We all know our daily coffee habit can perk us up on the dreariest of days, but have you ever stopped to think about what your coffee is costing you? You might think it’s just a simple cup of java to help you hit the ground running, but it could be one of many factors to slow down your path to retirement.
Note: This post was written in November of 2015. It’s an important part of our story, so we’re including it here although some circumstances have changed.
Today, I owe nothing on my student loans–hallelujah! Thirteen and a half years since college graduation, four years since completing my masters, and 35 grand gone.
It was a bit of a thrill as I logged onto my loan account this morning to see…paid in full. Balance zero. Oh, how beautiful!
Four short weeks from today, I will go to work for the last time. Holy cow! It’s crazy to see those words in writing. I’ll walk out of that building and leave the school district where I’ve worked for the past fourteen years. As we’ve been telling people about my recent decision to stay home with the boys after this school year, a common reaction has been, “How did you get so lucky?”
Who’s got some regrets? Who would change some of their past choices if they only could go back in time? Show of hands? No? Only me? Well, then, let’s talk about some of my own bad decisions.
A few months ago we got serious about slaying our remaining debts. We had already discovered ways to decrease spending, from razor blades, dropping dish/cable, shopping at Aldi, changing cell plans, and car insurance. While that’s all great and good, one also must slay the debt dragon if you want to get out from under the shadow of Lonely Mountain*.
We weren’t born to just pay bills and die.
You’ve probably seen this quote floating around the Internet. It’s totally apropos for what we here at Changing Our Default are doing. FIRE (Financial Independence and Retiring Early) is now a primary goal for us.
“We were meant to live for so much more…have we lost ourselves?” – Switchfoot