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April 2013 Recap & May 2013 Goals

Time to talk about everyone’s favorite topic. ME! This will be my monthly update all about me. Why? (1) I want to have a written account of what’s going on in my life to look back on and (2) to make it easier to stalk and obsess over me. I will not be posting pictures of my feet, so don’t ask. (Okay, I’ll give you a little taste. They are size 10. You’re welcome, creepers.)


The first half of the month was all about work, work, work. That’s the nature of busy season, it’s freaking busy! I’m extremely glad it’s over. The second half of the month was about fun, fun, fun, which for me was starting this blog and taking a couple of short road trips. Red Debted Stepchild was launched on April 16th and I’m rather surprised at how well it’s done since then. I was pretty sure only my family and friends would read it for the first few months. Thank you everyone for reading, commenting, and sharing. It makes me feel famous and we all know how much I like attention!

My very short road trips were to Dearborn, MI and NW Ohio. Steve and I headed up to Dearborn the day after deadline to spend some time together and eat Arabic food. We also hit up the Detroit Institute of Art and had the best hookah ever at a local hookah bar. I trekked over to NW Ohio for shredded chicken sandwiches. Oh, and to visit my mom! I hadn’t been out there since Christmas and she didn’t neglect to remind me of that. It was my little brother’s prom as well. He wore a tux with a camo vest and work boots because I originate from Hicktown, USA. His date wore cowboy boots and a camo ribbon around her dress.


I made $171.50 in freelance writing income and I also received $800 as a first installment on my furniture (I’m selling my furniture, by the way).

Debt payments for the month were $1,414.75.

OH! I have a good one. For the first time ever, I paid six months of auto insurance at once! I’ve been month-to-month my entire adult life. $450.09, bitches!


In April, I was obsessed with “Just Give Me a Reason” by Pink Ft. Nate Ruess, Trader Joe’s Omega Trek Mix, and dreaming up blog post ideas.


Two posts on Money After Graduation this month:

Sad Latte is Sad

Wanna save money? Get married early!

They are both fabulous if I do say so myself (and I do). Go read them and fall in love with me even more.


Continue to post at least three times a week on Red Debted Stepchild. I wouldn’t want to deprive you people of the regular dose of Erin you’ve become so accustomed to.

Do something active 5 days a week for at least 30 minutes. You can track my progress on Twitter. It would be a little stalker-ish though.

Save $2000 towards super secret savings goal and pay off $1500 of debt. It’s a stretch, but I think we can swing it.

Go on a cheap date each week. With Steve or a friend, just go out and stop being such a hermit.

Keep being awesome. I have a feeling I’ll blow this one out of the water ;).

Tell me about your April! And tell me what you want to accomplish this May! I’m a terrible listener,  but I’m a great reader!

[Images from Little Stories & Celeb Quote]

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Erin Thompson

Erin Thompson spent years managing her own blog about budgeting and debt. Because of that, she has great insights not only about managing spending and borrowing but also about running websites profitably. When she's not writing articles for us, she's traveling and looking for new types of wines to try.
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