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Grocery Shopping Online

May 30th, 2005 at 11:23 am

Spent a large part of today getting up to date with all my monthly errands, collecting mail, library (got the books back without a fine for a change :winkSmile etc.
Don't know yet how much I spent but I think it was within the budget.
Didn't get into my sewing room either.
About 2 years I bought a PDA which I never used because I ended up staying with my old one with a keyboard. So today I listed it for sale as well as the car seat - hopefully I will be able to get about $300 for both which I will then put back into my cc.
Decided to try internet shopping for my groceries today - thought that if I couldn't walk up and down every aisle I would spent less. The delivery charge was $12 - bought exactly what I needed and specified a time at the end of the day for the delivery. Well they were late - so I got the delivery for free and I didn't buy anything that I didn't "need" Biggrin. So I saved time, gas and the delivery fee.
Will update again tomorrow I am exhausted - see you then
Bronwyn

First No Spend day

May 29th, 2005 at 11:30 am

Today was a bit slow for me being Sunday. I managed to get some admin done in my office - didn't even get into my sewing room - just wasn't feeling creative.
Read until 03:00am last night - just couldn't put my book down and did I pay the price today - I was tired. Even tried to nap this afternoon but think I was overtired because I couldn't fall asleep.
Made some muffins to freeze and school lunches - supper was a pre-cooked meal out of the freezer.
My fridge is so empty - milk, cheese, salad dressings, 1 egg, 3 yoghurts and that is it but I really wanted a no spend day today.
Will have to go get some fresh produce tomorrow, bread, milk etc - so that is the end of a no spend day tomorrow.
Got 2 more orders for sewing: $45 + $15
Found 2 car seats that I can sell - pity I live in South Africa otherwise Princess Perky you could have taken them off me - one is almost brand new.
Emma has bunk beds in her room and I needed to get another duvet for the top bunk but with the focus on getting down debt, I put that aside. My dad said that he had one for us - so we saved about $15
Found the old pool cleaner in the garage today and have almost got it clean and working - saving $100
Need to set the timer on the pool pump - I think it is running for too long over a 24 hour period.
Got the marketing CD for the business opportunity I have been looking into - need to make a decision now and look at how I am going split my time.
Am expecting the bill for the balance of my pool renovation any day now - Yuch and Ouch
Back to work tomorrow - feeling really motivated - I have a couple of clients who are wanting to run training programs during June and July so it is the right time to close that business - I am still pushing for a bonus at the end of the month.

Update on progress on Goals for June:
20 no spend days - YUP FIRST ONE TODAY
NO internet shopping - YES
Earn an extra $500 by sewing in the evenings - NOPE
Reduce cc debt by another $3000 - ONGOING
Achieve sales target so that I can earn $1500 bonus - ONGOING

Well I am off to bed now
Take care everyone
Bronwyn



ING Savings

May 29th, 2005 at 02:24 am

Hi Baselle
Thanks for clearing that up for me - I understand.
Will update my journal later today
Bronwyn

Car Repairs

May 28th, 2005 at 02:34 pm

Hi everyone
Got my car back today - it is going wonderfully but it blew the budget completely - $700 - who says that running a car is a worthwhile exercise. Anyway when they saw the dismay on my face the owner gave me a discount and reduced it to $612. Better than nothing I suppose.
Had to use my credit card to pay for it though - the amount was way more than I expected - so that debt just went back up. GRRH
Managed to finish one set of pyjamas - sell for $10 and a sweat shirt and pants for my daughter - saved $15 (used fabric in the cuphoard).
Lunch - yoghurt, toast and fruit
Supper- really wanted take out but decided leftovers would have to do.
My daughter wanted an electric blanket (we are into winter now) and I had priced them at $40 - $50 decided it was something that would have to wait. This morning I woke up with an idea - I have a double bed with an electric blanket for a double bed, with two controls. Surely that meant there there was separate electric coils? Stripped down the bed to look - guess what - that is exactly what they had done - there was a strip in the middle of the blanket which was just fabric - so out came the scissors. Well Emma got her electric blanket and I get to keep my half. Grinning Smiley 003: Savings: $40
Amazing what we come up with when we want to - imagine what would happen to the retail world if the world were filled to capacity with us tightwadders - they would cry big tears.
Oh also found 2 jerseys for Emma which I knitted last year with wool that my mom had given me - savings $30.
Am still looking to see where else I could save.

Total saved today:
Car: $88
Sweats: $15
Pyjamas for sale: $10
Electric Blanket: $40
Jerseys: $30
Total: $183

Not too bad - if only my car hadn't needed repairs I would have a no spend day as well.

So far 0 no spend days out of 20
No internet shopping (for a change)
Sewing - done

Okay I am off to bed - have a ton of sewing to do tomorrow and I want to check my client database to see what follow up calls I can make on Monday (no holiday here).

Happy Holiday weekend everyone - hope the weather is good to you
Take care
Bronwyn
PS Mj I left you a comment - please could translate some of the abbreviations for me as well as telling me what an ING is? I am so lost without knowing what they all mean Smilie Fluester

I have made progress

May 27th, 2005 at 08:10 am

Hi everyone
I promised to update you on my progress and I am so excited but before I give you the results I need to make some adjustments to my original debt:

My starting debt is:
Credit Card: $ 20000 - Adjusted: $ 20 665
Credit Card 2: $9000 - Adjusted: $ 9 000
Personal Loan: $8350 - Adjusted: $ 8 335
Car Loan: $20000 - Adjusted: $ 20 000
Mortgage: $135000 - Adjusted: $ 132 250
Business Loan: $ 45165 - Adjusted: $ 45 165

Forgot to list the following Debts:
Pool Renovations $ 3 335
Dad (Cash Loan) $ 617
Time share Levy Due $ 1 250
School Fees for 2005 $ 1 835
Family Loan $ 2 708

Savings: (oh this is the funniest)
Savings Account (HA HA HA) $ 104
Cash in Envelope $ 123
Holiday Savings $ 12

So Starting Debt Total: $ 245 160

Now for the update:

So the changes are
Credit Card: $ 20 665 now $ 18 396
Credit Card 2: $ 9 000 now $ 8 340
Personal Loan: $ 8 335 now $ 8 165
Car Loan: $ 20 000 now $ 17 824
Mortgage: $ 132 250 now $ 132 166
Business Loan: $ 45 165 now $ 45 165
Pool Renovations $ 3 335 still $ 3 335
Dad (Cash Loan) $ 617 now $ 317
Time share Levy Due $ 1 250 now $ 525
School Fees for 2005 $ 1 835 now $ 1 308
Family Loan $ 2 708 now $ 2 420

Savings:
Savings Account $ 104 now $ 938
Cash in Envelope $ 123 now $ 133
Holiday Savings $12 still $ 12

Starting Debt Total: $ 245 160 Now: $ 236 901

Food Smiley 004 DEBT REDUCTION OF $ 8259 in one month - I am completely blown away.

When I look back on the month it really wasn't that hard, and there are still many areas I can improve on.

Rolleyes Now the only thing that has still to come in - but I am putting it into next months expenses is my car repair. Will know tomorrow how much it is going to cost.

All I have to do is stay focused and keep working on my business so that I can get that bonus at the end of June.

This weekend I have some sewing to do and hoping for some no spend days.

Today I spent:
Dentist for Emma: $30 (really bad toothache turned out to be teething - her 5 year old molars)
Emma Allowance: $ 3
Sodas: $ 6

Then of course I paid all my bills so that I could see exactly where I am for June:
Groceries: $ 215
Dog Food: $ 65
Gas for Heater: $15
Gas for Car: $50
Cash (the small things): $50

This is a going to be a real challenge BUT when you commit to something in this journal it seems so much more of a commitment rather than "lets try".

Goals for June: (listed yesterday)
20 no spend days
NO internet shopping
Earn an extra $500 by sewing in the evenings
Reduce cc debt by another $3000
Achieve sales target so that I can earn $1500 bonus

Okay well that is it for today - will check in again tomorrow

Take care
Bronwyn







Pay Day tomorrow

May 26th, 2005 at 11:55 am

Hi everyone

Whoopee it is pay day tomorrow - we get paid here monthly (don't know how you guys manage getting paid every 2 weeks).

I can't wait to see how I have done this past month. Wink Hopefully I have made some progress.

Today was a no spend day UNTIL I got onto the internet - bought the book listed down the side "Be a Millionaire" it was on special for $25 vs the normal $79 - I am such a sucker for these things. Well at least it is an ebook so I don't have to wait for shipping Action Smiley 057 Have computer, credit card MUST shop. Maybe I'll learn something out of it and it will pay for itself.

My challenge for the next month is going to be:
20 no spend days
NO internet shopping
Earn an extra $500 by sewing in the evenings
Reduce cc debt by another $3000

Hmmm - this is going to be a real challenge. I expect my grocery cuphoard will very empty by the end of June.

At least I feel better today - not so headachy, listless - actually quite excited about next month.

Take care everyone
Bronwyn

PS Has anyone heard from Mom from Missouri - I really would like to know if she is okay and how her daughter is doing?

Lost sight of the overall goal

May 25th, 2005 at 12:22 pm

Hi everyone
Yesterday I had a migraine - reason for no daily log and more money spent on meds $50 - not budgeted for. Feeling better today but have not been as focused on my saving goals as I was before I went away on business.

Spent $46.xx today on cottons for my serger, a piece of fabric for a Sweatshirt for Emma, different braids and lace for decorating cushions, cushion covers that I liked so much I have decided to copy them and sell them. When I bought the cushion covers my rationale was that if I only sell 3, I will break even and have the original ones. Huh - Well that is the idea anyway.

I have had my office chair waiting to be repaired for a couple of months now - thought it would cost a fortune but surprise surprise: I took it to the factory and they repaired it for NOTHING and I was expecting to have pay about $25. smile: (Which I then spent at the above mall Dry

Didn't get that large order I was hoping for - I have to remember that it is many small drops which make a river - not a flash flood. Now I have to focus again and work on getting regular small orders to keep my cash flow going in the business.

I need to get organised again and focused on the daily activities which help control the spending (that business trip really threw a spanner in the works):

Goals for tomorrow:
I want to setup a price book
Track daily spending log
Review my budget
Look to see if I have made progress over the past couple of weeks
Find out if they need lecturers on Sales and Marketing at the local college (night school classes) - this income would go a long way to paying off my debt quicker

I have a presentation tomorrow, hoping to be able to get a commitment for a negotiating training program - that will help get me closer to my monthly sales revenue goals.

This weekend I want to finish up all those sweats and start on the cushion covers.

At this stage, I feel like I need to win a lottery - boy this daily commitment to getting out of debt is REALLY a commitment with lots and lots of determination. In the beginning, it was just fun now I find that I have to really think about what I am doing or not doing.

Yesterday, I decided it was time to upgrade my cell phone - called around and the model I wanted meant an additional contribution of $250 - decided to take 48 hours before making the decision. Although I would have been able to claim the expense from the company, once I thought about and looked at what I have now - I couldn't justify the cost. A month ago, I would have just gone ahead - so I must be making progress. Rolleyes

Will let you all know what happens tomorrow

Bronwyn

Monday Blahs

May 23rd, 2005 at 11:35 am

Hi everyone
Didn't make it back yesterday - but had a no spend day.

My aunt treated my Daughter and I to brunch yesterday - it was lovely to sit out in the Autumn sun (we are going into winter here in Johannesburg) and days are shorter, nights colder but the sun shines all through - we get to about Zero Celsius about 22 F overnight but otherwise no snow.

Felt really flat today - couldn't fall asleep last night - was still awake at 01:00 then had to get up at 06:00 to get Emma off to school. Was in my office early but tired before I even started. Was not really that productive.

Just when I am making progress with paying down debt - my car decides it is time to make a really weird noise glare: - Grr. Called the mechanic and they are coming to fetch my car tomorrow - I am sooooooooooo irritated. Fortunately, my dad kept my mom's car after she passed away and I managed to get my brother to take me to fetch it. At least I will not be without wheels. Confused

When someone figures how to keep these unexpected inconveniences at bay - pleaseeee let me know.

As a result of fetching the car, cooking supper went out the window and we stopped for prepared meals - it was very tasty - but then it should be at the price. Spent $9 on 2 meals and then of course bought a few essentials and ended up spending a total of $32 - I think that my motto should be - (roll eyes) STAY AWAY FROM THE SHOPS BECAUSE I WILL ALWAYS FIND SOMETHING "ESSENTIAL"

Oh well after 2 no spend days, I suppose it is an improvement considering that it was only a couple of weeks ago that I was the spending queen Unsure

4 more days to pay day - can't wait to transfer the leftover ( well if I have any leftover after my car is fixed) funds to my credit card.

The good news is that in January I cancelled my satellite TV/Cable service because my satellite dish was hit by lightening and I didn't have the $300 to have it repaired. Well just before I started this journal I was saving to get it repaired and in fact reached the $300 goal but then decided to see if I could delay it for a while longer. So far so good. I have spent the time sewing, cooking and reading - soooooooooo much more productive than lounging in front of the TV.

The other reason for a yuck day is today is the anniversary of my mom's death - and have just found myself really missing "my mom" Sad So many memories .....

Well that is enough of my moaning and groaning - I am going to bed early - tomorrow is a new day and I WILL be feeling better.

Thanks for listening

Take care
Bronwyn

Back home and back to reality

May 21st, 2005 at 05:18 am

Hi everyone
I have been away from home for the past 5 days - working NOT vacation. Why is it when I travel I lose track of the incidental spending - jeepers I wasted some money this past week. Even bought a magazine which I NEVER buy - they just such a waste of money. Spent about $100 on nothing - blahFrown

Anyway it is great to be back. I love my home and missed my daughter terribly. Took her to MacDonalds last night for a treat $10 later but actually it was nice to give her a treat on my return.

Haven't spent anything today - no spend day - easy easy easy when I am at home.

Pay day is next week - so I will be able to update my debt status and see how much progress I have made Cheeky Smiley 005

Am getting a huge order on Monday - so that will contribute to my bonus which I am hoping to pay at the end of June so that I can settle my one credit card debt - won't that be great.

Oh - I finished my sewing and got paid $50 - which I then spent on my business trip Confused Smiley 013:
Hopefully I won't have to travel again in the next 3 months so I'll be able to get my focus back and start saving and tightwadding.

Identified another business opportunity - assisting a restaurant franchise with training their franchisees - don't know what it will pay but every little bit helps to pay off the debt.

Will check in again tomorrow

Take care

Bronwyn

Even Emma's Saving now

May 13th, 2005 at 09:43 am

Hi everyone
Had fun today - explained to Emma that we want to save some money for our holiday/vacation (that is the only thing she can really relate to at this stage) and why it was a good idea to put money in the bank. She disappeared for a while and came back with her money box (full of coins) and said that she was already doing her saving Cheeky Smiley 028 Then she convinced me we had to count it all and sort the coins = $6 and take it to the bank. Amazing, we think our kids don't learn by example rolleyes:

Work today was slow - I just couldn't get my act together and just pushed everything I had to do to Monday except for sorting paperwork, emails and filing.

Oh yeah, said I would let you know how the vegie/chicken soup was received - well, neither of us liked it too much - won't be doing that again.Embarrassment

Was reimbursed some more money today, another $300 into my CC AND a no spend day. Loving this challenge.

Report back on goals from the other day:
Cut out sewing order NOPE - still not done
Pack materials in car for training program tomorrow - DONE
Start preparing personal tax file - NOPE
Company - file invoices, receipts, shipping documents etc - DONE
Review budget to see if I can find a saving for today - DONE
Exercise for 30 minutes - NOPE

Haha - oh well some done some not - will keep trying.

My daughter has a sleep over tonight so I am home alone and am thinking of snuggling into my warm bed with my book - a lie in tomorrow is going to be real treat. Want to try for another no spend day as well.

Tomorrow I HAVE to do that sewing - I really want to get paid for my sewing on Sunday. This time last week I was making a shopping list and now here I am planning how to save and earn money in every which way - just hope and pray I can keep it up.

Found something else to sell today - I have a shed outside that we don't use - it just gets filled with junk. Well I think I sold it today - they will let me know tomorrow Laughing Smiley 014: This is such fun

Okay guys I am off to read my book and hopefully have a good sleep tonight so that I will be ready for a full day of sewing tomorrow.

Take care
Bronwyn

Successful Days make a difference

May 12th, 2005 at 09:17 am

Hi everyone

Wasn't able to update my journal yesterday - got home from work at 7pm after running a training program for 23 delegates - I was exhausted and fell asleep with my daughter.

Guess what - have just finished looking at my debt balances and with all the daily tracking and additional fund transfers I have reduced my debt by $3000 - hey guys, I really did NOT think it was possible Grinning Smiley 003:
The money came from expenses reimbursement, less spending (transfered the most of the balance in my checking account into the CC) and sold some stuff I really didn't need.

Angry Smiley 004 Now for the bad news, I had an insurance claim in for my swimming pool - it was very badly damaged in a storm that we had in early January - which meant a complete renovation. Well the insurance company appointed a company to do it and they finally finished yesterday. So I am now waiting for a bill for my share of the claim. Also, there is the additional cost of filling the pool - no you can't leave the pool empty (I thought of that) because it will just crack and then the renovation is wasted. Sigh.......... It is going to cost me a fortune to fill the pool and worst is that we are going into winter here so we will only use it again in September. The cost of pool treatments/chemicals also has to be added back to my budget - jeez it never ends.

Working hard and long hours stops the spending - I had a no spend day yesterday and today only spent $1 on an ice lolly for Emma.

On Tuesday, I had to have a prescription filled for my medicines so that was another $75 but also budgeted for and it is now paid until next month.

My checking account has $150 left till pay day at the end of the month and my challenge is to have $100 left to pay into my CC.

Really need to catch up with filing and getting organised - found an insurance claim which I paid out of pocket for geyser damage during the same storm in January - so I am going to submit that tomorrow - another $110 to put into the credit card.

Still haven't cut out that fabric for my sewing order - but tonight is the night - another $45 into the CC.

I think that I am astounded at how quickly the small savings add up (just like all the small amounts spent) - now I need to get working to earn a bonus at the end of June - hopefully, enough to pay off a credit card Smile

Will check in again tomorrow

Bronwyn

Daily Ups and Downs

May 10th, 2005 at 05:45 am

Hi everyone

This journal is wonderful BUT last night I sat here reading everyone's journal and the archive articles - only got to bed at 01:30am and was like a bear with a sore head this morning - I have been grumpy all day. So on top of managing this debt reduction and cancellation project I need to make sure that I get enough sleep. You know you can end up with a situation that you spend so much time reading, researching and getting organised that you don't "do" stuff. That is one of the reasons I didn't get to finish my goals for yesterday.

I import training materials from the United Kingdom and am running a training programme tomorrow for a big client of mine. Well today, the materials still hadn't been delivered by Fedex - guess what - customs and excise are holding my shipment so off to the copy shop with a manual I had left over from another program. What a waste of money - ugghhh - If am really honest though I wasn't as organised as I should have been - I placed my order late Smilie Tischkante

Had to run out to the store for breakfast cereal (I didn't shop with a list yesterday) but did this when I went to the copy shop. Who was talking about being organised in their journal - seems that I need the same discipline
Confused

Spent: $6.87

Good news though: paid the monthly amount due on school fees using internet banking and delivered the proof of payment to the school secretary - so that is done.

Was waiting the past 5 days for a debit to go off my checking account to pay one of my CC's but nothing happened - checked my bank account while paying the school account and found that it had gone through - YEAH I have more money left than I thought.

Should be able to meet my goal of paying off $1500 my CC this month.

Made soup last night - enough to feed an army - my daughter is not going to be impressed - chicken and vegie soup is NOT her idea of a fun meal. Well guess what? That is what we are having for supper tonight with fresh bread. Will let you know what happens.

Emma (my 5 yr old daughter) managed to lose her jacket and school hat last week and I threatened her with taking money out of her bank account to pay for new ones - you have no idea how that motivated her to find them. She found the hat yesterday and the jacket today - amazing Aktion033

Really need to get going today - I am feeling so flat - no energy at all.

Goals for today:
Cut out sewing order
Pack materials in car for training program tomorrow
Start preparing personal tax file
Company - file invoices, receipts, shipping documents etc
Review budget to see if I can find a saving for today
Exercise for 30 minutes

Take care everyone - see ya tomorrow

Bronwyn

The Hole in my Wallet

May 9th, 2005 at 12:31 pm

Here is the report for today:
Went to the library - uggh - got fined $2 - really thought I was being so organised. But found some good books - recipe books, "life after debt", Autobiography - Goldman Sachs. The only problem with getting good books is that I lounge in my warm bed (we are going into Winter here in South Africa) reading instead of sewing and getting things done.
Added insult to injury - found 3 books on the sale stand - spent another $3 - didn't need them but wanted them - one sewing book - patchwork (for all those scraps of fabrics - that you have every intention of using up but never do Smile
Fetched Emma from school - she had PT today and she begged so hard for an ice lolly - another $1 (for her friend as well)
Went looking for some of the "favourite recipes" today on the internet i.e. KFC, Hard Rock, Taco Bell - and ended up spending $19 for the download recipe book.

Unplanned spending: $25

Good news though - I negotiated with Emma's school to pay her school fees monthly instead of every 4th month - this means that my cash flow and budgeting becomes easier. No huge amounts every 4th month - whoopeeeee Food Smiley 004

I have a leaking roof over my study and don't want to spend money - so I got creative. A friend of mine's husband is an engineer, and he is brilliant at DIY so I offered to do their mending and sewing if he would fix my roof - you will never guess - HE AGREED - how is that for a trade????

Managed just about all my other goals:
Goals for Today:
Tonight we will make the chicken pies and chicken ala king for freezing - NOT QUITE
Get the library books back otherwise I pay a fine - YES BUT PAID A FINE
Buy bread & milk for freezing - DONE
Cut out the sweats for sewing - NOPE
Sell my second deep freeze - it is empty most of the time and keeps icing up so now it is gone!!! Should be able to get about $50 for it - SOLD
Collect the post when I go out to get bread, go to the library and fetch Emma - so that there will be no extra trips
ACHIEVED

I am exhausted tonight so I am off to bed - see ya later

Bronwyn

Looking hard for ways to save

May 9th, 2005 at 02:54 am

Hi everyone

Thanks Shawni for your message.

Well today started out really well - got Emma off to school and then tidied out the top shelf of the grocery cuphoard and found all sorts - candy, baking supplies and crackers. Yeah - so now Emma and I will do some baking today (and I guess she will enjoy the candy Smile)

Printed off the Consumer Rates for Electricity and am about to educate my housekeeper on what it all costs - yup, I know a housekeeper when I am trying to save and pay off debt but without her (she lives in a cottage on the property) I am not able to work full-time, look after Emma and do all the housework, washing, ironing etc. Okay I will admit it I am spoilt. In South Africa, because we have a huge uneducated, unemployed population many middle class families are able to afford housekeepers full time or part time. My housekeepers name is Esther and I love her - she has worked for our family (my mom & dad as well) for a total of 28 years. Amazing!

Business today is pumping - I closed 2 small orders for payment at the end of June. Got through a ton of follow-ups, finished my emails, reading, planning and administration. I am so oooooooooo motivated - this debt is sooooooooooo gone.

During my free time in the evenings, I have decided to sew for extra money (instead of veging in front of the TV) and yesterday I got 3 orders for sweats for kids - should earn about $45 for this. Have to deliver them on Sunday.

Also found a website last night called FreeStuff for South Africa and have subscribed - haven't heard anything yet except for receiving my log in code. We don't have many coupons in SA - I really envy you guys.

Oh yes forgot to tell you - started an envelope system for money that I would have spent normally and already have $110 in it - will put it into the CC bill at the end of the month with my sewing money.

One of my clients hasn't paid me yet (they were meant to have paid by the 3 May) so I haven't paid my DSL line or fax line yet - keep waiting for the tel company to call me. Also have company expenses outstanding i.e. I pay for stuff during the month which I claim back from my company at the end of the month - another $690 to go towards to the school bill.

Just got a call from a client - another possible order - very small order but an order none the less.

Goals for Today:
Tonight we will make the chicken pies and chicken ala king for freezing
Get the library books back otherwise I pay a fine
Buy bread & milk for freezing
Cut out the sweats for sewing
Sell my second deep freeze - it is empty most of the time and keeps icing up so now it is gone!!! Should be able to get about $50 for it
Collect the post when I go out to get bread, go to the library and fetch Emma - so that there will be no extra trips

Will check in again later - by the way we are about 7 hours ahead of you so at the time of this entry you guys will be getting up for your day and we are already at lunch time.

Take care and keep those pennies in your pocket - they all add up

Bronwyn

Day 2 - what fun!

May 8th, 2005 at 12:07 pm

Hi everyone

First I must say thank you to those of you who gave me the stars - how do they appear from no-where after just one day - well it is encouraging.

Happy Mother's Day - I had a great surprise today - my Dad and girlfriend (my Mom died last year May - so this is a huge adjustment for me - they were married for 49 years) arrived here this morning to take myself and my 5 year old daughter, Emma out for Brunch for Mother's Day. This is the first time I have had such a nice treat. Emma had also made a candle for me at school which she gave to me this morning before my eyes were even open properly. Needless to say, I was all teary - let me tell you the story about Emma.

Emma was abandoned when she was born - very very premie - only 30 weeks gestation versus 39 - 40 weeks, and so she spent her first 2.5 months in prem unit and then I found her in a childrens home. In South Africa we have a huge problem with abandoned children and babies due to the unemployment and proverty. In 1994 with change in our government (the end of Apartheid) the new constitution made is possible for single people to adopt children. Emma came home with me when she was 4 months old and has been the joy of my life since - I am a proud mommie just like every other mom (it amazes me that we all think our kids are brilliant - but what fun).

Thought more about my finances after I logged out last night, and decided EVERY day I have do something to reduce the debt, save money and "sell more". If we do something daily then the successful days will add up to successful weeks, to successful months etc.

Today, I had to go and get Emma's Asthma medicine (she has Asthma as a result of being so prem) and that cost $89 - it was budgeted so I guess I can't be too tough on myself. Other than that I didn't spend any money today - which is amazing.

Cooked again today, chickens to make chicken pies, chicken ala king and Macaroni and Cheese - so that takes care of another 10 meals and reduces the electricity bill because I won't have to cook from scratch every night.

I am really looking forward to work tomorrow - feeling very motivated and can't wait to earn extra money to pay off some debt at the end of May.

You know what is so amazing - I don't feel as bad as I did about all my debt and I am sure that it is because of this journal and being able to read everyone elses and how you are making progress.

Oh, yes, Mom from Missouri - I also wash baggies - see I told you we are all in the same situation

Have a good day tomorrow - see ya

Bronwyn


First Steps

May 7th, 2005 at 01:58 pm

Well I am coming to the end of my first day - it was a no spend day and I have achieved the following:
- tidied, organised and sorted my bedroom
- cooked in bulk vegie lasagna and beef lasagne = 10 meals in the deep freeze
- made pants & sweatshirt for my 5 year old = saved about $12 - had the fabric in the cuphoard
Now I am ready for bed.
Thanks to Shawni and Mom from Missouri for the encouragement - will pop in and read your journals so that I get to know you better
Feeling good about today

The Starting Point

May 7th, 2005 at 07:01 am

Hi everyone
Have read just about everyone's journal and loved it - you all seem to be making such progress, so I decided to join in - I journal daily in my journal book and it helps so I am hoping that this will help too.
I am a single self-employed mom and have racked up some serious debt over the past 2 years due to being irresponsible and careless. Now is the time to get things back on track.
I have lived in South Africa all my life but have been fortunate enough to travel extensively (this won't be happening now) to Europe and the USA.
My starting debt is:
Credit Card: $ 20000
Credit Card 2: $9000
Personal Loan: $8350
Car Loan: $20000
Mortgage: $135000
Business Loan: $ 45165
Total: $219515
Uggh - how embarrassing - oh well there is nothing like a starting point.
Fortunately, being self-employed I can determine my income so the harder I work the more I earn. At present I average $5800 a month after tax.
I think that this is part of the reason I got myself into debt - the banks see the earnings but not the easy undisciplined use of the credit.
Goals for May:
Reduce Credit Card Balance by $1500
Sell extra stuff (Garage Sale) $250 - pay into credit card
Increase earnings by $3000 a month through hard work and following up on Sales Leads faster and using a Client Contact Management System
Reduce Groceries by using coupons from $250 to $125 - savings to credit card
Pay school fees (Private School) $900
Sew clothes this month
Cook from scratch

Okay so now that I am on my way I just have to figure out how to use the "faces" down below.
I would welcome any comments or encouragement - I have a very very very long way to go before I reach my goal of Debt Free Living