We paid off ONE Student Loan!

by Erika Torres

With only three months left in 2012, I needed to get cracking on our 2012 goals for the year. Here are the ones we have left to finish:

  • Pay Off at least One Student Loan
  • Go on a honeymoon
  • Save $10,000

I would say the other non-tangible ones, such as Continue Growing the Blog, Eat Healthy Lose Weight Start Running Again, and Be Nicer to the Husband have all been fulfilled but I guess I’ll have to do recaps on those later.

For now, I wanted to share the absolute wonderful news that I have finally paid off ONE of my student loans! Only six more to go!

As of today, I have $20,015 left to pay off. When I graduated college, I had approximately $32,500 in student loans, which means I’ve paid $12,485 over the past six years–NOT including interest. I really don’t want to calculate the interest because it just makes me feel bad.

Sidenote: I can’t believe I’ve been out of college six years…I can’t believe my 10-year high school reunion is this year!

While I feel we made significant strides in 2011 to pay off debt, the debt payoff hasn’t been as great in 2012 for a number of reasons:

Sometimes life gets in the way, and you can’t live according to “The Plan.” Looking at the bigger picture, can I just say this means we’ve paid off 50% of our debt in the two and a half years we’ve been married?!

What an accomplishment! I updated our debt numbers to reflect the debt we really had when we first got married (which was more like $43,000, but I went ahead and low-balled at $40,000), and I am absolutely astounded and so proud of ourselves for how far we’ve come.

This upcoming year, we will again see challenges in debt payoff as we work to pay off our new accumulating school costs. The decision for both of us to go back to school was not easy, because really who wants to acquire more debt?

But I know in the long run, it will be worth it from the bump in pay I know I will receive, in addition to Eric finally landing his firefighter job.

What’s a financial goal you recently accomplished?


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Lisa @ Lisa the Vegetarian October 1, 2012 - 9:08 am

Congratulations!! It feels so good to get rid of student loans and I know first-hand how hard it is.

Kristin September 29, 2012 - 9:10 pm

We’re using the extra money my husband is getting paid during deployment to pay off student loans. I found one of those “side hustle” jobs a month ago and we used that to pay off one of my loans.
So by the end of this year, we’re hoping to have very little debt left. Is a deployment worth it to be out of debt? Not at all. It’s strangely annoying to have the ONLY thing I’m not worried about be money.

Teacher Girl September 28, 2012 - 7:28 pm

Congrats!! And I know, this year is my 10 year high school reunion too and I cannot believe it.

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Peaches & Whiskey September 27, 2012 - 6:29 am

I recently paid off the first of my 4 undergrad student loans this past year as well!! It’s a tremendous accomplishment and one that should be celebrated!

I’m going to my 10-year HS reunion this fall and expecting my first child in February – I’ve never felt older!!

Canadianbudgetbinder September 27, 2012 - 4:20 am

Congratulations to you both for getting for knocking one debt to the ground. It’s the best feeling in the world to save money but it’s also the best feeling to pay off debts. Keep up the hard work. Cheers Mr.CBB

Shannon September 27, 2012 - 4:03 am

YAY! I’m so jealous! That is such a big accomplishment. Nothing like seeing that 0 balance.

mrsplungedindebt September 26, 2012 - 4:59 pm

Congrats! I bet it feels great!

Jessica @ Budget For Health September 26, 2012 - 2:07 pm

Woo woo congrats! We just transferred the final amount to our savings and checked off our goal of saving for a new(ish) car we’ll need next year. Onto house down payment savings!

SWR September 26, 2012 - 1:51 pm

Yay, that’s awesome!! We’re getting ready to pay off two credit cards in the next few months, which is going to feel great!!

Bobbie @ Bogofdebt September 26, 2012 - 1:47 pm

Congrats! I love inspirations posts like this 🙂 And life happens and gets in the way of our goals-I’m pretty much not on track to hit most of my yearly goals or my September goals. I’m okay with this though because I’m still trying to succeed and I know that counts.

Mo' Money Mo' Houses September 26, 2012 - 1:15 pm

Woohoo! That’s awesome news!

Kathleen @ Frugal Portland September 26, 2012 - 11:27 am

That’s so great! You’re right about life not always going according to plan, but that’s great that you’ve paid off so much in so little time!

Taylor September 26, 2012 - 10:40 am


FANTASTIC job on paying down so much debt!

I’m really looking forward to reading your post about going back to school. That’s been weighing heavily on my mind too.

Mrs. Pop @ Planting Our Pennies September 26, 2012 - 10:19 am

Calculating the interest can make you feel good! Think of it as how much you WON’T have to pay going forward!

Lindsay Bononno September 26, 2012 - 9:40 am

Congratulations! I can’t wait to feel that sense of completion myself!

Army Amy* September 26, 2012 - 9:18 am

Congrats! Making debt progress is a great feeling!

This week we downsized to one car. We didn’t really need two cars, we just liked having them. The sale ended up being really smart. We got $2,500 more than what we owed. The check went right into savings, and we no longer have a $300 payment every month..*

Michelle September 26, 2012 - 9:17 am

Congrats! That is awesome!

DCSquared September 26, 2012 - 9:12 am

WHOOOO OOOOHHH!!! Congrats!!!!!!!!

Lulu September 26, 2012 - 8:45 am

What a great accomplishment, congratulations! Great inspiration for me as I work to update our budget and get back on financial track!


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