Tomorrow is Independence Day in the United States, a time for friends and family to gather and enjoy the early summer. I’m taking a l-o-n-g weekend, and won’t return until Monday. If I’m lucky, I’ll get a chance to play in the sprinkler.

Alex in the Sprinkler

In the meantime, I thought it would be fun to devote a thread to financial success stories. People send me e-mail all the time to say how they’ve taken control of their personal finances. I love to read these tales, and I know that other people do, too. (We even have a section of the forums devoted to them.)

For example, here’s what one long-time reader wrote a few weeks ago:

I paid off a credit card today!  At times its balance had been as high as $12K, but with the severance pay from my old job, signing bonus from new job, and various other resources, I paid it off completely today.  

The next step is to move the existing balance on my other credit card (about $8K) onto the now-zeroed card at a low balance transfer rate, and then pay down that last balance. It feels really good to have this thing off my back after so long.

Do you have a financial success story to share? Big or small, it doesn’t matter. Tell us about it! You have all weekend to do so. Have a safe and happy fourth, everybody…

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