Day 1: I want to live like no one else

I have a dream. I want to be weird. I don’t want to be normal. I want to live like no one else, so later we can live like no one else. I want to be…. free of a mortgage. That’s right. I want to pay off our mortgage in 2011.

I am 34 1/2 years old and it drives me crazy that I have to pay the bank each month for our mortgage. I think of all the things that we could do with that money. I want FREEDOM!!!!! Because we still have a mortgage I have to work. I would much rather stay home and take care of my 6 month old, but that is not a reality in our home. At least not yet.

Over the next 365 days I plan to log the successes and challenges of what it takes to reach this goal. I have been training for this, like individuals who train for a marathon. I have been debt-free, except for the mortgage for 6 or 7 years. I haven’t used a credit card since the fall of 2004. I recently started extreme couponing (more on that later). I have a husband who is on board with the plan. So I think we are ready. Let the marathon begin.