The Post Where I Have No Idea What My Student Loan Balance Is

Did you participate in Black Friday / Cyber Monday or did you participate in Buy Nothing Day?

I bought one thing on Black Friday. I had no business buying anything else given my finances right now.        Read More

[-$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

[-$42,800] Flat Out

Thank You 

Thanks, guys, for all the positivity and words of encouragement after my last post. I really needed a verbal hug, and you guys really delivered. I guess I realized just how much I am relying on getting out a debt by a certain time, just to keep myself together, and when there’s a change to that,  I get really down. I’m just so ready for all of this sacrifice to end, that it gets stressful sometimes. But never to fear, your Intrepid Debt Slayer is still here and ready to charge ahead. 🙂         Read More

[-$44,016] Standing Still and Feeling Dragged Along

Image credit: ‘Feeling Blue’ by lukechueh (DeviantArt)

FEELING BLUE

I’ve been feeling blue and unmotivated to write lately. I think a big part of it is because I’m at a standstill with making any progress on debt repayment. I sent $70 toward my student loan a few days ago while the other $900+ went to pay off that blasted medical bill. In the meantime interest continues to accrue…

I also have a recently announced family event that I must attend. I do want to go and be supportive, but my bank account was not prepared for this. Not going is not an option as the guilt tripping from family would be enormous. The travel will cost $500. I’ve got that chillin’ on my credit card at the moment.

There will also be another mandatory family event later this year. That will probably be another $500 at the very least.

I’ve also been overspending my allowance budget and have been pulling from my Opportunity Fund. I’ll need to lower my next couple of student loan payments to get everything settled. With everything going on, I just see my debt payoff date getting pushed back further and further…   Read More

[-$51,000] You Won’t Believe What Happened at Work Today

My expression when I heard the news!

 I GOT A RAISE!!!  

Omg, guys!  Ok. Technically, it’s not a raise. It’s a “salary/equity adjustment”.

An equity adjustment is a permanent increase to the base salary that may be granted to an employee under certain circumstances, such as increased duties that do not warrant a reclassification or a significant salary lag to comparable internal positions or the local labor market.

It’s a little over 12%, but, combined with the yearly cost of living adjustment I got a couple of months ago, my base salary will be about 15% over what I was making last year.  I. am. stunned! I didn’t think it was even possible. I’m still not ‘well paid’ for my industry by any stretch, but I’m at least juuust inside the edge of market rate now.  Read More