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Month End: October Snapshot


At the end of this month, I was able to pay off another one of my credit cards. Slowly and consistently throughout this year my debt has reduced at a faster rate than the last time I was getting out of debt, and even faster than when I began blogging about Debt Free Me in 2015. Why is there such a difference this year versus previous years and attempts? Honestly, I can attribute it to two factors: My wife’s willingness to let me focus on paying my debt and removing distractions from paying my debt. The extra $350 a month that I’m committing toward my debt vs using it toward our budget is a key factor. Also, I’ve cut back on letting my time and energy be pulled in different directions. I’ve said no to situations, and don’t focus on income opportunities. No is a complete sentence. Am I sacrificing opportunities by not building my asset class? Yes, and I’m completely content saying no. This year has been a year of restoration for me. I’m thankful to my wife for her love and support, finally achieving the salary I’ve wanted, and the consistency of continuing to pay down my debt.

If you notice the amount above is the amount that is being paid toward the principal and doesn’t include the accrued interest. If you’re going to work toward being debt free, then pay more than just the minimum payment or the accrued interest. If you’ve practiced the self-lending principle, you can see how much interest compounding daily can be for your benefit on an income side, but also how much it takes away from the expense side. A good personal goal as you’re paying down debt is to set aside income. Saving money will create a margin and give you the ability to handle unforeseen events. I recommend saving three months’ worth of income as a long-term goal, and one month’s worth of income as a short-term goal. Saving can be challenging at times, so find someone you trust to help you stay committed to achieving this step. If you’re using a credit card, then continue to pay it off monthly. Personally, I have one credit card that I use and pay off monthly. Why? Because debit cards can become compromised, and if a debit card gets compromised then your banking account is compromised. Yes, you could carry cash, but if you have the discipline, use a credit card and pay it off monthly. Find a credit card that offers some form of reward incentive either points or cash back. Personally, I like a cash back rewards, and my wife prefers to use points, so she can use it toward discounted store purchases. Next month is Thanksgiving and I have a lot to be thankful for.

If you want to learn more about how I’m increasing my income while reducing debt, or if you want to have someone to discuss your debt reduction strategy with, or if you need a financial check-up, contact me.

Also, learn more about how I use the self-lending principle through Mustard Seed in the mustard seed section.

This month’s video is THE CURE TO LAZINESS (This could change your life) from the Mulligan Brothers YouTube channel.

“The LORD will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them.”
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Deuteronomy 28:12 NLT‬‬
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http://bible.com/116/deu.28.12.nlt‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

I believe in your journey to….

A Debt Free Me

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Month End: September Snapshot


I turned 38 this year…Looking back I never expected to be so far behind in my life as compared to others. A lot of the people I went to high school with are married with children, and some are very successful in their careers. I look at my parents and remember where they were at my age, and honestly it discourages me. Comparison can do more harm than good. Even when comparing yourself against others who are attempting to achieve common goals like being debt free. All you can do is stay on your path and stick to your strategy. Everyone’s life, circumstances, and finances are different. That’s why it’s important to have a budget, or some form of knowing how much is coming in, and how much is going out. What is your bottom line number?

I’m focusing through the end of the year on paying down my other credit card debt. I’m continuing to pay just the about the minimum payment to at least reduce my principal balance on the debt above. Remember to look at your credit card statements to not just see your interest rate but also, to see how long it would take you to pay off your balance if you pay just the minimum payment. Also, your interest rate could change if the Federal Reserve raises interest rates. Don’t compare yourself with others and continue step by step toward being debt free.

If you want to learn more about how I’m increasing my income while reducing debt, or if you want to have someone to discuss your debt reduction strategy with, or if you need a financial check-up, contact me.

Also, learn more about how I use the self-lending principle through Mustard Seed in the mustard seed section.

This month’s video is Dana White – From $0 To $7 Billion | One Of Most Compelling Speeches! from the Mulligan Brothers YouTube channel.

“The LORD will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them.”
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Deuteronomy 28:12 NLT‬‬
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http://bible.com/116/deu.28.12.nlt‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

I believe in your journey to….

A Debt Free Me

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Month End: May Snapshot

Thankfully at the end of May, I was able to pay off a card as I had planned. Next month my wife and I will be travelling to Delaware to visit her grandfather. I’m looking forward to getting some time away from work and being able to travel. It’s important to take some time to rest in your journey to be debt free. Paying off debit is not just physically exhausting, it’s also mentally and emotionally exhausting. Remember to take some time to rest and restore energy back to yourself. Next month, I plan to make a shift, and being to target the Capital One card, and my goal is to pay this card off by the end of the year.

If you want to learn more about how I’m increasing my income while reducing debt, or if you want to have someone to discuss your debt reduction strategy with, or if you need a financial check-up, contact me.

Also, learn more about how I use the self-lending principle through Mustard Seed in the mustard seed section.

This month’s video is The Craziest Talk EVER | David Goggins – MOST Motivational Speech from the Mulligan Brothers YouTube channel.

“The LORD will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them.”
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Deuteronomy 28:12 NLT‬‬
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http://bible.com/116/deu.28.12.nlt‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

I believe in your journey to….

A Debt Free Me

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Month End: February Snapshot


I had a little more progress this month. I was able to reduce the debt on one of my cards, and I plan to pay off another card next month. What’s changed the most isn’t the way I pay down my debt, but my relationship with my wife and myself. I feel like I’m becoming more like the person I was meant to be. A more honest and authentic version. I still make mistakes, and I can’t change the mistakes I’ve made, but I take responsibility for them, and because of my wife and who she is, I’m blessed to face this life together. Even if you’re single, you’re not alone. Find someone you can be your true self with. Be both strong and broken, but be the most honest version of who you are. If the person truly understands you, the person will accept you. It’s where true healing can begin.

Your journey to a debt free me truly begins when you can be honest with your self both financially and internally.

If you want to learn more about how I’m increasing my income while reducing debt, or if you want to have someone to discuss your debt reduction strategy with, or if you need a financial check-up, contact me.

Also, learn more about how I use the self-lending principle through Mustard Seed in the mustard seed section.

“The LORD will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them.”
‭‭‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Deuteronomy 28:12 NLT‬‬
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http://bible.com/116/deu.28.12.nlt‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

I believe in your journey to….

A Debt Free Me

Here’s this month’s video: WHAT IS YOUR WHY? | Motivational Video from the Mulligan Brothers YouTube channel.

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Month End: February Snapshot

This month I celebrated my first full month living with my wife. We were fortunate enough to go to the marriage conference together at the last minute, and I was thankful that we did. Our apartment is starting to look like a home, and my wife has begun studying to take her test to be licensed as a registered nurse. This month especially is filled not just with numbers and budgeting but faith also. Faith in things not yet seen and having the will to continue to do a good work regardless of the outcome. I have the opportunity for a new position at my job and having to rely on something greater than myself to handle these new responsibilities. Either way when I get paid my process remains the same and I look to use my self-lending principle whenever I can.

I’m looking to sell as many plans as possible not just to reduce debt, but to also help protect people. My thought process remains the same: increase income, and lower expenses, look for income producing assets, and build wealth to leave a legacy. Over the next few months you should see my debt reduce significantly. My wife and I have talked about using a consolidation loan to consolidate and reduce the payments on my two installment loans which should free up more cash flow. The only drawback of an installment or term loan is the payments are set for the term of the loan unless you can convince the loan officer to re-amortize the debt.

If you want to learn more about how I’m increasing my income, while reducing debt or if you want to have someone to discuss your debt reduction strategy with, or if you need a financial check-up, contact me.

Also, learn more about how I use the self-lending principle through Mustard Seed in the mustard seed section.

“The LORD will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them.”
‭‭Deuteronomy 28:12 NLT‬‬


http://bible.com/116/deu.28.12.nlt

I believe in your journey to….

A Debt Free Me

Here’s this month’s video: Retrain your Mind from the Be Inspired YouTube channel

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The Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step

On August 1st 2015

I decided to get serious about paying off my consumer debt. It was roughly a decade ago that I was in this exact same position. The big difference is this time I’m engaged to be married and I have a relationship with God. This blog is dedicated to my journey to a debt free me. Can you do it too? I certainly believe it. However what it takes is patience and an uncompromising will to pay down your consumer debt. My consumer debt is composed of four loans and five revolving lines of credit. The four loans which I’m making principal and interest payments on are comprised of a student loan, and three loans that will be paid off in three years. The five revolving lines of credit are in the form of four credit cards and one personal line of credit.

As of August 4th 2015

Here are the balances of the term loans and the payment amounts:

Navient

Balance

$24,868.54

Payment

$69.12

Wells Fargo

Balance

$8,997.00

Payment

$330.00

Upstart

Balance

$5,200.00

Payment

$250.00

Prosper

Balance

$8,890.00

Payment

$375.00

Here are the balances of the revolving lines of credit

Wells Fargo

$2,195.00

Capital One

$2,450.00

Capital One

$6,400.00

Barclay’s

$2,490.00

TD Ameritrade

$2,321.41

My total term loan debt is $45,760.54, and my total term loan debt without my student loan is $20,892.00

My total revolving line of credit debt is $15856.41, and my total revolving debt without the personal line of credit is $13,661.41

My total overall debt is $61,616.95.

Is it possible to get out of this deep of a hole? The answer is yes, and the most important step is if you find yourself in a hole and you don’t want to be in one; stop digging.

If you notice, I didn’t list out the payment amounts on the revolving lines of credit. The reason I didn’t do that is because revolving lines of credit payments are normally interest only. I also separated out the student loan debt and the revolving line of credit debt. The reason I did this separation is because your student loan debt will normally have a lower interest rate, and a unsecured/secured line of credit will have a lower rate than your credit card. The payment amounts and interest rates are important. Are you ready to begin the journey to a debt free me?

“I’m sure now I’ll see God’s goodness in the exuberant earth. Stay with GOD! Take heart. Don’t quit. I’ll say it again: Stay with GOD.”
Psalm 27:13-14 MSG


http://bible.com/97/psa.27.13-14.msg

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