Total Wireless Improves Again!

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In the short time we’ve been on Total Wireless they’ve almost doubled the data amount we receive each month (from 8 GB to 15 GB). Originally when I had talked about our switch to Total, we knew that our data speeds were capped at 5 Mbps down and 1 Mbps up. That has since changed!

I run speed tests occasionally to see how well my phone is connecting. When the speeds were capped, it was reflected when doing the speed test. I’ve since been able to get speeds well over 5/1 Mbps depending on where I was at.

My fastest download speed clocked so far was 73.15 Mbps. The fastest upload speed was 28.72 Mbps. Those are well above even my home internet speed. Of course that’s not always what I get, but I tend to believe that when it’s slower it’s due to my signal and not because it’s being capped.

This is just one more reason to give Total Wireless a try. It’s coverage is almost as good as Verizon (since it uses Verizon’s network), but at a considerably lower price.

You Budget How Much For Clothing?

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In this post, we’ll be covering how much we spend on clothing. Not everyone shops for clothes each month. We tend to avoid it at all costs until it’s necessary.

Get to the point already!

Just like the fuel and restaurant budget, we budget $200 for clothing each month, for a total of about $2400 per year.

How do you stick to it?

How much we spend varies from month to month. For example, when the seasons change or a special event is coming we might spend more than $200, while other months we may spend a lot less. Luckily with YNAB the amount we have left at the end of the month will carry over to the next month’s budget.

What all does it cover?

This is a pretty self-explanatory budget category. It covers clothing and just about anything we wear. That can include coats, shoes, swimsuits, and more. We will sometimes use it for other things as well such as bath towels or bedding. They’re all made of cloth right?

There are certainly ways to keep this budget in check. One way is to hand down clothing from older children to younger children. Another may be to shop for clothing from places like Goodwill or consignment shops. We rarely buy clothing unless it’s on sale or we have discounts. We tend to do a few large purchases a couple of times a year, or when we’re desperate.

One major win for us is that we don’t buy clothing unless we need it. That means we’ll keep clothes for a long time until they’ve essentially worn out. We’re not “shoppers”, which means we don’t tend to browse clothes until it’s time to replace them. This helps us in keep our clothing budget in check.

Checkup

How much do you spend on clothes each month? Where do you tend to buy new clothes? Are you a shopper or someone who avoids it as much as possible? Let me know in the comments below.

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September 2017 – Mortgage Payoff Update

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At the end of September, our remaining balance is at 29.84% of our original mortgage that we took out in 2007. That’s a reduction of .64%.

How much longer?

Once all of September’s payments are applied, we’ll have reduced our mortgage balance by about $870 this month. We didn’t reach $40k like we had hoped by October 1. We’ve made some temporary adjustments to our payoff schedule that I’ll explain below. Right now, we’ve got 42 payments left with the adjustments we made. That means our mortgage will be paid off on April 1, 2021.

You might be wondering why the extension in time and increase in the number of payments. Essentially, we’re preparing for a potential transition in the future. We don’t know all the details on what it will be yet, but we’re preparing anyhow. One way of preparing is by piling up some extra cash. Once we’re through this time, we’ll take all the extra and apply it back to the mortgage. At that point, it will hopefully wipe out the rest of the mortgage or get us very close. For that reason, our large payments will be reduced for the next several months.

Budget Series

I’ll be continuing the series that covers our budget. The next category we’ll be covering is clothing. How much do you spend on clothing each month? What all does clothing cover? It sounds like an easy one, but we include some items in that category you may not think about.

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