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Credit Card Freedom Day

Sat, 14 Feb 2009 05:47:59 +0000

We got our state tax refund today. And after work, Jennie and I mailed what will be the last credit card payment we’ll ever make. We’d hoped to be done by the end of last year, but life happened. There were a lot of things we hadn’t planned for, and even with Jennie and me … Continue reading Credit Card Freedom Day

Goal: Pay off the credit cards by year-end

Mon, 11 Aug 2008 13:10:09 +0000

Jennie and I have been in debt since before we were married — progressively more debt as time went on. Back in 2000, we had our first wake-up call, when my primary income dried up for several months and we didn’t know how to make our payments. We signed up with Consumer Credit of Des … Continue reading Goal: Pay off the credit cards by year-end

U of I, ISU selling student data to credit-card companies

Mon, 24 Sep 2007 11:05:00 +0000

I was in Ames this weekend at a church meeting. On the way back, I stopped at a gas station that offers free Sunday papers with a tank of gas. Cover story: U of I, ISU use student data to sell credit cards. Subhead: “Bank of America cards are promoted despite public worries about debt … Continue reading U of I, ISU selling student data to credit-card companies

Opting out of “pre-approved” credit card offers

Thu, 07 Jun 2007 23:54:00 +0000

Some of you may already know about this, but I didn’t. The Big Three-And-A-Half* credit agencies (Equifax, Experian, TransUnion, and Innovis) have a Web site where you can opt out of being on lists they sell to companies offering “firm offers of credit”, i.e. pre-approved credit-card offers. The opt-out site is at This is … Continue reading Opting out of “pre-approved” credit card offers

Emergency funds

Sat, 30 Sep 2006 17:41:00 +0000

You know what? Having an emergency fund doesn’t take away the stress. Okay, let me amend that: Having an emergency fund does take away the stress, but only if you never have to touch it. Back when we started budgeting, we made a choice. We decided that car breakdowns would fall under the heading of … Continue reading Emergency funds

On being a lucky bastard

Tue, 25 Jul 2006 00:51:00 +0000

This afternoon, I went to a session called “The Lego XP Game”. Yes, that’s what it sounds like: I got to play with LEGOs all afternoon. Now, it’s a weekday. Normally I would be at work today. So that means I got paid to play with LEGOs all afternoon. It doesn’t stop there. My company … Continue reading On being a lucky bastard

Dave Ramsey Live Event in Lincoln, NE, Aug 12

Thu, 20 Jul 2006 00:33:00 +0000

Russ Carroll, Dave’s lead financial coach, is going to be in Lincoln on August 12 doing a Dave Ramsey-branded Live Event, and Jennie and I are going to be there. Not quite sure what it’s going to be like, especially since we’ve already taken Financial Peace University. But I do know that one of the best … Continue reading Dave Ramsey Live Event in Lincoln, NE, Aug 12

Paid-off count: 10

Thu, 15 Jun 2006 12:51:00 +0000

Paid off GSB this morning. We’ve been planning it since we made the budget late last month. Our second-draft budget was tantalizingly close, and we decided to stretch and skim and make it work. Tightened the grocery budget, put off a couple things, and go. I’m glad we did. That receipt with “Balance Due: 0” … Continue reading Paid-off count: 10

12 reasons budgeting can improve your life

Fri, 19 May 2006 10:46:00 +0000

Ran across this this morning, and it’s pretty spot-on: 12 Reasons Budgeting Can Improve Your Life. It’s short, so even if you’re a bit skeptical about the budgeting thing, give it a quick read.

The budget will provide

Thu, 27 Apr 2006 01:46:00 +0000

Our emergency fund was already depleted a bit from our car breaking down earlier this month. Then yesterday, we dropped a $25 check off at a local collection agency — and I later realized that they now had our checking account information, and could probably just go ahead and take out the full amount we … Continue reading The budget will provide