Reducto SallieMae! (Alternate Title: How Nerds Pay Off Debt)

Friday, May 9, 2014

 What, you don't try to blow up your student loans using spells from Harry Potter? Oh...I guess perhaps that isn't normal. We'll just pretend that didn't happen. On the other hand, normal is boring. Weird is awesome!

  I had an idea for a themed debt thermometer a few months ago and finally decided to put it into action. These pictures are pretty awful but you'll get the idea.

 First, take all of your debts and put them in order from largest to smallest. We used an excel spreadsheet for this. After you run out of names of Death Eaters you just head over to Google and find some more. This has been edited since the screenshot was taken. I somehow forgot Voldemort and after a bit of reading realized Ludo Bagman wasn't a Death Eater, he was just a jerk. Now Voldemort is our top loan and Fenrir Greyback has been moved to Bagmans place. 

Then you find your scrapbooking supplies and realize you're running low on paper. Your only options are green or purple. Green is a color for Slytherin so that will have to suffice. 

Choose your symbols. I decided that the Dark Mark will be used to measure how much we owe. Each Dark Mark is equal to 99 galleons, 5 sickles, and 5.5 knuts. After we submit a payment of that amount the Dark Mark is covered by the Deathly Hallows. As you can see we're currently working on Lucius Malfoy, he has a 9% interest rate. The rest have between a 3%-6% interest rate. 


When you're debt is paid just go all Avada Kadavra and finish them off. This part is pretty satisfying, I'm not going to lie about that.

So there ya go. It's now hanging on our fridge and will hopefully give us some motivation! 


  1. Lady McKermit said...:

    So exciting to think that when you are done, you can say. "MISCHIEF MANAGED" THIS ROCKS MY SOCKS!!! #Nerdhappy

  1. nerdyblogging said...:

    Love this, buddy. Keep at it! :)

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