As you may already know, I’ve been debt free since 2008. Honestly, it’s one of the best feelings in the world. After I mailed in that last payment to Sallie Mae, I didn’t want to borrow money ever again.
I despise debt so much that I don’t even want to take out a mortgage for a home purchase.
But lately, I’ve been thinking about instances in which I would borrow money if I didn’t have the resources to pay cash.
If my car broke down, I’d take the bus.
If I ran out of food, I’d apply for food stamps.
If I couldn’t afford internet service, I’d hand write blog posts and publish them at the library.
Besides horrendous events that’d demand a large sum of cash to save my life or a loved one’s life, I can’t think of any circumstances in which I’d go back into debt.
Well, there is one.
If, by a stroke of bad luck, one or both of my top, two front teeth were to go missing, chip, or die, I’m hightailing my long legs to the nearest dentist for some high end cosmetic work.
No comparison shopping. No haggling. No couponing. And I only want the best.
I’d get my tooth fixed without even blinking. Interest rate and debt freeness be damned.
Judge me if you will, but I’ll be daggum if y’all have me walking around here looking like a meth head. ‘Taint happenin’.
Do you know how mentally devastating it is for a young woman to be missing a tooth?
Maybe I could suffer through a bottom tooth that was missing or just messed up. But one of my top two?
What if I wanted to eat an apple? Or a large ginger snap? Am I to chomp down on it with the side of my mouth like a caveman? Never!
Although I, generally, don’t care what other people think of me, I wouldn’t want to be known as “That tall girl with the missing tooth.” Oh, the horror!
I know this blog post seems totally random, but I felt like I had to talk about this after my cousin’s fiancé split his tooth, a friend posted on Facebook that she dreamed an entire mouth full of her teeth fell out, and a jilted dentist pulled out all of her ex-boyfriend’s teeth. (All of which are both horrific and hilarious. Ha! )
If you are/were debt free, what events would make you go back into debt?