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Emergency Fund: Only You Can Bail Yourself Out

Emergency Fund: Only You Can Bail Yourself Out

Emergency funds are a necessity. There’s no negotiation on this one. The personal finance community knows this, and I hope everyone knows this. Having even just $1,000 on hand can save you from years of debt. I’ve had an emergency fund without any idea of when I should use it. That cash cushion was always meant for some vague future where I’d be out of a job, injured, or otherwise thrown for a loop. It’s never been money that I intend to spend. There’s no guarantee that I will ever use it, but I still want to have it just in case. The thought of needing to spend it genuinely stresses me out.

Until I had to.

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Why I’m Paying Off My Student Loans Today

Why I’m Paying Off My Student Loans Today

When I moved to Washington, D.C. with nothing but two suitcases, I brought with me almost $20,000 in student loan debt. I knew I had taken out student loans during college, but like so many bright-eyed, bushy-tailed graduates I had no plan for how to pay them.

For starters, I wanted them paid off early – by 2018. I absolutely did not want these loans hanging over my head for a decade. Five years would be plenty of time to make steady monthly payments while also building up other financial priorities. So I plugged my timeline into Mint and devoted any extra funds I could toward paying down my debt.

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