How To Get Out Of Debt: Channel Your Impulse Buying

One of the most effective methods that we decided upon when figuring out how to get out of debt, was to channel our impulse spending. This has helped us to both get out of debt faster and to develop discipline with our finances. How to Get Out of Debt by Evaluating Expenses In talking with people about their finances, I've found that one of the problems that many people face when trying to … [Read more...]

Debt and the Opportunity Costs of Not Paying it Off

When you make a decision to get into debt, you're also making a decision not to do many other things. Here are the three biggest opportunity costs of not paying it off. Opportunity Cost #1 - Your Future Retirement This cost will affect the day-to-day existence of possibly a third of your whole life. Some people may think that since retirement is so far away, they don't have to be concerned about … [Read more...]

4 Debts You Should Try to Avoid

Excessive use of debt can be a major hindrance to your financial independence. Although sometimes unavoidable, here are four debts you should try to avoid as much as you can. Credit Card Debt Most of our debt problems come from the overuse or misuse of credit cards. Here are some interesting stats from the Federal Reserve's latest Survey of Consumer Finances for 2007. 46% of families have a … [Read more...]

4 Tips to Pay Off Your Debt ASAP

I don't think I know of anyone who likes being in debt. Do you? If you, or someone you know are trying to get out of debt, here are some ideas that will help. Prioritize The first thing you should do is figure out all the debts you have. Which debts have the highest interest rates? If it's from a credit card, call your creditors and work on getting the rate reduced. If they won't do it, tell … [Read more...]

Debt Snowball Explained | How To Pay Off Debt Using the Debt Snowball

I thought we’d better sneak this post in before it gets too warm – a snowball is always easier to visualize in the winter. Editor’s Note: What a great line, eh?  Unfortunately, I wrote this post months ago, but since it was such a good line, I decide to keep it in this post even though it is now the hottest time of the year. What is the Debt Snowball? The debt snowball is a common approach or … [Read more...]

Credit Card Debt Problem? Essential Resources to Beat Credit Card Debt

Want to guess why Wal-mart is so popular?  One stop shopping.  People like going to one place to get everything.  That’s how valuable our time is. When I started to put together an article on credit card debt problems that so many people face, I decided to put all of my best ideas and thoughts down on paper and then collect other articles related to credit card debt so that you could use this … [Read more...]

A Guide For Getting Out Of Credit Card Debt

Whatever it was, I’m glad you are now convinced – credit card debt is bad. Credit card debt will easily destroy your plans for any kind of a sensible financial future.  So, good for you.  Let’s get rid of the credit card debt so you can get out of debt. Get Out of Credit Card Debt: The 8 Steps 1.  Remember that things will probably get worse before they get better. Many credit card users … [Read more...]

Dave Ramsey Debt Snowball: Paying Off Debt Spreadsheet

The intention of this free debt snowball spreadsheet is to allow you to maintain two necessary ingredients of paying off debt. It is a tool to help you get organized.  To help you get organized you'll want to have one of the best personal finance software.  This could be a free money tracking program like Mint or another paid option.  Throughout this process you might want to keep you eye on … [Read more...]