Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A Short...But Very Sweet...Post



Our little blue jar is empty.

We made the final payment on the van yesterday afternoon,
13 months ahead of schedule.
 
We are now officially debt-free except for our mortgage!

19 comments:

Cathy said...

What an absolutely wonderful feeling that must be. Congratulations!!!!!

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

That is so cool! Dave Ramsey would be proud of you.

The Cookbook Junkie said...

Yay!

Kimberly said...

That is awesome! Congratulations!!

Sheila said...

Congratulations!!! Isn't that one of the best feelings ever?

Annie Jones said...

Thanks everyone! This was a really important goal for us. Last winter when Shane was laid off, it was the van payment that was making us nervous. If a layoff should happen again this year, we'll be able to get by on just his unemployment. With the van paid off and all the food we've been preserving, we should do just fine this winter.

Besides, it's just nice to not have that loan anymore.

Next on our list is fattening up our emergency fund with what used to be our van payment. :)

Miranda said...

WOOOOOHOOOOOOO!!! Great job!!!

Donna said...

Annie, I'm so impressed!!! We are working our way back to debt free. We were debt free for 20 years of our marriage and only just bought our first home 3 years ago. I share a lot about frugal living on my blog, Comin' Home. I'm so glad you dropped by and signed up to follow. I do hope you enjoy my posts. I'm looking forward to visiting you too. Keep up the good work!

SonyaAnn said...

I'm so impressed by you! You did great, you are one of the best frugal bloggers on the block!

Budgeting in the Fun Stuff said...

Congratulations! As someone who just recently did the same thing, I know how good it feels! Whoo-hoo!

McVal said...

Wow! Congratulations!!!!
I am so far from that spot in my life that it's not even funny...

slugmama said...

I am proud of you and Shane, more than words can convey.
You are a good example of what can happen when you don't base your happiness on money but when it comes to the money, you do the right things with it.

Isn't it a thrill to know that you are that much less vulnerable to the whims of the economy?
Job well done....
High fives all around! ;-)

A.Marie said...

GOOD FOR YOU ANNIE JONES!!! That is TERRIFIC!!!! Isn't it nice not to have a vehicle payment???

Enjoy your "moment in the sun;" You totally deserve it, my frugal blog pally!! :)

Lisa B. said...

WoooWHooo! Congrats Annie. Keep your fingers crossed for me, I'm hoping to do the same in the next 6 weeks. Since I've been unemployed, the car payment has been the hardest to make.

Annie Jones said...

Thanks again to everyone. :)

Lisa B: It's hardest to make right now, but once you pay it off, it will make things so much easier!

McVal: I remember those days and thinking we'd never get where we are now, but somehow we did.

Sluggy: So, tomorrow we're going new car shopping! (Ok, get up off the floor, I'm just kidding...)

Seriously, part of our happiness IS tied to money...not the spending of it, but in knowing that we're in a better position and will have enough if there's another layoff. While we aren't exactly wishing for a layoff, if one should happen, or if Shane misses a lot of work because of snow and ice this winter, we plan on relaxing and enjoying his time off. :)

Frances said...

Congratulations to you both! What a wonderful accomplishment and what an inspiration! I think I will set a goal to get our CRV paid off early. I think we have 3 more years on it....I will have to check...but I think we may try to half that time.

I am really proud of you!

slugmama said...

"Sluggy: So, tomorrow we're going new car shopping! (Ok, get up off the floor, I'm just kidding...)"

LOL...you are just evil sometimes...but that's why I love you! 8-))

Tipper said...

Whoo hoo-now that is reason to celebrate!!

Tug said...

This? MADE of awesomesauce! So totally cool, & just think. You won't stress into gray hairs this winter, so you're saving on hair dye, too - DOUBLE yayness! ;-)