We are Student Loan Debt Free!!


grad.jpgWe 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!

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17 thoughts on “We are Student Loan Debt Free!!

  1. Miss M says:

    Congratulations, that is a huge achievement! I’m making plans to get rid of Mr M’s credit card debt this year, I need to invent a debt zapper called Debt B Gone. Imagine how much you’ll be able to save and invest once all the debt is gone.


  2. Kacie says:


    The other day, I saw your sidebar reach 100% and was hoping you’d post about it. Way to go! And now, you can have an even bigger snowball for your car, or whatever your next goal is.

    You’re doing a fantastic job!


  3. Mrs Money says:

    @ Miss M- Thanks!! I would like to borrow that debt zapper when you get done making it. 😉

    @ Kacie- Thank you so much! You have been such an inspiration to me. I can’t wait to see how our new budget shakes out with the decreased mortgage and no student loan payment! 🙂


  4. Deirdre says:

    I’m totally inspired. There’s no excuse for me not paying off my debt much, much faster than I’ve been paying it off. Congratulations!


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  6. Sandy H says:

    Congratulations! I can totally relate to the wow effect of student loans- I just finished my degree and the realization we have $45,000 in student loans to pay off!! I thought it would help me land a better job, and so far- NO LUCK! We have a lot more than $45,000 in debt but every month I make a new tally and see we’ve paid off a 1% or 2% more. Little by little we’ll get it paid off!

    Continued success!!


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