I stepped down from my job on December 31, 2007. (Due to a health issue, I cannot work outside of my home.) God honored our stewardship and we paid off our credit cards and auto loan in April 2009.
W e are now living on 63% of our 2007 income.
We paid off our home in December 2011 and paid cash to replace our van in November 2013. (I have subscribed to debtproofliving.com for years. It has been an invaluable resource.)
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We have three grown children: Luke, Laura, & Derek, and one granddaughter, Olivia. When Luke married Bethany in November 2009, we paid our share without going into debt. Derek married Rachel in September 2018. Once again, we did not go into debt.
All three of our children bought vehicles without us co-signing the loan. Or loaning them money for a downpayment.
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My husband did not make six figures. When we both were working we got about halfway there.
I play keyboard a couple of times a week for church. I enjoy singing, reading, movies, Soduko, crosswords, puzzles, sewing, embroidery, painting figurines, and quilting. I’m a comedienne…especially when I am under stress!
My husband, David, got laid off on January 2nd. The company went out of business at the end of that month.
He was unemployed for 3 months. He got a job with the company that purchased his former employer’s building. During that time we spent only $100 of our emergency fund. We still saved and invested in our retirement fund.
- January – health insurance premium increased by 65%.
- February – furnace cracked releasing carbon monoxide.
- March – emergency gallbladder surgery.
- April – replaced the central air.
- May – our washer broke.
- June – computer struck by a power surge.
We adjusted our budget for the health insurance premium. Then again to make payments to the hospital. We were saving for a new furnace/air conditioner and God helped us. The washer put our “new appliances” budget in the hole for a few months.
We used our income tax refund to pay the hospital bill off three months early! Our youngest son got engaged. Now we are saving for a wedding!
We painted our house, repaired and painted our shed. Then installed a new garage door and garage door opener – without borrowing.
Our daughter bought a house, without us co-signing the loan. Or loaning her money for a downpayment.
Our youngest son, Derek, married Rachel. We did not go into debt for the wedding. They bought a house a week before the wedding! We did not co-sign or loan them any money for the downpayment.
We are enjoying an empty nest. I am rearranging rooms and getting rid of stuff.
The year ended with a bang! A high school girl hit our truck and totaled it. Thank God David was not severely injured.
We took the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University Course. It was good to see we were on track but found areas where we could improve.
We canceled all but 2 of our credit cards. Then we canceled satellite TV and bought 2 small antennas. Each one gets in 8 stations and they are different on both. We increased the insurance on our home and auto.
We settled with the insurance company in the spring but decided not to replace the truck right away.
Our Pastors announced another trip to Israel in March of 2020. The settlement from the truck covered two-thirds of the cost. The savings from canceling satellite TV and what we have set aside for vacation for a few years will cover the rest.
Again the year ended with a sour note. I failed my mammogram and had a lumpectomy. Registering before the surgery, the receptionist showed us our copay. The only decision we had to make was whether to put it on a credit card for points, (We pay our cards off monthly) or to pay with a debit card. That’s financial freedom!
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