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Life After Debt

Life After Debt

Imagine your life without any debt at all… No credit cards, no car payments, no student loans, no furniture payments, and even (gasp!) NO house payment! What could you do with all that money that you’re currently sending out in payments every month? Think of how much you could save, give and spend! You could pay cash for vacations, cars, and all kinds of fun things! …So, did you get a brain cramp attempting to imagine that? Many people do!

 

Debt is the norm here in America. (Just look at our National Debt level! No, never mind… that will make all of us depressed.) Most people think that in order to have a financial life, you should have a credit card (or ten), and at least a car payment. You’ve got to build your credit, right? Let’s think about this. Why do you need a good credit rating? You need it to borrow money. But what if you don’t borrow money? What if you just pay cash? Then there would never be a need to check your credit. The norm here in America is broke, and that is because we are being crushed under a mountain of personal debt. 

 

So, you’re in debt, and you want to get out. But it looks hopeless… Where do you start? The first thing you need to do is STOP borrowing money! Just as you can’t dig your way out of a hole, you can’t borrow your way out of debt. You need to stop borrowing and start getting serious about paying down your debt.

The best way to systemically “attack” your debt is to use the Debt Snowball. You list your debts from smallest to largest. You make minimum payments on everything except the smallest debt. Attack the smallest debt with all the extra money you can find! Have a yard sale, work some overtime, sell something on E-bay. Once you cross that one off the list, take the money you used to pay on the smallest debt and add it to your minimum payment on the next smallest debt. Keep doing that until everything is paid off except the house.

 

Many people ask why you don’t pay the one off with the highest interest rate. Wouldn’t that be the logical thing to do? Yes, but this isn’t about math and logic. If it were, we wouldn’t have so much debt in the first place! This is about behavior and emotion. If we attack the little one first, we can “kill” it in a month or two and have a quick victory. This pumps us up and keeps the momentum going to attack the next one.

 

It takes most people about a year or two of concerted effort to get their debts paid in full. Is it easy? NO! Is it worth it? YES! Just ask any of my coaching clients who have reached this milestone and are able to shout from the rooftops, “We’re DEBT FREE!” You can get there too, if you decide to start the journey.  Will this year be the year? There truly is “life after debt”!

Spread the Word!
Christine Luken
 

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becca - January 3, 2015

Awesome you are out of debt. We are working towards that in 2015 for sure.

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Debbie L. - January 4, 2015

We are debt free and have been for years. Being debt free has given us the opportunity to live our dream life – Retire early and enjoy life.

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Debbie - January 4, 2015

I am happy to say we have NO credit card bills and we have our place paid off. It is fabulous.

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Cyndie - January 4, 2015

I, too, am debt free and plan on staying that way!

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Jessica Beal Harlow - January 4, 2015

While we aren’t completely debt free..we just bought a new house last March, we don’t have a whole lot of debt. We have worked hard at paying things off and finding other options than to just sign up for new debts! It is a great feeling to have it cleaned up nice and tight!

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Lois Alter Mark - January 4, 2015

It’s amazing that debt is the norm in our country. That’s kind of horrifying. Being debt-free is so important.

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Janeane Davis - January 5, 2015

Often people are so burdened by debt they cannot conceive of a debt free life. It is possible to live without being burdened by debt.

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