Remarkably, over the course of this year, I’ve completely changed my budget — both in spending and income. The aim is simple: I want to destroy my student loan debt as rapidly as possible while in graduate school. Over the last few months, I’ve deposited more than ever into the federal government’s coffers by paying everything off early.
In August, one of my student loans — the unsubsidized at 6.8% — was actively gaining interest and sat around $25,000. My debt had metastasized and was snowballing into a serious concern. I thought I was doomed to this reality until I started Frugaling, found more ways to make money, and prioritized debt reduction. Then, it all clicked, and debt started disappearing.
Today, I’m shocked and proud to announce that I’ve paid off the biggest hurdle. The $25,000 loan in August now sits at $0 — completely paid off. Instead of losing thousands of dollars over the years and struggling to pay it all back, I have shortened everything. Now, it’s gone!
I know this is shorter than normal, but I just wanted to share this little achievement with all of you. Trying to keep personal finance… Well, personal!
Thank you everyone for your support and help thus far. I have a ways to go, but this is the biggest mountain to climb.