Friday, February 06, 2009

Chitown Update…

Hi everyone! I am still alive! LOL

I am credit card free and working on a plan to attack my student loans and $1,500 in medical debt. The medical debt is from a surgical procedure I needed to have in December and right now I need to pay my $1,500 out of pocket maximum. My private loans enter repayment in April and I have the wherewithal to at least pay interest only on all my loans. I am hoping to get one more 6-month extension through October because right now, I have little to no savings and I would like to have the opportunity to save at least $2,000 in an Emergency Fund and payoff the medical bill. I still haven’t filed my taxes so I may be able to payoff some of the medical debt with my return.

Good news…I received a promotion and raise at work and my salary got bumped up to $72k. So while I am still behind the buck in terms of salary, I increased my income almost $20k in less than a year. I have to be pretty proud of that.

I am doing a little legal work on the side for an attorney who has a fairly successful private practice. So, I am finally getting some rewarding legal experience. She is also going to pay me on the cases that I work on and that she wins. Per her request, I am keeping track of all of my time and submitting it on a weekly basis. I haven’t received any pay yet but I hope to earn some money this way in the future. I also volunteered to do some pro bono legal work so I am well on my way.

Thanks to all who continue to stop by here. I appreciate all of the encouragement I have received of the last couple of years. =)