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  • disneysteve
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    Originally posted by asb2012 View Post
    Very true which is why i love this site you guys are honest maybe i can put $900 towards car while $1000 to savings
    Sounds good.

    The biggest "emergency" I've ever had was when I quit my job kind of suddenly and was out of work for 3 months. When I did start a new job, it was at a lower income initially than my previous job. I would never have been able to do that if not for a fully funded emergency fund. A couple thousand dollars would have been gone in no time.

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  • Nutria
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    Originally posted by asb2012 View Post
    Very true which is why i love this site you guys are honest maybe i can put $900 towards car while $1000 to savings
    Exactly. Killing the "hair on fire" CC debt was of prime importance, and spending savings for that purpose is Best Practice.

    But now you can do both save and put extra towards debt. Once you've saved 3-4 months worth of expenses in this split manner, then go back to hitting the debt with all your extra income.

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  • asb2012
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    Very true which is why i love this site you guys are honest maybe i can put $900 towards car while $1000 to savings

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  • disneysteve
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    Originally posted by asb2012 View Post
    Yes we have $1500 in savings I can’t honestly think of a scenario where I would need more than that right now.

    I feel like i have thought of most emergency that could happen that would cost significant amount of money.
    I think the #1 emergency people don't necessarily think of is loss of income. What happens if you lose your job tomorrow? What happens if you get sick or injured and can't work for a while? You health insurance will pay most of your medical bills but you'll have no income if you're in the hospital for a week or home recovering for a month or two.

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  • asb2012
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    Yes we have $1500 in savings I can’t honestly think of a scenario where I would need more than that right now. seeing as i renting my home all repairs would go to owner. Recently had maintenance done on both vehicles however i honestly can not think of having car repairs more than $1500 but if i do i can not make a 1900 payment one month. If i was in car accident my deductible is $750. I also have health insurance and a health savings account. I think $1500 for next 3 months is fine. Also my cell phone is paid off and if something happens to it i just plan on getting a cheap phone. I feel like i have thought of most emergency that could happen that would cost significant amount of money. After 3 months i plan on saving for my payment towards IRS Which is due in April also starting to pay towards my student loans. I saved last year for IRS payment but I didn’t realize it would be that much more this year. Although i do my taxes myself this year i had tax pro look at ours (for free as A favor they owed me) i was right that we owed more.
    Last edited by asb2012; 07-02-2018, 06:21 AM.

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  • Jluke
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    Originally posted by asb2012 View Post
    So here I am midway through the year

    Vehicle loan $5962 @ 3.5

    Credit card $0

    Student Loan $21531

    So IRS really set us back this year. But we were able to pay them and our state taxes and property taxes in cash. We will now be going to aggressively pay off our vehicle loan with 1900 a month. However we do have $1500 in savings i would like to put that in a high yield savings account while we pay off the rest of our debt. Any suggestions on which bank to go with. I am looking at Ally. I would like to put more towards debt but DH works outside and is sent home often in summer due to heat. Itís unpredictable when he is sent home and what days so he is unable pick up 2nd job.
    $1500 in savings. Is that it?

    If so I would consider taking that $1900/month car payment and saving $1000/month of it until you have $5k in savings. That car loan is not a debt emergency and if you need to borrow money for whatever reason you wonít find a rate that low these days.

    Also, will you be in the same position with the IRS etc again?

    Great job on the credit card debt.

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  • scfr
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    Originally posted by asb2012 View Post
    Any suggestions on which bank to go with.
    DepositAccounts.com is a great place to compare savings accounts.
    https://www.depositaccounts.com/savings/

    Be aware that the top 4 on the list (the ones above the "blue line") are sponsored links so they aren't necessarily the highest.

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  • disneysteve
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    Originally posted by asb2012 View Post
    we do have $1500 in savings i would like to put that in a high yield savings account while we pay off the rest of our debt. Any suggestions on which bank to go with. I am looking at Ally.
    Ally is a great choice. I just switched to them from Capital One and my daughter has been with them for a while. Great customer service and they are very quick to up their rate anytime they can. In fact, it just went up from 1.65% to 1.75% this past week. No minimum required.

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  • asb2012
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    So here I am midway through the year

    Vehicle loan $5962 @ 3.5

    Credit card $0

    Student Loan $21531

    So IRS really set us back this year. But we were able to pay them and our state taxes and property taxes in cash. We will now be going to aggressively pay off our vehicle loan with 1900 a month. However we do have $1500 in savings i would like to put that in a high yield savings account while we pay off the rest of our debt. Any suggestions on which bank to go with. I am looking at Ally. I would like to put more towards debt but DH works outside and is sent home often in summer due to heat. Itís unpredictable when he is sent home and what days so he is unable pick up 2nd job.

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  • snafu
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    Thank you for updating your debt payoff progress. I was surprised to see CC #1 still in your line-up. I suggest you and DH review 2017 CC, car loan and SL statements, adding up and acknowledging how much you have been paying in interest/fees since October 2016.

    As the year draws to a close, I hope you and DH will hold a personal, financial, conference to gain better understanding of where your money went [2017] and name your priorities and a plan for 2018. Would you consider giving yourselves personal allowances, adding a line item for entertainment and giving every dollar a job?

    A goal without a plan is just a wish.”
    Last edited by snafu; 12-11-2017, 03:53 PM.

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  • asb2012
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    Updating for end of year
    Total $40440

    Vehicle 8200
    Cc#1 9930
    Cc#2 0
    Student loan $22310

    CC#1 recently updated to world MasterCard which i donít know what that means
    Or why they did that I will be below $40000 before 2018 which is exciting however i may miss my goal of being at 37000 my bonuses have sucked lately. Iím still aggressively going towards paying CC#1 off since it has highest interest at 14.2% Iím getting hit with $130 of interest a month.

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  • Gailete
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    This has been hard but rewarding not going on vacations not spending extra money is hard but seeing this debt go down is good and has relieved a lot of my stresss
    It is amazing what getting your finances under control can do to your stress level. As to vacations, remember that many Americans cannot afford to ever take a vacation, much less one each year. Our last 'trip' was when our son got married. Other than that, in 15 years of marriage - no vacations. This is our life. We can't afford them financially or physically, so we stay at home. We don't feel deprived at all. I'd rather see the bills go down.

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  • evgeniusleo
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    I congratulate you!
    Great.
    You can do it.

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  • LivingAlmostLarge
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    Congratulations! Amazing work. Good work on being accountable!

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  • asb2012
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    Update just to keep me accountable
    $47514 total

    Vehicle $9928
    Cc#1 12555
    Student Loan $23159
    Cc #2 1700

    I been doing so well I paid over $10000 in debt since October however I had a set back when I found out the hubs had a credit card for $2500 I got it down to $1700 which is cc#2 my goal is to have that paid off by end of September. This has been hard but rewarding not going on vacations not spending extra money is hard but seeing this debt go down is good and has relieved a lot of my stresss hopefully I can be down to $37000 by Jan 2018

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