I have some things to be thankful for.
Another student loan payment made. Now down to $61,835. So close to being out of the 60’s now!
I received a gift of money from a family member in the sum of $3,500. I have added this money to my emergency fund, which raises my balance to a perfectly even $10,000!
I’m not comfortable accepting money from anyone, which is part of the reason that I’m not spending this money or putting it towards debt. I’m keeping it in savings and accessible to give back if needed. This is not ever likely to happen, but it gives me peace of mind. Now that my e-fund is at $10k, I’m going to stop contributing money there and put those future dollars towards clearing out the credit card debt.
I’m going to travel home to see my extended family for the holidays next week. (I paid for these tickets months ago out of my Opportunity Fund, so these flights are not contributing to my current credit card balance.)
It’s been a couple of years since I’ve been out there and it’s time to go back before I get hammered with guilt trips. Now that I’m planning this international trip, it adds fuel to the fire. You know the drill. “DDSW has money to travel abroad but not come to see her family”. Etc. Etc. Don’t get me started on debt, family, travel, and guilt trips. Heh. Too late. I think that might be the topic of a future post.
In any event, going back to see everyone will be good and fun, but also a bit stressful in that way that only family can bring out. I’m thankful to be able to do this physically and financially, nonetheless.