My family and I are sinking deeper and deeper everyday. We have done alot of things right ,but for everything we do right it seems we do 2 wrong. A normal 1 of the month looks like this:
First of the month 1900
Clothing allowance 300
Direct tv 160
and that is only the first.
Our 15 has credit cards topped at 15000, line of credit 3000, ADT 50 and a nice car payment of 340.
Most of are extras are still on contract so we can’t get out. We payed the extra to switch are phones to a much lower plan but won’t feel that relief for another month. Direct tv also cut but only by 40. We pay the credit card bills but have to take the money right back out to pay the bills!!
We are trying to sell the car so we don’t have a car payment but we live in vegas so no one is willing to pay what it is worth. We thought about trading the car in but are to scared that trading it in to lower the payments we will only hurt ourselves buy going for a cheaper vehicle but still adding a few extra thousand to that car.
We are a family of 5. We have 3 large boys who can eat there weight in food and my husband is active duty. We live 40 minutes from the base so gas hurts us as well. husband has a cheap vehicle that is good on gas but the durango is killing us at every turn. Gas costs us 100 a week.
We are completely lost! We recognize we are in trouble but now we are so deep we are not sure to start. Please is there anything other then bankruptcy in are future??
It looks like things are very tight and the least little bit that comes up will sink you. I suspect you are also unable to save and have no emergency fund either.
Small changes are good but they probably won’t add up to a major change or probably give you enough breathing room for a significant difference.
We are going to have to make some bigger changes to get your life to fit within your income.
Since the vehicle is costing you $100 a week or $400 a month, it might not be enough just to sell it, Even if you purchased a smaller vehicle it is unlikely you are going to cut your fuel bill in half. You might have to consider more drastic action and relocate closer to the base to reduce the commute time and energy costs.
I’d also take a look at getting into couponing to save big bucks on your food bill. We’ve got a number of articles on couponing tips in our Moving Forward section of the site. You might want to join our online coupon group and we will help you get going to save lots on groceries.
If you absolutely want to stay where you are at, the first order of business is to see if it is even possible. You’ll have to cut the gym, lose the DirecTV, and not get by putting more expenses on credit cards. Oh yes, you’ll need to save money at the same time.
While cutting those expenses might allow you to get the income and expenses to get a bit closer, it will also leave you with a life that many would face with dread.
So what’s the goal, to make it within your income with a life of deprivation or to face your debt, make tough choices, and move forward even if that means bankruptcy?
I can get you headed where you want to go once we decide where it is you are heading.My Husband is Active Duty Military and I Can't Make Ends Meet. - Carrie by Steve Rhode