The end of January is nearly here already and I can’t believe how quickly the month went by! I am happy to say that, during the first month of the year, we had some significant wins in our debt-free journey. Here’s the latest debt update…
Emergency Fund Wins
The biggest win of January was getting our emergency fund fully re-established again. For now, we’ve only got $1,000 socked away. However, as we pay more things off, we will be adding to this. Because my husband and I work jobs that can vary in pay, it is extremely important to have a few months’ worth of expenses saved just in case.
Now, for the numbers…
Altogether, we made $1.,503 in payments towards our debts. This leaves us with the following account balances…
- My Car Amount Owed: $20,217
- Credit Card Total For Both: $487
- Student Loans: $24,362 (my payment hasn’t yet hit my credit report from January)
- Matco/Snap-On: $6,673
- Amount in Collections: $679
See where we were in our debt freedom journey in November here.
Next month we will at least make the same amount in payments and hopefully more. We also will continue to add money to our emergency fund when we have it. There are a few additional expenses occurring next month that will soak up a bit of our savings and debt payoff cash though.
We are preparing to register our car in Georgia (finally). Our North Carolina registration is up at the end of the month. To pass inspection here, register the car, and get our licenses, it will like cost around $1,000 (oof).
Outside of that, I can’t wait to update you on where we are in another month’s time. Remember, if you are on your own debt freedom journey that every tiny step forward counts, even if it seems insignificant now!
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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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