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730.00 towards debt and a license!

April 12th, 2009 at 08:13 am

So I finally got my license back after paying the final amount in arrears towards the judgement against me. In all since Feb 24th I've paid $2,100.00 towards paying it down. They've agreed to accept payments of $100.00 a month, but at 9% interest I think I'll pay at least $50.00 to $100.00 more a month so the interest doesn't kill me.

Paid off some debt today!

March 30th, 2009 at 08:38 pm

Paid $160.00 off to debt today and ate lunch for free as well.....Only two more weeks till I can get my license back!

Another NSD!

March 24th, 2009 at 03:35 pm

Today was a NSD.....Woo Hoo! Lunch today was on my dad at the pizza shop right by work, but the Bacon Cheeseburger I ate was just awful. I swear the bacon used was Bacon Bits fried in a deep fryer....yuck!

At least the fries were good (shrugs)

Dave or Suze...Your Fave Finance Guru Poll

March 23rd, 2009 at 02:43 pm


Suze Orman

Dave Ramsey

Actually I like both a lot. They both have great ideas and methods. I'm very weary of credit cards,and so is Dave. I also like Suze's Snowballing method which is pay off your highest interest accounts first, as opposed to Dave's which is smallest amount first.

Completed a 3 year dreaded task!

March 21st, 2009 at 07:57 pm


If anyone knows when the local chapter of the Procrastinators club is meeting please do let me know!

After years of not filing taxes, I finally sat down and did all back taxes for the years I didn't file. The main reason for not filing was that in 2005 while working at Olive Garden, not enough state or federal tax was withheld from my paychecks. In 2005 I earned about $23,00.00 in gross income and only $380.00 was taken out for federal and ONLY $30.54 for state tax. Now the state of Virginia did the favor of doing my taxes fo me and the tax owed for that year is $1.325.12. Fortunaly now that I've taken hold of my finances ,I called them as soon as I recieved the bill and made payment arrangements.

Now I'am going to wait and see what the Irs will work out and the State of Virginia as to my other years owed are concerned.

List of Returns Outcomes:
2005- Federal $1,524.00 State $1,325.12
2006- Federal $(193.00) State $ 195.00
2007- Federal $(414.00) State $ (21.00)
2008- Federal $(545.00) State $ 10.00
The amounts shown in ($0.00) are refunds.

I'm hoping the refund amounts will offset some of the costs of late fees and interest charges. So I'm waiting for checkmate to be called so to speak.

Is my insurance agent fibbing?

March 21st, 2009 at 08:59 am

So when I recieved my new auto insurance policy I read it front to back, yes literally front to back! I noticed that I could at my request have them review my credit report as to se if my payments could be lowered. I thought great, i just removed 16 accounts from my Transunion report which weren't mine and maybe I could reduce my monthly payments.

So today when I went to my agent to pay and inquired about it, she said that they normally don't that but once a year, but If I wanted I should wait at least 6 months. The last policy i had was about $65.00 a month, but now I'am paying $90.63 a month and have a clean driving record showing on my DMV report.

I think on monday I will try to call the insurance company directly and see what they say.

Tax Progress........

March 19th, 2009 at 02:31 pm

So ya'll might remember that the state of Virginia sent me a notice stating that I owed them $1,325.12 in back taxes. At first I somewhat panicked since the letter they sent made it seem like they were going to reposses my truck, cat and mom.

So I decided to give them a call to see if I could arrange a payment plan with them. Much to my suprise the plans are set-up through and automated system over the phone! It even let me chose how many months I wanted to pay it within,as to if I wanted to pay monthly or bi-weekly, and even first due date.

I must say that I am very impressed with the Commonwealths taxline.The only downfall is that it will 20 months at 7% interest. So I plan to add any extra funds to monthly payments whenever I can.

NSD........Thanks Dad!

March 18th, 2009 at 07:28 pm

I had a NSD today because my grandfather cooked lunch for us at work and my father cooked BBQ tonight for us at his house.

Tommorrow I tackle the tax man! YIKES!

Amazon offers free mp3's !

March 17th, 2009 at 08:16 pm

That is something I did not know. And they offer over 500 songs as well. Now I will admit that they are not popular songs, but I did manage to find some neat Indie music and some classical too!

AGGGHHH........I owe mucho state taxes

March 16th, 2009 at 04:02 pm

From 2005 that is. That year I was working as a server at the Olive Garden and made a Income of about $23,000.00 and they only took out $40.00 that year. I knew I owed but was so scared that the amount I owed was going to be big and boy was it!

Amount Owed : $1,325.12

Boy oh boy, but I'm going to pay this off this as fast as I can. I owe it and there is nothing to be done from complaining. So this will be added to br sidebar as well. Wish me luck! lol

Save or Payoff Debt ?

March 15th, 2009 at 03:39 pm

Emergency Fund

I've been contemplating on rather I should save only a $1,000.00 as a small way to begin an emergency fund. By doing that I could foucus then on paying down debt.

On the other hand by taking Suze Orman's advice by saving 8 months for an emergency fund, I could pay down down debt without having to worry about hitting a snag. And trust me I always hit snags. I guess once I get more of a grab on my finances, I'll be able to get a better picture.

Recieved My CVS ExtraCard today

March 14th, 2009 at 02:12 pm

So I noticed they put a sign up announing they were building a CVS store on my route to work , and I was thrilled. I read on various blogs how much shoppers save using thier rewards systems.

So needless to say I signed up for the card and am waiting for the store to go up.

My friends also find it wierd that I no longer carry credit cards or numerous Debit cards in my wallet, instead carrying my saving cards from various stores and shops i frequent.I do admit that is an odd habit for a 30 year old male, but we'll see who is laughing when I'am debt free!

Something you can live without, but don't....

March 14th, 2009 at 09:16 am

I guess If there was one thing besides my smoking habit, which I'am slowly making progress on, that I would cut out of my budget. It would have to be my eating out habits. I don't spend that much money on eating out, I'd say at least 10 to 15 a week,but for that amount. I could turn that into 5 days worth of food.

I'm such a picky eater that I mainly eat chicken. I love eating Ramen noodles (The frugal dieters dreamfood!) Just as much as I now follow a budget I need to follow a meal plan as well

My smoking habits have changed a lot, not because of health reasons. But because it now never fits in my budget. Plus with the passage of the Shicps (SP)program by congress, the tax on tabacco products is going to raise the cost of a pack up by $2.00 also. It is somewhat amusing that I would cut back on smoking and have nearly cut my drinking by 98%( I used to go to the bar every other day, now only going once every two weeks, and only if someone else is paying)because I'm following a strict budget.

I'm sure my wallet and lungs are breathing a sigh of relief, and that my liver is thankful as well!

Paid $400.00 towards Debt today!

March 13th, 2009 at 04:01 pm

Paid $400.00 towards Debt today! and I feel good.

Paid the amount towards the Gieco Judgement, which I need to pay off inorder to re-instate my license.Good to see my sidebar bieng updated every week.And even more happy to see the amount hit the two thousands....woo-hoo

Your Favorite SavingAdvice Blogger?

March 12th, 2009 at 05:15 pm

Mine is ImaSaver aka Julie....After feeling that at the age of 30 it was too late to save and fix my credit, Her blog made me realize that it's never too late or too early. In less than the 30 days I've paid off over 950.00 dollars in debt and still managed to stay on budget after years of frivolous spending.

Thanks to ImaSaver (and to everyone on my favorite blog list as well! Smile )and the whole SavingAdvice.com Blogging Community.

Day 2: NSD the new crime show ! LOL

March 12th, 2009 at 05:08 pm

Today was my 2nd NSD in a row! Even getting 2 rounds of drinks at 2 different bars...woo hoo... My cousin gave the bar owners fresh scallops in exchange for some free drinks....ah the power of bater and trade.

I'm going to tkae some picture of my job site and post them tomorrow. It's relly neat that I get to work on Scallop boats and at the same time get to work on the bayfront every day. Plus it's very rewarding work as well.

Tomorrow is payday and I'm looking foward to paying some more Debt off.

Feeling Frugal - Blogspot

March 11th, 2009 at 04:52 pm

This is very helpful site which has a variety of coupons, freebies, and a ton of CVS deals. I've been using the blog mainly for the free weekly code to rent a free redbox rental. The CVS deals are simply a steal. To check it out visit the link.

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Today was a NSD!

March 11th, 2009 at 03:54 pm

Today was a NSD. Cooked my own lunch, ate Mexican and it was ohhh so good! Then cooked chicken for dinner with Mrs. Dash ( Mesquite )spice. Not even that my uncle had a some free beer a friend gave him, So I've been set for a couple days.
This frugal thing is really starting to catch on with me. I look foward to Friday, trying to pay at least $300.00 towards Debt.