Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Home Ownership v. Car Ownership

I did some maintenance to my car, resulting in over $500 worth of work. When I came home last night I noticed the gates to hinge was loose. Because I live in a house that is suffering from lack of continual upkeep, I'm equating the situation w/my car to what homeowners deal with. What happens when you just let things go? Well the situation only gets worse no matter what the vehicle is.

Years ago I never wanted to own a house by myself. I didn't think I was ready for the upkeep thing. I now realize owning a house is like owning anything else that will need upkeep. A home is just a larger purchase.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Financial Update

16,288.19 - original debt
- 6,657.20 - debt payments
9,630.99 - new balance
I am lovin' me right now. You go girl!!

Saturday, October 04, 2008

How Will I Make This Day Special?

This ? came to me early this morning. As I looked around my room I realized I could get rid of things I don't need. I hold on to things far longer than necessary. As a creative person there are lots of little bags of stuff just hanging around, not to mention artistic ads, etc. In the past hour I attacked a bag that's been moved from spot to spot for at least 3 months. Inspecting further I made three piles: trash, paper trash and things I really want to keep. So far I've thrown away most of the contents. There is an Ikea shoe storage hanging bag that I might want to keep, but I can see it now. I'll fold it up and it will sit in a spot for another year and then I'll get rid of it. I think I'll put it on Freecycle with some other stuff I want to get rid of.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Bill Payment Issues

Looking at my AMEX and wondering what happened. Why is my balance so high? When I updated my Debt Payment chart I saw it. In the past two months I had been so busy paying for the cruise and the membership fee I made the minimum payment on the Flex Payment. I remember my goal to pay at $100 or more per month.
Here's what it looks like:
July $35
August 28
September 41
Well that's not going to get AMEX paid by the end of the year.