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My debt payoff- updated!

The last time I updated this, I owed $12,333.78 on the student loan. As of today, the current balance owed is $11,899.22! I am happy that it has fallen below the $12,000 mark! I got paid a quarterly bonus and put most of it towards the student loan. Also, I have paid off the Home Depot Credit Card that had 0% for 12 months before the promotional period expired. Ultimately, I’d like to pay off this student loan before the year is over, but that seems like a pretty hefty goal, so I’m going to go with 2 years, or 24 months to have it paid off. Tweet

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My Advice to College Students

Ultimate Money Blog reader Christian sent me an email asking for my advice for a college freshman. He just set up his own checking and savings accounts and wants to get a head start on his finances.  He’s secured a partial scholarship and his parents and himself are footing the rest of the bill.  Here’s the advice I would give to college students: Manage your Bank Accounts Wisely Make sure you’re keeping up with your checking account.  I recommend using a check register so you know exactly how much money you have in your account at all times.  When your statement is ready, reconcile against what you think you should have.  Sometimes banks make mistakes and they can be costly!  Also, merchants can run debit card transactions for incorrect amounts, and if you don’t double check, you can end up getting charged a lot more than you really paid.  Make sure you have some type of overdraft protection set up on your checking account just in case. Keep money that’s in savings savings.  Don’t use it unless it’s an emergency.  […]

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Outstanding Debt Update

The last time I updated about our debt reduction, we owed more than 50% on our student loans. I am happy to say that today we hit over 50% paid! I am ecstatic! I thought it would take us a lot longer than this to knock out some debt.  I had originally planned on paying off the student loan in the next nine months, but then decided that I would do a “reverse debt snowball” instead, and put the money that I was going to throw at the student loan in a savings account earning 4% interest. It looks like that was a sound decision, because now there’s rumors that they will start converting my area first. Oh well. I’ve got an emergency fund, and that’s what it for: in case we need it. I can’t wait until I get to 50% of our car loan, but that should only take us 5 months or so.  I’ll keep chiseling away at these debts and try my darnedest to save, save, save! Tweet

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Paying off those darn Student Loans!

The last time I updated, which was July 23, we owed $8,800.00 on our student loans. As of today, we only owe $7250! I can’t wait to get this loan paid off! I plan on getting it paid off by the end of the year next year. If we can get it paid off sooner, spectacular! Then it’s on to the car loan.  Whew.  All of our extra money is going to go towards paying off debt because I feel we have a pretty padded emergency fund currently. No spending month has taught me a few invaluable things.  We can live on a lot less than we thought we could.  We weren’t horrible about spending money frivolously, but there was definitely room to tighten the belts. There are many activities I can do to keep myself busy and not spend money.  Honestly, I feel better when I do those things!  I think of all the money I’m saving and putting towards debt. I’ve learned that I like cooking.  Before, we’d go out to eat or Mr. Money would cook.  Now, […]

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Paying off that Student Loan- update!

I am so proud to announce that we owe less than $9,000 on the student loan! Lately, every little extra “snowflake” money I get, I am putting towards this. It feels good to be under a “monumental” number, like the thousands. I am debating whether or not to put some of the stimulus money towards it. I am also expecting my quarterly bonus on the 15th of next month, so I may put that towards it too. At least some of it! It feels really good to be making progress on paying off this debt. I’ve been worried more about saving lately, and a lot of our extra money has been going right into savings. I think tonight I’m going to sit down and create the sub accounts with ING that I’ve been meaning to. I am not a spreadsheet person! I like to have it all visualized for me. Once I get that done, I’ll have a better idea of how much money I have allotted for each fund, and then go from there. I think it will work […]

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Paying off that Student Loan!

I am slowly but surely making a dent in my student loan debt. With the way the economy is, I’ve been trying to put as much money into savings that I can while paying off this debt. I’m not in too big of a hurry to pay this off because of the ultra low interest rate I am paying on it. This is the only other debt we have besides this loan is our mortgages. I’m not in too big of a hurry to pay those off right now. I’ve decided that for our next vehicle purchase, we’re going to pay cash. I understand that we may not be driving the newest, hippest cars out there, but we’re going to have a car that gets us from point A to point B. Back when the tree fell on our house in January, I was able to get a 1994 Oldsmobile Achieva from my very gracious aunt. I have been so thankful for that car! It may not be the best looking, but it does the job and I love it. […]

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