Like I mentioned two weeks ago I’m working towards getting back on the debt repayment wagon. I wish it was as simple as that but unfortunately it’s not – I’ve got a few things that I’ve had planned for a few months between now and the wedding, and they’ll cost some money. I’m listing those here, and their projected cost. Keeping these costs low will be key, as I’ll be wanting to put all extra money to debt repayment. These are things that I have been wanting to do for a while (which, admittedly should have been put off until debt freedom, but wont be, mainly because of timing). I’ll be doing these in chronological order.
The first thing will be a short trip to colorado to get measured for a shirt for the wedding. Due to my body type, most shirts off the rack dont fit well at all – they are either too short in the arms, or too round in the stomach, basically making me feel like im wearing a tent. I figure this will be my go-to shirt anytime I’ll need to dress up in the future, so it will eventually pay for itself. I’ll be picking a classic pattern to make sure that it goes with a lot of other things I own. Even though this is a custom shirt, I didnt find the price too expensive – though I will admit it’s not something I’d normally buy. (I have combined this with the new mexico trip)
The next thing will be a trip to New Mexico to see the opening rounds of the NCAA College basketball tournament opening rounds. I’m a huge college basketball fan, and going to these opening games is something that I’ve wanted to for years. In addition to that, this is the third time I’ve been offered tickets to opening round games. One time was freshman year in college, when all I had to do was come up with the cost of the tickets ($150) – I could take the bus to and from the arena and it wouldnt cost me a thing because I already had a bus pass. Unfortunately because I didnt manage my finances then, I had to say “no” and boy was that painful. I wanted to go (and would have ended up seeing one of the teams in the championship game) but couldn’t. Not only did that happen once, but two times – though it costs were different the second time around (I think that they were in vegas the second time) but again, I couldnt go, and I was left sulking alone at my house watching basketball in a huge puddle of tears. This year, H’s sister called in january or so and asked if we wanted to go to the games with them and some of their friends, so I immediately jumped at he chance. The tickets are for the whole session, which is games on thursday and saturday or friday and sunday, and you get 4 games total, for $250. I think that H and I will split it, so we will each to go 2 games. I’m pretty excited for this, and am glad that the games are in a place I’m familiar with and will be pretty cheap to get to.
There will also be a few things that I’ll have to purchase for the wedding (which I swear I have to do everyday) that will cost a few bucks. Most of the wedding things that you have to pay for H and I have already taken care of (or have been taken care of by her or my parents, thankfully).
Those are my hurdles to the goal that I set up for myself when I talked about getting back on track with rewards. My debt repayment needs to get back on track, and these are the bumps in the road to getting me back on track. Identifying these will help me keep them from turning into bigger problems, and should keep me focused.
Readers: How do you think I can cut the cost of these hurdles and make sure I can keep costs down and get my beer kit sooner? I’m running low on cider, so I’m hoping to be brewing again soon.