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7 Must-Take Steps to Avoid Debt After a Layoff

Recently, my husband and I have been putting our nose to the grindstone in terms of budgeting and expenses so that we can finally get our debt paid off. Unfortunately, he got laid off three weeks ago.

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June 2017 Finance Report

My husband is still on the job hunt, though he did applied for unemployment and he did receive severance, thankfully. Next up is figuring out healthcare and not panicking over the insane cost. One bonus is that if we pay for a healthcare plan out-of-pocket, it’s a write-off since I’m a contractor. Overall there has…

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May 2017 Finance Report

Bad news this month – my husband was laid off towards the end of April. While frustrating, I’m vowing not to let this screw up our debt repayment. And at the very least, we will figure out how to avoid accruing more debt during this period of uncertainty. Even though the snowball might not be…

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April 2017 Finance Report

This month we’re going to focus on streamlining the budget even further. We’ve already moved to StraightTalk for cell phone service, and talked to our insurance company about finding additional discounts. I’ve even contacted daycare to see if there were any possible discounts we might be eligible for. Leave no stone unturned, right?

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March 2017 Finance Report

We decided this month that after our April contributions to our IRAs that we’d stop contributing until we have paid off our debt. It was not an easy decision, since contributions to my traditional IRA are tax write-offs as a contractor. However, the idea of knocking off debt once and for all was just too…

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February 2017 Finance Report

We made some adjustments to our finances from the previous month, such as looking at our food budget and trying to eat out less. Our first item to attack in our snowball has been the credit card since the interest rate on it is so much higher than anything else.

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January 2017 Finance Report

This month, we finally switched from just tracking our spending in a spreadsheet and calling it a “budget” to actually budgeting. Amazing what a difference that makes! It finally clicked for me when I signed up for a budgeting bootcamp that helped me to tell our money where to actually go, versus watching it walk…

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December 2016 Finance Report

This is our baseline finance report as of the end of December 2016. We officially started really focusing on budgeting correctly in January of 2017. At this point, we’ve been paying on several of these for years but just haven’t been able to pay them off due to focusing on other costly items, such as:…

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