Monday, August 31, 2009


After 3 tries we finally paid off our consumer debt. Our 2 previous attempts ended after we bought new cars and then had to get loans to repair the roof and air conditioner.

Last September we buckled down (the reluctant spouse got on board!) and started attacking our $40,000 of debt. Now one year later we're done! The last thing we paid off was Damon's pickup. So long Ford credit!

I have been so focused on making the debt disappear that I didn't plan for what we would do after it was gone. I feel a little lost. There are so many things that we want to see, do, or buy it's overwhelming. I need a plan! Our new challenge is definitely learning to save. We've never had that option before, and I think it may be as challenging as getting to where we are now.

We are splurging a little this week on a new TV. Our current TV has a wavy image that has been driving Damon crazy. It will be awesome to write a check for something fun instead of a bill!

We've been debating selling our house and moving into an apartment where we wouldn't have to worry about maintenance. That appeals to me. Escaping a renovation sounds like a good idea. We've also thought about buying another home, but I know that we'll still have maintenance issues. Today we are leaning toward staying put and getting our fixer-upper repaired. No telling what we'll decide tomorrow. The good news is that we don't have to decide anything right away.

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