Did you know that the Amish are a lot better at managing their money than the rest of us (they have Amish money secrets)?
It’s true. And I used their secrets when I had my own battle with student loans and my story got featured on AOL Finance when I managed to pay off $30,000 of student loans in just 12 months.
Awesome stuff, right?
Reading other stories about how people are saving money by refinancing student loans or finding ways to pay off student loans faster is so motivating especially to those who are feeling overwhelmed with their own student loans.
There are a lot of Millennials out there making big changes in their finances in order to pay off those pesky student loans or other forms of debt.
Here are some of my favorite stories to help keep you motivated paying off debt fast:
Debt Success Stories
In case you’re new around these parts, The Meet Millennials Series features Millennial’s personal stories with money. Growing up I was raised thinking that talking about money was considered taboo. I’m here to change that. Learning about our peers real, raw, stories can provide inspiration, purpose, and you can learn what to do, and what not to do, from somebody else’s experience.
- Student loans paid off: $33,000
Holly and her husband paid off $33000 worth of student loan debt. This wasn’t your typical we made more money and paid off the debt, it was a story of going from two incomes to solely one and still paying off a huge chunk of debt. They knew debt was going to be hanging over their heads from the school loans they had taken out so they committed to paying off each school bill as it came due. It was a big bite out of their paychecks but it was worth the hard work. This choice saved them from paying interest on 2 ½ years worth of schooling… Read more.
- Student loans paid off: $30,000
Learn how Vince was able to pay off $30,000 of Student Loans in 4 years. With nearly $30,000 in student loans to pay off, this millennial planned ahead. During a time of unemployment, he applied for over 350 jobs, interviewed at 20 companies, before I got the one he wanted, making $73k at a fortune 100 company… Read more.
- Student loans paid off: $50,000
Bakhtiyar college experience was excellent and he had a great time. It was a big slap in the face when he checked my balance shortly before he graduated and happiness was replaced with panic! He was $53,000 in debt and his highest job offer was only $45,000. What is worse, during the course of my entire education he never once learned anything about personal finance. He could tell you random facts about marketing and management and could recite something he learned in history class, but he literally didn’t know how to build a personal budget! He still managed…Read more.
- Student loans + Consumer Debt (paying off): $150,000
Learn about Ava, a consultant with over 150k in student loan debt and consumer debt but she has a plan to pay it all off by the end of this year… Learn how.
- Consumer Debt paid off: $5,000
I received a submission from Johnson Joseph recently. He told me his story about how being too nice and not knowing how to say no got him into financial debt. Also, how he made a plan of action to pay off over $5,000 of credit card debt in 9 months. How did he pay off $5000 credit card debt in 9 months? Let’s find out!
- Student loans (paying off): $60,000
KP went to college and not surprisingly he also graduated with student loan debt. A lot of student loan debt. Around 60K in student loan debt. Learn how he is planning on tackling this debt… Read more.
- Student loans + Consumer Debt (paying off): $154,000
In 2015 our unknown submission was fresh out of my MBA program and fresh in $154K of debt. Learn how she is currently coping with this mountain of debt (great post)… Read More.
Want to Read More Meet Millennial Stories?
Here are some successful submissions to the Meet Millennials Series:
- Six-Figure Salary with Six-Figure Debt
- How To Achieve Financial Freedom While Being Average
- How One Shopaholic Learned to Control Bad Spending Habits
- Meet the Australian Millennial Who Invests in Websites
- Financial Planning for Families
What I Wish I Knew Before Paying Back $30,000 in Student Loans
#1. Use NSLDS.
#2. Update your contact information.
#3. Verify uncertainty
If you’re ready to get back into learning about your student loans after those debt success stories, here are some good student loan resources to consider:
- Want to pay off your student loans and need an actual repayment plan? Here’s everything you need to know to get started.
- Looking for the top-rated student loan refinancing companies? Find out the top-rated student loan refinancing companies.
- In a position where you actually NEED more student loans? If so, do it the right way. Here’s how to find the best private student loans.
Good luck with those student loans and consumer debts.