Last December, I reported that my grandmother had passed away. She was 95 and lived a great life.
I miss her dearly.
She was kind enough to have left me an inheritance. She and my grandfather (who passed away in the mid-1990’s) lived modestly, but were able to save a little bit.
My grandmother had told me of the fact that I was to receive some money at a couple of different points over the past few years. Even so, I never ‘counted on’ this money, because I knew that expenses she might have for medical or housing issues might necessitate dipping into her savings. If that would have happened, I would have been perfectly OK with that because her happiness and comfort was more important to me than any amount of money could have provided.
Things played out, though, where I did receive some money after her passing. I’m holding onto some, and not including it our net worth, because I haven’t decided what to do with it. I have often heard that the best thing to when coming into money is…..nothing.
We did make a decision to take some of it and apply it towards paying down the student loan balances that exist as debt. Our goal is to pay these off by the end of 2012, so we applied a portion of the monies towards that.
I sent off the payment this morning!
I know that my grandmother would approve of this choice. She and my grandfather were among the first people to instill in me, at an early age, the belief that carrying little or no debt was the best way to go. From as long as I remember, my grandparents owned what was theirs.
The payment we made will take out a big chunk, around 40%, of the first of two student loans. In addition to applying 25% of our expected tax refunds when those come in, we should be on track to be near a zero balance by the end of 2010. Once that’s paid off, we’ll ‘debt snowball‘ the amount we’re paying on the first loan into the second loan payment.
I would much rather have my grandmother back, but I’m thankful that I do have thirty five years worth of memories of her, and a lot of good values and things that provided me happiness. Paying down our debts will make us very happy, so even though she’s not here in spirit, part of her is along the journey with us now, and I’m very happy to have her on our side!
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