John Stout and Karlie Zdanek are hoping to turn the free USB drive into the key to paying off $ 130,000 of their aggregate student loan debt.
Over the past 11 months, a couple from Braintree, Massachusetts have embarked on a mission, seeking to exchange items until they reach their goal of paying off loans.
“One day we really want to buy a house, and we really want to go on an adventure and travel so that that $ 130,000 doesn’t get stuck over our heads,” Zdanek said.
They started with a USB stick. Stout got his first year at Northeastern University, quickly exchanging it for a chair. This was followed by exchanges for a foam roller, and then for a snowboard.
“We know that student loans are very relevant right now, why don’t we try to swap our loans? It feels like people our age really have something to do with it, ”Stout said. “We will definitely do it!”
They say that some deals are fast and others take time. They traded for a scooter, lawn mower, ATV and a commercial cappuccino machine.
“It took us three months and we finally had to sell it for $ 500 at the Providence Farmers Market and then turn around and immediately use that money to buy something on the Marketplace for a kind of relaunch,” said Stout. “We have to remind ourselves how exciting each trade is and how crazy the idea is.”
They are now preparing their 18th deal, a Canon camera kit, documenting it all on Instagram and TikTok using a pen. @ USB_2_DF…
“Given his mindset and our determination to get rid of our loans, we just knew we were going to do it,” Zdanek said.
Stout and Zdanek say they have met wonderful people and feel they are contributing to the discussion of the burden of student loan debt.
“We have to remind ourselves that this is crazy, what we are doing is challenging the economy,” Stout said. “This is a crazy project.”