This Independence Day, Rob and I had plans to celebrate with family, but first we had one small, but important item to cross off our to-do list: updating our debt payoff chart! As planned, we waited until the most of the dust from our wedding expenses had settled, then we made a payment of nearly $18,000 earlier this week. The payment finally cleared and we were eager to take the debt chart off the refrigerator to color in another section!
We are getting SO close to paying all of Rob’s student loan debt and we cannot wait to move forward financially with our Dave Ramsey baby steps!
We stepped into our sparsely furnished home office to snap a quick photo of our progress together.
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Last summer, when Rob and I sat down to last summer to set our financial goals for paying down the debt, our original goal was to have everything paid off by July 1, 2015 (3 days ago). We missed the goal, but with only $10,900 of Rob’s $180,000 student loan debt remaining, we are still so proud of our progress and cannot wait to finally declare our independence from debt!
Update: We did it!
Let’s jump right to the happy ending of our story! Rob and I met our goal and successfully paid off every penny of our student loan debt in August 2015. To celebrate this huge milestone in our lives, we drove down to Nashville and did a Debt Free Scream on the Dave Ramsey Show on February 15, 2016. You can read all about that experience in this blog post. It was truly transformative!
Our Debt Free Story
Want to know more about our journey out of debt and into financial freedom? You can catch up on our experience by clicking on any of the images below. It wasn’t easy and it was a lot of hard work, but it was completely worth it!