Somehow, in spite of the fact that I'm drowning in three million things to do because I take on way too much every.single.time, I have once again managed to NOT forget about Winning, a monthly series in which I identify three concrete ways we're succeeding in this long, slow, sometimes maddening debt-paydown journey.
That said, this particular post is going to be a bit short because it's Christmas and I am currently being circled by three yelling children who are demanding food/games/entertainment/my undivided attention. The second I sit down to do anything on my computer, their Spidey senses kick in and they rally together in an effort to distract me. Which is fine. I've just gotta work fast here, folks.
So here it is: three ways we're WINNING in December 2017:
(1) We currently have over $3000 in our savings account. I know this sum is practically nothing for some folks, but consider the fact that - like 34% of Americans - we had nothing in savings back in April. As in, we didn't even have a savings account back in April. We're putting most of our money towards debt, but building a "financial airbag" that can cushion us in the event of an emergency is also important to us.
(2) We were able to travel across the country to visit family for the holidays, and we paid for it outright. Again, this is unheard of for us. In the past, we'd charge all of our travel to the credit card and worry about it later... much, much later. This time, we saved up the money first, then booked the flights and hotel. That felt like a real accomplishment.
(3) We've been blogging for six months! Spoiler alert: we plan to keep doing so. Personally, blogging about our experience helps me stay motivated, and it's introduced me to some of the many amazing writers in the personal finance community. It's worth it. We're committed.
So tell us: what are your wins this month? We want to know! Big pre-emptive high fives to you.
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