If you know of a Veteran whether they have served in the past or is currently in the military, let them know you appreciate them!
Honor them for they are the real HEROS…all day and EVERY day!
Hey, what’s been going on?! Just wanted to pop in to update y’all on my internet situation. I spoke about it here.
Sooo, I decided to keep my home internet for personal reasons…for now. Let me clarify that if I had decided to cut the cord, it would not mean I would be without internet access. Oh, no! Only under severe circumstances would I go completely without. Man, I hope that does not make me sound like an internet information junkie. 😉
I wanted to test out the internet on my new phone. I have been using it for all my browsing except for,typing long replies in forums, YouTube video watching, and listening to podcasts. The last two items use mega amounts of data so I use the wi-fi feature on the phone to download videos and podcasts. I’ll go into further detail when I do a review on the phone later.
Surprisingly, it’s not that bad to surf the web on. Even though it’s a pretty small screen, there’s a cool feature on it that zooms in and resizes the page to fit the screen according to the print size. Of course, I discovered this by accident. lol
It is quite nice to know that if the need arises, I can cut the cord and still pretty much have internet access at home or wherever.
“Death Pledge”. No this is not a scene from “The God-Father” but that really is what the term “mortgage” means. However, I like to apply that term to all debt. Most people back in the day worked until they died and still may not have paid the loan off hence the name “Death Pledge”. With a name like that and from the looks of the guy in the pic above, a mortgage or any large debt is something I don’t want to have anymore. And if I had to get it, let it be as small as possible and more importantly get that *&$** off my back ASAP!!!
In the final post of this series I will show you using my mortgage figures how beneficial it is to you to pay off “The Death Pledge” as soon as you can. This info can be applied to any large loan. Yeah I know, the financial experts tell you to invest that money in the stock market or whatever is the hottest investment going around. And that the market historically returns X %. But what they don’t like to tell you is that paying off your debt is a guaranteed return on your money and the less debt you’re carrying like the guy in the pic above, the better off you are in case of an unexpected change in your financial status like a job loss.
WARNING: This post has boring figures in it and is a tad long but it will save you big money in the future!!!
If you are in the position and desire to pay off the mortgage, make sure whatever extra you are sending is clearly marked “For Principal Only” in the memo section if you are paying by check. It’s even better if you write out a separate check from your regular payment. If you are paying online, look for the section marked “Additional Principal” or something like that and input the extra amount you are paying. Also check the balance with the bank after you’ve made each and every extra payment.
Why am I telling you this? If you don’t do this the bank is not going to automatically assume that you want to pay down your debt at a faster rate and will apply that extra towards future payments. Now you may think well that’s ok, it’s paying down the debt. In a way you are correct. However, the amount of interest especially on a mortgage or any loan for that matter, is on the front end of the loan. This is why you have been making payments for 20 years and still owe just as much as the original price of the house even though it’s 20 years later. What you’ve been paying all that time is mostly interest and very little towards the principal. This is magnified on a 30 or more year loan. Take a look at your amortization table and you’ll see what I mean. If you don’t have one there are calculators with amortization tables on the Internet. I believe at one time the mortgage company was required to give these out but in recent years if you wanted one you have to ask for it. I think too, since they don’t have to do it anymore, some mortgage holders charge for the table. Once you take a look at yours for your loan, you’ll see why they don’t want to provide you with one. The faster you pay down the principal the less money they make in interest.
On a mortgage, the interest is calculated on the remaining principal balance. The larger the balance, the larger the interest portion of the payment is. That’s less money going toward paying down the principal. Remember, principal is just a short cut word for the original amount borrowed or original sales price. Here’s an example from the amortization table on my retired mortgage.
I had a 15 yr mortgage. On a 30 year mortgage, the pay down of principal is at a slower rate thereby more interest is paid out. The interest paid will be higher the larger the loan.
The fantastic thing about this, on a fixed rate 30 yr mortgage, by paying $25-$50 extra each month, the payoff can be reduced by as much as 5 years. One extra mortgage payment either as 1 payment or divided up throughout the year can reduce the payoff down to 18 years. This saves tremendous amounts of interest.
Please don’t pay for anyone to set you up on a “bi-weekly payment plan” or any of that other mess. There is almost always a fee involved, many times a setup fee plus a monthly fee and you are locked into those terms. Take that fee and apply it to your principal yourself. And if for some reason you don’t have the extra you are still in compliance with the terms of the loan by making your regular payment.
Think about the day when you don’t have to make that payment anymore.
I hope this helps.
Hey guys! I’m poppin’ in real quick to show y’all my first basket-weave style. What, two styles in a months time…I know right?
Don’t get it twisted as I can assure you this is not the start to any sort of styling trend. 🙂 Though as my locs are getting longer, I’ll be more apt to try some of the simple styles that are just too time consuming to do when one’s locs are shorter and you need a million and one pins to keep everything in place, which I hate.
I got a braid in the front that’s off to the side and secured with a bobby pin and the loose locs at the end of the basket-weave secured with a ouchless band.
Hey everyone! I hope that this finds you all well.
I wanted to do a braidout on my locs the next morning but I had to go out. I knew I was going to be gone for a while and wanted the braids to stay in for more than 12 hours. The braids would have been in for 24 hours or more if I had thought to put them in earlier before going out that morning. Since there really was no rhyme, reason or method to the braiding, it did not look good enough for me to step out of the house like that.
See what I mean? Call me vain but this was not cuttin’ it. 😉 Now I probably had about 12-13 braids in. I spritzed each hunk with a bit of water before braiding, securing the ends with ouchless bands. Then I just pinned them however I thought looked good. Here’s the finished product.
Not to shabby and I could certainly live with that better than before though for some reason the expression on my face does not reflect it. Well, I did just come from seeing my aunt for the last time as all this was in preparation for her funeral the next day.
Here’s the resulting braidout the next morning. I was not able to get a pic right after I took the braids down so this is 15 hours or so later. It was hot & humid all day with a bit of rain so of course the curls dropped some and with the small number of braids, the curls were a little loose from the start.
I really loved the result. I’m so glad that my locs are much longer than the last time I did a braidout because this time it only took about 20 minutes to do the braids. If my locs had been spritzed prior, it probably would have taken even less time. The only thing I may do different the next time is add one or two more braids on the left side so that the updo will be a bit more balanced and the curls a bit tighter.
Hey guys! I know it’s been awhile since my last post. Been a little busy trying to be me. lol
I’m sittin’ at the library trying out a new internet situation. What do I mean by that…I know that’s what y’all are sayin’ ?! Well, I’m seriously thinking about getting rid of my internet service and using the public library free wi-fi hotspot instead. Right now I’m typing this post on my Blackberry Playbook tablet while downloading YouTube videos to my phone. It’s a bit different typing on a tablet but not too bad. I’m using the WordPress app for the Playbook. Besides, I don’t call what I do typing by any stretch. It’s more like a hunt-n-peck with a little bit of speed…not accuracy. lol I’ve got to test whether I can upload videos to my YouTube channel but that’ll be another day.
I’m not one to complain and it’s smokin’ hot ouside but I’m gonna call somebody because it’s freezing in here at the libray. Last seek when I came in here I could only stay for about an hour because my teeth were chattering. Today, I have on a sweat jacket and I’m just as cold as I was last week. And I’m not the only one here dressed like it’s early winter.I know that public places probably need some air conditioning but damn, it’s almost August and folks got jackets on…in the South!!! Granted commercial accounts pay a lower rate for electricity than you and I, but to me this is such a waste of money and doubly so with local governments budgets strained to the max.
Oh I also have recently (in the last 3 months) cut the cord by getting rid of my land-line phone. I decided to go with a prepaid phone from Straight Talk. I guess that means I’ll be doing a couple of reviews in the future.
Just dropping in real quick to note that today is the 2nd annual Loc Appreciation Day. Here’s hoping that all of us who wear locs and those that appreciate locs are having a wonderful day.
It’s hot so here are a couple of pics of what’s going to be my summer style. My first real ponytail!! Whohoo!!
Hi everyone! I’m back after a bit of a hiatus to re-post an old post from my “How I Got Out of Debt” series from 2009 and to celebrate (albeit 3 weeks late) 6 years of Debt Freedom. YAY!!! I still sometimes can’t believe it.
In the last post I showed how to get out of debt years faster with the money that you are already paying out. In this post I will show you how I was able to save even more money by turbocharging my payment plan. In a lot of ways I’m a very patient person but in this case my Aries impatience came out in full force. I can’t show the actual payment amount since that varied as I mentioned before because my paycheck was not the same each time. So, what I will be showing is the balance, the payoff date, and the savings vs following the status quo payment plan. Then at the end, I’ll show the savings from my turbocharged debt snowball vs the debt snowball I showed in part 7. Remember, the start date was July 2001 and I was in the process of building the emergency fund while starting the debt snowball. My payoff order shown is how the debts are listed in part 7 and the numbers are going to be slightly off because of the payoff dates but not by much. I’m gonna warn you now that there will be lots of repeating of certain phrases and it’s a long post. But that’s how we learn right…by repetition. 🙂
I started with Visa:
Next in line was Household Finance:
The next debt I mowed down was the Car Loan:
Next and done with glee, Capital One and most definitely taken out of my wallet:
Next, with even more excitement, Bank of America:
Next on the chopping block, the Perkins Loan:
Next, Direct Student Loans and where it started to become fun:
Last but not least the mortgage, where I was laughing like Renfro with each payment:
My total savings or what I refer to as money I do not have to come up with by following the loan shark’s (oops I did it again) status quo financial industry plan, $23,568.19!! Now that ain’t chump change and if it is to you can drop me a line so I can send you my PayPal info for a gift in that amount. 🙂 Recall from part 7 by utilizing the debt snowball, the savings was $16,235 which is not chump change either. However by focusing and redirecting a huge portion of any extra funds I had to turbocharge the debt snowball, I saved another $7,333. Nothing to sneeze at there either. Not to mention the fact that you have to earn way more that $7,333 for the privilege of paying that.
I hope that you see just how costly it is to you and profitable for the finance industry to remain in debt. That’s why I kept repeating “By debt snowballing I did not have to pay…” Sorry, but you can never remain above water by continually paying out interest. Where we tend to fail is that we are more concerned about what the payment per month is, instead of focusing on how much in total it is going to cost. And the fact that you are going to have to come up with that payment(S) each and every month for a very long time. And the hours you have to work to make the money to make the payments. I can say this because that was me before I got the message from that cosmic 2 by 4 went oops upside my head for the umteenth time.
Unless you are paying cash, the total price paid is always going to more than the original price using credit. That’s compound interest working against you as most loans are not simple interest loans anymore. What that basically means to you is that they are getting their interest money upfront. That’s why you’ve made hundreds and in the case of a mortgage (thousands) of dollars in payments but your payoff balance is damn near the same as when you first took out the loan. If you have to borrow, and only if you have to, the key is to pay that crap off as fast as you can. The faster you do it, the less it costs you and the more money you have for other things later. Better yet, you can decide on how your money is gonna work instead of your bills deciding what you are gonna do.
I was in already in debt when I bought my home in 2000 so it took me 6 long years with many life happens things happening that cost big dollars and set me back. You know, the 1 step forward, 5 steps back life happens kind of stuff. Finally on June 2, 2006, I was debt free. If your debts are larger and your income is not that big, it is naturally gonna take longer. Remember what I said at the beginning of the this series, that getting out of debt is a lot like locking your hair, going natural or even dieting. It take loads of hard work, patience, determination and thick skin. You gotta get to the point where you are sick and tired of being sick and tired of paying out all this money for stuff you don’t even remember what you spent it on and many times have nothing to show for it. However the result is so, so worth it. And it never goes out of style.
We all want nice stuff and to look good but when life happens in your household, those designers, car makers, fill in the blank aren’t going to give a rats behind about your situation. And please stop worrying about what BayBay & ’em are going to say or think. I’ve learned that folks are gonna talk about you no matter what you do. These same folks ain’t gonna have a dime to help you out when you really need it and they are still gonna talk about you. Most of the time they are worse off than you and want to keep you in that crab barrel along with them because you woke up to the fact that we’ve been played and have been for a very long time. On some level they realize it too hence the put down remarks.
So there you have it. The debt snowball, get the heck out of debt, don’t have to pay nobody any money to do and a real person who’s done it, and showed ya how to do it, plan. I know everyone’s circumstances are different but if you have the income, it can be done. It may take years as I’ve shown.
Stay tuned for part 9 of this series where I will talk about the death pledge aka “The Mortgage”.
Hey guys! I hope this post finds everyone well.
Violeta over at Oceangrins did an update post on her “itchy” situation. 😉 There, a question was asked by Naturalocs on the use of coconut oil and water on locs. She said that coconut oil was softening her skin but not her locs and she asked was there a certain way to use it. I thought that this might help others so I decided to answer here in a post.
I’ll start by saying I have fine/thin hair. Now I’ve been using coconut oil on my then loose natural hair for a little bit before locking. I liked it but it was not softening my hair in the way I would have liked. I started locking about year after this point so I stopped using coconut oil and all oils for that matter until my locs were further along into the locking process. A year or so later I decided to revisit coconut oil on my locs.
To be honest, I’m not sure what made me start applying coconut oil to wet hair. I liked it but still not exactly what I was looking for. When I was using it on my loose hair, I applied it onto dry hair. That worked OK but that was it…just OK.
Then after I locked, either by design or by accident (probably the latter) I applied it on my damp locs. I know this might sound crazy but what I mean by damp hair is …just washed hair. I wait until my locs have stopped dripping water but before they are slightly damp. Kinda like when you wash jeans and take them out of the washer right after it’s stopped. They are not dripping but they are wetter than a lightweight t-shirt would be that was washed in the same load. I don’t towel dry my locs or dry with anything. Applying a nice amount, I go through my locs, making sure I get the top and bottom of the locs. That’s the only time I apply coconut oil until wash day rolls around a week later. During the week, if my locs are feeling a bit dry, I’ll spritz with water only. This softens my locs right back up.
This is I was looking for! Now, why have I gone thru all that description? Because I did not get quite the same result when I started with dry locs dampened by spritzing with water. Looking at the post noted below, I see why I’ve changed how I was using coconut oil on my locs and remember this routine was before I came up with my herbal coconut oil concoction. I’ll do a post later sharing my concoction.
So try using coconut oil on your hair/locs on wash day, and don’t wait until your hair is completely dry. If that does not work, it might be that you hair does not like coconut oil. My hair does not like olive oil.
Hope that helps. 🙂
I’ve been tagged by MStokes2008 over at Naturallybeautifulbelle. Girl, I’m so sorry that it has taken me soooo long to respond to this tag as I looked at the date of the post. It was over a month ago. 😦 But it was on my birthday! 🙂 OK I have delayed long enough so on to the questions.
1. What is your favorite color and why?
2. What is your zodiac sign and do you think it describes you?
me a bit will you get a hint that I might be an Aries. Since I’m an astrology student so I know that we are more than our Sun sign. It’s been fun to observe and listen to people talk including myself because we act and speak our birth chart.
3. What is your favorite thing to cook or bake?
5. What is your favorite movie of all time?
6. If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?
7. What is a scent that brings back happy memories to you? And what memory does it bring to you?
8. If you could study anything in college and get a job that guaranteed you’d love in your field, what would you study?