Our Financial Peace Journey: February 2017
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If you are new around these parts, the Mister and I took the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University course through our church at the end of 2015. We have a goal to to knock out the remainder of our consumer debt in 2017. You can catch up on our journey by checking out our previous recaps:
- January 2017 update
- December 2016 update
- November 2016 update
- October 2016 update
- September 2016 update
- August 2016 update
- July 2016 update
- June 2016 update
- May 2016 update
- March/April 2016 update
- February 2016 update
- January 2016 update
- December 2015 update
- weekly FPU updates
Here’s the thing about living on a written budget – the longer we do it, the less I feel like I have to say about it in these posts. Because what used to be challenging just doesn’t create money drama any more.
In February, we had to dip into the emergency fund to help cashflow a house repiping. So the first priority was to re-fund it, which is done. Also, the water pressure in the house is a-MAZ-ing. I had no idea what I was living without until it was fixed.
February Victories & Blessings
So, you’ll probably notice that the extra income is down quite a bit since last month. There’s two reasons for that:
- The Mister’s extra job restructured some things, and they mutually agreed it was time to let that shift bless someone else.
- We’ve been spending most of our weekends updating my mother-in-law’s bedroom and bathroom, which has meant not hustling some side work.
We’re comfortable with that. The Mister has been working so hard these last months, and we need a little time for him to rest and get some things done at home. He has been picking some overtime up at work, which has helped the budget as well.
In spite of the lower extra income and the dip into the emergency fund, I’m happy to report that we still paid off more than $700 on the debt snowball in February!
More Money-Related Posts
If you want to take control of your finances, I’d suggest the following books:
- The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
- Retire Inspired by Chris Hogan
- Smart Money Smart Kids by Dave Ramsey & Rachel Cruze
- Love Your Life Not Theirs by Rachel Cruze