Hope’s Debt Update – February, 2024

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I am hitting the ground running. Because my new work is contract based and I have learned over the years…I am working on a monthly retainer agreement and will be paid in advance each month. Since I started work this week, I have already been paid for the 9 days this month.

As soon as it hit my bank…I scheduled to pay off one of my credit cards. Woot, woot! My lowest balance card is at $0! And I am going to cancel the card to avoid any temptation in the future.

Debt DescriptionOctober, 2023 TotalInterest RateMinimum PaymentCurrent Total

Personal Loan #1$2,5000%$2,500

Personal Loan #2$2,5000%$2,500

Dad – New Furnace$2,6000%$2,600

CC – AMEX$89429.24%$0$0

CC – Wander$1,63029.24%$124$1,735

CC – USAA$5,00019.15%$135$4,966

CC – Amazon$1,49729.99%$53$1,481

CC – Sams$1,10629.99%$40$1,133

CC – Frontier$3,85729.99%$131$3,676

Car Loan$19,58112.69%Gymnast Pays$17,635

Student Loans$22,1212.875%In Deferrment$22,186

CC – Apple**$500Paid off every month$0



I was a little disappointed to see that my overall total has not really gone down since October. But I did add the $2,600 that I now owe my dad; otherwise, it would have showed some movement. I am playing around with my forecast spreadsheet to see how I can balance paying off debt along with getting ahead on some things.

Since this is only a 6 month contract, I am being pretty conservative. My financial goals as of right now for these 6 months are:

Pay my mortgage payments through the end of the year.
Pay off 2 credit cards – 1 is done as of this post and I think I am going to pay off my second lowest balance as well.
Pay off my two personal loans at $500 per month beginning in April. I’ve already touched base with one of them and she’s good with it. Going to reach out to the other and get his okay. (Or better yet, get him to commit to a web build to cancel that debt. We will see.)

None of my part time income is in my forecast as it’s not steady. (Made less than $200 in January.) So for now, that money will just dump into savings to help rebuild my cushion.


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