Thursday, April 01, 2010
A Neeeeeeeeeeeeeeewwwww Carrrrrr
I won on a gameshow.
Ok. Maybe I didn't win on a gameshow. Maybe I don't even WATCH gameshows. But I *FEEL* like I won on a gameshow.
Because we are now the owners of a not-new, slightly worn 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan.
And ok. It's the same one Matt picked up on the way to the hospital to discharge myself and wee Bunkin on her birth day; the one we bought the day before so we would have enough space to bring the girl home (over a year ago).
I paid our last payment on the car today using ALL of our federal tax return (and would have used most of our STATE tax return had that money actually been RETURNED to us. Don't get me started!) (PS. I did do our own taxes this year, and per several of YOUR suggestions, went with Turbo Tax. SO glad we did! It was easy. It was cheap. and I wasn't too dumb to figure them out!)
When I created this years' budget and financial goals, I anticipated paying off the car in July. That was our goal.
That means we are ahead of our goal by four months!
Last on the agenda is a tiny little hiccup of a medical bill that will be paid off by mid-April. After that, it is all about the house and savings.
We had hoped to put a hefty downpayment on a house but for a long time I felt too discouraged to even dream. People don't PUT big downpayments on houses when they buy anymore.
NOW I am wondering if paying for a house fully in cash wouldn't be attainable with some real determination and dedication....