Just a quick post, I spent most of tonight trying to figure out the issues with my money tracking system - fixed!
Anyways, awesome news today - I got my bonus cheque! $353.61 which is the highest bonus I've gotten so far ($501 before they took off taxes - boourns!). It went directly towards my consolidation loan and I also made my "normal" $300 payment and of course $500 from my first paycheque = $1153.61 so far this month on my loan (almost a whole paycheque!) I've decided to just put the extra $146.39 on at the end of the month to equal the $1300 payment I wanted to make this month (see post: "$5000 Off my Consolidation Loan?" on March 29/10). I could put the "normal" $300 but I also want to put $100 on my mastercard to offset some of the interest from last month.
So now my consolidation loan sits at . . . drumroll . . . wait for it . . . $9,989.81!!! Under $10K = AWESOME!!! At the end of the month with my $146.39 the balance will be: $9843.42, so exciting :)
So now both large debts (consolidation loan and mastercard) are under $10K each, my total debt is $19,864.85 - under $20K!!! And, my net worth is now -$15,600.77 that's a POSITIVE difference of $3,469.68 since the beginning of the year. I'm quite happy with this progress. I LOVE my bonuses!
On the negative side - I broke my "no clothing" challenge again. This time MUCH worse than I did last month. I bought a new gym bag, a new laptop bag ($9.99 half price because I bought the gym bag at a BOGO sale), a new pair of jeans (I'll write more about this on my fitness blog Fit for Thirty), two new pairs of work pants (a total steal $11.99 for one and $14.99 for the other), and a sweater. Other than the sweater, those pieces had been on my "want" list for a while. I'll post about that at another time. Total $127.64! BTW, I wore the shirt that made me lose my challenge last month today and its awesome! I buy a lot of clothes, but I do wear 99% of what I buy.
So, my "quick" post turned out not to be so quick. I'll post all the numbers tomorrow.
P.S. Congrats to Krystal @ GimmeBackMyFiveBucks for landing an awesome new job!