Hello #SMCmoneytribe and welcome to the weekend! We are a month into the challenge with almost 50% more participants than the previous year. Great job everyonet ladies!!! That says to me, they there are people out there making smarter money moves in 2017. What made this year different for me was including the Mr. so we can double the money from this challenge. Full disclosure…. the Mr. decided it was easier for him to remember if he just set a fixed amount of $50.00 per week to the challenge. It makes it easier for him and I like it because even if I cross off a lower amount, I have the $50.00 to add to it.
Show Me the Money!!!
Week one was all about learning how to win at the She Makes Cents BINGO Money Challenge. For week two, the focus was inspiring you to stay motivated toward your savings goals. It is easy to keep your eyes on the prize in the beginning of the year, also know as Resolutions Season, but getting through 52 weeks is only hard if you lose motivation. Week three, the country paused to witness the transition of presidential power and we did too. Before I knew it, we successfully completed month one of the money challenge. Below is the financial breakdown for the month of January.
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The government or more specifically the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed a lawsuit against Navient, the nation’s largest student loan service provider last week. Navient is the twin sister to the head of the student loan mafia, Sallie Mae, Inc. that services the loans of more than 12 million borrowers, including my own. As a loan service provider, they manage borrowers’ accounts, process monthly payments, and communicate directly with borrowers. The suit was filed on January 18th with another following just days before the transition of presidential power.
According to the CFPB Director, Richard Cordray, “Navient chose to shortcut and deceive consumers to save on operating costs. Too many borrowers paid more for their loans because Navient illegally cheated them and today’s action seeks to hold them accountable.” Some of the most pressing allegations include failing to correctly apply or allocate borrower payments to their accounts, steering struggling borrowers toward paying more than they have to on loans, obscured information consumers needed to maintain their lower payments and deceived private student loan borrowers about requirements to release their co-signer from the loan.
What That Means for You?
If this lawsuit is successful, consumers affected by Navient’s alleged misdoings may receive some monetary restitution. Don’t get too excited yet. This is not a class-action suit that you can sign up for. According to ClassAction.org, “Attorneys usually find out those who were affected by looking at the defendant’s records in a phase of the litigation known as the discovery phase. People who could be covered by the suit are usually sent a notice or check in the mail. The agency that filed the lawsuit will also have information on their website about the suit and who can claim money in the event of a settlement”.
Happy Friday #SMCmoneytribe. I am coming to you on week two of the She Makes Cents Money Challenge to talk about the subject of motivation. I imagine most people join this challenge for one major reason; they want their future financial situation to be better than their current circumstances. This can be with respect to a very specific goal, such as saving for vacation or it could simply be the catalyst to fostering better saving habits like starting an emergency fund. Either way, you accepted the challenge and are in it to win it, so I ask you…what keeps you motivated?
How I Stay Motivated
It’s very strange to say, but I am just as motivated by not disappointing readers like you as I am to clear my now $18,025.00 balance on my student loans. This goes back to the idea of the #SMCmoneytribe and the village of supportive accountability partners who know my goal and know my progress. Should I miss a week, which has happened before…hey, I am human, I think about all the people whom I’m sharing this experience with and I do whatever it takes to catch up. I tell people all the time, if you get off track, either catch up or start over but don’t give up.
Watching my balance go down is also a very gratifying feeling. I know where I started, I know where I want to be, and I know that timeline I have given myself to accomplish my ultimate goal to be completely debt free, not including my mortgage, within the next 3 years.
When I had credit card debt, I would allocate the weekly deposits from this challenge along with a monthly set payment of $300.00 to pay off my balance quickly. Once I eliminated that debt, I set aside that $300.00 + the weekly deposits from this challenge to make quarterly lump sum payments towards my student loan principal. This, my friends is what you call snowballing your debt. I know how I excited I get to see my balance on the student loans go down at the slow pace it is currently moving since so much of the payment goes towards interest and not the principal. The idea that my balance is about to make a major decrease by attacking the principal head on is the fuel I need to keep me motivated toward my larger goal of debt-free living.
Week 2 Update | She Makes Cents Money Challenge
For week two, I decided to cross off $25.00 on my bingo money card. Since the Mr. and I are joining forces this year, that gives us a joint year-to-date (YTD) total of $145.00.
What’s Your Motivation To Save? Please share below