I did it!!
FEBRUARY 13, 2013
Tis done. The student loan has finally been paid off - in full! I sold $20,000 of stock in December (having worked out the capital gains tax hit beforehand) and sent my last payment to the U.S. Department of Education this week! As you will see below, my balance is currently at ZERO!
Update and dilemma.
SEPTEMBER 10, 2012
Hey there folks! Long time no blog! This summer has flown by - I'm still working like a dawg, but I can sense that the end is nigh! I now owe $29,318 on my student loans!!
A mid-year update.
MAY 30, 2012
Whew! I know, I know, it's been awhile! In fact, it's been so long that Blogger has a completely new format and I'm not sure I know my way around anymore. However, I have some news! My student loans are now down to $39,071 !!!!
An update to celebrate the new year.
JANUARY 1, 2012
Greetings! We we begin the new year, I wanted to update my debt repayment status. I've made a dent in my student loan debt, though it has come at the cost of my mortgage debt, unfortunately.
End of Year Wrap Up and 2012 Goals
DECEMBER 26, 2011
Hello, and Happy Holidays, folks! It's been quite a year; I have a total of four jobs (one full time, three part time) and am beginning to make a dent in my student loan debt. By the end of this year, I will have increased my income by over 70% (compared to my one full time job).
Frugal tax filing.
FEBRUARY 9, 2011
For the first year EVER in my adult life, I haven't yet submitted my tax returns. I'm usually the person who sends in an electronic return on January 31st at midnight (after all of my W2's and associated documentation has arrived in the mail or in my email inbox).
FEBRUARY 2, 2011
Sheesh! Being sick just about knocked me flat! And, unfortunately, sapped some of the motivation and joie de vivre from my life.
5 frugal grocery shopping habits.
JANUARY 19, 2011
People are often amazed (my own family included) that I can subsist on a grocery budget of $100 or less each month.
JANUARY 17, 2011
I'm pretty sure I've mentioned my 15 (almost 16) year old 'beater' car, which I'm trying to keep running until I'm debt-free. Since I take public transportation, I put about 2,500 miles a year on it, if that. As far as maintenance, I get regular oil changes and that's about it.
JANUARY 12, 2011
Last week, I was dithering about whether to pay down my second mortgage early, or start working on my student loan.
JANUARY 8, 2011
One of the more interesting topics in the U.S. economic news is this tax cut that will (hopefully) leave an additional $50 to $85 dollars in our paychecks next year.
JANUARY 5, 2011
I sort of knew this was coming. Inevitably at some point after I've made a decision I start to question myself. In this case, I'm questioning whether I should pay off my second mortgage first, or wait on that and pay towards my student loan instead.
Happy New Year!
JANUARY 1, 2011
Welcome to 2011! Little did I know when I started this blog in January of 2008 that I would learn so much and come so far in my struggle to overcome my debt and control my spending.
Interested in interest.
MAY 31, 2012
I forgot to mention one thing yesterday: it has been very, very gratifying to see that a greater percentage of my student loan payments are applied to principle as opposed to interest. For example, you'll see in the table below that in late 2010, when I started making payments, only 67% went to principle payment while a whopping 33% went to interest! Now that my overall balance is shrinking, 93% is going to principle on average, while only 7% goes to interest. Hallelujah! Total Paid. Principle.
OCTOBER 15, 2011
If you're wondering where I've been in the last six months, I picked up another job, which has just about stretched me to the limit. I'm working a LOT but am also making a nice dent in my student loan debt, though I've still got quite a ways to go.
APRIL 18, 2011
I am naturally drawn to those '10 best.' or '20 best.' of whatever, whether it be '10 best places to retire' or '5 best cities to find a job', or what-have-you. I'm not sure why I love them so much but they catch my eye and my mouse click at the same time. Here, though, is the most idiotic 'best of' list I think I've ever seen: 100 Best Money Moves.
Look to the right.
APRIL 13, 2011
and you'll see my handy dandy Debt Reduction Progress bar, which I update every month or so. Since I can't figure out how to put the bar into an actual post (why the HTML works in the sidebar but not in my post is a mystery to me.) I wanted to include the current numbers and percentages in this posting so I can look back later and see how far I've come.
A Day Late.
APRIL 12, 2011
And a dollar short. Where was THIS guy during the housing boom? Sorry for the silence, readers! I had (minor) surgery in March and boy did it throw me for a loop! Subscribe to Finally Frugal. housing economy
The Tax Man taxeth.
MARCH 7, 2011
And then he giveth back! I was pleasantly surprised by both my federal and state tax returns this year. For whatever reason, although I earned just about the same amount this year as I did last year, I received a larger refund - by about $400. Part of this is due to the fact that one of my employers is finally taking out state taxes, which helped.
FEBRUARY 5, 2011
As I continue to cast a critical eye over my belongings (how did I get so much STUFF?), I keep coming across these projects that are designed to remind us how little we actually need! First, I read about the Six Items or Less project, in which participants pledge to choose SIX items of clothing (not including undergarments, outerwear and accessories, of course) from their closets and wear only those items for an entire month.
JANUARY 24, 2011
Sorry for the blog silence, folks! I'm sick - for the second time in less than three months. Could it be that I'm working too hard? It's definitely a reasonable assumption, given the fact that I'm generally an incredibly healthy person, and I'm now working between 60 - 70 hours per week. I'm teetering between working as much as possible for a short period of time (year to year and a half) to pay off a LOT of my debt, and taking it a little easier so I don't burn out (and ruin my health).
And then there's this.
JANUARY 15, 2011
For pete's sake, can we get some good news over here????? Subscribe to Finally Frugal. mortgage housing debt
Find out How Chris & His Wife Paid off $52,000 in 7 Months
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MARCH 4, 2016
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Jen & Her Husband Paid off $212,000 in Debt & Medical Expenses in 48 Months
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Are Peer Loans Too Risky or the Way of the Future?
DECEMBER 7, 2014
(Photo credit: Wikipedia). If you haven’t already heard about peer lending, it’s likely that you soon will. The largest loan company, Lending Club, is getting ready to issue stock on the New York Stock Exchange and the media are already all over the story.
The Prairie Eco-Thrifter Giveaway Extravaganza: 2nd Anniversary with an iPad 3 and over $200 Cash To Be Won Plus a Bonus Prize
MAY 16, 2012
I am still in shock. I cannot believe I started this blog just over two years ago. I started this site as a way of meeting some new people and having some interesting conversations and it has transformed into something much more than that.
4 Free Frugal Living eBooks to Get You Saving Money
SEPTEMBER 22, 2015
I really wish I had know about saving money and being frugal back when my kids where little. I am pretty sure I would have saved a lot of money and had the money for others things that might have been needed or wanted.
Frugal Friday: Halloween Tips to Help Save Money
SEPTEMBER 18, 2015
It’s is almost Halloween time and I am sure, if your like me, you are already looking for frugal ways to celebrate. There are many ways to save money for Halloween such as using coupons for the candy, making your own Halloween costume to going crafts for Halloween decor.
20 Uses For Lavender Oil
SEPTEMBER 1, 2015
I really love essential oils and one of my favorites is the Lavender Oil. Each oil has so many different uses but I wanted to let you know of a few uses for lavender oil. There are many wonderful ways to use Lavender Oil and I have listed some of my favorites.
51 Easy Delicious Muffins
AUGUST 27, 2015
This post may contain affiliate links or sponsored content, read our Disclosure Policy. It seems these days you can make almost any kind of muffin, I have had many different kinds. There are breakfast, fruit, vegetable, chocolate, you name it, I am sure you just might find a muffin recipe for it.
DIY Fall and Halloween Crafts + Printable
AUGUST 17, 2015
This post may contain affiliate links or sponsored content, read our Disclosure Policy. It is almost that time of year again, Fall, looking forward to the cooler weather.
Summer Scent Room Spray – Essential Oil Recipes
AUGUST 6, 2015
This post may contain affiliate links or sponsored content, read our Disclosure Policy. Since I have started using essential oils , I am always looking for recipes to use around the house. I have found quiet a few essential oil recipes but this Summer Scent Room Spray is one of my favorites.
5 Blogging Tools to Increase Blog Traffic
NOVEMBER 23, 2015
I am always looking for ways to increase blog traffic to my blog , there are so man different ways to do it. I have been blogging for a few years now and I learn of new places to promote my blog almost everyday. I use so many places now, it’s hard to keep up.
Crispy Parmesan Chicken Recipe
JULY 22, 2015
This post may contain affiliate links or sponsored content, read our Disclosure Policy. Crispy Parmesan Chicken Recipe. It’s been forever since I have had Parmesan Chicken, this makes the second time I have ever made it.
4 Essential Habits of Healthy Families
AUGUST 26, 2015
This post may contain affiliate links or sponsored content, read our Disclosure Policy. If your like me, I’m sure you worry a lot about your family being healthy and fit. You want everyone to eat good, wholesome food. You want to have plenty of energy.
Personalized Halloween Treat Bag Ideas
AUGUST 23, 2015
This post may contain affiliate links or sponsored content, read our Disclosure Policy. These Personalized Halloween Treat Bag Ideas are too adorable and I am sure your child would love to have there own personalized bag for Halloween. These bags usually retail for $29.99
Lightweight Cardigans – Clearance Sale
AUGUST 21, 2015
This post may contain affiliate links or sponsored content, read our Disclosure Policy. Fall is coming and it’s time to shop for fall apparel. I can never have enough enough clothes for the cooler months because I love to mix & match and layer my clothing.
7 Cheap Fall Decorating Ideas
AUGUST 20, 2015
This post may contain affiliate links or sponsored content, read our Disclosure Policy. While I love Spring and Summer, Fall is my second favorite season and I always look forward to it arriving. I can never wait until September so that I can pull out all the Fall Decorations.
Amazing Eyeshadow Palettes Sale
AUGUST 19, 2015
This post may contain affiliate links or sponsored content, read our Disclosure Policy. I can never have to much eyeshadow, why, because I am always dropping the small containers and they break. I go through a lot.
Find out How Brian & His Wife Paid off $109,000 in Credit Card Debt
Family Balance Sheet
APRIL 1, 2015
Today’s Debt Free Story is from Brian. He writes at Debt Discipline about about how his family of 5 deals with money, budgets and debt. Tell us about you and your family. Where are you from? What do you and your spouse do for a living? What are your hobbies? .