It’s Per$onal is an anonymous blog series designed to shed light on the intricate details of the personal finances and lifestyles of women.
How old are you?
Where do you live? City and State (or Country if outside the U.S.)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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.
3 yo boy, 6 yo girl, three cats and a dog
What is your total monthly rent / mortgage for your household?
Has Covid-19 impacted you financially in any way?
What is your current occupation? If not currently employed, please say “Not Employed”
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 my job. I am well respected and well paid for what I do. My benefits are good. My hours are good.
Do you have a second job or side hustle? If Yes, please explain.
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:
I paper/pen budget. I know what my expenses are, and my debt. I allocate money to my savings first, then bills And debt, and then extras.
Are you debt-free?
If you are debt free, how much debt have you paid off and how long did it take you to pay it all off?
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:
Line of credit at $28,500
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?
$56,000 in RRSPs
What does an ideal retirement look like for you?
That I have enough money to live comfortably on
What’s your biggest purchase of 2020?
It will be materials to redo my flooded basement that is half gutted
Biggest purchase of your life?
My house in 2008
What do you spend money on that brings you joy?
What are your short term money goals, if any? ( < 1 year)
Complete my sinking fund for my furnace. Pay as much onto my car as possible
What are your long term money goals, if any? ( > 1 year)
Pay off car. Pay down line of credit
What is your #1 financial concern right now?
How do I save for what I need along with redoing my flooded basement. And pay down my debt
What financial victory/success are you most proud of?
I can live quite comfortably off just my salary and budget for the things I need. I’ve saved $3800 towards a new furnace and paid down my car debt by a good couple thousand this year. I’ve also paid off the joint MasterCard with my ex, all while trying to figure out my basement renos
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