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Answering before having read the thread, so this may be a repeat (or not).....

I do not have a 401k, as I am working freelance.

My only debt are 3 student loans, all at fixed interest rates:

Loan 1: $7600 @ 4.875%
Loan 2: $5900 @ 6.8%
Loan 3: $3700 @ 5.00%

I would like to contribute an additional $200 (or so) monthly

You have an emergency fund, which is very good.

After that, I'd start paying down the loans. Starting with the highest rate first.

My reasoning is two-fold. One, no debt is good, IMHO. Eventually, debt limits your options in your career and life. Two, paying off debt is a "guranteed" return. Investing, even in a sure thing, is not. Look at your highest loan rate, its pretty much at the historical average return of the S&P500. If someone offered you that as a guranteed return for the next 5 years you'd probably take it.

Pay off debt then worry about investing.

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