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February 7th, 2009 at 02:43 pm

Well, while the entire is bracing for a recession, I'm in the process of vigorously paying down debt as soon as possible. I have managed to pay down about $4,802.78 for the month of January, I have cut every expense that I had some control over it.

The credit cards that are left are

Brooke Savings at $4516.75
Home Depot Improvement Loan at $3126.95 and
Lowes at $1488.00
for a total of $9131.70

Hopefully I can continue this momentum into February and by April be CC Free!!!!

I have also started contributing to my Roth IRA on a weekly basis as an automatic deduction from my paycheck.

See everyone next month and you guys are fuel that keeps me going. Thanks again for the comments.


January 5th, 2009 at 01:11 am

December was overall a slow month for me, I took a week one vacation on the beginning so I was not able to pay more debt that I wanted. I did meet my goal to be under $40,000 in total debt.

This month I need to finish paying off Lowe's which the free ride expires and start tagging on Home Depot which I should be done by end of February. The only one left then in credit card will be Brooke Savings which according to my trajectory I will be done by May or June and its all about the Home Equity then.

Goals for 2009.
1. Pay off All Credit Card Debt
2. Pay off HELOC
3. Fully Fund Roth IRA
4. Start paying off Car Loan and be done by mid 2010


December 6th, 2008 at 10:09 pm

November has been a good month for me overall. I managed to decrease my debt by $3657.04. I am starting to feel really good about ending 08 being under 40k, maybe even in the low 39s.

My AMEX is totally gone. I have zeroed and only using for budgeted expenses including cell phone/gasoline charges because it returns 5% cash back as statement credit everyone.

Chase FreeDOM has been gone for a while and only using for groceries and other budget expenses. It gives me 3% back plus a 25% bonus when i reach $200.00. This year I have received back $500.00

Lowes/Home Depot Charge Cards are my next target, my 0% expires in Feb, so I need too seriously destroy it by then. Home Depot is on a fixed 7.9% for the full length.

HELOC is on a variable interest based on prime, since it has gone down significantly, i am paying 4% on this and since we are going to be on this slow-growth for a little while, i am sure the interest rates will be down also until the inflation starts kicking in.

I have 27 months left to pay off all my short-term debt including CC/Auto Loan.

I'll see you guys next month.

Back on Track!!! $4732.34 PAID!!!

November 6th, 2008 at 02:32 am

I am finally getting my wheels rolling again, this month i was able to do beans and rice and rice and beans. Traded in my expensive BMW gas consuming 6 cylinder twin-turbo for a Toyota Hybrid SUV that does an average of 30 MPG. My gas consumption went down 60% in October alone.

My Year End Goals still hold:

* Pay off AMEX Completely - No longer carry a balance.
* My Chase Freedom is already on a spend only what can be paid at end of month and my bill is due usually on the middle off the month, so there is usually a balance on it that gets paid every bill cycle.
* Make a serious noticeable dent on my Home Depot Home Improvement Line and Brooke Savings Visa.

I want to start 09 under 40k.

$3275.99 AUGUST

September 8th, 2008 at 05:12 pm

Well, here goes another month and i finally finished reconciling the month of August and the results was a little under of what i expected, I was going for $5000.00 as this was a busy month for business wise. Lets hope september gets to be a great month and i am almost where i was before my wife's surgery so far so good..

Looking into crushing Amex this month and star tagging Brooke Savings Visa this month.

2008 Year End Goals
Pay off Amex
Pay off Brooke Savings

$3978.91 PAID IN JULY

August 1st, 2008 at 03:54 am

Hello Everyone,

July has been an outstanding month Spending wise. Monthly expenses was down because of alot of cutting back due to wife's surgery. August & September will be good months also spending wise because not alot of time to go do grocery shopping and buying extra stuff. we will pretty much eat whatever we have until it totally runs out and this is good so i can pick up some steam again and be back where i was in June.

I have attacked mostly the Amex Debt because of the high interest rate at 12.9%. Hopefully i can elimate that this month. The next goal is Brooke Savings Visa where most of the medical costs went. Half of the debt is tied to prime rate and the other half is at 12.15% so i need to tag team that bad boy before rates start going up.

Anyway, i'll see you guys next month


July 18th, 2008 at 03:03 pm

My debt reduction plan had a slight de-railment, $10,635.00 in Medical Bills for Wife's Surgery.

My Debt has increased to $55,516.79 but i still continue attacking....

$3385.02 PAID IN JUNE

July 4th, 2008 at 08:42 pm

I'm picking up momentum in this debt thing and have surpassed $10,000.00 in debt paid off this year. My next bench mark is $20k and hope to have that in another few months.

My Chase Freedom is on a Use/Pay system. I am using to purchase groceries as i receive 3% back in form of rebates + 25% bonus when reaches $200.00

I have knocked about $2400 from AMEX alone, hopefully this month I CAN FINISH IT!!!!

I am GAZELLE INTENSE and the more I pay, the more i want to pay to be done....

$2954.06 towards Debt

June 2nd, 2008 at 03:48 pm

This was a month that i tried to save as much as I can and not let temptation lead my way.

For the first time in a long time, i am now under $50k in debt. Hopefully if i can continue this track i'll be somewhere around $30k at the end of the year.

I am now attacking my American Express Card like there is no tomorrow and want to have that paid in 2-3 months time.....

Roth Ira Update

May 24th, 2008 at 11:50 pm

My 2008 is now fully funded to take advantage of this down market. My new allocation is as follows.

Large Cap - 21%
Mid/Small Cap - 35%
Fixed Income - 10%
International - 34%

So far so good.

The end of this month, my Lowes will be completely paid and my next target attack is AMEX...

I Saved $2004.00

May 4th, 2008 at 04:30 pm

I saved $2004.00 by switching to progressive insurance. I made the switch on their first day here in Massachusetts and when the rep read my quote, i could not believe it.

I'm going to be paying $588 for every 6 months of policy which is about $1176.00 a year.

I was with commerce insurance paying $265.00/month for a 12 months which was $3180.00, what a rip off was this state regulation. Let the market self regulate........

Free $250.00

May 4th, 2008 at 04:26 pm

I have accumulated an enough points to cash in my $250.00 check from my Chase FreeDOM card.

Its going right back into paying it off.

My next target is the Lowe's CC that i used to do some bath remodelling.

People usually say go with the highest interest first. the truth is, go with the smallest balance with work through the highest and its easier to achieve the goals and see the debt really go down.

Two More CC's paid

May 3rd, 2008 at 08:20 pm

I have manage to pay another two credit cards.

I have paid the Juniper and Best Buy.

I have another $1000 to receive from my rent payment will will probably send that to the Lowe's with this weeks salary to pay off the lowe's.

I have also taken the emergency fund to pay off the card. Since I want to tag every possible little income to pay off my debt ASAP. Every time i have 1000, i'll send it to pay off the card.

Roth Ira 2k8

April 29th, 2008 at 03:43 pm

My first year with an IRA and i am pushing on all cylinders...

2007, Fully Funded $4000
2008, 65% at $3241

I have diversified my portfolio more. thanks to some advice from SA readers.

U.S. Stocks 29.82%
International Stocks 38.80%
Fixed Income 26.93%
Cash 3.85%
Other 0.61%
Not Classified 0.00%

Type Mine SP500
High Yield 2.64% 9.51%
Distressed 0.60% 0.58%
Hard Assets 16.58% 14.00%
Cyclical 17.94% 18.80%
Slow Growth 7.36% 8.10%
Classic Growth 32.91% 32.69%
Aggressive Growth 15.11% 14.11%
Speculative Growth 6.80% 2.17%
Not Classified 0.07% 0.04%

EF Funds Update/Real Estate

April 21st, 2008 at 02:36 am

I have started to streamline my financial life.

I have combined my Funds to one big EF/LT Fund. I have transfered all the balances into an EmigrantDirect acct that is paying a misly 2.75% APR.

The total amount I have in the account is $909.01

Real Estate
I received my bi-yearly tax bill remainder for FY08. A whooping $1972.00 which I have been putting away.

Water bill went down from $230.00 to $185.00 for the quarter. This is the lowest i have ever received for a water bill. I have managed to go from $400.00/quarter to half of that. Little things come a long way.

I have spent the day on my front garden putting some top soil and re-seeding my lawn so i can have a decent lawn this summer.

Fully Funded 2k7 IRA

April 15th, 2008 at 02:37 pm

God is good.

I was able to fully fund my 2k7 IRA with 4k. I am now working on a goal for the 2k8 for 5k

My portfolio breakdown as follows.

U.S. Stocks 0.12%
International Stocks 87.62%
Fixed Income 11.72%
Cash 0.47%
Other 0.06%
Not Classified 0.00%

Regional Breakdown
U.S. & Canada 0.13%
Europe 1.85%
Japan 0.00%
Latin America 55.00%
Asia & Australia 34.75%
Other 8.27%

My Style
80% large caps intl
20% mid caps intl

March Contribution to Funds

April 1st, 2008 at 03:44 pm

Income was a little bit less then February, i was able to allocate $93.16

Emergency Fund got $14.94
Short Term Fund got $17.49
Long Term Fund got $60.73

I am still on track for my 36 month dead line on having everything fully funded.

IRA Contrib 2007

March 24th, 2008 at 11:46 pm

I was able to fund my IRA $2k today for 2007. hopefully next year i can do $4k.

Investing very heavily in Emerging Markets.

2k7 Tax Update

March 22nd, 2008 at 04:31 pm

I am almost finnaly through doing my taxes. I been using TurboTax for the past 5-6 years and i simply love the interface. It took me about 3 hours to gather everything and put it and make sure everything is correct. I am go over once more just to make sure i didn't miss any deductions and send it to uncle sam.