~Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Putting It All Behind Me

I know Thanksgiving is this week and I have a couple of more holidays to endure, but I cannot wait until this year is over. It's just seemed like struggle after struggle, hardship after hardship. Now that things are looking up, I just want to move forward and put it all behind me.

Scott has been doing well at his new job. When I was shopping at the store the other week, his manager even told me that it was going to work out there. He's expressed clear interest in becoming management, and they seem receptive to his ambition. Once he's management, he'll be making more than me. Which I am a-okay with, other than the fact it seems more and more apparent you don't need a college education to do well in society. The only thing college seems to ensure is Saturdays and Sundays off.

He's also been really good at paying me back his portion of the bills from when he was out of work. I incurred a bit of credit card debt during that period, which I am paying interest on, so I am applying every penny he's given me to paying that down. I've also worked up a budget. After I paid all of my bills, I cut the remainder of my money in half and sent that to the credit card company as well, and I just live off the rest. It comes out to roughly $10 a day for food, gas, and whatever else I spend money on. It's been working as far as paying the debt down—I should be back at a zero balance next month—but it gets tiresome living like a pauper by the 21st of every month. But the end result will be much worth it.

When I'm done with my debt, I'm going to begin the new year with setting up additional retirement, savings, and investing accounts. I just don't want what happened when Scott had that accident and lost his job to happen again. The next time something financially burdening happens, I am going to be ready for it. Or at least prepared.

Scott's been watching me being so tight with my budgeting that it's starting to affect him too. I couldn't be happier since I'm the saver and he's the spender. When he saw me come home from the store with Big K cola, instead of my staple Diet Coke because it didn't fit in my budget, he said it really impacted him and he's made a few changes in his spending as well. Just yesterday he dropped all his additional features on his cell phone plan, which I had been telling him he didn't need for months, and it dropped his plan from $70 to $40 a month.

The year hasn't been a total wash. I had a lot of personal growth throughout 2008: I switched jobs which was great career-wise and it included a 25% raise; I got my first (almost) new car and my first car loan, which is a big deal if you've ever had bad credit; I took a class online that I needed to be eligible for grad school because I'm thinking about doing it; and I got out of debt in three months. If you look at it that way, I did pretty well this year.

I just want new beginnings and a new chance to flourish. With the new year comes the new presidency. I am just so excited about our new government elects; I think America absolutely made the right decision and I can't wait to see what happens next.

Things are going to change around here.


Diane Mandy said...

You sound more hopeful than I've heard you in a while. I'm happy things are going better!

LizSara said...

You really sound like you are taking all the bad things that have happened this year and learning from them to make next year better. I hope that it continues to be like this for you, because the harder you work at it the more positive you get and the less hardship you suffer when life throws you the inevitable curveball.

The way you are dealing with everything is inspiring x

Lpeg said...

I am really happy with how hopeful this post sounds. After all the bad karma you've had this year, and you're still looking up - I am in awe, and so proud of you!

I am really glad you're doing much better, and I hope 2009 is a great year!!


Sarah said...

Things are sounding so much better for you guys lately - thank god! I hope it keeps getting better and better!

MamaBear said...

From your mouth to God's ears, hon.

I am so proud of you! :-D

Enny said...

I'm so glad things are picking up :o)

trinity2 said...

I'm so glad things are better with you both! Just wanted to stop in and say hi and happy TG!

treacle said...

Sarah you are so utterly amazing and I am so pleased that things have started to turn around for you and for Scott. I am glad that even though its been a tough year and you wish it over that you still see the positives.

*raises a glass* long may it continue babe, you deserve it. xxx

Ariel said...

You are one hell of a strong woman, hats off to you and well done. As we say in the UK, you 'don't mess about' and you sure get results. Respect.

KennethSF said...

Change is in the air--for the better! It sounds like you've been a positive influence on Scott. Congratulations!


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