My friend @meggielouwho14 shared this story, and it resonated so much with me. I had this same experience earlier this year with our final payment on Drew’s braces, and I’m planning to pay Mary’s off next month. What bill would you love to pay off by the end of the year? — From Megan: Last week was payday. Whoop! I have been thinking that I would really love to use my own funds to pay off my car. While this is basically symbolic since all of our money goes in the same pot, I couldn't stop thinking about how freeing and exhilarating it would be if I could just make enough that I could pay it off myself.
— I asked my husband how much we still owed on the car, and would he mind me paying it off. He estimated what we owed and my check was a couple hundred short, but he said we were fine for me to go ahead and just pay it off. Exciting stuff! I was going to get to contribute in a pretty significant way, to something financial in my family. Being a SAHM for 6 1/2 years now, that didn't happen for a very long time.
— I went to the bank, walked in, told the guy I wanted to pay my car off, and asked for the amount. He told me congratulations, looked it up for me and gave me the payoff. I stared at him a minute. I said, "I think that's wrong, will you double check that? It should be a little more." He looked again, and said, no, that's all you owe. I started to shake and tear up, and he started to panic that something was wrong. I told him everything was fine. ☀️ My payoff was precisely one dollar to the penny less than my 2 year R+F anniversary paycheck. I had exactly enough, plus one dollar left over, to pay my car off all by my little stay at home mom self. ☀️ Wow did that feel amazing. I knew that wasn't a random coincidence. — I have always wanted to be a stay at home mom. And I still do. I do not want to have to answer to someone or work on a timeline that doesn’t benefit my husband or my kids or myself. But being able to contribute financially, to challenge myself, to have exciting business things to discuss with my husband at night... THAT I missed. And THAT I have again. And it is so, so nice. #findyourwhy #doitforyou #doitforthem #payoffbills #payoffdebt