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A Planner Planning

We were walking to the grocery store last night and enjoying the conversation about our upcoming California vacation and January plans when he said, “Over the past 2 years we’ve probably paid off about $17,000 in school debt. That’s pretty good since the cars are paid off and we’re paying over on the loan payments.”

$17,000 – that blows my mind! Props to a fantastic financial planning husband! Especially since we started the debt reduction payments we have not carried a single balance (excluding our payment for the white car for 9 months or so) on a credit card, have shifted loans about to get the best interest rate, payed over for most loan payments, consolidated loans, and still gone on a vacation to Niagra Falls last year, California this year, and Matt’s already saving for vacation next year. With the budget we’re on – and he’s made it flexible to incorporate extraneous spending like going to the theatre tonight with Matt’s parents- we should be doing quite well come January.

“We were going to use the tax return to pay off the Ed Financial loan, but it looks like that’ll be pretty much gone by then, maybe like $400 left which we’ll probably just pay off. So I’ll probably just put the tax return into savings for just in case.”

Matt’s already been setting aside a “nest egg” which we can use as a buffer while the January childcare gets on it’s feet. But with one solidified kid for January, Matt basing our entire budgeting for January+ on his current salary (just to make sure we’re not banking on an amount that we’re guessing to be his raise), October’s passing of the church budget will tell us how many more kids I need to add on to the January childcare.

But I tell you what – this January “great escape” is taking flight before our very eyes!

I also just found the equivalent of an $80 double stroller for $25. I brought it home last night and washed all the fabrics and that stroller looks GREAT and is extremely functional! And then I was given some more toddler toys from work and a wooden dollhouse! Let alone being given some toys and a wooden swing set from Jenney. It’s just absolutely amazing to watch God orchestrate this all. Absolutely amazing! January is coming alive – right before my eyes. And it’s such a blessing to look at Rachael and know that I’m going to be blessed to join in the discovery – much more than I already have.

Thanks be to God!


Have you ever thought that the all-sufficient Savior has promised those who walk in blind faith more than our minds can ever comprehend? That the only True Savior renews our minds, even when we feel most useless toward His Kingdom work? The Lord of all dares to touch our hearts, even as we stumble to find obedience. Oh how this soul wishes we Christians would embrace His Truth! And that the world would be different because of obedient hearts. Lord, change me. Lord, change us. All for Your glory. ---------- I am a Jesus-follower, a Homemaker, a Wife of the best man EVER, a Mom of 4 wonderful girls, a missionary in Africa, a Friend, an Encourager, a Seeker of integrity who is unsatisfied with a mediocre walk in Christ, and Blessed beyond any words that I could ever express. Thanks for being interested in my little slice of the world.

One thought on “A Planner Planning

  1. Hooray to Matt especially for his terrific money management (but you, too, of course)!! One of the greatest moments for us was finally seeing a zero balance on our student loans. It can be really hard to stay financially healthy, but it is clear that you two are doing wonderfully well! I applaud you both, heartily – I know very well what it takes to accomplish what you have done and what you will do.

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