We interrupt this series of Staff Writer auditions to bring you a brief success story from a Get Rich Slowly reader. I receive several of these a month (often several a week), and sometimes wish that I had a place to share them all. Instead, I just make the time to share a handful every year.

This morning, Jay wrote to share his own tale of dedication:

Hey JD! I am very excited to tell you that I have paid off just over $12,000 in the last 11 months (I only make about $2,000/month) and am now debt free!

Thank you for your tips on saving and making the best choices! Once the psychology of my money problems got worked out, it became easy and even FUN paying my debts off ahead of schedule!

I’ve also started contributing to my company’s pension plan (they match my contribution up to 5% of my gross pay) and even started building my emergency fund past the $500 I had set aside.

Thanks for what you do here to help so many people like me change their thinking and start making better choices!

What I usually tell these folks is: “Thanks for writing. I love hearing success stories like this. Your kind words and your inspiring story are what make writing Get Rich Slowly all worthwhile.” And it’s true.

Actually, now that I think about it, maybe it would be possible to erect a “Success Stories” page where I could collect these stories (or at least those that people gave me permission to share). Hm. I’ll have to think about that.

Anyhow, I hope that you are well on your way to meeting your financial goals. And I hope that you’re enjoying the posts from the prospective Staff Writers. I thought these auditions would make it easier for me to choose whom to bring on board, but so far that’s just not the case. I still love all seven!