Hopefully I can post this! I've been locked out for ages!
Well ladies, I am very happy to announce that after a few weeks of spending like a drunken sailor, progress has been made! I finally got my bonus and this year, instead of throwing it all on debt and then running the CC's up when I needed something and then focusing on paying those off, I have done the following:
1) Paid off all CC's (it wasn't really much . . . just monthly stuff but they are at $0)
2) Got efund up to $1K and am adding $50 bi weekly
3) Fully funded sinking funds, including Christmas ($800) House/Car ($1K) and vacation (2K)
4) Paid off $2K from line of credit.
I was planning on redoing my bathtub with the bonus (~ $2K) but I think I'll see if I can hang off a little longer and try and save up the cash in my home/car sinking fund (the $1K in it now is earmarked for car maintenace and a snowblower). I should have money left in the vacation fund after we go (our target is to spend between $1500 and $1800 but I'm aiming for below $1500) and whatever is left over can go into the home fund as well.
Also, BF had a successful hunting season so I have 50lbs of deer off cuts in my freezer that will feed the dogs for a month so savings there.
I still owe $12k on HELOC, $19,500 on Student loan and $7500 on car loan but my highest interest rate is 6.5% and its tax deductible so that makes me happy!
New plan going forward is all extra funds to be divided as follows: 50% bathroom repair, 25% HELOC 25% Other (the catch all sinking fund)
How was everyone's black friday?