I've come to the point where I have decided to discontinue this blog. I have come full circle (kind of, not really, as I got off the 360 full-circle loop on a way more positive place than where I began) and although I used cash only living for the past few years, I am actually now a full fledged credit card using, credit card holding member of society these days. But going cash only did serve its purpose and got us out of debt, a fact which I will forever be grateful for.
Looking back over this blog, it really is amazing to see where we began and how far we've come and where we ended up (Vegas baby!). Seriously, if someone would have told me ten years ago that I would be debt free and living in Las Vegas I would have laughed them out of the room.
I started this blog in a fit of angst on October 17, 2009. At the time I wanted a new life that didn't include debt (the first post is here) and then I set some goals (found here in the second post). I am happy to report that since those first two posts, nearly all of the goals I set have been met. Who would have thought that the goals that I set nearly five years ago would have been achieved, often in such an unusual way? Although we never did pay cash for a new car (we are still driving our old but trusty, paid off van) we did pay off the house and the home equity loan (by selling the house which wasn't even in the plans when I wrote the list), we paid off all of our credit cards, set up an emergency fund, and did get to travel, travel, travel (after selling the house and nearly everything we owned, we vagabonded our way around the country and through Asia before serendipitously stopping by Las Vegas so hubby could play in a poker tournament). We ended up buying a newish house, for a quarter of the price of our previous house, just ten minutes from the Las Vegas Strip.
We are now happily retired, living on a small fixed income (with some occasional jobs and freelance work thrown in for extra cash), and enjoying every day doing interesting and exciting things in our new city. The frugal measures we used to dig ourselves out of debt are now ingrained habits and I am happy to report that we haven't been on the IRS's speed dial list in years (in fact we have been happily receiving annual tax refunds for the past few years which I am always thrilled about).
And if you know me, you will know I always have new projects in the works. More on that later...