: 1,050.00 (Payday loan, currently adding an extra 480.00 to my bills each month, hoping to pay it off and not take out another one…ever! last payment is March 4, my goal is Feb 4…currently saving in the 52 week challenge envelope and amount each day up to 12, soooo…we shall see 🙂
Join the 52 Week Savings Challenge to Save $1,380.00 to put into your savings account at the end of the year the easy way…Saving does not have to be hard!
I have a few other debts, but focusing on this and building an emergency fund by the end of the year. I am hoping to make an extra 3,000 in extra money by book sales, mystery shopping, and other odd jobs.
Total Debt: 7,826.00
Debt Paid so Far: 100 (Hannah’s Insurance)
New Total: 7,728.00
Trying to do a low spend month, but Murphy is trying to sneak in, Someone came in with step throat to work and I got it, even though I had Insurance, they wanted 240.00 to be seen, so I used http://www.doctorondemand.com and only paid 44.00 and 8.00 on medicine. This service is awesome, I recommend it, no waiting at the doctors office, no high doctor bill, and very convenient. For the simple illnesses, use this service: use code: tina313 and receive $10.00 regularly 49.00. I don’t know why my code was only worth 5 🙂 but hey 5 is 5 not to mention saving at least 200.00 for cancelling doctor’s visit.
I did receive a 100.00 check from Comptroller for my paycheck’s for the last week I worked at Waffle House and I-hop…55.00 from Carvana for overpaying on tags. I also used 160.00 in Christmas money to help get on track for January…so I will count all this towards my extra money goal which is 316.00
Good or bad, I will keep you updated on my journey. Share your debt free journey and goals below in the comments section. I will update my progress in February, will probably only be able to pay the minimum on credit cards this month, but when loan is paid I should be able to pay a little more. Slow and steady gets the job done!
I will still continue to pay it forward, but only with free items I get with coupons, what others donate to me, or any money raised from fundraising. I will be planning to do the $5.00 weekly Pay It Forward Challenge that I can use all at once or throughout the year. ($260.00) I will probably use this to help my daughter with diapers since they are young, and not the best at finances. Won’t you take the 5.00 Pay It Forward Weekly Challenge With Me?