Wednesday, 4 February 2009

The Ugly Truth – Day 523


  • Personal Loan: -$15,000
  • Credit Card 1: -$6000
  • Credit Card 2: -$7100
  • Credit Card 3: (transferred to Card 4)
  • Credit Card 4: -$15,888
  • Credit Card 5: (paid in full)
  • Credit Card 6: (paid in full)
  • Credit Card 7: (paid in full)
  • Credit Card 8: -$4,435


  • Emergency Fund: +$2,000
  • Car Fund (Maintenance & Registration): +$0
  • Short Term Goal Fund: +$0
  • Home Deposit Fund ($60,000 Goal): +$0
  • UK Tour Fund ($5,000 Goal): +$0

Total: -$48,423
Debt reduced from last Dec 2008: +$3010
Debt reduced from Sep 2007: +$8,349

I've cracked the $50,000 barrier at last - hurrah! I’m also on track for reducing my debt by at least $12,000 in 2009.

I've sacrificed my short term goal fund as part of this result though, the bed can wait a couple of months, but I really want to make a dent on that personal loan this year. Same for the home deposit fund, I do want to start building that from this month month though as the interest rates are just so low now.

I’m also going to roll Card 2 onto Card 3 this month, the interest rates are pretty much the same, so for simplicity and one less payment each month (even though it will be larger of course) it’s worth it.

I've been throwing everything I have at my personal loan at the moment as it’s got the highest interest rate, but I’m also considering a switch to paying a percentage of each debt each month, I can currently afford 4% of the current balances, and still save money for my other goals.

Decisions decisions…

Roll on payday.

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  1. Congrats on passing the $50K mark!

    I finally sat down and had a hard look at my debts on 1 January 2009 - over $25K (all credit cards!) It certainly was the ugly truth! Have just started a blog - partly to make myself more accountable and keep myself on track.

  2. Good luck! I will definetly keep eye on your list during 2009 :)

  3. Less than £50k is great, it's milestones like this that keep us going x

  4. Awesome! Keep it up, you give the rest of us hope :)

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  7. congrats on narrowing the debt gap... it can be really hard when you have to forgo other purchases to do it, because then we're always in danger of rocking the boat too far in the other direction (like a see-saw). For me the key is to find moderation, paying off debt while still doing everything else.

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