Ok, this is where the rubber meets the road. Starting January 1st, 2013, we are embarking on a journey to pay off the boatload (and I mean boatload) of debt that followed us (how did that happen?) from our suburbia lifestyle.
Using The Great Depression as our guide, we’ll work toward a lifestyle that is as much as possible reflective of many of the families during the Depression. It was a time of making do with little or nothing to make do with. It was a time where, by and large, you didn’t spend anything other than what was absolutely necessary.
Now, we’re not an extravagant family by any stretch of the imagination. We haven’t taken a family vacation in years, and buy our clothes on clearance, or used. But, like many families in America, we really don’t have a clue about what it’s like to make do without anything to make do with. To really and truly sacrifice the lifestyle we’ve become accustomed to. And honestly, that’s the kind of lifestyle it’s going to take for us to remove the mountain of debt that sits before us.
We hope you’ll be encouraged as you follow us along on this journey.
The Road to Debt Free Posts
What’s Your Dream and How Will You Get There?
The Power of Freedom: Ruth’s Story
If You Want What They Have, Do What They Do: 21 Traits of Millionaires
The Power of Debt Freedom: Amanda’s Story
9 Financial Moves We’re Teaching Our Kids
Job Layoff Survival Tips
The Power of Debt Freedom: Brian’s Story
Make Money Blogging: How to Start a Blog in Four Easy Steps
Want Something MORE? Do Something Different
27 Ways to Save Money Right Now
How We Broke the New and Shiny Cycle
Balance Transfers and Consolidation Loans: Yes or No?
4 Reasons Why You’ll NEVER Be Debt Free
Perspective in Debt Payoff
What to Do if You’re SERIOUS About Getting Out of Debt This Year
7 Reason Why You Can’t Get out of Debt
When Frugality Was Normal
6 Reasons to Start Paying off Debt NOW
4 Ways to Jump Start Your Debt Payoff
How to Feed Your Family for Less: Part 2
How to Feed Your Family for Less: Part 1
Our 5 Worst Money Mistakes
How to Stay Disciplined During Debt Payoff
Debt Payoff Isn’t Just About Discipline
How I Make Money Writing for Blogs
How to Deal With Debt Fatigue
The Worst Financial Advice I’ve Ever Received
From Material Girl to Value Based Spending Queen
Good Financial Habits Learned from Debt
You Can’t Afford This Debt Mistake
Debt Freedom: Success is About Consistency
How to Choose the Right Accountability Partner
Debt Payoff and Spending Update
6 Mistakes That Broke People Make
6 Lies That Broke People Believe
How We’ll Accomplish Goals We Failed At Last Year
4 Debt Payoff Mistakes We Made Last Year
2015 Goals for The Frugal Farmer Family
2014 Goals Final Update for the Year
Are You Acting in Your Own Best Interests?
May I Suggest Some 2015 Resolutions for Your Money?
Why You’ll Never Be Happy Keeping Up With the Joneses
Don’t Give Money More Power Than it Deserves
Debt Payoff: How to Zap Doubt and Discouragement
Garden 2014 Update and Other Stuff: Taters!!!
Your Debt Payoff Journey: Blazing Your Own Trail
A Singular Focus of Paying off Debt Leads to Peace
Personal Finance Tips: You’re Not Done Learning Yet
Are You a Prisoner of This Money Mistake?
Want Success? Then Choose to Work for it
Why It’s Crucially Important to Make Your Debt Payoff Plan Personal
Hitting Rock Bottom: A New Blogger’s Story
What’s Stopping You From Pursuing Financial Freedom?
Dealing with Debt Payoff Dragons
How to Pay off Debt: Beating the Broke Mindset
Your Debt Does Not Define You
What My Daughter’s Self-Defense Class Taught Me About Debt
Don’t Let the Success of Others Keep You From Achieving Your Goals
Credit Cards: Did You Know These Truths?
The Dangers of Short-Sighted Vision
Can You “Bootstrap” Your Way Out of Poverty?
5 Things You Shouldn’t Do To Pay off Debt
What to Do When You Wake Up to Find Yourself Deep in Debt
Choosing Long-Term Success Over Immediate Gratification
Homesteading: Why We’re Keeping our Back to Basics Lifestyle for 2014
How to Get out of Debt: Beware of the Self-Justified Pity Party
What You Might Have to Do if You Want to Get Out of Debt
Getting Out of Debt: The Secret You Might Not Know About
How Paying off Debt is Like Running a Marathon
Screw ‘Em: Doing What’s Best for You in Your Debt Payoff Journey
Taking Frugal To a Whole New Level
How Skepticism Can Help You Conquer Your Debt
Are You Afraid to Be Debt Free?
Paying off Debt: Preparing Yourself for the Journey
Using Hope to Reach Your Financial Goals
Motivation: 4 Reasons Why I Know You CAN Pay off Your Debt
Planes and Perseverance
Paying off Debt: How to Re-wire Your Financial Mindset
How to Pay off Debt: It’s About More Than Budgeting
Paying off Debt: How to Recover From a Blown Budget Month
The Most Dangerous Roadblock to Your Debt Freedom
The Best Birthday Ever
What You Can Expected if You Choose to Go on a Get out of Debt Journey
How and Why You Should Get out of Debt – Part 3, Staying the Course
How and Why You Should Get out of Debt – Part 2, Getting Through the Rough Spots
How and Why You Should Get out of Debt – Part 1, First Things First
How and Why You Should Get Out of Debt – Intro
Why We Blew a Hole in Our Entertainment Budget This Month
How Debt Mimics Life
Why You Should Choose to Start Your Journey to Debt Free TODAY
Gee, Can I Please Walk Over a Bed of Hot Burning Coals?
You’re Not Just Paying off Debt, You’re Building Wealth
Getting Out of Debt Vs. You Only Live Once
Fighting Boredom and Restlessness as You Work on Long-Term Goals
Motivation: The Frugal Farmer 2013 Goals
Motivation: Words of Wisdom From Paul Milligan
Oops, I Did it Again (Almost)!
Motivation: Do it for the Kids
The Road to Debt Free: Not for the Faint of Heart
Don’t Let ‘Em Fool You
Motivation: Learning From Others
What You Need to Know: Crucial Tools for Winning Your War Against Debt
Playing Defense: Avoiding Temptations to Get off Budget
Beware of Monsters
The Importance of Finding the Leak in Your Financial Ship
4 Things You Must Do if you Want to Get out of Debt
Motivation: Why We Said “Yes”
The Difference Between “The Good” and “The Best”
MONTH BY MONTH – How we’re doing at whittling away debt