Debt Freedom March

Our Top-Viewed Monday Money Tip: Paying Off Debt

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It is how I eliminated my debt, and it can work for you too!

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Debt Free WOO-HOO! Call

When we travel the nation to teach the Financial Learning Experience, we encourage people to call us when they achieve debt freedom.  We’re getting these calls more and more, and I just wanted to share one of those calls with you.

Listen to the call HERE  (takes only 4 seconds!)

It’s that simple – and it feels really cool to YELL once you’re debt-free!

When YOU achieve debt freedom, will you call us?  Just yell – no names or anything.  We’ll celebrate knowing another person has achieved such a monumental moment!

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10 Reasons I Love Debt Freedom

10 Reasons I Love Debt Freedom

  1. I remember what it was like to be in debt
  2. I do not mail all of my money off to a bank every month
  3. Able to give more money away
  4. Able to save more money
  5. Able to spend more money
  6. Equipped to absorb "life happens" events – like surgery, unexpected Baby Sangl miracle, appliance failure, and car breakdowns
  7. Able to focus on the long-term with our decision-making
  8. Less STRESS!
  9. We earn money with our money instead of paying others for money we have borrowed
  10. Having to pay cash forces us to wait – which forces us to demand a deal for all of our purchases

Would you add any reasons?

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Debt Freedom March – Couple #2 – Month 12

Introduction

This couple is THROUGH with debt!  They announced that they were breaking up with debt in October 2007.  They have agreed to share their Debt Freedom March with everyone in the hopes of inspiring others to do the same!

Here is this month's update.

Since the last update in September, another $8,600 has bit the dust!
 
Overall, we really have control over our budget.  Still doing a GREAT job with the cash envelopes and we DO NOT live pay check to pay check at all!!  🙂  Actually, neither one of us know it is pay day until the deposit slip comes in the mail.  It is a wonderful feeling.

Here is their updated Debt Freedom Date calculation …

 

 Month By Month Progress …

Sangl Says

Couple #2 have torched over $33,000 in debt in less than two years!  They are ON IT!  They have backed off on the debt pay-off plan for a little while because they are replenishing their emergency fund and their new baby fund!  Exciting times for Couple #2!

Readers …
Couple #2 is on a roll.  You can do the exact same thing!  Pull up the Debt Freedom Date Calculator (Excel) and put together your own Debt Freedom Date!
 
If not now, when?
 
My wife and I became debt-free (except for the house) in just fourteen months, and I share exactly how we did it in I Was Broke. Now I'm Not.
 

You Can Not Borrow Your Way Out Of Debt

I have seen so many people attempt to borrow their way out of debt.  I have personally tried to borrow my way out of debt.  The problem is that it does not work!

Here are some ways I see people try to borrow their way out of debt:

  • Debt Consolidation Loan  Roll all of the credit cards into a single loan.
  • Home Equity Loan  Roll all of the credit cards and car payments into a single loan using home equity.
  • Loan From The Parents  Roll all of the debt into a single loan from Mom and Dad.

I have never seen it work because these "solutions" only address symptoms!  You must address the root cause of what created the debt in the first place.

Iit is necessary to change spending behavior and money management behavior. 

I have seen a lot of people use the crutch of "it is medical bills" and expect to receive a free pass on the debt.  That is so frustrating because in nearly all cases, the reason the medical bills exist is because the individual or family opted out of carrying health insurance.

I have seen a lot of people use the crutch of "I lost my job" and expect a response of "Oh, that makes your debt OK."  BUT it would have never happened if they would have made an emergency fund of three to six months of expenses their top priority instead of a house, cars, furniture, and numerous other "gotta-have-it" purchases.

You simply can not borrow your way out of debt.  It requires a written plan and a ton of focus.  You can start your journey by reading THIS SERIES and preparing your own written spending plan using the FREE TOOLS

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