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April 13th, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Well, things are finally looking better! Last time I wrote here I mentioned the temp job that I was working, well that ended about a week later. It was a good thing I had received my tax refund the day before they ended the contract! Although it did suck because I was planning to get caught up on my bills and then hold the rest as emergency money but ended up needing it to pay my regular bills. I went 3 weeks without a job, I know that is still pretty good because a lot of people go A LOT longer. I did somehow manage to stretch out my money through the whole time, and JUST ran out the day before my first paycheck.

The job I am working at now pays really well. It's a temp to hire job. For now I just plan to pay my normal bills and stash as much away as I can JUST IN CASE anything happens with this job. I've had too many jobs that have sounded promising and then ended up no where. If I do get hired on permanent I should FINALLY be able to start paying off some of this stuff I have in collections and really get back on track.

Hi again

March 11th, 2013 at 11:39 am

Itís been a few months, but Iím back. Havenít written because there hasnít been much to report, and the last few months have been REALLY hard.

I quit my job after Thanksgiving for something that SOUNDED promising. It was a state job, the pay was a little less, but it got me out of the call center environment which I have been doing for YEARS, and was MUCH closer to home (cut my drive down by about 40 miles a day!) so it seemed as though the positives were going to outweigh the negatives. Well, they hired 4 of us at the same time, for a full time 40 hour a week positionÖ then there ended up not being enough work and we were lucky to get 25 hours a week. Meaning my paychecks were around $175-$200 a week, BARELY enough to even make rent, so all other bills were pretty much ignored. After 7 weeks they decided that there was no point in having us there and we got laid off. Somehow I managed to get lucky and found a temporary position to start the following week. Iím still at that job, but unsure how much longer I will be here, Iím filling in for a person that is out on medical leave. Iím TRYING to find a new full time permanent position, but with the hours Iím working (8-5) itís making it really difficult to be able to schedule interviews, and I canít afford to take much time off especially after falling so far behind in December and January. Iím STILL trying to catch up on the bills that I got behind on during that time.

Iím SO lucky that my best friend has been so willing to help me or I donít know what I would have done. Heís been making sure that I have enough gas to get to and from work, and helping me out with little bits of money so I can buy some food so Iím not COMPLETELY starving. Iíve tried applying for food stamps but somehow according to the state Iím still making too much moneyÖ Not sure where they are getting that idea from since my monthly income the last few months has only been about $800 and my rent alone is $675. Itís so frustrating! I feel so bad that my friend is doing all of this for me and I have no idea when or IF I will ever be able to pay him back for it all. He keeps insisting that I donít have to and not to worry about it, but I still hate being in that position, itís not his job to take care of me. UGH.

On the brighter side of things Iím getting just over $1200 back on my federal tax return, I should be getting that next week. I owe the state $62 which I plan to pay as soon as I get the check, I have to pay back my mom $200 that she let me borrow, pay my phone bill thatís now almost 2 months behind, my electric bill that is 3 months behind and DEFINITELY buy some groceries. The rest (which should be around $700) I plan to just keep as emergency money. Once Iím caught up my income should cover bills with about $300 a month available for gas/groceries, which is definitely enough. Then I just need to hope that I find a new job before this one ends that way I donít end up right back in the same hole. Fingers crossed!

Anyway, I better get off and do some work!

Today

December 16th, 2012 at 07:32 pm

Just got in, did a bit of shopping today..I needed to pick up some random things like shampoo and toilet paper.

I also was feeling like a should get into the holiday spirit and put up some decorations so i swung around to a few thrift stores on the hunt for something. i ended up with a strand of lights for $2, what was boxed up like a strand of lights but really ended up only being a box of random bulbs (grrr) for 99 cents, and some cute lil candle holders and tray (i know not holiday decorations but whatever lol) for $7. I was very proud of myself for putting back lots of random things that I picked up and then decided that i didn't really need.

Oh, and towards my millionaire fund:
I found a penny in the parking lot.

Might write some more later
byeee

UPDATE !!

November 3rd, 2012 at 01:21 pm

THE MOOCHER THAT WAS STAYING WITH ME IS GONE !! he moved all of his stuff out thursday night .. yay!! he didnt have money to give me (of course) using the excuse that his paycheck was smaller than he was expecting again... not sure WHY he was expecting a 40 hour paycheck when he took a day off but whatever. i've decided that i'm not going to stress over the money that he never paid me and just be happy that he is gone. he's a leech and a liar and i dont need to deal with that. i have no problem helping my friends when they truley need help, but this one didnt need help, he just wants someone to support him while he acts like a child.

on another note, i didnt get the job that i applied for with usaa. i had a feeling i didnt as soon as the interview was done. a lot of the interview questions were geared towards the sales part of the job and i've never worked a sales job before so i had NO CLUE how to approach those questions. the money would have been nice for sure, and the hours, but it's not really a huge issue. the job i have now is decent, and like i said before my manager is amazing. he's actually offered to help me look for a job that i'd be good at and help me some more with interview questions. yea, he's pretty cool.

pretty much my whole paycheck went to rent this week. the little bit that i had left i used to pay my internet bill, put gas in my car, and take my car through emissions. next paycheck i need to renew my registration, ugh. i went to fresh & easy and grabbed a few things that i needed to be able to make dinners/lunches for myself for the next week until i get paid again. i went there because almost everything i needed was produce, and with their 98 cents produce packs it was definitely much cheaper there than anywhere else..

i got :
baby carrots: .98
celery: .98
2 green peppers: .98
6 tomatos: .98
6 onions: .98
10 potatoes: .98
spaghetti noodles: .98
canned corn: .50
tomato soup: .50
total: 8.51

Oh, and towards my millionaire fund:
I found a penny in the parking lot Wink

might write some more later.
byee!!

me again...

October 27th, 2012 at 12:05 pm

I had a phone interview yesterday with USAA that I forgot to mention. It went well, and I have an in person interview with a hiring manager next Thursday! They've already emailed me the information to start the background check and go get a drug test. I'm assuming that this is all a good sign because they wouldnt waste money to do those things for a person that they didn't think they would hire ... right?

They have two classes starting soon, November 5 or November 26. And the pay is about $1000 a month more than I make now.

I really hope I get it because I'm ready for a change and, not gonna lie, the money would be nice. But also at the same time I'm scared of the change. The manager I have now is AMAZING, definitely the best person I have ever worked for. But the shift I'd be working at USAA is better than what I'm working now... and the money....

Ahh ... decisions...

My day

October 27th, 2012 at 12:42 am

So today I got my birthday present from my best friend ... a dog! He kept the one that we had at his house when I moved out (because it was technically his! lol) so he got me my own.. yay! She's up to date on all of her shots and already potty trained and kennel trained. I do need to get her spayed, but I'll wait until the low cost mobile clinic comes back through, I had both of my cats done through them a few years back and they were great.

Found 10 cents in my car so that got thrown into my lil piggy bank. At this rate I'll be a millionaire Wink lol

Went to the pet store and got a toy and a small bag of treats for the dog, and some dog food. The person that we got her from also gave us her collar, leash and kennel so I didn't have to worry about any of those things, so I only spent $8 there. I just got enough food to last a few days until I go grocery shopping, and there was a coupon for buy one get one free Smile the toy I got on clearance and the treats were half off.

Okey doke ... I'm off to bed, goodnight all !!

uh, ok

October 26th, 2012 at 11:44 am

well, I know it's not that long since I wrote my last entry, but I've just been thinking about stuff and hey, here is as good a place to write it down as any. and it is at least vaguely financial. and I really just need a place to rant lol.

a friend of mine has been staying with me for 2 months now, and in that time has only given me $100. he has a full time job paying $12 an hour yet INSISTS that he doesnt make enough money to pay rent or pay bills. he gave me this whole little sob story about how he couldnt afford his apartment anymore because they raised his rent, plus the amount of child support he has to pay, and he owes money to the IRS.

of course with me being a sucker, I felt bad and offered him a place to stay while he got stuff caught up. We had agreed that since he would be sleeping on the couch and not really be keeping any of his things here that he would only pay me half of the utility bills, half of the groceries and then $120 for rent. and like I said previously ... since he's been here he's only given me $100.

I mean, if he really truly didn't have the money I would probably let it slide. But he's been going on trips every weekend, plus spent $300 on action figures. then tells me this week that he doesnt have money to give me for this month because "his paychecks werent as much as he was expecting".

now maybe it's just me but shouldnt he have made sure he had the money to give me for his rent before going on all of his trips? oh and then I find out he hasnt been paying his child support, nor the money he owes to the IRS. so basically he just wants to be a mooch.

i keep talking to him about it, but every time I bring it up he gets defensive saying "he doesnt make enough money" and "cant afford to get an apartment of his own" .. his parents live out of town and he's been lying to them saying that he has his own 2 bedroom apartmentand that all he does is work and pay bills, he lies to his ex (the child's mother) and says that he cant give her the child support because all of his money is going to bills and the IRS!

i know I've been stupid to let him stay but I told him a few weeks ago that he has until the 2nd to get out because I am not a sugar mama. I have enough of my own debt and bills to worry about without having to support someone else that is fully capable of taking care of themselves.

Anyhow.. if anyone has any helpful comments or suggestions I'd love to hear them. I don't know if I should try to fight with him for the money that he owes me or just get him out of my house and be done with it.

Just realised this entry is like a novel.

Good day!

I'm back ... again

October 26th, 2012 at 01:36 am

hello to anyone who is reading this...

I'm from Arizona and I'm trying to save up to pay off the ridiculous amounts of debt that I have.

My goals are to stash as much cash as I can and then take advantage of the settlement offers that I get from the collections companies, and also to get into good habits of managing my money.

I haven't done anything very saving-money-ish today.. although I did go to the college bookstore and sold back two books that I am done with.

Ok.. I will try and get into the habit of writing in this often, but I can't guarantee what I say will be interesting

Kristin