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My name is Kim, and somehow I came across your twitter a few months ago. I would say you are one of the few people I follow that are not some sort of celebrity. I originally signed up as a means to kill time and avoid talking to strangers on public transit. I never figured I would come across someone who so closely shared so many of my financial and physical issues.
I am about to turn thirty and have been chipping away at my debt for a few years, but with renewed gusto lately. I am 220ish pounds, and non to pleased about it. As of updates to all my accounts today, I now owe $16,631.00. Almost dollar for dollar where you are. I also recently just left Toronto, ending up in London Ontario. I am also dreaming of this time next year (or two years from now at the very latest) on heading back to school.
Every time I read your blog the parallels shock me, and also somehow give me more hope. Hope that I am not the only person out there plugging away at more that one issue and making changes, even if they are small, that will hopefully stick for life.
I am also considering starting my own blog about the changes Iam making and how they are working or not working.
I just wanted to drop you a line introducing myself, and sincerely thank you for being so candid and honest. I genuinely keeps me motivated.
Have a fantastic day!
Hey! Been reading your blog, love it. Live in gorgeous Ucluelet, and would love to bring you over for a night or two sometime. Like to fish? Whale watch?
I hauled myself almost 18k out of debt in 3.5 years and it is amazing.
Would love to chat sometime! deborah_bertin AT yahoo DOT ca
Over the past few days I read every single one of your blog posts…very enjoyable, and inspiring!
As a result, I decided to try online budgeting using Learnvest (that is what you use, correct?) but can’t link to my Canadian bank accounts. How did you do it?
i just read about u on yahoo and i want to congratulate u on succeeding with your debt, how have u done this and should i read from your begining , i only hav a debt of $5,000.oo australian and that is with 4 different places, and i am finding it very hard to cope with it, i cant get any loan to cover it as it has now gone to the debt collecters, could you help me where to start. I do tend to spend money on things if i have it and i also have a problem with goin to the pub and having a drink and playing the pokies, could you help me start somewhere please
Just watched a Globe & Mail video featuring your efforts to get out of debt. Congratulations on making this decision for yourself. However, the video does leave me with a lingering question. In one passage, it shows you shopping for groceries. You point out a price difference for black beans, between $1.39 and $0.99 — a price difference of $0.40. You chose the lower priced item. However, you seem not to have any concern around the nutritional content of the product you’re shopping for, in this case a canned food (i.e., sodium content?). Do you not compare nutritional content to make sure that you are getting the best food in balance with the money you’re trying to save? Does it make sense to save 40 cents to serve one’s debt reduction agenda without any regard to physical health? To use the example in the video, would it not make sense to spend the 40 cent difference if that product is going to better promote your health?
Just saw you in the news. Congratulations. I hope you are an inspiration for Canadians both young and old’struggling with debt.
You’re very inspiring to young people like myself to get out of debt! Me and my husband both have debts that we need to pay off and we’re moving back in with his Mom in about a week so that we can save money to buy a house! We’re renting our own place now, but the landlord never fixes anything around here and has raised the rent on us TWICE and honestly I’m quite tired of it. I can’t see us moving into an apartment and paying the same amount for rent + utilities. We want to own a home soon and paying someone else’s mortgage or living in an overpriced apartment would get us nowhere! Of course we don’t want to be living with his Mom two years from now. I don’t want to do it at all, but it was actually MY idea. We have a plan that will hopefully work out. We both have steady jobs and make decent money (knock on wood) so we want to dedicate our paychecks to paying off that debt FAST and hoarding the rest to put towards a downpayment. I have to sacrifice my pride and privacy. It makes me feel like a failure sometimes, but I think it will be worth it. I’m happy and sad at the same time, but I can’t wait to start saving money so I can buy a house. I think a bank/lender would take us more seriously if we had about $10,000 for a downpayment. Most of our friends have had handouts (money, free rent, etc.) from their parents and we don’t have that luxury. So they wouldn’t understand what we’re going through. I’m glad I found your blog because I know we’re not the only ones that have to make sacrifices in order to make our biggest dreams come true
This is first time I read your blog and because I read something about you on Metro.
I am a life insurance broker and also a rep of a group RESP Plan. I devote myself to encourage parents saving money for kids in the feature. You have very good story of yourself to tell what it is import to save now rather than in the future. I wish you can join our company and help people.
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Blonde on a Budget is a twenty-something's journey from being a maxed out, overindulging idiot to becoming a balanced and financially sound woman.
Starting Debt: -$28,115
Current Debt: $0 :)
Emergency Fund Goal: $10,000
Current Balance: $1,650
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