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    Celebrating! Less than 10k in total debt

    ok, remember I come from years of irresponsible spending...
    So there are 12k on a 401 k and 1500 of EF, that is it.
    No house to my name, I am renting.

    oh, and I'll be 40 this year... ladies usually don't admit to that, but, what the heck, in the name of honesty.

    But, I find a reason to celebrate, this month my whole debt has gone right under 10k!!

    A visa CC Last time used was Sep 2009 with a balance of $2290.06
    A car loan for my Honda Civic 2006 with a balance of $7655.00

    So my total debt in the whole world is: $9,945.06

    I am going on a shopping spree!!!! Just kidding, this is buying me a lot of freedom and peace of mind.

    I have a whole new set of beliefs and a nicely defined yet flexible budget that allows me to stay on track. And I have the support of this wonderful community which has been pivotal to my sucess! Thank you!!!
    Last edited by Radiance; 03-22-2010, 10:45 AM.

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    Congrats!

    I don't really consider car loans the same caliber of debt (I'll probably always have one because I need a reliable car for work/commute) as credit cards and non-secured debt.

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      #3
      I don't really consider car loans the same caliber of debt (I'll probably always have one because I need a reliable car for work/commute) as credit cards and non-secured debt.
      Hi, I have been scold before for saying that

      But in reality, if I don't prepay, I will be done in 2 years with that loan when my car is 6 years old. At that point I could save to buy my next car in cash or perhaps take a small loan. I like the cars that are in the 20k range...
      Most likely I will buy civic again.

      Many here advocate for used cars, but I am not yet convinced. Since I dont need one right now I am not losing too much sleep over that
      Last edited by Radiance; 03-22-2010, 11:38 AM. Reason: included quote I was quoting ;-)

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        #4
        Congratulations!!!

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          #5
          Congrats, Radiance! That's a nice milestone to hit. You'll be debt-free before you know it.

          Originally posted by BlackDiamond View Post
          I don't really consider car loans the same caliber of debt (I'll probably always have one because I need a reliable car for work/commute) as credit cards and non-secured debt.
          I would disagree with this. If you buy a car that is well-within your means, there is no reason that you shouldn't be able to pay it off and keep it for at least several more years.

          I'm driving a 13-year-old car that I bought used 12 years ago. It was paid off ages ago. We paid cash for my wife's car in 2002 (that was also bought used) so we haven't had a car payment for over 7 years. They are both perfectly reliable.
          Steve

          * Despite the high cost of living, it remains very popular.
          * Why should I pay for my daughter's education when she already knows everything?
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            #6
            You are making excellent progress!!
            Very inspirational to the rest of us "Up to Our Eyeballs in Debt Crowd."

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              #7
              Originally posted by disneysteve View Post
              Congrats, Radiance! That's a nice milestone to hit. You'll be debt-free before you know it.



              I would disagree with this. If you buy a car that is well-within your means, there is no reason that you shouldn't be able to pay it off and keep it for at least several more years.

              I'm driving a 13-year-old car that I bought used 12 years ago. It was paid off ages ago. We paid cash for my wife's car in 2002 (that was also bought used) so we haven't had a car payment for over 7 years. They are both perfectly reliable.

              When you live in Boston, it's easier said than done. I actually don't live IN Boston, because at 50K a year, there is NO WAY for me to afford a home, or even an apartment in the city. So I live 30 minutes North. I spent an hour and a half each day, each way in traffic to get to the closest subway station. I drive a 2007 Ford Focus that I got in late 2008. Well within my means. But I don't expect that it will last much longer than my last two cars did, which was 5-6 years, even with good care.

              The alternative is driving 30 minutes every day to a train station, paying $4/day to park and $200/month to take said train. I am autistic. I can't be on public transportation for very long before I start to freak out. The $200/mo train takes over an hour. The $34/month subway takes 10 minutes to get to my work site and costs less overall. It just means I go through cars faster than average.

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                #8
                Car issue aside, congratulations! I just paid off my car and it was the best feeling in the world when my title showed up in the mail. Celebrate your progress!

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                  #9
                  I imagine there are people who have read your story here over the months and have been inspired. So you have been a part of helping others. Thank you and congratulations.
                  "There is some ontological doubt as to whether it may even be possible in principle to nail down these things in the universe we're given to study." --text msg from my kid

                  "It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." --Frederick Douglass

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                    #10
                    Congratulations you are making excellent progress!
                    My other blog is Your Organized Friend.

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                      Originally posted by BlackDiamond View Post
                      Congrats!

                      I don't really consider car loans the same caliber of debt (I'll probably always have one because I need a reliable car for work/commute) as credit cards and non-secured debt.
                      Are you suggesting that you can only have reliable cars with payments attached? The reliable car excuse for debt does not fly with me.

                      Funny, I have three reliable vehicles with no payments, and an car fund building for the replacements.

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                        #12
                        Congratulations Radiance!

                        That is something to be proud of and takes work and effort - watching dwindling debt is a wonderful thing.

                        Good job.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by maat55 View Post
                          Are you suggesting that you can only have reliable cars with payments attached? The reliable car excuse for debt does not fly with me.

                          Funny, I have three reliable vehicles with no payments, and an car fund building for the replacements.
                          Yes. From my personal experience, I have never had good luck with an older car. And I do not have the money to buy a new car with cash and likely never will.

                          Your perspective would change if you spent 3 hours in traffic every day.

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                            #14
                            It should always be possible, even with new cars
                            Let's say you buy a car in credit, that is tipiccally 5 years
                            Any decent car should last you 7 years and I am being very conservative.
                            During the extra 2 years you set aside the payment so when you need a new car, you only need a 3 year loan
                            Again, you keep the second car at leat 7 years, so your third and any other car willl be bought in cash.

                            Also you need a reliable car, I am no expert but Ford Focus don't have the best reliability recordss.
                            They are not known to last 10 years as others do.

                            Please don't be offended, just challenging you car loan beliefs

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by BlackDiamond View Post
                              Yes. From my personal experience, I have never had good luck with an older car. And I do not have the money to buy a new car with cash and likely never will.

                              Your perspective would change if you spent 3 hours in traffic every day.
                              I don't believe this is true and neither do many other people. I'm sorry if you have had bad experiences with older cars but that is not the norm. Have you heard the Toyota ad that says that 80% of all Toyotas ever sold in this country are still on the road? Lots and lots of people drive older cars without a problem. Our cars are 13 and 11 years old. In August, we will be taking our 11-year-old van on a 2,500 mile roundtrip drive to Florida, which we do every year.
                              Originally posted by Radiance View Post
                              Let's say you buy a car in credit, that is tipiccally 5 years
                              Any decent car should last you 7 years and I am being very conservative.

                              Please don't be offended, just challenging you car loan beliefs
                              If you need to finance for 5 or more years, you can't afford the car. Stick to 3 year loans, 4 tops if necessary. So let's say you buy a 2-year-old car with 25,000 miles which is about average. You take a 4-year loan. You drive more than average, maybe 20,000 miles/year. In 4 years, you own the car outright and it has about 105,000 miles. There is no reason why you couldn't keep that car for another 3 years until 165,000 miles. That's 3 years with no payments when you can bank the money in a "car fund" to use for the next purchase.
                              Steve

                              * Despite the high cost of living, it remains very popular.
                              * Why should I pay for my daughter's education when she already knows everything?
                              * There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going.

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