Time seems to be flying by. I’ve been on an information diet for the last two weeks and feel a lot better. Really. If any world shaking event happens, I’ll hear about it from other people. Apart from that, I’m avoiding the news media for now.
Student Loan Conqueror!
Shout out to Liz @ Less Debt More Wine for featuring my story as a part of her Student Loan Conqueror series. It was fun to participate. If you have student loan debt, I’d encourage you to check out the other profiles and take advantage of the advice they’ve shared, as I have.
Here is a bit from my profile.
What is one piece of advice you would give to others paying down student loans?
Don’t get comfortable with your student loan debt. Pay off ALL debt as quickly as possible. Having debt puts a leash on us. It takes choice away from us. Debt makes us feel trapped in jobs and/or relationships. Get rid of the debt and you will have more options in life.
For me, the difference between a poor life and a good life is how many options I have. Each option we keep on our table is another degree of freedom. I want the freedom to leave a job if it becomes toxic, or to not have a job at all if retiring early is a goal. Debt is not normal. Ditch it!
I don’t know if I’d call myself a conqueror of anything with $70k+ of debt still hanging over my head, but this series is about the battle as much as the victory.
When I refinanced my student loans over a year ago, my variable interest rate started at 3.42%. Today, it stands at 4.02%. It’s nowhere near the over 6% I was tackling before I refinanced, but I can see the rising tide, even if I can’t feel it. My monthly payments are large enough that I don’t notice the extra $$ here and there that are being added to my total payoff.
I looked into getting a fixed rate instead of continuing with the variable. The loan company quoted me a fixed rate of nearly 5%. Ummm, no. I’ll take my chances with my variable for now. I may look into other companies, but I’m not eager to leave my current loan servicer, as I have had 0 problems with them so far. Going to another servicer that might have a terrible payment system/website and ‘lose’ paperwork, just isn’t worth the trouble.
Hopefully, by this time next year, I’ll have my balance low enough that I can absorb rising rates without too much of a pinch. But in any event, I’ll keep my eyes open.
In the mean time, I only have one thing to say to interest rates…