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Debt Snowball Progress: January 2018

Recently, I shared that we had plans to get gazelle intense with our debt snowball this year. I believe the progress we made in January displays our new resolve. Here's what happened.

Getting Healthy...Again

My goals for 2018 aren't strictly financial. I've been letting my health go for far too long.

Planning for Gazelle Intensity in 2018

Okay, I'm not sure how gazelle intense we are at this point, but I do know that I'm getting truly mad at our debt. Mad about our lack of progress. Mad about how it's holding us back from starting a family. Mad about how it's trapping me in jobs I despise. Mad about still paying Navient for a degree I can't use.

Goodbye, 2017

2017 was an interesting year. It was busy, for us. Fluid. Full of unsteadiness, financial insecurity, lack of routine. Lots of uncertainty. Change.

2017: One Year of No New Clothes

I'm finally coming out of the closet- my sparse, Goodwill-sourced closet- and admitting that, in 2017, I managed to go an entire year without buying a single piece of brand new, off-the-rack clothing.

Christmas 2017

Our third Christmas as Mr. and Mrs., our first in our very own house.

Ways We're Stretching Money

2017 has been a tumultuous year for us financially. After unstable work, moving, and changing vehicles, we're trying extra hard here at the end to get our heads above the water. Here are a few new ways we're stretching our money these days.

Resuming the Snowball

Our debt snowball has been on hold since June.

Life has been pretty hectic since then. We've changed vehicles, moved out of our apartment, bought a house, begun remodeling the house, and gone through some job-related financial hardships and changed jobs (twice, actually).

After all this transition, I'm excited to finally be settling into our new home and establishing a new sense of normalcy. And with that, a brand new budget and an updated list of debts.

The Renovation Begins

We've turned in the keys to our apartment, said goodbye to its three flights of stairs, and fully moved into the new house. And I must admit, our new abode is in a state of disarray. With gutted walls, drywall dust, and various holes in the floors and ceiling, it's pretty much a chaotic danger zone.

Yes. The renovation has begun.

Finding Our Homestead: An Update

Back in June, I shared that my husband and I are in the process of becoming homeowners for the first time. I wrote briefly about making an offer on a house and putting our debt snowball on hold, and I thought that now, several weeks deeper into the process, I'd go into a little more detail about what it has been like. Because as someone who has always lived with my parents or rented from a landlord, I've been completely clueless from the start.