Friday, September 29, 2006

Dum de dum dum

Money is back in the balance. HA! RIGHT!! No. But maybe my thinking about it is. Just a teensy bit. It's not that we don't have money, it's that we're selling crap to get out of debt. Get rid of crap = no debt. It's not THAT simple but pretty close. All this stuff we've sold is going to take care of fixing our car that'll take 500 not easy to find Ben Franklins (sidenote: I will have a car again YAY! Not having a car BREAKS me) AND we won't have to add another cent to our already monumental bills for the month. Yahoo!! Then selling Brando's drums will refund the emergency fund to it's what needs to be at 1000 Ben Franklins.

I have this weird emotional attachment to stuff we've used often with the kids. Somehow passing them on to somebody who I know will use it and enjoy it as much or more than we did makes it sooooooo much better and gives me a happy feeling inside.

So far I've sold the boys Right Start Baby Trend Sit N Stand Stroller. I LOVEd that thing and you know what I put it on Craigslist and a lady came and picked it up with cash the next day. Her 3 year old little blonde daughter was so happy to have her own stroller. Not to mention you could see the sigh of relief of the Mom not having to carry the 3 year old when she gets too tired on walks with her baby nephew and her. I know that sigh of relief all too well.

Today a couple from our Sunday class is coming to pick up our humongous three room Taj Mahal tent. It has that nickname because it seriously is the Taj Mahal of tents. 3 rooms, 7 ft ceilings, and a screened in porch. No wonder we've only been camping twice in the past five years with that beast of a thing! Now somebody else who has a baby and needs room for a playpen as we did a few years back will be able to put it to good use and pass it on when they're done. Such a coincidence that I put it up completely anonymously on Craigslist and they emailed me. I think it's a God thing.

Next up is Brando's scuba diving gear. He's so sad to see it go but he hasn't touched it in 7 years!!! I wonder if seeing someone who will use it and enjoy it as much as he did would help? Maybe not. We've still got an ipod Nano to sell. Then we'll work on his Pearl Master Custom drum set and my old computer, the Dell Inspiron 8500 laptop. Once those are gone and our emergency fund is fully funded plus some then we'll work out selling both the cars to get two reliable used cars and the house to pay off a major portion of the debt. That'll take care of a very LARGE $1000 car and debt payment a month. The house we don't pay for any way 'cause we have a tenant, but after that we'll start building our emergency fund to a full six months of income. Brando wants to do a year as a real estate agent, but six months would be just fine with me.

Ask me how we have that much expensive crap laying around the house 'cause maybe it'll help me figure out an answer.


Allison said...

btw...SO glad you were back! Missed you!!

Allison said...

Wow, good for yall!! I need to do the same desperately! I stated an email for you, and of course, never finished it! It is still in the "draft" section of my bin. Oops! The book you need to read is "Debt Proof Living" by Mary Hunt. It is VERY simple. It is the plan I used to get out of debt and it works because it is SO simple. No complicated financial jargon. She also has books on "Debt Free Marriage" "Debt Free Kids" etc. She is fantastic. Plus, I feel like she gears herself toward the middle class families with kids.

stacey said...

WOW!!! I'm seriously impressed! Congrats on figuring things out and actually having the strength to part with things that carry sentimental attachment. That's my biggest weakness. Sounds like you guys are on your way to becoming debt-free! How great does that sound?!? :)


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