Snail Paced Intensity?
If you are a Dave Ramsey fan, I’m sure you have heard of gazelle intensity. Basically the gist of it is that you do whatever you can to pay off your debt in the least amount of time possible. Sell things you aren’t using, cut your cable, put the nix on going out to eat, and so on. We attacked our student loans with gazelle intensity, and paid it off a lot sooner than we had hoped. Now the only unsecured debt we have remaining is our car loan at 0%, and I’m not in a hurry to pay that off any time soon.
I almost feel like so much time and energy was focused on paying off that student loan that I’m exhausted from it. I’m tired of pinching pennies and scrounging up extra money and putting any snowflakes towards debt. I feel like we’ve accomplished a lot in a short period of time, and now I want to take my time paying off this car.
Seeing that it’s at 0%, it’s not like I’m paying tons of interest if I don’t pay it off quickly. I won’t save any money if I pay it off early, but that’s definitely not saying it wouldn’t be awesome if we could pay that off by the end of next year as well. That would rock. However, I think now I’m going to focus more on saving money for whatever. I think we’ve got a pretty good emergency fund established. I’m contributing the max match rate to my 401k. So I think I’m going to work on saving for the chance we may move back home in the future (2 – 5 years). I’ll call it my hopes and dreams fund.
Even if we never move back to Colorado, I can still take that money and apply it to the principal on our mortgage, use it as a baby fund, or whatever. It never hurts to have that extra cash.
Do you think I should work on paying off that car loan as soon as possible, or is my plan better?