Thanks Ellie, we're doing our best. Part of our income is a sizeable amount we earn off a website we run, that we recently negotiated for. Previously we were making very little on it, but the ads on our site are worth, if anything, even more than the amount we just agreed to. We're looking for ways to expand on it. I also just asked for a pay increase at work. I'm a freelancer on an hourly rate, and I know I should be making more than they're paying me. We'll see if they agree when the money person returns from vacation next week. I really have this site to thank for keeping me focused on looking for ways to pay down the debt, rather than piss it all away every month.
There's been times in the past where we were earning more than enough to send a few thousand a month to the loans, but we didn't. We paid the minimums, ate out a lot, and bought the latest electronic gadgets. I realized last year, when we were making less than a third of what we're making now, and actually losing money every month, that things had to stop. When my husband was offered a great new job opportunity, I knew that this was our chance... if I don't get these things paid off now, I may not get another one.
Hooray for GRS!