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How Anyone Can Get Out Of Debt

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On Monday, we talked about how people, even smart ones, can get into debt. Getting into debt is easy and sometimes even fun, but there is always a price to pay. I don’t know about you, but I love having choices. Debt robs any choice besides having to make a payment. If you really want to start living the life you were meant to have, it’s time to get out of debt once and for all. The good news is that by following some simple steps, anyone can get out of debt.  Accept Responsibility For Your Debt Now when I say simple, that doesn’t always equate to easy. It’s simple to lose weight by burning more calories than you consume, but how many people struggle with that one? I believe the first step in getting out of debt is to let go of the reasons that landed you here so that you can move forward. It doesn’t matter if your debt came from bad decisions, taking out too many student loans, not getting or keeping the job you wanted, or even from having medical bills. Once the balance is on your credit report, it’s all debt and your responsibility. Debt ...

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How I Got Into Debt

There was a time when I thought it was normal to be in debt. As I finished school and entered the work force, I believed it was normal to sign up for the debt club with a new mortgage, new car, and all the trappings of the lifestyle people told me I needed. Eventually, debt lost it’s glitter, and it took control of my life. I’m here to tell you how smart people get into debt by spending too much, believing in good debt, getting approved for too much credit, and thinking that making payments means you can afford it. Later this week, I’ll tell you how to stop the cycle because debt does not have to be forever. How I Got Into Debt People only get into debt one way, by spending more than they earn. My initiation into the debt club came on my first day of optometry school when I picked up my first ever student loan check to pay tuition. Since my income was zero and I’d just spent $10,000, I got immediate silver status! Fast forward four years, and I graduated with a really nice diploma, a residency position that paid $25,000 a year, and ...

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Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: Are You Eligible?

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

In your journey toward financial clarity, there will come a time when you will need to take an honest look at your debt. If you’re lucky, you might be in a position to pay off your debt and improve your financial picture. However, if your debts are far greater than your income, or if you have had a series of misfortunes that have left you financially bereft, you might have no option but to file Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. What is Chapter 7 Bankruptcy? Before we talk about what Chapter 7 is, we should discuss what it is not: Chapter 7 bankruptcy is not a way for people to shirk their responsibilities or defraud their creditors. It is a way for honest people, who have fallen on hard times financially, to eliminate their debts and start over with a clean slate. Because it is designed to forgive honest debt, there are several criteria you must meet to be eligible to file. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Criteria Because Chapter 7 is reserved for those who truly cannot pay their bills, there are several criteria that you must meet before you can file. The biggest criterion is the chapter 7 means test. The Means ...

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Paying Off Debt Is Easy

why it's hard to pay off debt

Paying off debt is easy. In fact, it’s one of the easiest things on the planet, at least conceptually. Just like with losing weight, saving for retirement, or making sure your mortgage doesn’t leave you house poor, paying off debt is a matter of numbers. Anyone with elementary math skills should have the ability to stay debt free. If paying off what we owe is so easy, why on earth are so many people drowning in debt? The Easy Part of Paying Off Debt If you know how much you owe and how much you make, plus all your monthly expenses, all you have to do is plug your numbers plus any applicable interest rate into a debt payoff calculator. That will tell you how long it will take to pay off debt. You can even play around with different payments until you find the term you want. Easy as pie! The Parts of Getting Out of Debt That Aren’t So Easy It’s Hard To Admit You’re Wrong I think Jim and I both wanted to be out of debt long before we made any effort to get there. You see, before we had any hope of being out of ...

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You Can’t Pay Off Debt With Excuses

excuses people use to not pay off debt

If you have a blog, does it seem that all big things seem to happen when you’re out of town? I feel like that happens to me anyway. While I was in Kentucky last week visiting family, an interview I did with Business Insider got picked up by Yahoo Finance and traffic was off the charts.  The interview was about paying off our credit card debt, and I knew there was potential for some blow back, but you really can’t turn down that sort of exposure if you are trying to grow an online business, so I accepted the invitation without hesitation. After the interview, I wondered if this might be my first real opportunity to meet some of the trolls that many of my online friends have already encountered, and boy was I ever introduced last week. You can read the comments here if you’d like, but the majority were not kind. Why on earth would anyone hate me for paying off debt? Hating me gives people a great reason not to pay off their own debts. You can’t ever pay off debt with excuses. I Take Full Responsibility For My Debts Many of the comments were along the ...

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