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Mistakes That Keep People in Debt

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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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One Year After Paying Off Credit Card Debt

one year after paying off credit cards

We’ve had so much going on for the last couple of months that I actually forgot our one year anniversary of freedom from credit card debt. We paid off the last of our $30,000 credit card balance on November 27, 2012 and haven’t looked back. In past years, we were able to pay off credit cards, but ran them back up within a few months. What happend this time that kept us out of debt? You Can’t Stay Out of Debt if You Don’t Have Goals We never stayed out of debt in the past because paying off Visa and Mastercard meant lots of available credit to buy more things. We didn’t have a purpose for our money. To keep free from credit card debt, you have to know how much you make, how much you need to spend for necessities, and what your short and long term goals are. If you know what you want to do with your money outside of shopping to cure boredom, it’s easy to plan how to get there. When you don’t have a purpose for your money, it’s easy to spend it on silly things. Now I know exactly how much I have to ...

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