I'm getting kind of frustrated at life. I've been trying to knock out my bills for years now. I'll admit that I wasn't all that "smart" when we started paying off the bills, and we had made some dumb purchases. A bit of our initial financial advice ended up being pretty dumb... But I will state that it seemed to be good advice before the recession hit.
We got onto a smarter plan of paying off our bills, but we still had a lot of major issues. Our oil furnace had a catastrophic failure despite getting regular maintenance and repairs. (We ended up replacing the whole system, and it does not perform to our expectations.) We had a car with a ton of maintenance issues, when the transmission went we decided that the cost of the repair would go towards a down payment of a used car. (And we paid it off in three years!) My wife got laid off. Every time I got close to paying off a credit card, we'd have another emergency or... or something. It got frustrating when I ended up paying one credit card off multiple times because the other was maxed out and "something" would happen.
Finally I have the car paid off, the new heat pump paid off, and all of my credit cards except for one is paid off! Less than $1000 to go!
I keep trying to work Overtime at work. That is good money. I take all the options I can. For some reason or other I keep missing out on it. Suddenly I get the opportunity to make approximately $500 in overtime! Whee! I'm signed up for two days of work, even though this made my wife very angry. (She gets upset at me choosing work over family time... She is more emotional, I'm more logical but that is how it works.)
So, I come down to this weekend. I can earn approximately $500 by working Overtime on Friday and Sunday. Come Friday, Adorable Preciousness is sick thus I have to stay home with her. I got a call and I was advised that the reason for overtime on Sunday has now "gone away" thus I will not be needed.
I'm so close. I see the money, but I can't grab it.