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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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The Six Biggest Lessons I Learned While Paying Off My Debt

Paying off debt lessons

This is a post from Richard at Frugality Magazine. Enjoy! Just before Christmas last year I reached the point of having paid off all my consumer debt – a situation that seemed insurmountable just a few short years before. When I finally accepted by debt problem – something that took far longer than it should have done – and decided I needed to shift the weight of growing interest and spending every available penny on repayments I examined every available option. What about debt consolidation? Or an IVA? Or even bankruptcy? I just couldn’t see a way that I was going to pay off the mountain of money that I owed while keeping up with even my most basic of living expenses. But you know what? After some serious consideration I opted to avoid all these potential “short cuts”. I just decided to knuckle down, become more frugal, cut my living expenses and pile the extra cash into my debt. In other words I did it the plain old boring way. The *reason* was simple – my debt was painful but I wanted to fully meet all the agreements I’d made with my creditors (a moral argument) and I also ...

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“Smart” Ideas That Can Keep You From Paying Off Debt

keeping you in debt

It’s hard to know when to spend money in the midst of paying off debt. You do have to buy necessities, and sometimes you need a little splurge to keep you motivated. In this world of uber-consumerism, there is always someone who can convince you that just about anything you want to buy  is a good idea. Don’t detour from your debt repayment plan with one of these three seemingly “smart” ways to spend money. Sales Nothing can sabotage your debt repayment plan like sales. I bet most of us have had this experience, either in stores or online. You see some sort of sign or banner ad offering x% off something, say it’s 25% off shoes. You think to yourself, “Hmm, I wear shoes. Maybe I’ll just take a look. I’m certainly not buying anything.” The next thing you know, you have three new pairs of shoes. One of them is kind of a weird color, but it was a brand you love and came with an extra discount. Twelve months later, you sell that pair of shoes on Ebay for 1/10 of what you paid for it. It really wasn’t your color. As we were racking up credit ...

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Would You Sell Your House If It Meant Debt Freedom?

debt freedom by selling our house

I swear being middle aged has sent me into considering all sorts of financial schemes to pay off debt and become financially independent. First, we were going to try and pay off our house within 5 years. Then, I felt an urge to sell everything and live in an Airstream trailer. Those ideas were probably a little ambitious or just plain nuts, but I can’t shake the seed of an idea that has grown into a real possibility as the housing market is starting to pick up where we live. We could actually sell our house and make enough money to pay off one of our rentals and buy a smaller home outright, which pretty much means debt freedom forever. Should we sell our house to pay off debt? Being the financial blogger that I am, any big decision needs a list of pros and cons, so here we go. Yes, You Should Sell That House! -We owe about $150,000 on our home mortgage. Our house appraised for $375,000 a couple of years ago.  With sales in the area, we could get our appraisal price, but to be conservative, I’d say that we could count on $350,000. That leaves $200,000 ...

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Mistakes That Keep People in Debt

why people stay in debt

I have certainly made my share of financial mistakes from running up credit card debt to spending student loan money on an iguana, but I think after all those mistakes, I’ve finally learned how to stay out of debt. However, I see people every day who are still struggling with the same money problems we used to. There are some key mistakes that can sneak upon anyone trying to beat the cycle of debt. Taking Out Loans After Paying Off Large Amounts of Debt We knew another family that were going through some of the issues we were during our massive credit card debt payoff. We used to all hang out and play musical credit cards, charging whatever and whenever we liked. Jim and I had our wake up call after seeing family really struggle after losing a house to foreclosure. Our friends lost a job during the great recession. The husband worked in a sales job while the wife stayed home with the kids. Since they had no emergency fund, things got pretty tight. Eventually, they made some tough decisions, which included selling a really nice house that was keeping them house poor. They moved into a small rental. ...

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