After 3 very long years, I am finally debt “free”. Hospital bills and credit cards have been taken care of, and I’ve learned how to steer clear of purchases I can’t pay off in one go. Though, to be honest, most of the charges were cafe and coffee orders made during my first stint in grad school. I learned the hard way, but those little $4 charges really do add up and interest will rear its head in a terrible way. What a relief to finally see a $0 balance.
I have to enjoy the feeling while it lasts… my student loans will appear in about 9 months, but that’s worthwhile debt, I suppose.