We are student loan debt free!! On Friday, I made the final payment online, checked this morning, and it had posted. I can’t tell you how excited I am to be rid of this debt! We have paid off this last loan of $12,333.80 in 1 year, 3 months, and 25 days. Yes!
I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned it on the blog before, but this $12,333.80 is not the only student loan debt we had. In 2004, Mr. Money enrolled in culinary arts school and we moved across country for him to attend. Fast forward to October 2006, and now he’s got his degree and has left school with over $36,000 in debt. Yes, that is not a typo. $36,000 was more debt than I ever cared to accumulate, and we went full force attacking it.
We paid off almost $24,000 in two years, on mainly my salary of $12 an hour full time, plus Mr. Money’s salary of $8(?) an hour part time. Needless to say, we lived pretty poor to be able to pay off that kind of money in that short of a period of time. In 2007, we bought a house and added more debt to the plate. At the start of this blog, we had $12,333.80 left. I knew I wanted to pay this off as quickly as possible. One of my 2009 financial goals was to pay off this student loan and I thought it was a hefty goal. Here we are, halfway through the year and we’ve done it. It is quite an amazing feeling!
It doesn’t feel real that we’ve paid of $36,000 worth of debt (just in student loans!) in 2 and a half years. Looking at how much money we made doesn’t even make it seem possible but we did it all while saving for an emergency fund, putting a nice down payment on a car, and paying extra on our other loans. The fact is, we did it, and I can’t imagine a greater feeling.
Now onto chipping away at our car loan and living a debt free life soon!