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Kelly and Travis' Journey:

Staying on Track

Wow, we just finished up week 13, which means that we have been a part of Project Money for over four months! We are feeling that we are not quite where we want to be, but we’re closer than we have ever been. The past couple of weeks we have experienced some financial setbacks, and there have been moments when we felt discouraged. Travis put it into perspective for me by reminding me of the habits that we changed since starting our journey and that we are spending less money overall. 

Some of these changes include enjoying so much more time at our home and with our family, and we now think twice before taking shopping trips across town. We also just finished paying our daughter’s first semester college expenses and know that she is set until the end of the year. She came home for the weekend and expressed her gratitude while discussing her finances with us. She plans on getting a job to help support herself a bit while on campus, too. 

To minimize road food purchases, Travis picked up a food cooker that he can use in the cab of his truck, and he was pretty excited to warm up his food from home which he said tasted way better than cold. This week’s truck cab cooker menu will include warmed up steak and potatoes that were cooked on the grill and tater tot casserole. I think using the cooker will help him feel more connected to home, and his food will taste a lot better than anything that he could get at a truck stop! We also recorded our second commercial this week and think that it went better than the first time since we knew what to expect.  The Summit Credit Union and WKOW staff have been so positive and great to work with, and that really helps us stay on track. Watch us in primetime!