It’s been a bit since I shared our student loan balance and since there is a new provider, I’ll updated you on how things are going. There is change with payments that the new loan service provider notified me about this week. When we were with the old student loan service provider, when we made extra payments, it pushed back our due dates for the payment. The automatic debits from them actually stopped because we were 3 years ahead of the schedule.
It felt great that we were making progress, but it meant we had to schedule put going payments from our bank to get them sent. Well, that’s all about to end. Staring in May, we will be having auto debits from our joint checking again. I went ahead and updated our banking system for the new change.
Looking at the balance, we’re happy to see this student loan keep decreasing. It’s been a fun couple of months as we’ve been trying to knock down this debt.
Paying Down the Student Loan
Since January we have sent in scheduled payments of at least $330/month. As part of The Debt Movement, we added the student loan to the pile to encourage us to be more aggressive with paying this debt down.
When we started this year, our balance stood at $19,453.14. During the money we made our regular payment and we made one extra payment. The Debt Movement started in February and at the time the balance was $19,222.62. We sold the VW Jetta and used a portion of that money to pay down the student loan.
March was a good month as our balance started off with $17,471.93 and we used most of our tax refund to knock another chunk off the the loan balance. Now that April is winding down, where do we stand on the student loan? I logged into my account today and found the balance now $15,091.01. We’ve paid off $4,362.13 off since January 1st. That means we decreased our student loan balance by 25%!
What’s the plan now? We don’t expect any bonuses or bumps in income in the near future. Our progress is going to have to come from making the extra snowball payments. We’ve automated a minimum, but if we do get extra money in our budget it will go towards reducing the student loan even faster.
Thoughts on Paying Down Student Loans
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