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Tainted Tiara
debt reduction, net worth tracking, Parent Plus loans
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Southeast, Michigan, United States
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SINK (Single Income, No Kids)
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This one kind of snuck up on me, especially with all of the boo-hoo’ing we’ve all been doing because of the markets lately.  But with a combination of December’s killer debt reduction and a slight upturn in the markets, this happened: I’m a quarter-millionaire!!! Actually, I’m more than a quarter-millionaire because mint.com doesn’t play nicely with ... [Read more...] ...
Posted: Jan 11 2019 @ 5:33 PM
2018 was a great year for me!  I nailed my financial goals, traveled, and solidified relationships that are important to me. Here are all the stats I reported on last year: Total net worth increase:  $67,462.17 Asset increase:  $24,695.35 Debt decrease:  $42,766.82 Average net worth increase per month:  $2,057.95 Total amount paid toward Parent PLUS ... [Read more...] ...
Posted: Jan 04 2019 @ 4:37 PM
Here are the numbers broken down: Assets increase:            $ (11,497.35) Debt decrease:             $   14,391.14 Net increase:                $     2,893.79 Current Net Worth:      $ 242,319.84 Unlike November’s net worth increase, I absolutely DO take credit for ... [Read more...] ...
Posted: Jan 03 2019 @ 10:15 AM
  Here are the numbers broken down: Assets increase:            $   7,355.34 Debt decrease:             $   1.675.86 Net increase:                $   9,031.20 Current Net Worth:      $239,426.05 Up over $9k…that sounds impressive, doesn’t it?  I wish I could take ... [Read more...] ...
Posted: Jan 03 2019 @ 10:02 AM
I had previously posted that I was down $7,399.29, which I now see was incorrect.  I was still down a bunch for that month, but I’m happy to report that it was only $5,859.96.  I had forgotten to adjust the amount for my mortgage balance, which hasn’t updated in Mint for about a year now due ... [Read more...] ...
Posted: Jan 03 2019 @ 9:49 AM
Parent PLUS debt down: $1,705.52 Bank of America Balance Transfer debt down: $10,983.06 Mortgage lowered:  $223.47 Overall debt reduction:  $12,912.05 How can something be so thrilling and horrifying at the same time? Thrilling because December once again afforded me an incredible opportunity to knock a huge chunk off my mountain of debt. Horrifying because I ... [Read more...] ...
Posted: Jan 02 2019 @ 6:54 PM
Parent PLUS debt down: $1,487.35Bank of America Balance Transfer debt down: $1,450.10Mortgage lowered:  $222.75Overall debt reduction:  $3,160.20 November was a pretty good month for debt payoff.  With $3,254.14 paid toward Parent PLUS loans, it ranks as the 4th highest month for this year…so far!  It was beneficial to have 3 paychecks last month, plus my ... [Read more...] ...
Posted: Dec 07 2018 @ 6:05 PM
I spend a ridiculous amount of time analyzing my spreadsheets, as I’m sure all of you in the world of personal finance do, too.  I’m always looking for that strike of brilliance to hit me, an idea of something I can improve about my finances to make my life better (read: cheaper).  I honestly feel ... [Read more...] ...
Posted: Nov 30 2018 @ 5:52 PM
Just like everyone else, on my net worth was scorched in the month of October, to the tune of $7,399.29.  So painful. However, I’m not even going to bother analyzing the huge loss.  Nothing more than market fluctuations, and I’m happy to say that it’s already back up around where it was on October 1st. ... [Read more...] ...
Posted: Nov 19 2018 @ 12:07 PM
October was a great month for debt reduction, and it brought me to a very significant breakthrough (and we all know those have been far and few between lately). I have finally made it to the halfway point on the principal owed of my Parent PLUS loans! Part of me is jumping up and down ... [Read more...] ...
Posted: Nov 13 2018 @ 3:20 PM


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