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Ashley’s Debt Replace and Dialogue

Ashley’s Debt Replace and Dialogue


My final publish stirred the pot a bit! That was not my intention, however I’m so grateful to the BAD neighborhood in your help and feedback alllll all through my a few years of being in debt.

In the present day, I wish to discuss my present debt standing and I’d like to crowd-source feedback/enter about what my plans ought to appear like transferring ahead. However let’s begin with my present money owed.

Sept 2023 Debt Replace

Debt Quantity Unique Steadiness APR Minimal Cost Sept Cost
Carmax $4521 $20,539 (10/2021) 3.45% $374 $374 (+ Additional $871 deliberate)
Mohela $26561 $96,020 (2014) 0% $0 $0 ($250 saved)


I’ve bought a hearth underneath my butt to get this paid off ASAP! October is my goal deadline and I’m nonetheless absolutely planning to do this. I’ve made this month’s regular cost and plan to place one other $871 towards the automotive this month. That can deliver the quantity owed to about $3651 (give or take a couple of bucks in curiosity). Subsequent month I have already got a automotive cost deliberate of $925. That brings the overall owed to roughly $2726. And I’ve $3,000 in a CapitalOne360 financial savings account that’s earmarked for “automotive repairs.” I plan to raid that fund to repay the remaining steadiness in full.

After raiding my “automotive restore” financial savings account, I can slowly begin to rebuild it a little bit bit every month. I wish to have some cash stashed away strictly for repairs so I don’t must shoulder it out of my regular price range if one thing huge comes up. Knock on wooden – I haven’t had any main repairs since I purchased this car in October 2021. However with my earlier car, I used to be very grateful to have the restore fund since I had a sequence of sudden repairs within the $2,000ish vary over the last couple of years I owned the car.



That brings us to my pupil mortgage debt. Right here’s the place I’ve bought to be sincere. I’ve little or no motivation to pay this factor off. Like, nearly none. I used to be accepted into the Publish Service Mortgage Forgiveness program earlier this yr. I might be eligible for mortgage forgiveness in 2026. Three years. I’m leaning towards simply using it out till then, making minimal funds (which resume subsequent month), and calling it a day.

Together with all of the curiosity I’ve paid, I’ve greater than paid again my unique pupil mortgage debt. I’ve additionally written earlier than about how I was laser-focused on paying again my pupil loans and why that has since modified. I do know I might pay the loans off earlier than they’re forgiven. It took 2 years to repay $20,000 for my automotive. I can completely pay $26,000 in 3 years to remove my pupil loans. However why? For what?

My ideas…

As an alternative, I’m extra inclined to avoid wasting cash in a high-yield account that I can use to pay the tax burden when my loans are forgiven (forgiven loans are thought-about taxable revenue, so if $26,000 is forgiven, I might want to pay what we might owe in taxes on $26,000).

However what do you suppose? What’s the “proper” transfer? I say “proper” in quotations since there isn’t a single proper or unsuitable reply. I used to really feel it was my ethical, moral obligation to pay again my pupil loans in full. At this level…..I simply don’t (learn right here why). For my part, I’ve greater than paid again my debt. After which some. However what would you do, in case you had been in my state of affairs?

I’d definitely wish to be debt-free before 2026. However I feel it could seemingly take proper about 3 years to repay that amount of cash anyway. Why scrimp and save and the whole lot simply to repay the loans by the precise time they’d be forgiven anyway? Wouldn’t that cash be higher spent in a high-yield financial savings account? Then I might take the financial savings and pay our taxes (when the loans are forgiven) and perhaps put any remaining steadiness towards our mortgage? Or heck, take a trip? Possibly try this debt-free scream in Nashville like I’ve at all times wished? 😉

I understand that is seemingly a taboo subject for a “get out of debt” weblog. At this level, I’m okay with that. If I have to step away from running a blog as a result of my focus shifts (after paying off my automotive), then I’m okay with that too. I’d love your sincere enter right here.

I welcome your ideas, opinions, private tales, and so forth.

Thanks, once more, for at all times being so supportive! The BAD neighborhood is the very best!

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