I’ve been a stickler for my goal from one of my freelance companies for April – to pay off the taxes and bathroom renovations, I’m going to have to make a lot of extra money, every month. I’m on track to make $3100 for this month, as long as I keep up this pace. I’m actually slightly ahead, but I’m not going to have much time this weekend with Easter obligations.
I’m actually more ahead than that, because there are several outstanding jobs that haven’t gotten invoiced – about $100 worth.
I’ve also counted on my second freelance company to chug along at $500 or so a month. Well, they just sent me the assignment for this month and there’s good news and bad news.
The good news: it’s twice as long as usual. The bad news: it’s twice as long as usual. Hooray for extra work! But also oh crap where am I going to find more time?
I might need to cool my heels on my main company while I attend to this other one. Good thing I’m a bit ahead. If I juggle everything right, I should be able to make $1000 on the new manuscript and still come in at about $2800 with my main company.
The bathroom renovations were more expensive than expected (I feel so dumb for not expecting that…isn’t it standard?), taxes were a lot more than I expected, and we are at a pretty low point, with a lot of catching up to do. I’m not sure we’ll be able to hit my budget targets even with the extra money, but it’ll help.
Over the next few months, we will be finishing paying off small debts, just about one per month. I have a fear that we aren’t going to be able to cover all of our bills with the added burden from the taxes and bathroom renovation, but. But. With the smaller bills paid off in a few months we should have some leeway again. If we can’t reduce our credit card burden for a few months it’s not awesome, but it will be okay.
I’d love to be debt free in two years or one year or tomorrow. But debt free isn’t the end all be all. We just have to keep moving toward the goal.
Today’s movement: copy-edit 300 pages that I expected to be 150 pages.