Pay off a mortgage
"My grandpa constantly told my dad, 'Never go into debt for anything—except a house.' My dad followed that advice, then he took it one step further. My parents paid off their house,
saved aggressively, sold that house and moved us into a rundown trailer for seven months while we built a home in the country
debt-free! After eight years of hard work and saving, my husband and I paid cash for our house in 2010.
—Crystal Paine, moneysavingmom.com