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52 Week Challenge Progress

March 1st, 2016 at 03:55 am

Hi, everyone. I hope everything is going great with all of you on this March 1st. My DH got his paycheck today, so part of it goes to pay a couple of bills, but we send $66.70 of it to cc #1. This is what is making me so excited. This is the lowest cc #1 has been at in over a year!

Prior 52 Week Challenge Balance: $845.14

DH's payment to cc #1 $66.70

New 52 Week Challenge Balance: $911.84

This brings the balance of cc #1 to $3629.23. Woo-Hoo!

52 Week Challenge Progress

February 27th, 2016 at 07:38 pm

Old 52 Week Challenge Balance: $835.14

Pinecone deposit paid to cc #1 $3.00
Spent pocket change on part of grocery bill, so I am making matching payment to cc #1 $7.00

New 52 Week Challenge Balance $845.14

Tuesday is my husband's monthly payday, so he will be making a payment to cc #1 also. I will also get a deposit from mrrebates for almost $11.00 that I will send directly to cc #1.

Woo-hoo! It just keeps rollin' on in!

Another Payday and 52 Week Challenge Progress

February 25th, 2016 at 05:07 pm

Hi, everyone. I get paid again tomorrow, so I have already allocated funds to go to savings, debt, and bills. My retirement comes out of my pay before I see it.

Old 52 Week Challenge Balance $678.14

Deposit to Car Savings $20.00
Deposit to Regular Savings $40.00
Deposit to House Savings $20.00
Deposit to Professional Savings $20.00
Deposit to HVAC savings (eventual replacement) $3.00
Deposit to AAA/property tax savings $4.00
cc #1 payment $50.00

New 52 Week Challenge Balance $835.14

I found a penny in my desk at work today. I will use it to pay part of my grocery bill Saturday.

I am going to do a pantry challenge, as I think I have been spending too much on food and need to scale back to pay more on debt. I have been really busy and stressed out with a big project at work, the biggest part of which will not end until about the beginning of April. In an effort to keep myself sane, I need to get out of my building at lunch and think about something else. I need to find a way to do that involves buying less stuff when I do it. I can't do the usually obvious things like bringing a sandwich or some kind of pasta/rice dish from home, as I can't eat grains. I think I will try to do something like buying a vegetarian salad and taking a package of tuna and some fruit with me. That makes my salad at least $1.00 cheaper. I can also use my fountain card (I already do most of the time). This strategy should help me to still say sane and get a break from work while also not breaking my budget. Big Grin

52 Week Challenge Progress

February 19th, 2016 at 03:23 pm

Hi, everyone. I have been using my fountain card more this work and thus, saving even more money, so I am sending more to cc #1 just because I can. I love that.

Old 52 Week Challenge Balance $673.14

cc #1 extra payment $5.00

New 52 Week Challenge Balance $678.14


Tomorrow, I will be using some pocket change to pay for part of my grocery bill. I will send an amount equal to that to cc #1. I have no idea how much it is. I love playing these games.

Item #5 on my goals list is well under way. I have been growing kale and green onions all winter and they are still growing. I had arugula and lettuce for awhile, too, but eventually, they died. Too cold, I guess. Right now, I have more seeds on my back porch being warmed by a warming device usually used for keeping lizards warm, but it was the best thing I could find for sprouting seeds. It seems to work well, as I already have calendula and bee balm (both herbs) sprouting. I also have tomato seeds, but no sprouts yet.

Payday and 52 Week Challenge Progress

February 11th, 2016 at 09:01 pm

Hi, everyone. I get paid tomorrow, so I am bringing my numbers up to date here.

Old 52 Week Challenge Balance: $673.14

cc #1 extra payment from tax refund $465.86

cc #1 extra payment from pinecone deposit $3.00

deposit to slush $20.00

regular savings deposit $40.00

car savings deposit $20.00

house savings deposit $20.00

HVAC savings deposit $2.00

AAA/car tax savings $3.00

New 52 Week Challenge Balance: $1247.00


I think this will bring cc #1 balance to $3716.54. That's a lot lower than it has been in a long time.

I also cashed in my rebates at mrrebates. It was almost $11.00. I will get it at the beginning of March and count it towards the challenge then.

Almost 52 Week Challenge

February 8th, 2016 at 12:34 pm

Hi, everyone.

My federal return of $1095 is pending in my checking account right now. Woo-hoo!

I already spent my $137.00 state return on my car repair bill, so I still have $629.14 left to pay on that bill out of that return.

With the remaining $465.86 of the return, I will make a large payment to cc #1.

I will post updates soon.

52 Week Challenge Progress

February 4th, 2016 at 06:36 pm

I sent an extra $5.00 to cc #1 today.

Old 52 Week Challenge Balance: $668.14

Extra payment to cc #1 $5.00

New 52 Week Challenge Balance: $673.14

Not 52 Week Challenge.... Yet

February 4th, 2016 at 06:32 pm

Hi, everyone.

I got my state tax refund yesterday. Today, I sent that amount to cc #2 as a payment for the anticipated car repair. I should get my federal refund in a few weeks. I will apply part of it to the rest of the car repair cost. The rest will go towards cc #1 debt. So, that portion will be part of the 52 Week Challenge.

52 Week Challenge Progress

January 31st, 2016 at 01:40 pm

Hello, everyone.

I feel so blessed. I use cc #2 monthly for paying one bill. We also occasionally charge other things to it and it has rewards points which you can cash in for credit, a check, gift cards, etc. I don't like gift cards because they sometimes have fees attached to them or are limited to a specific store. They also have expiration dates and I don't have the time to keep up with such things. I would rather have a credit on the account if I have a balance or a check that I can deposit and spend however I want to. Today, I logged into the account and found that I had 5,000 rewards points. I cashed them in for a credit on the account because I currently have a balance. I am counting this as found money on my 52 week challenge.

Old 52 Week Challenge Balance $573.04

cc #2 rewards points $25.34

New 52 Week Challenge Balance $598.44

52 Week Challenge Progress, Tax Refund, and Other Stuff

January 30th, 2016 at 01:48 pm

Hi, everyone.

My husband gets his monthly check on Monday. When it clears, I will send $66.70 directly to cc #1.

Also, the mortgage payment clears on Monday. It is already allocated for.

I will have another Pinecone deposit soon and I will send it directly to cc #1.

I used $7.63 of spare change towards my grocery bill today. I made an equal payment towards cc #2. I charged a small amount to it and need to get it paid off soon.

We went to have our taxes done today. We will get $1095 from federal and $137 from the state.

I will probably be able to cash in my rewards points on cc #2 later next week. I am probably going to ask for it as a check, as I don't do gift cards.

We need to have some work done our car that will cost about $700.00. With the remaining $531.00, I will make a large payment to cc #1. With the earlier $66.70 payment and this payment, the cc #1 balance will be about $3600. Woo-Hoo! This is awesome. This will go a long ways towards paying off cc #1 this year.

I will post updates later.

Payday and 52 Week Challenge Progress

January 28th, 2016 at 11:35 am

I get paid tomorrow. I have already paid both cc bills, allocated for 1/2 of the mortgage, and made out a deposit to savings.

Old 52 Week Challenge Balance: $379.04

cc #1 payment $50.00
cc #2 payment $20.00
House savings $30.00
Regular Savings deposit $40.00
Professional savings deposit $20.00
Escrow savings deposit $2.00
Tax/AAA Savings deposit $7.00
HVAC Savings deposit $5.00
Slush Deposit $20.00

New 52 Week Challenge Balance: $573.04

52 Week Challenge Progress

January 27th, 2016 at 06:38 pm

Hi, everyone.

My cc #1 bill came due and of course, interest on top of the balance. The current balance is $4339.00. I recently cancelled a magazine subscription that I decided I did not want. Because the 1 year subscription had not even completed yet, the gave me a refund in full! Woo-Hoo! That totally surprised me, because I only contacted them to make sure that would cancel it. This is great news. I immediately sent the $39.00 for that to cc #1, bringing cc #1 to $4300.00.

Prior 2016 52 Week Challenge Balance: $340.04

Magazine Refund $39.00

New 2016 52 Week Challenge Balance: $379.04