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Monday Money Tip: How To Pay Off Student Loans Faster

In today’s tip, I share how you could eliminate your student loans even faster! While you may believe you will still be paying on your loans in your 40s – or even later, it doesn’t have to be the case. I was able to eliminate all of my student loan debt in my 20s by using these techniques!

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How To Recover From A Financial Mistake (Purchasing Car That Is Too Expensive)

This post is part of the “How To Recover From A Financial Mistake” series here at JosephSangl.com. Click HERE to read the entire series of posts.

Financial Mistake: Purchasing Car That Is Too Expensive

Raise your hand if you’ve ever made this mistake. I remember graduating college and running down to the car lot to purchase a new vehicle. My twin brother and I had been sharing two cars: a 1981 Datsun B-210 and a 1986 Pontiac Firebird. They weren’t in very good condition after enduring years of abuse from us.

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I went to the new car lot and purchased a brand new 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier. I even bought one to reflect my allegiance to the mighty Purdue Boilermakers. It was painted black with a metallic fleck in it, and I had a gold pinstripe added to it to reflect the Purdue Black & Gold colors.

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It was a financial mistake. With student loans, credit card debt, engagement and wedding ring debt, and an approaching wedding and honeymoon to help pay for, it turned out only to compound my financial woes.

So, how does one recover from this financial mistake? Consider employing one of the following methods.

  1. “Sell it” Method  Sell the car, absorb the financial loss, and purchase a used car.
  2. “Attack the debt” Method Adjust budget so you can swiftly pay off the car and then drive it for at least four more years after completing pay-off.

“Sell it” Method  This approach requires one to sell the vehicle immediately. For example, suppose a person recently purchased a new car for $25,000 with payments of $564/month for 48 months. They are experiencing great financial distress due to this purchase, but they owe more on the car than it is worth (also known as being “upside down” in a car). They have paid the debt down to $24,000, but the car is only worth $19,000. Here is how they can sell the car – even with this negative equity:

  1. Determine the true value of the vehicle. This is an important step. The owner of the vehicle will invariably over-value their car and potential buyers will naturally under-value it as they seek a good deal. Kelley Blue Book is a terrific resource for understanding the true market value of your vehicle.
  2. Find $7,000 to bridge the “negative equity gap” This could be a combination of a 401(k) loan, tax refund, selling some stuff, or working an extra job. This is a challenging step for many people, but it is definitely achievable!
  3. Find a buyer who will pay the true value of $19,000 for the car  You will be able to put the $19,000 from the purchaser with $5,000 of the $7,000 you’ve gathered in Step #2 so the lender can be paid in full. This provides a clear title to the purchaser and eliminates your car note.
  4. Purchase an “I’m fixing my financial situation” car with the remaining $2,000  Now, it is imminently clear that a $2,000 car is nowhere near as nice as a $25,000 vehicle, but it is amazing on a budget.
  5. Save the monthly payment for the next two years and upgrade. By saving $564 for the next two years, this family will have $13,536 to upgrade their ride – with cash money and zero debt!
  6. Presto! You’ve fixed your financial mistake!

“Attack the debt” Method  This approach requires diligence and changes to the monthly budget in order to pay off the vehicle in a swift manner. For example, suppose a person has purchased a $25,000 car of which they still owe $24,000. Their monthly payment is $564 for 48 months. Here is how they can fix their financial mistake.

  1. Eliminate costs from budget and apply savings to the car payment. Suppose this family decided to reduce their cable television services, eliminate their home phone, cease their gym membership they haven’t been using anyway, and reduce their visits to restaurants. By taking these steps, they are able to apply an extra $300 per month toward their car payment.
  2. Focus. Focus. Focus.  Nothing of significance really happens without great perseverance. By sticking to this for just 29 months, the vehicle will be paid off!
  3. Drive the car for another 4 years and pay the car payment to yourself. Reward yourself for paying your car off by adding the $300 savings back into your budget for other items, but continue paying the $564/month payment to yourself. In just four years, you will have saved $27,072 for your next car!
  4. Presto! You’ve fixed your financial mistake!

If you are interested in learning how to take your finances to an entirely new level, I encourage you to check out the study I have written called I Was Broke. Now I’m Not. The study can be completed as a group or on an individual basis. If you are serious about changing your financial future, check out the study HERE.

How To Recover From A Financial Mistake (SERIES)

Let’s face it. We have all made financial mistakes. Whether you once carelessly spent money on useless trinkets while on vacation or bought a house at the peak market price only to have it drop in value like a rock, financial mistakes hurt. They hurt a lot.

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I remember receiving a brand new Velcro wallet for Christmas one year when I around 10 years old. There was a place for paper money as well as coins. If I were to sum up this wonderful new wallet in one word, I would choose “Amazing.” In this amazing wallet was money I had received from my aunts and uncles and grandparents. A total of $38 in paper money was in the wallet plus some change. After Christmas was over, we took one of my older brothers to the airport so he could fly back home. He was looking to purchase a newspaper. Since I wealthy beyond measure with my $38 cash money, I offered to buy the paper for him.

At the newspaper stand, I took out my wallet and opened it. This yielded the unmistakeable Velcro sound so everyone in the concourse knew I was opening my treasure chest. I chose the coins necessary to buy the paper and then placed the wallet on top of the newspaper stand so I could have both hands free to purchase the paper.

With newspaper purchase complete, I walked away – leaving my wallet on top of the newspaper stand.

You can probably guess what happened next: I soon discovered my error and raced back to find my wallet. I found it, but the money was gone. What a terrible and awful feeling it was!

Financial mistakes have a way of making us feel really low. This leads to any number of negative feelings: despair, depressed, frustration, desperation, anger, embarrassed, humiliated, confused, and ignorant.

In this series, I will be addressing some of the most common financial mistakes people make. We will talk about each mistake, its consequences, and how to recover from it.

The good news is you can recover from a financial mistake. It took several weeks, but I recovered from my lost Velcro wallet. And my huge credit card balance. And my student loans. And my furniture loan. And my engagement/wedding ring loan.

You can do this!

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Read the entire series (available after 8/10/2014)

Monday Money Tip: 5 Swings of an Ax – PERSISTENCE

In today’s Monday Money Tip, I share a great parable on the topic of PERSISTENCE. This applies to far more than money so be sure to take 5 minutes to watch it right away. I truly believe this particular tip could change your life TODAY.

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Monday Money Tip: Make Your Debt Pay-Off Journey VISUAL

In today’s Monday Money Tip, I share one of the ways I had FUN while I attacked my debt – coloring! It made our Debt Freedom March much more visual and enabled us to see the progress we were making.

 

 

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Monday Money Tip: How Compound Interest Works

In this Monday Money Tip, I share how compound interest works – and how it can be your greatest friend or enemy.

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Monday Money Tip: Importance of Diversified Investments

Think your investments are appropriately diversified? In this Monday Money Tip, I share a common mistake many investors make, and how to address it.

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Monday Money Tip: www.AnnualCreditReport.com

This is definitely a step you can take with your finances – checking your FREE credit report. The federal government has required the “Big 3″ credit reporting agencies to provide access to our own credit reports at least once per year. You can do this with www.AnnualCreditReport.com. I encourage you to watch the short Monday Money Tip video where I will share some helpful tips you will want to know when pulling up your credit report.

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The Importance of Diversification – Ecclesiastes 11:2

I have a question for you:

Are your investments appropriately diversified?

Before you answer this question too quickly, let me ask the question in a more extended version:

Are your investments appropriately diversified – both within and outside of the stock market?

This is a very important addition to the question. Let me explain.

When the entire stock market goes up, it tends to drag the stocks of lower performing companies up with it. However, when the entire stock market goes down, it tends to drag down the stock price of companies that continue to perform very well. This is why it is vitally important to diversify your investments – both within and outside of the stock market.

Many people only have investments within their company retirement plan where they are offered various stock market investment options. As a result, their investments are subject to the greater market’s performance.

Ecclesiastes 11:2 provides this great wisdom: Invest in seven ventures, yes, in eight;you do not know what disaster may come upon the land.

This is why I have invested in both market-based investments as well as non-market-based opportunities.

Here are some great non-market-based investments to consider:

  1. Rental Real Estate – Commercial and Residential
  2. Land – They’re not making any more of it – except in a few volcanic islands
  3. Precious Metals – Gold, Silver, Platinum, etc.
  4. Antiques
  5. Talents – Write a book, Record an album, etc.
  6. Business – Start up a small business

I’ve found Ecclesiastes 11:2 to be very helpful in my money journey. As I’ve invested in a variety of assets, some of them have encountered struggles. By having a widely diversified set of investments, my other assets have helped carry the load until a struggling investment improved.

How To Destroy Your Finances – Part Five

Welcome to the latest series at the wildly popular JosephSangl.com – “How To Destroy Your Finances”

In this series, I will be sharing methods proven to cause financial pain and agony. Use these methods if you want to live with piles of stress and harm your relationships.

Part Five   Let Your Feelings Drive All Of Your Financial Decisions

When all else fails to destroy your finances, employ this method. After all, your feelings are always correct, right? I mean, there was that time you felt that one person was really awesome and wanted to date them and they turned out to be a terrible monster, but that was just a one time error. Your feelings should absolutely come first when it comes to finances. Employ Nike’s slogan: Just Do It. When you were thinking about saving some money, go ahead with your feeling to go shopping. When you wanted to go to Human Resources to set up your retirement plan contributions, go ahead with your feeling to go out with your friends.

Go ahead and date the person who has piles of debt and two bankruptcies. I’m sure they were telling the truth when they say it was all someone else’s fault. Even though your friends are telling you how awesome a budget is working for them, let your feelings of inadequacies force you to remain quiet instead of asking them to help you with your own budget.

When the salesperson says you look good in it – buy it. When you don’t want to eat the groceries in the fridge, just go out to eat every meal.

Your feelings rule.

Of course, if you don’t want to destroy your finances, you would prepare a budget (get free budget tools here) and automate the important things so you won’t have to rely on “feeling like it” for the things you know are important – like college savings, emergency savings, investments for retirement, and exciting things like Christmas and property taxes.

How To Destroy Your Finances – Part Four

Welcome to the latest series at the wildly popular JosephSangl.com – “How To Destroy Your Finances”

In this series, I will be sharing methods proven to cause financial pain and agony. Use these methods if you want to live with piles of stress and harm your relationships.

Part Four   Never Save Money.

This is a GREAT way to destroy your finances. Choose to ignore the fact that life happens, and it will cost money. Ignore the fact that your car tires and brakes are wearing out. Spend all of your money as soon as possible. Buy a Chia Pet. Refuse to acknowledge that appliances will break, the roof will leak, and that you will have a doctor bill one day. Live in a fairy land where the school never sends home fundraisers, you never have a need for emergency travel, or work doesn’t lay you off.

Instead, comfort yourself with lies like, “I just don’t make enough money to save.” Ignore when crazy finance people (like the ridiculous FIRED UP Joseph Sangl) say things like: “You can not PROSPER if you do not SAVE.”

Blame your failure to save on other people and things. It’s your employer’s fault for paying you too little. It’s your kids fault for continuing to grow. It’s your landlord’s fault for not insulating the house. It’s GOT to be someone else’s fault because if it isn’t, then it might be your fault. And we all know that ain’t isn’t possible.

Whatever you do, just spend it all. Live for the moment. We’ll deal with the stress later.

Of course, if you don’t want to destroy your finances, you will choose to save some money every single time you are paid. Even better, you would automate your savings into a great savings account.

How To Destroy Your Finances – Part Three

Welcome to the latest series at the wildly popular JosephSangl.com – “How To Destroy Your Finances”

In this series, I will be sharing methods proven to cause financial pain and agony. Use these methods if you want to live with piles of stress and harm your relationships.

Part Three   Don’t Invest – Retirement Is Too Far Away Anyway

When offered a company match for your retirement savings plan (401(k), RSP, 403(b), TFSA, IRA, Roth IRA, etc), refuse it. You need that extra money for your budget spending right now. Say things like, “I don’t ever plan to retire anyhow” and “I’ll make my kids take care of me.”

Choose to remain ignorant in the ways of investing and how compound interest works. Use the wonderful excuse, “Investing is just too confusing.” You only have $100 to invest each month, anyway. What difference could that money really make?

Rely on the lottery as your best chance of retirement. Demand an inheritance from your parents. Better yet, continually hit them up for money right now. If they don’t immediately comply, use the “guilt trip” approach. When your siblings approach you about your leech behavior, become outraged and tell them, “You just don’t understand how hard it is for me.” And, of course, when mom and dad do give you money, don’t you dare invest it. AB-SO-LUTE-LY do not do this! To properly destroy your finances (and relationships), spend it on something ridiculous like an original VCR.

Of course, if you don’t want to destroy your finances, you will invest some of what you earn each paycheck. You will choose to lasso the power of compound interest that makes $100 per month for 40 years at 12% annual growth equal $1,176,477. You might even look at my current list of investments as a starting point for your investment strategy.

How To Destroy your Finances – Part Two

Welcome to the latest series at the wildly popular JosephSangl.com – “How To Destroy Your Finances”

In this series, I will be sharing methods proven to cause financial pain and agony. Use these methods if you want to live with piles of stress and harm your relationships.

Part Two   Use Your Credit Card To “Fill In The Gaps”

When you run out of money, pull out a credit card and swipe away. This is a great way to destroy your finances. Put daily living expenses like groceries and utilities on the credit card. Instead of making the difficult decisions necessary to balance your budget to Exactly Zero ™, just finance the difference. Besides, putting $254.78 on the credit card this month isn’t so bad, right?

Be sure to carry a balance each month with the highest interest rates possible – preferably a department store credit card with interest rates above 20%. Make the minimum payment and continue to run up the balance. Plus, the department store receipt says you “saved” money today which means you are obviously a savvy shopper.

If you really want to maximize the destruction, obtain multiple credit cards and use one card to pay the payment on another one. Flipping the balances between cards feels like you are doing something to address your financial situation – and we all know that our feelings should drive our financial situations.

Of course, if you don’t want to destroy your finances, you will prepare a balanced budget and refuse to carry a credit card balance. If you did have a credit card balance, you would roll it over to a 0% balance transfer credit card and pay it off while paying no interest.

How To Destroy Your Finances – Part One

Welcome to the latest series at the wildly popular JosephSangl.com – “How To Destroy Your Finances”

In this series, I will be sharing methods proven to cause financial pain and agony. Use these methods if you want to live with piles of stress and harm your relationships.

Part One   Refuse to work with your spouse on money decisions.

Whenever your spouse wants to talk about money, choose to throw a fit. Stomp away. Huff and puff. Pout. Make outrageous statements like, “You’re just trying to control me!”

When your beloved hands you cash envelopes for impulsive spending categories like “spending money” and “entertainment”, spend it right away. Then go to the ATM and pull more money out without telling them. When they want to speak with you about your “unauthorized withdrawal,” tell them that it’s your money because you worked for it and that you will spend it “any ole way I want to.” If possible, say this with the highest level of sarcasm possible.

Choosing to ignore your spouse when it comes to money is one of the surefire ways to destroy your finances. And most likely your marriage. Which could lead to divorce proceedings. And that will ensure any remaining money is spent.

Of course, if you don’t want to destroy your finances, it would be ideal to work together with your spouse. It’s one of the top ways I began winning with money. I share my story in my book, I Was Broke. Now I’m Not.

Monday Money Tip: The Catalyst For Changing Your Financial Situation

To launch this week off right, this Monday Money Tip is focused on perhaps the most important moment for any major change in financial behavior – the I Have Had Enough Moment (IHHE Moment).
 

 
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