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NerdWallet: How this couple paid off more than $100,000 in debt

This article is reprinted by permission from NerdWallet. In this series, NerdWallet interviews people who have triumphed over debt using a combination of commitment, budgeting and smart financial choices. Responses have been edited for length and clarity.

Jamie and Jenna Griffin

How much: $100,500 in 5 years, 6 months

Jamie Griffin’s dream teaching job came at a cost: Graduating from college in 2011 with degrees in teaching and history left him burdened with $45,000 in student loan debt. Struggling to make the monthly payments, he switched from a 10-year to a 25-year repayment plan. But it wasn’t enough to stop his bank account from bleeding.

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