Debt scares the heebie-jeebies out of me.
If I could go my entire life without ever having to use credit of any kind, I would. I have so far, in so much as I haven't bought anything myself with credit. However I grew up in homes paid for on my parents' credit, now live in a mortgage-financed home and pay rent to the homeowner who is my housemate and Significant Other--but spouse he is not, so his debt is not my debt. (Now that I work in the green building energy efficiency world, I can help him make some improvements that raise the value of the home!)
I have recently come face to face with the prospect of debt of my own, as I've been fermenting and slowly bringing to life my ridiculously ambitious graduate school dream. Unfortunately not a graduate school discipline that offers much by the way of research or teaching assistantships, and watching my friends finance cars after getting accepted into physics graduate school, those disciplines seem safe and secure if not lucrative. But not the dream, I'm discovering. This dream is ambitious not necessarily because I am trying to be accepted into an ivy league school, although I may indeed find that was over-ambitious, but because being accepted and actually going would mean going along with ivy league prices.
The only way to cover a fraction of that--because I have considerably savings, but it's still not enough--is with mortgage-comparable debt. Is my dream education worth that to me?