As most of you know, I’m climbing my way out of $81,000 in student loan debt. I’m nearing my way towards the end of my debt journey and when all is said and done, I’ll have paid closer to $100,000 due to the additional interest.

That number still makes me sick, but it’s a triumph to overcome such a large debt load on a minimal to average salary. It’s been a hard journey and not a particularly short one either.

I’ve been serious about paying off my student loans since I first started this blog in January 2013. At that time, I had $57k left.

But the six years prior, I made the mistake of paying the minimum toward my student loans when I could’ve afforded more. I also was convinced that student loans were the “good debt” so I didn’t care about paying them off that much.

My mindset has changed — I now know that the only way to overcome debt is to pay (way) more than the minimum and stop justifying it as good or bad.

One thing I wished I had more of along the way is education. I feel like there is so much misinformation out there, or just plain confusing information that it’s hard to get what you need to help you get out of student loan debt.

Luckily, I have some good news! Liberty Bank for Savings, based out of Chicago, is sponsoring a free webinar, Wipe Out Student Loan Debt to help borrowers eliminate or reduce student loan debt.

The webinar is completely free and will feature Laura La Belle, a certified financial planner and money coach. You can access the webinar via your laptop or smartphone at

When: Wednesday, Oct.14 at 7pm CST

Where: From your home computer or smartphone

Registration required:

Cost: Free!

Laura will cover the steps you need to take to get out of student loan debt and also present various repayment options. This is an important webinar for so many people looking for tangible steps to eliminate their debt.

The webinar is one hour long, which includes time for questions and answers. So if you have a burning question about how to pay off student loan debt, you’ll be able to get the answers you need, for free. Topics on the webinar include:

Liberty Bank for Savings — currently celebrating its 117th anniversary — is offering this free webinar as a community service to help indebted student loan borrowers.

To register online or learn about more webinars visit

This blog post is in partnership with Liberty Bank for Savings. All opinions are my own.


Melanie is a freelance writer currently living in Portland, Oregon. She is passionate about education, financial literacy, and empowering people to take control of their finances. She writes about breaking up with debt, freelancing, and side hustle adventures at

Currently she puts more than 50% of her income towards debt, while living a frugal, fun life. In addition to her love of personal finance, art and music, she is also a karaoke master. Follow the adventure @DearDebtBlog.

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20 responses to “Break Up with Student Loan Debt + Free Webinar”

  1. Continued success killing you debt Melanie! Always great to spread the financial literacy message.
    Brian @DebtDiscipline recently posted…Net Worth Update: September 2015My Profile

  2. I’m soooo excited that you are almost home free. I am living vicariously through you!! 🙂
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  3. That sounds awesome Melanie! I’m sure a lot of people could benefit from that. 100k interest….ouch!
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  4. You’re almost there! And helping lots of others get free, too. Congrats!
    Kalie @ Pretend to Be Poor recently posted…What Seeing Real Poverty Showed Me About Pretending to Be PoorMy Profile

  5. Your journey is an inspiration to me and so many others. I can’t wait to celebrate your big win with you that will be here before you know it!
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  6. Jessica says:

    Awesome progress, Melanie! It’s so important to know about options that are available for student loan repayment. It’s so tempting to always pay the minimum and ignore the debt. I know for the first year of my repayment, my payments on some loans didn’t even cover the interest so I was making no progress whatsoever and actually continuing to rack up more debt thanks to the interest.
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  7. Oh my gosh. I thought you were closer to a year away from full debt repayment. This is exciting, Melanie!
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  8. Way to go, Melanie! You’re so close on paying off your debt. And the webinar sounds amazing. Keep up the amazing work!

  9. Andrew says:

    Amazing dedication you have here. We paid off our 96,500 in student loans and CC debt pretty fast, but we also had good income to help it along. The sad part is the euphoria of paying it off fades fast, and we ended up concentrating on our mortgage and our early retirement accounts :-). There will always be a $ goal to focus on I guess.

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  10. Yeah its a travesty our government is preying on young college students with those sickening interest charges. Reform is definitely needed. Besides that its great your almost done, and this seems like a cool webinar. Good luck.
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