Welcome to the Roaring 20’s!
Today is a big money day for me. I woke up this morning and immediately checked my bank balance. You know, as I do. I was stunned to see 4 deposits: my paycheck, my bonus, my federal tax refund, and my state tax refund. Whoa!!! I was expecting my paycheck and bonus, but not my tax refunds.
First, what witchcraft is going on at the IRS? I filed my taxes last weekend. I got BOTH state and federal refunds today, 6 days after I filed! Six days?! I’ve never seen the IRS process anything so fast.
Oh yes, Surprise Cat. They did! And in 6 days. Read More
I had my annual review meeting with Manager, who apparently, and miraculously, has no plans to fire me, despite what I perceive to be recent decreased performance. I’m getting a small cost of living salary increase of 1.7% and my annual bonus! I’ll be getting my bonus soon. I was really nervous going into the meeting as I didn’t know what to expect or if I’d have a job coming out of it, but was relieved that it went as well as it did. I have improvements to make, but I still have a job.
In fact, I’ve been assigned two new projects. Thankfully, these projects will be in line with the old workstyle, so I expect I’ll feel comfortable running them. I’m planning to stay where I am for the immediate future. It won’t be easy at all, but if I can somehow grind it out here for one more year and pay off / down this debt, a lot more avenues will open up to me starting next year. Newish Leader (my manager’s manager) has been more hands-off lately, and this trend should continue. I plan to stay under Newish Leader’s radar as much as possible.
I just need to be able to survive for one more year before I can escape for good. Read More
Student Loan Update
FINALLY(!!!) I have my new account settled. Refinanced at the end of November. Earnest-Navient didn’t send out the overage refund check back to new servicer until the end of December, one month later. Then it took the new servicer until a few days ago, mid-January, to credit the check and update my account. OMG, almost 2 months?! Ugh. What were they using, the Pony Express?! In any event, it’s good to have that servicer transition over.
Oh, and I made a payment this week, which brings my balance to $32,700, down from the $35,000 I rang in the new year with. This is great, but I’m wondering if I should have held on to the cash. See below.
This update is not a good one. Read More
Happy New Year, Peeps! Here are my goals for 2019. Ready…Set…Go!!
2013 Goals | 2014 Goals | 2015 Goals | 2016 Goals | 2017 Goals | 2018 Goals
2019 DOUBLE DEBT SINGLE WOMAN GOALS
ONE – Pay off student loan debt from $35,000 to $0.
That’s right! This is the year, the student loan debt monster dies. Last year, I paid off $25,300 of student loan debt. I want to surpass that this year. I’m down to the last $35,000 of debt and I want it dead.Yeah, this is another crazy ambitious goal. But you know my debt motto: go big or go home.
I’ve already paid off over $30,000 of credit card debt, so paying off this amount of debt is familiar territory for me. I have no idea how I’m going to pay all this off in one year, though. Maybe I’ll win the lottery? I know I need to rein in my spending on food, for one. In any event, my new low fixed interest rate (3.09%) will help more more of my payments go toward principal this year. Read More
Hi Peeps! Goodbye 2018. Here is the review of my latest year in debt.
Past end of year reviews: 2014 Review | 2015 Review | 2016 Review | 2017 Review
2018 In Review:
In the Winter, after declaring my 2018 goals, I kicked off the new year by making a student loan payment that put me In the 50’s. February was all about my bonus. I started the month imagining how I might allocate it while also dealing with housing instability.
Actually getting the bonus mid-month left me Feeling like a Rat…and a Cat. By the end of February and the winter season, I celebrated having paid off half of my $112,258 student loan debt. I now had a $56,000 balance and couldn’t be happier. Read More