January was a fairly good month for us. Even after depleting our emergency fund and them pumping it back up to $1,000, we were still able to pay off over $1,400 in debt. Also, keep in mind that the $1,400 we paid off is only the reduction of principal and doesn’t count the interest we paid. So technically, we are making over $2,000 worth of debt payments per month.
For those of you who don’t read my weekly article over at Frugal Dad, I recently announced that I got a new job in Washington, DC. The job doesn’t start until mid-April, but it will be a HUGE income boost for us. This new job will increase our income by approximately $4,000. I will be doing the same job but since I will now work in Washington, I get a cost-of-living pay increase. Another great thing about the new job is that we will no longer have to pay rent in Pennsylvania. The new job will help us cut our expenses by $4,800!
Since we have already been living on less than we make, ALL of these new earnings and savings will be put towards debt. That is an $8,800 new shovel! It will feel great knowing that we will be able to pay things off almost twice as fast.
Anyway, here is what we paid off for January: