When I type out numbers like that it's a big motivation to get back to basics and pore over my Mint account. But that will come in the weeks ahead.
Since I've gotten down to one student loan, early payoff has been niggling in my brain. When I think of logging into my ING account I imagine scrounging up another few hundred dollars and sending in another payment. When I'm looking at my Google calendar, I'm checking when my next payday is. On my recent vacation to visit my mom, she dug up a stack of Series EE federal government savings bonds, which apparently I've had my whole life, and which (of course!) I'll be using to accelerate my prepayment. I think about them a lot.
Occasionally I'll think about my emergency fund, or lack thereof. I think almost everyone is doing the right thing when they save 3-6 months of living expenses in case of emergency. But I also think that in my case, an emergency fund of approximately zero is the best course of action. Being a two-income household, where we could scrape by on one of our salaries if we absolutely had to, is pretty luxurious. And I may be brash being a relative kid and all, but I'm not so set in my ways that I couldn't find work — any work — if I had to in a hurry. Not to mention that "safety" is overrated anyway.
There's one more ace I have up my sleeve. (On that note, I have found that the more I live by Mustachian principles, the more aces I find hiding up there.) Remember that whole thing about advancing your student loan due date a few months back? The short of it is that when you made a pre-payment, you could choose whether to keep your next due date the same (which would shorten the time period of the loan), or push it out a number of months proportional to the size of the pre-payment (which would buy you time in case you needed it).
Well, as best I can tell that's not an option anymore. I made three payments last month and I wasn't prompted to "advance my due date" once: it advanced the due date for me. That's all well and good. It's not going to make much difference for me.
Check out where it leaves me:
|No payment due until next year|
|No payment due for two years|
|No payment due for three years|
I like it better than six months of expenses in a savings account, personally.