Yeee-OUCH! I just got back from paying son’s private school tuition, and I honestly cannot remember writing a check that large before in my life. No joke, I just wrote a check for $5900. Wow.
I have not only been expecting this, but have planned for it all summer long. Next week I will probably be authorizing an online payment for my own tuition, so August is the dreaded “tuition month” for us. I’m expecting my tuition to run $2300-2500, and that will seem easy after this one.
The good news is son’s tuition is for the entire school year, and frees up almost $500 per month since last year I didn’t have enough saved to do the one payment and instead dragged it out over the year.
This year, being debt-free-but-the-mortgage gave us the opportunity to do this all at once. I thought I would feel good walking in and just writing the check, but now that it’s done all I can think is “Holy cow! That’s a lot of money!”
Five thousand nine hundred and no/100s dollars. Wow. It actually feels weird “moving up” in the world like this. Maybe it will feel better in a few hours.
Then again, a few years ago writing any four-figure check seemed huge. Now I can write out $1xxx checks without really blinking an eye (as opposed to nearly having a hairy cat fit in January of 2007 when writing the $1140 check to fix the heat). Checks for $2xxx (like MY tuition) still make me blink, but don’t quite provoke the “ouch” response like this one did.
Five thousand nine hundred and no/100 dollars. It’s there. It will clear. It will be rebuilt before the first frost. Wow. I love not having consumer debt anymore.