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padiddle
Sarah
This past week presented another car challenge. Well, two of them. The first is the loud, deep growl that occurs every time I hit the gas pedal. I’m guessing it’s the muffler, but I really don’t have any idea. It can wait. It’s not too annoying. The next is what I grew up calling a padiddle – the car with one headlight out. 
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peace of mind
Idah
This has been another one of those weeks that makes me so happy to have applied for Project Money. As I have mentioned in past blogs, I financially support my terminally ill grandmother who lives in Zimbabwe. My grandmother is so dear to me she is pretty much my only surviving parent. In the past, I have incurred a lot of debt trying to ensure I send enough money to Zimbabwe so she can get good medical treatment. One of the main reasons I joined Project Money was so that I would create an emergency fund instead of using my credit card to pay off her medical bills.
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digging deeper
Dustin and Scott
One of our favorite things about Summit’s Climbr® is how easy it is to track our spending and work with the Budget tool. Tagging our transactions by category has been a real eye-opener by showing us just how much we spend on things like groceries, fuel and pets. We sat down to review our September budget, and overall we did a great job. There were two areas where we definitely went over though. Can you guess what they were? If you guessed Groceries and Dining Out, you’re right!
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a week without money
Betsy and Noah
This week, I (Noah) tried something new. After our last coaching session, Rachel suggested we think about a “no-spend challenge” for the month of October to reign in any and all unnecessary spending. That meeting was September 30 and I was not quite ready to start the very next day, but after the camping trip I had already planned, I gave up my debit card last Sunday and haven’t spent anything since. We have purchased groceries from our list and gas from our spending account.
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Calculators are cool
Sarah
Raise your hand if you used a TI-85 in high school? What am I talking about? Calculators! For me, that was an actual physical calculator that looked like the image below:

It definitely came in handy when I was growing up. These days, the TI-85 is an app or something online. I kind of miss it. If I were spending money, I might have gone on eBay to purchase a vintage one. But I don’t do that anymore, do I? Nope.
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Planning to not spend
Idah
September is gone! Only three more months left in the Project Money journey. I can't believe how fast time is moving. Project Money has been so instrumental in my financial well-being. I am trying to think back to April before starting Project Money. The level of stress that I had was insane. I was always afraid of anything happening when I didn’t have emergency savings. I had so many small debts and no plan on how to tackle all of them. Well here I am months later. I definitely feel so much at peace.
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