My husband, Dan, and I started out our married life the way so many young people do…in debt! We had both graduated with bachelors’ degrees and both had great jobs lined up after graduation. The large student loan debts that got us to those great jobs seemed like a “normal” part of young adult life. And so, we made plans to carry around this baggage for years and just pay it off as we went along. It was what so many others just like us were doing and seemed like a very mature way to handle things.