this past month has been, to say the least, wonderful. i only have one job, praise the Lord! and while i've cut back on work, so has bryan. he's taking a sabbatical if you will.
just in case you think we're awesome at money stuff with all these posts, i'll have you know that bryan hasn't worked all of july for no particular reason and we're totally okay with that. after all, bryan just has one more year of school and then he'll begin working fulltime for the rest of his life. i think it's totally okay for him to have one more summer in which he doesn't have to work his butt off.
sometimes, it's good for me to reduce my "gazelle intensity" for the sake of being human. i'm not going to be perfect all the time, no matter how much i'd like to be. we are definitely still striving to remain debt-free through college and i'm often intense about that goal. but bryan is going to get some good turnover hours this weekend and has a potentially awesome opportunity to work this fall, so we're trusting God and His provision.
we've also had to do some budget slashing due to the fact that i'm not working like crazy anymore. i'm soooo thankful for one fulltime job that i love, but it does mean that i'm not making as much money. i'm also okay with that. i'm actually kind-of excited to start couponing more and making every effort to save as much money as possible.
all that being said, we were able to put a good chunk in savings this month, thanks to paychecks for june work that didn't come until july. here's the update:
tuition for 2011-2012 school year: $9,654.00
savings at the end of july: $3,724.36
percentage saved: 38.58%
percentage left to save: 61.42%
we only need $427.64 more and we'll have everything except for the $5,500 in loans we're taking out (the good kind-of loans-where we'll have 6 months to pay it off with no interest). even if we can't avoid loans entirely, i'm pretty confident we'll be able to avoid paying any interest. we're getting there!