It’s Per$onal #6 – Age 26, Rapid City, South Dakota

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How old are you?



Where do you live?

Rapid City, South Dakota


What is your highest level of education?



Are you single or married?



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


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



What is your current monthly rent / mortgage?



Has Covid-19 impacted you financially in any way?

It’s benefited me because my student loan interest has been paused so I’ve been making additional payments to principal. It’s going to negatively impact me in the spring due to the tax deferments that will start soon.


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

Full-time Army National Guard. Marketing Assistant


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



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

I love it. I did IT recruiting prior to this job and the money was good, but there was no work-life balance and a lot of work stress


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

I have a small Etsy shop/design business that I just started


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



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

Yes and no. I know what all of my expenses are and I don’t spend money frivolously since I’m trying to get rid of my debt. I also auto-allocate for retirement so I just make sure to send a set amount of money to savings and an IRA each month.


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Are you debt-free?



Do you have any student loan debt currently?



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



What is your monthly student loan payment amount?



Do you have any credit card debt?



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



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

Car Loan


Do you know what your credit score is?



 If Yes, what is your credit score?



Are you currently saving for retirement?



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



What does an ideal retirement look like for you?

Retire when I’m in my 60’s and live comfortably


What’s your biggest purchase of 2020 so far?

A newer car. My car got totaled by hail, but it worked out well.


Biggest purchase of your life?

Our house or this car.


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

Quality food for home-cooked meals. And quality skin care. You only get one face!


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

I’m going to finish paying off my student loans and start cash flowing my masters degree!


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

Pay off my car (within three years) save $20k for another home.


What is your #1 financial concern right now?

Getting my student loans paid off and building up a bigger emergency savings.


What financial victory/success are you most proud of?

At the end of this year I’ll have paid off $18,000+ of debt


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

The National Guard is amazing and has provided so much for myself and my spouse.

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