Over the entirety of this blog, I have continued to preach the importance of buying used cars, driving these cars until their wheels fall off and always buy cars in cash. What would push me to think about getting rid of my old car? It's simply one number:
Many years ago, I got myself into a large amount of consumer debt and had to climb myself out. I was sloppy with my money and lived outside of my means. I'd been down that road of overspending and I used my credit card to dig that hole. From using my college ID to charge snacks in college to maxing out my credit cards a few years later, I was not the right person at that time to have a credit card.
Since March, I have been taking time to focus on articles about student loan forgiveness. From an article about how I used Student Loan Forgiveness to pay off $22,500 of student loans to articles detailing the steps needed to successfully have your student loans forgiven. In all of these articles, I focused on the facts of the topic, but I never gave my opinion of utilizing student loan forgiveness. Student loan forgiveness is great in theory, but is it worth it?
Two summers ago, my wife and I were jumping into home ownership for the first time. We hit the ground running and started to tackle our mortgage. We have always had a goal of paying off the mortgage early and used this mindset to make extra payments on our mortgage.
Last year, we were on fire and paid off a lot of our mortgage. I am going to recap where we stood last August, then we will move into the year 2 mortgage update. By August of 2016, we had made 12 mortgage payments, plus multiple extra principal payments.
There is a rather new employer benefit that I am glad is gaining traction in today’s workplace. The benefit is employer-sponsored student loan debt repayment. Most often, this comes in the form of employer matching programs that help employees to pay off student loan debt by matching their payments up to a capped monthly and yearly amount.