[-$29,900] I’m in the 20’s! : That Sounds Like Berries to Me!

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

[-$56,835] Feeling Like a Rat … and a Cat

Image Credit: Steve Cutts’ short film ‘Happiness’ (Youtube)

The Rat Race

Hey Peeps,

Another $1720 minimum monthly student loan payment, another seemingly minuscule movement in my balance.

I’m still busy at work and thankfully looking forward to the 3-day weekend for a bit of rest. Although my employer is benefiting from the new corporate tax cuts and pulling in record profits, it has done nothing to raise pay for people in my division beyond the standard cost of living adjustment. If there was any doubt about the impossibility of getting a raise, it’s gone now. Getting a raise, a REAL raise, was never a possibility and never will be one.

Other people have moved on from my employer and are earning more now. I’ll need to think about my long term earning potential. Ahhh. Trapped in the rat race and searching for more cheese. At the same time, I’m hesitant to make any risky moves now with so much debt and uncertainty hanging over my head. Afterall, there IS value in stability.  Read More

[-$58,452] Bonus & Instability

I’m in another busy spell at work. In fact, I’m having to work over the weekend to meet two deadlines on two separate projects.

I made a random $307 extra payment to my student loan debt. Most of it was absorbed by accrued interest, thus the balance looks practically unchanged from my last post. Read More

[-$83,896] My Bonus, Health Goals, and a Plan of Attack

money-and-health

First, the good news.

I finally got my 2016 bonus check ($4,922)! Woot!!   I now have ALL the money! lol

i-have-all-the-money

This is how I have allotted it.

  • Health maintenance fund ($2,500)
  • Opportunity fund ($1,250)
  • Emergency fund ($222)
  • Checking account / slush ($500)
  • Evil Student Loan extra payment ($500)

I also made my first $2,650 monthly mega payment (up from $2,300).  The resulting balance ($83,896) barely looks like it’s even moved since last month. Still pretty much in the mid-80’s.

Why is so much going to my health fund?  Keep reading… Read More