Costs During Peace Corps Application Process

I meant to keep a detailed listing of all the costs associated with my Peace Corps application, but too often life just got in the way. But hey, I like seeing costs broken down so I decided to do it anyway!

$10 – University transcript
$20 – Fingerprinting
$35 – Various printing/mailing costs
$108 – Lab work that health insurance wouldn’t cover
$112 – Econolabs (2 lab tests my doctor forgot to order)
$195 – Yellow Fever vaccine & administration

TOTAL = $480

Overall, that’s not bad. Especially because I expect to have $315 reimbursed by PC for physical exam & Yellow Fever vaccine. I also had no dental or eye exam costs, since I was already regularly seeing my dentist and getting work done and had recently had an eye exam (so he just filled out of the prescription form)… otherwise my costs easily would have been much higher.

The total also doesn’t involve ANY purchases after invitation (aside from Yellow Fever vaccine) for things like backpacks, shoes, rain coat, sleeping bag and everything else I plan on taking to Ethiopia.

July Financial Update

Similar to my post on Friday, this is likely to be one of the last financial summaries for awhile. I think I would like to keep track of my budget, but we will see what happens when I arrive and settle into my life overseas!


Here’s how things look:
july July Financial Update
As a reminder, you can view the full, most up-to-date debt spreadsheet here.


Blew it. Bought a couple backpacks and some necessary items for the big move.

Net worth: $11,574.91  (down 3.05% from June)

June Financial Summary

It’s incredibly hard to believe that it’s already July. Where has time gone?! I spent a little too much time in the sun yesterday and today I’m off to the wonderful Pacific northwest. I can’t wait to get out of this heat!


Here’s how things look:
june June Financial Summary
As a reminder, you can view the full, most up-to-date debt spreadsheet here.


Didn’t track it again because of all the travelling I did. Crappy excuse, but it’s true.

Net worth: $18,315.65  (up 11.31% from May)

My net worth FINALLY started turning around and had a positive increase. Sometimes I still get frustrated that it is so low (shouldn’t it be higher by now??) I look at how far it’s come in the past year. Up $12k over the past 12 months and I realize that’s not too bad!!

I paid off all my credit cards!!

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photo by D Sharon Pruitt

I accidentally posted this Wednesday a little prematurely… but today it’s official! I am free from credit card debt that just 10 months ago was over $8k.

I had this lovely email in my inbox this morning from Mint:

mint I paid off all my credit cards!!

Now that I’ve knocked that one off my financial goals list, time to knock off the next one: my personal loan. Stay tuned!

May Financial Summary

I am late late late this month for the update. I spent the first 10 days of June travelling and away at a conference. It was fun, but I haven’t been so happy to be home in a long time!


Here’s how things look:
may May Financial Summary
As a reminder, you can view the full, most up-to-date debt spreadsheet here.


Again, I totally failed at keeping up with my budget, however I know that I came out positive. Always a good thing icon smile May Financial Summary

Net worth: $16,454.16  (down 10.00% from April)

Another depressing month on the net worth and saving money front, but at least my debt dropped by almost 10%.  Just gotta keep on keeping on!