Eh, you know, just another typical Tuesday…
NAVIENT (previously Sallie Mae)
Yep, read um and weap (heck, I practically cried)…
All of my student loans are PAID OFF!
That’s right, $42,000 in 30 months. Finally Finished! And six months ahead of my goal date too!
I know, I know, I just posted two weeks ago about being on the home stretch and my plan to pay off my loans by the end of this month. I blew my plan from my last update out of the water and knocked them off in a couple weeks, thanks to diligently putting $500 a week towards loans the past 3 weeks, and a nice big bonus check (bigger than expected). Yay!
So, let’s take one last look at the numbers…
30 Month Progress
- Starting Debt: $41,868.53 (Nov ’12)
- Debt Today: $0
- Total Debt Paid Off: $41,868.53
And my pretty graph is finally finished and man, does it look good to see that blue line hit the bottom!
Blue: remaining student loan debt Red: goal
I am putting my giant spreadsheet to rest…
Crazy to think I paid off so much debt, in so little time! Well, it seems like a short time now that it’s over. In the midst of it, there were times I felt like I was treading water, or like I was barely making a dent some months. But as they say, good things come to those who
wait work their butts off! Months of working 6 days a week, nights of working 4 hours after Avery was asleep, coupon cutting, DIY’ing, and watching every penny I spent – all paid off!
It was sooo worth it, too. Because now I get to start on my next financial project…. saving for a house! This challenge won’t be as long, because Uncle John and I talked about buying his place this coming fall, so maybe 6 months? I’ll share soon.
So, all my loans were officially paid off on Friday, so before I buckled down again, we had a fun weekend celebrating….
Friday Night, Avery and I went to my cousin Joseph’s Irish Heritage Celebration to raise money for their 6th grade class trip to Montreal this spring (I’m chaperoning!). I made festive cookies for the bake sale;
Sugar cookies with green food coloring, dipped in chocolate with green sprinkles!
We arrived a little early and played in the car. Avery was very excited!
Avery had dinner I packed him in the car, so when we got there, he bought one of the cookies I brought.
Nana and Papa were there, so we sat with them and Aunt Sheri joined us. I bought two tickets for this awesome raffle they are having. For $20 each, we entered into the drawing for a trip for two to Ireland!
There was live music and irish dancers, and Avery had fun clapping after every song and sitting with Joseph in the front row.
Papa and I had some yummy stew and potato soup while Avery had a hot dog, and we finished off the night with cupcakes!
Avery rode with Grampy in the go karts, and Avery was big enough to drive the bumper cars by himself! He thought the spinning around was the best! We played air hockey, and racing video games, and walked out with a bag of popcorn.
Avery walked in and out saying ‘This is awesome’ ‘This is cool!’ So I think it was a success!
That night, Steve and I celebrated with homemade fried pickles, a bottle of champagne and a bottle of wine… our second two bottle night ever, haha.
And now it’s time to buckle down again and SAVE!
Oh, and happy St. Patrick’s Day! Avery wore EVERYTHING Green today and Mom and I are wearing our shamrock earrings :)