Here’s my monthly round-up of things that Andy and I have been up to in the past month that didn’t quite make their own blog post. Included are some little quotes and stories that make me smile 🙂
My husband’s battalion had a suicide awareness training and afterwards a financial coach came to talk to the soldiers (because financial trouble is a risk factor for suicide.) She told them “Most people will always have a little bit of debt. The goal isn’t to erase all your debt, but to live with your payments.” Say what?!?!? Okay while all you fools are up to your eyeballs in debt, Andy and I are going to be debt-free, building our net worth and be on our way to being millionaires. #OnDavesPlan #DaveRamsey4Prez
Speaking of finances, YNAB recently shared this in their newsletter about the article I wrote about paying off $17,000 in debt in 2 years on a low salary: “We have amazing stories of new grads paying off more than $100k in student loans in less than five years. But sometimes those larger-than-life stories almost feel overwhelming and unrelatable. Bailey’s story is not six figures in neon lights, it’s smaller, but perhaps even more powerful because it’s you and me and all of us. Right out of school, making a modest $23k salary, with a ton of hard work and focus, Bailey paid off her $17k student loan balance in just two years. And if she can, so can you.”
One of Andy’s friends from Fort Polk was at Fort Knox for training for 6 weeks. It was so great having him over! Andy had someone to play video games with and I had someone bring me random groceries each time I was cooking and realized I was missing an ingredient.
We went to the Owensboro Air Show at the beginning of October. It unfortunately rained on and off all day, so about half of the acts were canceled, but Andy and I still had a great time!
We did the battalion fun run the Friday before Halloween. I was Princess Leia and Andy was a “green Wookie” (aka– wearing his guillie suit.) Sadly, we forgot to take pictures!
We didn’t dress up on Halloween night because we both forgot. Actually, Andy wanted to dress up and scare the neighbors’ kids but I talked him out of it! I didn’t dress up Lily because I couldn’t afford to buy her a costume, and Gracie was too busy hiding under the bed to put her costume on her (I bought it last year.) 10 minutes into trick-or-treating and we had a little girl walk INTO OUR HOUSE to find our barking dog…? We also had a set of parents trick or treating with their baby that had no teeth and I was like, “….I’m onto you.” We ended up running out of candy an hour in and I was thankful.
I also went to a friend’s husband’s retirement ceremony at the end of the month. I almost cried! It’ll be our turn in….oh, 16 years.