I will get into the whole story of why we made the choice to go into debt later. For now, I am going to just share with you some real numbers and the depth of what we dug. I knew it was coming when we made our choice but to look at the number we have now to pay off it seems crazy!
Honestly sometimes I wonder what the heck we were thinking. I can’t say we would do it the same way if we went back, but there are 2 things we feel it is OK to have debt for. One is a house and the other is an education. Now, knowing that, that doesn’t mean it was easy for me. I don’t care what the reason is for getting debt. It weighs me down big time. So we are on a path to pay this off as fast as possible so we can enjoy the money my husband is making and have a real life with a house and vacations and fun that we have dreamed of our whole life.
A lot of people think it is impossible to pay off your debt quickly when you have as much as we do. But we are doing it! Before I get into how we are paying this off, here is the numbers of what we owe.
All of our debt is student loan debt. Which is all managed by the government now. We have 3 years of 2 semesters each where we took out these loans. We were able to get a couple scholarships during those 3 years which helped a small amount to lessen the debt we took out, but we took out money every year we were there. So as of Jan. 10, 2015, we have $194,633.80 in loans to pay off.
Yes that number is a house. We “bought a house” when we decided to go to school, but we have no house to show for it. We have a degree that has helped him get a job. While I think the amount it cost us to go to school is crazy, we decided to do it and we now have to be accountable to pay it off.
So we sat down after my husband got his job and we started looking at how we would budget this new amount of money we receive each month. The first decision we made early on in our decision to go to law school was that when we were done we would not change our standard of living until we were done paying off our loans. We are luck to live in a great place where the rent is rather low for the area we live. We live in a 1200 sq feet, 3 bedroom apt. We are a little cramped in here but after living in a 950 sq ft 2 bedroom place, this one feels HUGE! We plan to stay in this place until we pay off our debt.
Ok, so now you know the HUGE amount of debt we have here is our plan to get it paid off by the end of 2019 (hopefully sooner). Yes I said in 4 years. We will be paying off our entire debt in 4 years!!!!! If we do some side jobs or sell some items in our house (which we will) it will be sooner, but the longest we will take is 4 years!
To help us to do that, we are going to be posting our budget and our end of the month report on what extras we were able to do to pay things off faster. We are going to be VERY open with everything so you can see what we do and how you can also make needed changed to live a better life.
January is the first month we have been able to make a budget like this so you will see little changes over the next couple months as we iron out how much we need in different categories. Due to my husband having a bi weekly paycheck, we are having to use a different budget then we have ever made. It makes me a bit nervous because it is so new tome. I am not sure I am doing this right because he will get checks 2-3 times a month, so each month will be a little different. So I may switch us to a strictly every 2 week schedule if I can’t work it out to be a monthly one. So Here is our budget for the month.
As you can see we are having to scatter some of our bills between the 2 checks and other things we are splitting between each check. We are doing this because some of these are monthly bills due at certain times and the others are yearly or every 6 month bills we are saving for.
I am hoping we will be able to get some more income from selling unneeded items and by earning more on the blog. If Ww do earn a little more, we will be able to put $3,000 on our loans and be 1/2 way done with 1 of our loans!!!!! so excited for that! Can’t wait to check it off our list!
Now to press forward and make more huge dents in our debt so we can be financially free again!
How is your budget this month? What suggestions do you have for us???
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