We have been hitting the road towards debt freedom pretty hard for the past three years now. The car loan on one of our cars was the last big thing we had to get rid of before we could start throwing more at the mortgage. How to get rid of the car loan faster was something that had been vexing me since the beginning of the year. I was getting close to an answer to pay it off faster, when it suddenly happened. We were finally able to get rid of the last car loan, and buy two new used cars, with cash only. This was a miracle! Read more
I originally published this post four years ago, but thought it was worth repeating. If you’re on a debt payoff or wealth building journey, and have spent the last month (or more) totally screwing up your budget – or if you read my post from Monday and are ready to start taking MASSIVE action, read this first. Read more
If you’re like we were, you might find after making the decision to get out of debt that you may have bit off more than you could chew. I know that many of you are in way over your heads right now. You’re facing a mountain that – let’s face it – is just too big. I know that, because that’s the situation we were in four years ago. Then things got better. And then, after a series of personal crises, they got much, much worse, and we had to start our journey to get out of debt all over again, with a debt load over twice as high as we began with. Read more
One day soon after we began our “getting out of debt” journey I decided, for motivational sake, to go back and track how much we spent on eating out in 2012. It was in December of 2012 that we had our financial wake-up call and realized we had to do something about our money situation. We’d cut down quite a bit on eating out over the last couple of years before that, so I was curious to see what we’d actually spent on restaurants, given we’d tried to make 2012 a little more budget friendly in that area. Read more
Paying off debt is hard. Really hard. Anyone who’s ever tried it, even those who’ve succeeded, would likely tell you that it would’ve been easier to stay in debt. In the battle for debt freedom you are battling old habits, old mindsets, and often you’re battling at least a few people who tell you that you shouldn’t do it or that you can’t do it. So what weapons can you use in order to overcome the battles that try and keep you in financial bondage? Read more
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Today would have been my grandpa’s 97th birthday. My grandpa was an awesome guy, and I loved him SO much. He worked hard, raised eight kids with ethical standards and treated my grandma and the rest of our family well. I have tons of respect for my grandpa. He and I were buds, for sure. I loved spending time with him. One of my fave grandpa memories was when we would take him out to eat at the local pancake house and he would order liver and onions. We’d always say, “Grandpa! You’re at the PANCAKE HOUSE! Blueberry, strawberry, chocolate chip – they’ll give you any kind of pancakes you want! Why are you ordering liver and onions, of all things?” But the meal brought back fond memories for him, growing up as one of twelve kids of a police officer and doting stay-at-home-mom during the Great Depression. Read more
When we first started our “getting out of debt” journey, we didn’t tell a soul anything about it, mostly because we knew that most people would tell us we couldn’t make it happen and we’d be better off filing bankruptcy. We were deep, deep in debt, facing a 65% debt-to-income ratio at the time and were a minimum of $1,000 short of income each month without Rick’s overtime pay, which was not guaranteed. Read more
Hey, frugal friends! Today’s post is from Mrs. Daisy, who blogs about debt, family and farm life over at Dirt Road Daisy. Enjoy!
When my husband and I stopped ignoring the fact that we were in six figures of debt and decided to do something about it, we jumped right in the express lane with no plan whatsoever. Our strategy worked for a few months as we haphazardly put extra money here and there on different debts with no real rhyme or reason. The balances slowly started to decrease, but then we hit a wall. Read more
Happy Wednesday, friends! Today’s guest post is from Josh, who blogs over at Money Buffalo. Enjoy!
Let’s face it, you are most likely part of the 80% of the American population that is currently making a monthly loan payment. Between student loans, a home mortgage, car loans, and the exercise machine you bought on sale in January, it can be nearly impossible to not borrow money at some point in your life. While going into debt is often viewed a normal facet of life, most people do not realize how debt can destroy your chances of financial freedom and living the life you truly desire. Read more
You want to know a secret to financial wellness? The truth is you probably already know what these secrets are, but you’re likely highly underestimating them. We did. For years. And knowing them but not doing them almost ruined us financially. Read more