It’s Per$onal #2 – Age 27, Atlanta, Georgia

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Name:

Laura

 

How old are you?

27

 

Where do you live?

Atlanta, Georgia

 

What is your highest level of education?

Bachelor’s

 

Are you single or married?

Married

 

If you are married, do you and your spouse have joint or separate finances?

Separate

 

Do you have any children or dependents? If yes, please explain.

None

 

What is your current monthly rent / mortgage?

$1,186

 

What is your current occupation? If not currently employed, please say “Not Employed”

Accountant

 

What is your yearly salary (or approximate yearly compensation) for your current occupation?

$40k – $60k

 

If you are currently employed, do you like your job? Why or why not?

I do. We have a close knit team in a big corporation and I’m learning valuable skills and knowledge that will help me in a promotion or another company.

 

Do you have a second job or side hustle? If Yes, please explain.

I sell items on Poshmark here and there.

 

If you have a second job or side hustle, about how much money do you make monthly from your second job / side hustle?

Maybe $50/month

 

Do you budget on a consistent basis? If so, please explain how you currently budget:

Not much of a budget. I know what our monthly expenses are which paychecks those get paid out of. We put a small amount in savings and then keep about $100 misc cash. The rest goes toward paying off debts.

 

Do you have any student loan debt currently?

Yes

 

If yes, about how much student loan debt do you have?

$39,000

 

What is your monthly student loan payment amount?

$161

 

Do you have any credit card debt?

Yes

 

If Yes, about how much credit card debt do you have currently?

$20,000

 

Do you have any other kinds of debt? If Yes, please explain:

I have a personal loan that’s down to $12,000 and a car loan that has $2,500 left

 

Do you know what your credit score is?

Yes

 

 If Yes, what is your credit score?

665

 

Are you currently saving for retirement?

No

 

If yes, about how much do you have saved for retirement?

I stopped contributing earlier this year to put that towards debt but I had $6k when I stopped.

 

What does an ideal retirement look like for you?

Comfortable. Nothing extravagant, but we can afford nice things and trips.

 

What’s your biggest purchase of 2020 so far?

$2,000 worth of car repairs in February

 

Biggest purchase of your life?

My car

 

What do you spend money on that brings you joy? Or, what do you tend to splurge on?

I splurge on skincare. I would get a second job if I had to to afford my skincare.

 

What are your short term money goals, if any? ( < 1 year)

My goal is to have my car and all credit cards paid off in a year – and we’re on track to do just that 🙂

 

What are your long term money goals, if any? ( > 1 year)

Start heavily investing in retirement (401k and Roth IRA) and pay off student loans and personal loan.

 

What is your #1 financial concern right now?

Credit card debts. They gotta go.

 

What financial victory/success are you most proud of?

Since really getting serious about being debt free last month, we’ve paid off 2 credit cards and a medical bill 🙂

 

Anything we didn’t ask about you that you want to include?

My gracious husband is helping me pay off my debt. He’s an angel. I would be much farther behind my goals if he wasn’t helping me.

 

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