[-$38,300] Packing for Guilt Trips: Dealing with Debt and Family Expectations

 

It’s that time of year again, so yes, this post will be served extra ranty and with a large glass of whine.

This issue comes up for me every year, especially around the holiday season, but I’m also wondering how people deal year-round with having debt and pressure to meet family home-visit expectations.

When I was first starting out on my debt repayment journey, it was common for me to go home for the holidays once every other year. It was always a struggle to have that conversation and it came with guilt trips, of course, about my not visiting enough. Cross-country (coast to coast) plane tickets are expensive on a typical day. They become outrageously expensive ($1000+) around the holidays. My family never seems to care much about that.     Read More

A Story of a F*ck Off Fund

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I heard you guys loud and clear about my job burnout in the comments of an earlier post. I need some time off of work, so I’m taking some time. I’ll be away from work for 5 straight, glorious days and won’t be doing anything remotely constructive with my time. heh   Read More

[-$39,900] I’m in the 30’s!

Woot! I’ve made it to the 30’s. FINALLY!  Now that I’m here, I can start to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve already paid off over $30k in credit card debt before, so I’m getting back in familiar territory and know I can take down this last block of debt.

Current stats on my student loan

Original Balance: $112,258
Remaining Balance: $39,900
Monthly Payments:
 $2,000 – 2,800   🙂
Term Remaining on Debtor’s Prison Sentence: 1 year and 3 months  
Interest rate: 3.25% (now fixed rate!)  🙂

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[-$40,745] I Think It’s Time for Me to Leave

There’s a trick to the Graceful Exit. It begins with the vision to recognize when a job, a life stage, a relationship is over – and to let go. It means leaving what’s over without denying its value. – Ellen Goodman

I think it’s time for me to leave my job, and my career…

Of the 10 Signs You Hate Your Job, I score an 8 out of 10 right now.

In the article How Work Kills Us, from The Economist, it is argued that work harms employees by being tied to their access to health care, and that the stress of work, lack of control over one’s working environment, long hours, etc, makes people sick both directly and indirectly.

I feel like work is killing me and I want out. When things go south in my jobs, it seems, they go south fast.  Read More

A Panoply of Milestones

 

I’m celebrating a panoply of milestones today. Three of them at once.  It’s milestone of milestones posts.

Milestone 1:  Over 142,598 in assets.

My assets totaled at the time of this writing are $146,204 to be more precise. This means I now have more in assets than I ever had in debt (-$142,598). This is a big psychological boost.

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