Two years ago this month I was applying for grad school at the same time it was becoming evident I would have to leave my full-time job. We went into super frugal mode and managed to pay off the remainder of my student loans and our van in the 8 weeks before I dropped to part-time.
I did not ever want to take out another student loan, yet in dropping to part-time I was also losing my tuition reimbursement benefit.
My husband was dubious that we could pay my tuition when I was only working 4-8 days a month. After watching me stockpile 8 years worth of razors for him and spending only $9 out of pocket, he was willing to give it a go. I love a challenge.
In the past two years we have:
- eaten a lot of lentils
- had many at-home dates
- put off expensive vacations
- packed many lunches
- borrowed books and movies from the library
- applied for (and won!) scholarships using free resources
- picked up shifts early in the morning (think 4 am to 8 am) or on the weekend to avoid childcare costs
- held a garage sale
- sold things on craigslist
- gone without a YMCA membership
- switched to a cheaper phone plan through Google Fi
Two weeks ago, we made the LAST tuition payment.
And now we do the Dance of Joy.
Can I get a Whoo Hoo?
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