You are forced to flee from your home and relocate 2,000 miles away. You can take only what you can carry in your arms. What will you take?

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I would take my iPhone and my purse. I would be sad to leave everything else behind but I quite literally have everything in my purse that I would need to survive at the bare minimum.

I have my keys and wallet (obviously), a handkerchief, knife, nail clipper, jewelry, makeup, tea tree oil, lip gloss, perfume, lotion, eye drops, saline spray, tissues, safety pins, cough drops, and generic Neosporin at any given time, but this list is not everything in my purse. If I was on vacation and lost something, the one thing I would be the saddest about losing is my purse. I could lose my suitcase because clothes and shoes can be replaced. But everything in my purse? Oh no. End of the world!

My iPhone obviously would help me in every which way possible: finding shelter, connecting with friends and family via Facebook and Twitter, finding a new identity in this mystery town. I could even maintain American Princess if I had to flee.

The ads don’t lie: there’s an app for that.

These last few days have been a blur. I guess that’s a good thing. I get a super Friday on Monday. Due to a shift change, and some finagling, I got my Tuesday/Wednesdays as my days off again. Yay! Plus the hours are much better.

I also applied for a part-time job as a page at my local library branch. One of my new favorite things to do is read financial websites. I am determined to listen to some common sense advice because all my debt makes me a sad panda.

Thanks to an article titled 25 Debt Reduction Tips For Your Immediate Action Plan from MoneyNing, I decided to apply on a whim. I don’t think I have much of a chance since I already have a job but maybe they’ll be nice and consider me? I have set hours so they can work around it easily. I won’t hear anything for a couple of weeks so I have to be patient. If it falls through, no biggie, I can find something else.

What I liked about the article is that I am already doing what it’s advocating. I learned a long time ago to harness the power of the internets by selling things. When I was in school, I always bought my books used on Amazon and rented from Chegg. I was an English major, so I’d borrow the books from the library a week or two before the readings were due. That’s why I liked when they assigned individual books. Those were much easier to track down rather than anthologies. When the semester was over, I’d turn around and sell the books I bought used right back on Amazon. Even now, I buy used books from the library cheaply, turn around and sell them.

If I got a part-time job, that money would be used to pay down all my debt. Period. That is my absolute goal this year: pay down my debt. I am tired of seeing the same bills pop up every month. There’s no reason why I should have all this debt.

Wish me luck!

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