Driving past the movie theatre in my small town (5000) this morning, I looked up expecting to see the movie currently showing. Instead I saw the message in red plastic letters that the theatre will now accept Visa, Master Charge, and American Express. Imagine the interest rate people will pay to see a movie. I guess it won't be long before paper bills and metal coins will no longer be accepted.
I stopped my car on the way to work to chase down another Mountain Dew bottle in the street. It's another nickel but am I nuts??????
Maybe it is the Iowa weather. Maybe it is just being old and realizing that I will never have the money to really have a good retirement. Maybe it is the winter blues. Even the 93 cents my ING account has earned for me this month hasn't made me smile. I did throw in five dollars today but it did nothing for my spirit.
Can someone show me mathmatically what I would earn on $800.00 at 4.5% compounded annually. I know ING is supposed to pay interest monthly but I have never learned quite how to do it. It's not that I can't multiply but am not sure of my results. Thanks a bunch....
Today at work we were all offered the opportunity to order daffodils to support the American Cancer Society. One of my co-workers who knows my budgeting struggle and I talked it over and we both decided not to participate. The daffodils are cut flowers and only last two or three days and they were $8.00 a bunch. Any other year I would have and did buy them and I am feeling funny that I did not support this excellent cause. What do the rest of you think?
My cause is the Christian Children's Fund; I feel good about that, but.............................
I have just earned 30 cents this month on my new ING account. That's just like finding a nickel and a quarter in the gutter. Of course I would pick that up and be very pleased!!
I spent $19.00 online to buy a budget planner that has all the bells and whistles anyone could ask for. In fairness to me I had made spreadsheets for the same budget but this is so much fun. I immediately paid Visa back for my purchase out of my checkbook so it did not really go on "the card" as such. Probably a little silly......
Can you tell me how to link to a certain category? I have been looking around but haven't figured it out yet.
I thought you might be interested in knowing what brought about the class action suit against my insurance company. It seems that they and other insurance companies were found guilty of not informing their customers ahead of time when their rates were going to be raised because of changes in their credit reports. This was car and homeowners insurance. I am assuming that if one's credit score goes down their insurance rates go up.....and without customers being told about it in advance. The first time the suit was put forth it was dismissed by the judge, but that judgement was appealed........thus, the victory for the consumer. In my case, medical bills being paid over a period of time were probably the culprit.
I'd like to see American consumers being treated fairly by insurance companies of all kinds.
A good thing happened to me today. I had been told sometime last year that I could be a part of a class action suit against my insurance company because of one of their practices. Since I did not remove my name from the suit I was automatically included.........and forgot about it.
Today a check arrived for $207.24 as the suit was settled. What a nice treat! Now to use it properly.
I have about $600.00 in Step 1, an emergency fund and as my income is $20,000 I could consider that step complete or aim for the $1000 suggested for most Step 1 emergency funds. Or I could use it for the "debt snowball."
Any suggestions? And by the way, I received Dave Ramsey's workbook in the mail today and I can't wait to get into it.
I heard a doctor say on television today that a person can gauge the amount of water s/he needs by the following formula: divide your weight by two and this would equal the number of ounces you need to drink. So if you weigh 160 pounds divide it by two which equals 80 ounces. Eight ounces in a cup makes ten cups. Wonder if I did that right? I think so............please don't send nasty letters............LOLOLOL.
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2007!!!!!
I've enjoyed reading your excited posts and goals for the upcoming year. I've just paid the bills this morning and have knocked off about $700 in debt bills.
As to credit cards, this is something I read or heard and I do use it. When you get the unwanted cards (they must be plastic, not cardboard) in your mail use them in your kitchen on your counters when you work with breadcrumbs, crackers or tiny bits like coffee to scoop these little crumby thingies into your hand to dispose of. Use the wet washrag after you have used your "scooper" and everything seems much cleaner.
I knew that plastic had to be good for something!
Best wishes to all!!
I've created my January budget and would like to share it with you. Suggestions would be appreciated.
Total income: $1726.85
Mortgage (including insurance and property taxes): $307.52
Electricity: $80 (on an even payment schedule)
Water and Sewer: $63.21
Phone, internet and cable: $135.00
Natural Gas: $130.37
Plumbing repair: $25.00
Car payment: $157.32
Car insurance: $31.52
Estimate of gasoline for the car: $20.00
Life insurance: $38.00
Ten medical creditors @ 25$ each: $250 (This is what I am looking to snowball)
Charity (Christian Children's Fund which goes on the Visa and I want to cover it) $58.00
Visa: 2 Dave Ramsey books and stamps:$40.00
Service charge at bank:$9.00
Car repair: $25.00
This leaves me $171.91 for food and any necessities for January. This does not seem like much but I must only take care of myself. I hope I can do it. Maybe you could give me some REALLY cheap recipes. LOL
I have had $505 in my jelly cupboard as my emergency fund. When something would come up and I needed a quick $10 in cash, guess where I would grab it from...and do you think I would remember to replace it? Right!
Today I have gathered all those bills up to deposit when I go to the bank tomorrow and will deposit it to my ING savings account where it will gather interest at the rate of 4.5% (as many of you pointed out to me who know all these things). I am proud of myself for getting it out of the jelly cupboard and on the way to savings. Thank you for helping me see the way.
I actually compared the interest rates on my two new savings accounts......you know, the ones I have been blithering on and on about. I see now that Bank of America's regular savings account had an interest rate of .02+% while ING's rate is 3.4% so I took my paltry savings out of Bank of America and put it into ING. I feel so clever and excited. I wonder if I am thinking correctly. For someone who hasn't saved in years.....can anyone affirm what I have done???????
I had the most wonderful holiday with my family and I hope you all did as well. When you are my age, you will know that nothing is more important than your family. Nothing is forever with family; one of my brothers faces a liver transplant, so there are always concerns. That is why we live as though there are no tomorrows and I try to never "burn a bridge."
For reasons I am not sure of, I have begun to save now in three ways. I've written about buying EE savings bonds and starting a Bank of America regular savings account and because I hear good things about ING I have also begun an account there. As I learn more about what I am doing maybe I will do things differently but for the time being it is all an experiment for me.
I decided to buy Dave Ramsey's book "Total Money Makeover." I bought a used copy on Amazon which came to just over $13.00 with shipping and handling. I immediately covered the credit card charge by paying for it from my bank. I seldom buy books because I am a huge fan of the library but this seemed like one I needed to have. There is also a workbook available as well which I may buy if I need to. I like shopping for books used at Amazon because they are always in great condition when used
despite the lower price.
I am looking forward to 2007 in order to see what I can do financially. You all have been a blessing to me by making me see that I need to keep out of denial, to value the small steps and keeping me straight (most of the time).
I apologize because once or twice I have been a bit "snarky" with some of you who are doing so well, and are totally out of my financial world. Please accept it as the "green-eyed monster" run amok, and I will try to do better.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!
I have been giving throught to my New Years Resolutions for 2007 and have been coming up with a list, in particular financial resolutions.
As a widow of thirteen years I do from time to time get lonely and decide that it is time to join a site for romance such as EHarmony or match.com. It is my resolution not to join such a site next year. They do not work in the first place and I only go on a rollercoaster ride, stirring up my peaceful existence. I am trying to convince myself that I do not need a man at all..........(however, if any of you happen to know a sweet older bachelor, I am all ears......LOL).
Today I gathered up every bill I have that is outstanding. Primarily they are medical bills, with a Visa card also with a $4438.73 balance. The actual total rather than the $18,000 I have been blithering about is really $28,729,74. Big difference, huh? Best to get real, as DrPhil says. I will be paying $400 per month....which means there are almost 72 payments. If I divide that by 12 months that means I should be finished shortly after 6 years. Now I am a 63 year old woman. Maybe on my 70th birthday we can all have a party. I know this is not exact because my Christian Childrens Fund payment goes on the Visa each month.But I am more aware today of what I am up against than I was yesterday. I took every bill......one hospital bill is divided into ten bills and made special sheets for them. I organized them in a "snowball method" with the smallest $44,00 due to be paid first to the largest $5103.00 last. As I said, this is not perfect, but I have a clearer understanding now, sheets to keep track of everything (looks like a small book) and I am ready to go. To celebrate I threw $10.00 into my new Visa savings account; total $35.00 there and my EE bonds equal $25,00 (hahahahahaha). You can see that I really AM a baby doing the baby steps.
I wish I could give. This is what I do and I hope it would be considered giving although it is not much. I hope someone would consider it my trying to observe the seventh step. For quite awhile I have supported two little girls, one in Kenya and one in Brazil, through the Christian Children's Fund. I have chosen this as my outreach. I know that by the world's standards it is probably not enough. It is not a tithe. If I could ever get rid of those medical bills I could do so much better. This $20,000 income is for the birds! But working through CCF warms my heart.
It's like Monopoly. Look at all that money! Not really, but I am trying. I have mentioned my two accounts for saving. My savings account through Bank of America is going to be my Step 3 aacount of 3 months expenses ($25.00 there today) and my EE bonds are going to be my investment account.($25,00 there). Looks like I might have a way to go. When someone asks me what I want for Christmas I greedily say MONEY and I plan to save it. I have my penny jar which has about $30.00 in it and I get change for it by writing my checks at the grocery store up to the next dollar and pocketing (in the jar) my change. This jar may be for flowers in the springtime. I vow never again to charge a March.com kind of lovesite to my Visa. They don't work anyway.....LOL.
Cross your fingers for me that I go forward and do not look back.