It has been a little while since I posted a debt update on the site. As mentioned in my blog post “Is Your Outlook Holding You Back?” we’ve been able to pay down a significant amount of debt over the past year or so. Most of this has been done by snowballing our debt (to the best of our ability). Here’s a debt update with detailed numbers…
Debt Update June 2019
The major three things that have happened since our last debt update on the blog are…
- We paid off my husband’s car! That is $175 per month that we now have available to help pay off other debts.
- My N.C. state taxes (for 2017) have been paid off. This will free up about $463 per month.
- At the end of July, I’ll have paid off my higher-interest credit card. We’ve been paying $175 per month since April to get this done. So, the last payment in July will free up another $175.
Altogether, these three things will free up around $800 per month to go towards paying off other debts and saving.
On top of paying those three things off, we have decided NOT to pull out a loan for my wisdom tooth extraction. Instead, we’ve decided to save and pay in cash for it. With the additional $800 or so per month (starting in August), we should have the money to pay for that in the early fall.
Other “wins” when it comes to our debt freedom progress have been paying down the amount on my husband’s tool bills. Each of them has been paid down significantly each month. We should see them disappear in less than a year (nearly $600 per month). Now that a few other items are paid off, we should be able to reallocate the funds to get these paid off faster.
Earning Extra Cash
We’ve both been searching for ways to make additional money as we continue snowballing our debt as well. My husband has been picking up quick mechanic jobs within the community for extra cash (i.e. putting in a battery on the weekend, or jumping someone’s car).
I’ve been looking for things around the house to sell and picking up a freelance project from time-to-time. More recently, I discovered an old coal bed warmer we’ve had collecting dust. Online it says these can go for between $250 and $1,000. I’m hoping to visit an antique store and sell that soon. That extra cash will go directly into paying for my wisdom tooth extraction.
All in all, our debt update for June is looking pretty good. I’m happy about it and can’t wait to see how it progresses in the future. Of course, I’ll keep you all updated here.
Readers, do you have any easy side hustles that have really helped you decrease your debt? Let me know in the comment section below!
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Amanda Blankenship is the Director of Social Media for District Media. In addition to her duties handling everything social media, she frequently writes for a handful of blogs and loves to share her own personal finance story with others. When she isn’t typing away at her desk, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, husband, and dog. During her free time, you’re likely to find her with her nose in a book, hiking, or playing RPG video games.
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