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A new month, A clean start!

March 1st, 2011 at 11:02 am

Spring fever must be hitting me right now. I am in the mood to clean out my house and straighten up my life. For the past week, I've organized my closets, cabinets, and junk drawers. I have found a whole year's supply of contacts that I now remembered ordering and stashing so that I didn't have to go back to the eye doctor for another year. I totally forgot about these and I was going to place an order within the next month or so! I found 2 full size brand new containers of DH's favorite hair gel. I've donated bags of stuff to Goodwill. I've thrown away so much clutter that has literally just sat in our house for the past 5 years. It feels great! I highly recommend everyone to find a drawer or closet and get at it! I did an area each night for a week and it was painless.

A 2011 financial goal was to reach the $20,000 mark in our E-fund. I deposited a $100 credit card reward check today bringing the balance up to.... drum roll.... $20,049.28!!!!!!!! Now, let's cross our fingers that we won't see any kind of emergencies for a while so that I can enjoy seeing that awesome number. Wahoo!!!

Other random updates:
I gave my sister a blank check for her birthday payable to her power company. She's the one that is in a huge financial mess. The bill was for $210.55. I asked her how much of the bill was for late fees and penalties and she didn't even know the answer to that... it's quite sad. But, oh well, it's nice to be able to help her when I can (I only give her money for holidays instead of buying her nonsense so as to not try to enable her family's bad money habits). She did tell me that she went and applied for food stamps and other family aid which is about time in my opinion.

My co-worker is making great progress on her financial situation. She made it through Christmas without having to charge a dime. There are still a few debts that she has left to pay off but I see her getting to the finish line within the next year or two.

6 Responses to “A new month, A clean start!”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Great job on your decluttering and emergency fund balance. They both make me smile!

  2. Ima saver Says:

    Congratulations on your Emergency fund balance!!

  3. KiwiJo09 Says:

    Congrats on reaching your financial goal!!! That's a great number to see. My EF always seems to go pretty quickly. Frown Good luck and I hope you continue on your healthy spending trend.

  4. PNW Mom Says:

    Congrats on making your emergency fund goal....way to go!

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    Wow, that's a lot of money. Good for you. One day I'll be there, too, and I can't wait for it. I seriously need to declutter. Maybe today I'll do the kitchen table. It would be nice to actually eat off it again.

  6. Jerry Says:

    So awesome to see that you have been able to lead that EF over the goal line like that, excellent work! I am also impressed that you help family like that when you can, and you do it in a way that is sensible and concrete. It offers you some insurance that the money will be used as intended, and not on something crazy. Good for you...

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