I had managed to get myself into $201k of student loan debt with a teacher’s salary. I didn’t know what to do and I had no idea how I was going to afford my monthly expenses. My debt minimum payments were barely covered by my income. Fast forward 4 years and I’ve paid off 6 figures of debt and increased my income through side hustles. I want to help you do the same for your life.
When Should You Take Out a Personal Loan? You might be reading this article and thinking to yourself, “what’s the point of taking out a personal loan when I already have student loan debt to pay off?” This question isn’t entirely unfounded, as it goes against common sense to take out loans while you’re still trying to settle existing debt. Therefore, it’s difficult to give a direct ‘yes’ or ‘no’ when it comes to taking out a personal loan. What’s most important to remember is the fact that taking out a personal loan is a huge financial decision that needs to be properly planned properly. What is a personal loan? An individual takes out a personal loan from a bank or another financial lending company for—you guessed it—personal reasons. Banks and lending institutions rely on your credit history, income, and employment records in order to see whether you’re eligible for a loan (aka likely to repay). Personal loans are taken out for a fixed amount of time, anywhere from one to five years. It’s rare to take out a loan for shorter or longer than this time period, and it’s largely a case-by-case basis. From the lender’s perspective, personal loans […]
$144,205 Paid Off in 4 Years on a Teacher’s Salary
This post may contain affiliate links. Check out my Disclosure Policy for more information. Wow. I can’t believe it has been 4 years on this journey and I really can’t believe I have paid off so much debt. When I graduated from grad school in August 2015, I was drowning in $201k in student loan debt. And I went to school to become a teacher. To this day, I regret taking on so much debt to become a teacher. The truth is, I didn’t know any better and this was what I was told to do. I was completely naive to what student loans were and what I was signing every semester. The good news was that I had my realization when I had just started grad school and was able to make some serious changes and put a plan in place prior to even graduating. You can check out my financial breaking point story here, if you’re curious about the time I got a bill for $1,400 while making $1,100 every month. A reality check for sure! But, back to the point of this post, celebrating my 4 year anniversary of being on this journey to pay off my student loans. […]
This post may contain affiliate links. Check out my Disclosure Policy for more information. Whether or not you should invest while paying off debt is a hot topic in personal finance. There are many different ideas surrounding this topic. The short answer is that it depends on your long term goals and if your employer offers a match. I have always stood by the idea that if your employer offers a match, contribute up to the match. Most companies this means a small percentage of your check, it’s usually not much. If your company has some amazing match, then it’s up to you to decide how much to contribute. I wouldn’t leave all the free money on the table though. This is especially true if you’re a twenty something. Time is absolutely on your side and you have compound interest working wonders for you right now. Take advantage of it! Once you are contributing up to the match, I would sit tight while you pay off your debt. Once you have made a dent there are some things to consider before upping your retirement contributions. 1. Are you contributing at least up to the match, if your company offers this? When you’re […]
This post may contain affiliate links. Check out my Disclosure Policy for more information. I am the first to admit that big goals can be scary. When you look at something all at once, it can be very intimidating. Like, paying off $201k in student loans. That was a huge goal for me and very intimidating when I first started. So, I didn’t think about that number at all. As a matter of fact, I didn’t really consider my total number until recently. I only thought about my current debt I was working on paying off. That was manageable to me. I couldn’t think about the massive goal, but I could focus on paying off chunks at a time. It made it easier and made me more motivated to start. You can do this with any big goal that you have by following these steps. 1. Create your big goal. Obviously, you need to have a goal you want to reach. I’m not talking about some small goal you have, those are important, but I’m talking big goals. Like, reaching financial independence, or creating your own business. These are big goals and will take time to reach. But, they can be done. […]