Are you ready to pay off some serious debt in 2019? To say “goodbye” to the car payment, Sallie Mae and credit cards? If you said yes, the Debt Freedom Date Calculator found HERE on our website can really help you. This tool combined with the Debt Snowball Technique is how I became debt free and you can too!
Step One: Identify All Debts Owed (Lender, Amount Owed, Monthly Payment)
Make sure you list out all of the debts that you owe and how much each one is. You can check your credit report just to double check that you have no outstanding debts that you may have forgotten about.
Step Two: Sort Debts By Amount Owed (Smallest to Largest)
List your debts out by sorting the debts from smallest to largest by the amount owed. Make sure you have sorted by the amount owed and not the payment amount.
Step Three: Pay Minimum Payments on All Debts, Except The Smallest Debt
Make the minimum payment on all of the debts except the smallest one. It can be very tempting to start to attack your credit card bills or car payment but if that is not the smallest amount you owe, make minimum payments for now.
Step Four: Apply Any Extra Money to Smallest Debt
If you have leftover money in your budget, apply that to the smallest debt that you owe. The quicker you can see a victory, the more effective this technique will be!
Step Five: When Smallest Debt is Eliminated, Add Its Monthly Payment to Next Smallest Debt
Once you have paid off the smallest debt, take the payment you were allocating towards it, and apply it to your next smallest debt. That way, as you pay off more and more debts, you’re creating a debt snowball!
If you would like more information on this topic, check out this quick YouTube video HERE where I explain the technique and give visual examples.
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