The less-than-positive news is that I am still trying to work out arrangements with several credit card folks. Some are still quite pleasant to talk to on the phone, others are getting a little testy. I received the first 'debt collection' letter yesterday and responded today with a letter of my own to explain our situation. I hope my next report doesn't hail from a sea of orange.
The good news, however, is that I managed to scrape up enough old rings for our daughter's fiance's wedding band! Since we are having to fork over such a piddly amount for the wedding, we are paying for his band, priced this way at a quarter of the cost of a new band. I won't go into details as to why it means so much to have the ring done this way as opposed to selling the gold and buying a new ring, but 'priceless' comes to mind.
This morning I ordered a packet from GoldStash.com, recommended by Sarah, who learned about the company from Dave Ramsey. I'll send the 'ring' rejects first to see if there's anything there; old coins will be next.
Other accomplishments include hubby's perfecting coasting down the mountain every morning, raising our gas mileage back to over 44 miles per gallon in his little car with over 350K miles (no vacation miles there, either). He drives a LOT of miles daily, so this is a big achievement!
And in a completely free, much-needed activity this weekend, I managed to make an impressive dent in pitching out old papers.
Finally, a shocking, unexpected benefit of trying to stretch food dollars and the overall financial stre$$ over the past few months is that 25 lbs. have gone missing.
So, despite still haggling with too many creditors, I do believe we're heading in the right direction. I sure don't have to worry about getting any speeding tickets....