Thursday, May 15, 2008

Paid in full

Today I mailed off my final student loan payment to the U.S. Department of Education. A full six months early, I might add. Yes, 10 years after I graduated from Mizzou, but still, six months early. Yet another example of my financial wizardry.

I made each and every payment, but really, who am I kidding? My parents did all the work. They may not have paid off my college loans outright, but they made it possible. Even though financial aid was as new to my parents as it was to me, they did their research and covered outside expenses so I didn't have to fret about books, housing and course payments during college. Statements like "you will get academic scholarships," "you will graduate in four years" and "you know what you should do with that extra money?" certainly kept me on track. Thank heavens for them. Oh, and for the fat checks they would stuff in our Christmas stockings when Dad received a particularly good bonus. Leave it to them to share the love.

Speaking of love, I also need to thank Chip, who, even after a year or so of marriage, still covers all of our household expenses except groceries and the ADT bill. (I know, sweet deal, right?) This, as well as his hate of anything with an outstanding balance, certainly helped me pay this off early.

Anyway, it's nice to have this off the list. What a good feeling.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to research cars and other large purchases that require loans. It's time to celebrate.

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