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Month End: December Snapshot


As 2016 ends, I’m thankful to have survived another day, month, and year. I think you can agree that this year has been filled with loss. Loss is a nature of life, but for me there is always hope in me. Hope of a new day, hope of a better future, and hope of a good ending. Earlier this year I started with $31,846.67 in total debt, and at the end of the year the debt has been reduced by $8,061.53. During the year, my debt did increase, but now at the end of the year the debt has been reduced. I guarantee you will have challenges, and your debt repayment plan may have to restructure, but at the end of the year, if your debt is lower than when it started then you are making progress.

I believe in your journey to a debt free me. It begins with one dollar at a time. Every dollar that comes into your account you can control. I suggest following my process to help you in your debt repayment plan. My process will help you not only create a budget but ultimately teach you how much comes out, and even more importantly when it comes out. At the end of this year, I added to income producing assets in the form of two businesses. My fiancé and I had fun growing our business, and at the end of the year I could bring two associates one for my business and one for her business. Thank you for being a part of my journey this year, and next year brings a new chapter in my life as I prepare to marry the love of my life. In the new year, I’m preparing to be even more aggressive with my debt reduction, increase income through my assets, and lower expenses where I can. I’m excited to see what the new year will bring. Also, I’m to be adding videos each month so be sure to scroll to the bottom.

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.

The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
https://bible.com/1/pro.22.7.kjv

I believe in your journey to….

A Debt Free Me

Here’s this month’s video

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Month End: September Snapshot


This month, I was able to reduce the credit card debt, and I continue to make the scheduled payments to the term loans on time without issue. If you’ve consolidated your debt into a loan that is set to pay off, continue to make your payments on time. It’s important in general to make your payments on time, because missing payments will affect your credit score. If your payment due date isn’t in line with your cash flow for the month, it’s important to contact your credit card company or lender as soon as possible to see if they can change the payment due date. Changing the payment due date may require signing new loan documents or verbally agreeing to the change, but it’s important to contact your creditors as soon as possible if you are faced with a life event that can affect payments to them. I don’t recommend ignoring or avoiding the situation. The worst-case scenario is you can have liens and or judgements placed against you. If you find that your fixed expenses are more than 50% of your take home pay you are at risk to losing your assets. To clarify fixed expenses are rent/mortgage payments, utilities, insurance, subscriptions, phone payments, and any other monthly reoccurring transactions. These payments should not be greater than 50%, because it gives you no room to save money and reduce your debt. For example, if you make a $1,000 a month and your fixed expenses is $600 per month then you are at risk, simply because if you have any type of emergency you may have to borrow to cover the emergency. If your fixed expenses are greater than 50% you are more likely to stay in debt. Personally, I continue to do my plan of reducing debt and increasing income. I may use a balance transfer option to take advantage of the promotional balance transfer rate to continue to accelerate my debt reduction. Next month, I’ll discuss three strategies you can use to reduce 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.

The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
https://bible.com/1/pro.22.7.kjv

I believe in your journey to….

A Debt Free Me

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Month End: August Snapshot


This month, I did a balance transfer to reduce the balance on the regular Barclay’s card. It’s important to not fully use your credit limit, because that can weaken your credit score. It’s good to have monthly usage, but it shows poor debt management if you have high balances with only minimum payments and no principal reduction. Even if you must sell something, I recommend reducing your balances on your cards. I was recently approached about an income earning opportunity, and after discussing it with my fiancé, I decided to take a chance. If you’re interested in learning about how to make spare time income at your own pace and being one of the few who were a part of the next big opportunity, then click on contact me at the bottom. I’ve set a goal to create income generating assets while I’m getting out of debt, and so far, to date I have two. Continue to take one step at a time no matter how rough the road ahead will be.

If you want to learn more about my opportunity, or if you want to have someone to discuss your debt reduction strategy with, or if you need a financial check-up, contact me.

The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
https://bible.com/1/pro.22.7.kjv

I believe in your journey to….

A Debt Free Me

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September 7, 2016

https://www.quora.com/How-can-people-pull-themselves-out-of-significant-financial-debt

First I would suggest working on a budget. A zero-based budget allows you to clarify your personal financial (and life) priorities to make sure your money is going to the items that are most important to you. I personally recommend even finding a budget format that works for you. The point is to know how much you make and how much money you keep at the end of the month. The author then recommends a “debt snowball” payment method. In this type of payment method, a person pays the minimum payment on all but the smallest debt. When that debt is paid, you take the amount you were paying toward it, and apply it to the next smallest debt. Repeat this process until all debts are paid off. Another method you can use is to align all your debts by highest to lowest interest rates and target the smallest balance with the highest interest rate. Finally, the author recommends making changes to your lifestyle such as downsizing, and decreasing increases. The author also recommends increasing your income through part time jobs or side-gigs like driving for Uber. The process of getting out of debt isn’t easy but it begins one step at time. Focus on creating assets while you get out of debt. If you’d like to learn my techniques, reach me in the contact me section.

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/08/29/the-profit-star-marcus-lemonis-financial-numbers-to-know.html

When it comes to running a business, you have to know your numbers, says Marcus Lemonis, star of CNBC’s “The Profit.” The serial entrepreneur, who puts his own cash into struggling businesses and tries to turn them around, would know. At this point, he’s invested about $35 million in companies featured on the show. There are three numbers that every business owner must know: annual sales revenue, gross profit margins, and expenses as a percentage of your gross profit. Marcus’s point is that you pay your bills with gross profit and not with revenue. Not knowing these numbers is the one big mistake that business owners make. Even in your own life, treat your life like a business. Know your gross income, expenses and net income and be as detailed as possible. Every penny matters. If you want to run a successful business, you have to know your revenue, gross profit and expenses “inside out,” Lemonis said.

If you have a prayer request, or if you’re in need of a financial checkup you can reach me in the contact me section.

For this week, I’ve included a video clip from the Profit called You Have to Take Care of Your People from the CNBC Prime YouTube channel.

“But those who want the best for me, Let them have the last word—a glad shout!— and say, over and over and over, “ GOD is great—everything works together for good for his servant.” I’ll tell the world how great and good you are, I’ll shout Hallelujah all day, every day.”

Psalm 35:27-28 MSG

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Month End: June Snapshot


Becoming debt free is a journey, and not just a destination. In my opinion if you’re in the middle class you will constantly battle with debt. Is debt necessary? Not necessarily. Look at the poor and the rich. The poor doesn’t have the means to have debt, and the rich know how to make debt work for them. With this struggle comes an opportunity to trust God more and communicate ever more with your companion. Communication both above and with the one you trust can not only bring comfort, but also growth towards a debt free me. As the wedding date gets closer, I realize that the balance on the Barclay’s card is going to fluctuate up and down. If the balances on all the other debts goes down, then that is still progress. You must find moments of encouragement and understand you are making progress to debt freedom.

I’ve continued to follow my process, and I’d be glad to share my process with you in the contact me section. I believe if you follow the process not only will you have an increase in your savings, and still reduce your debt. The order is very important, and you must follow the process in order. This month I’ve continued to save, but also my fiancé and I have continued to grow our business. We were able to sell one of our products. I encourage you to not just pay down debts, but also acquire assets and increase income. The mistake I made was paying down debt and not increasing income. If not used properly, you lose one of your most valuable assets, which is time.

“Committed and persistent work pays off; get-rich-quick schemes are ripoffs.”

Proverbs 28:20 MSG‬‬‬‬.

My mindset has also found validation through the Slight Edge by Jeff Olson. Below is a YouTube link to an animated book review:

Have someone to discuss your debt reduction strategy with, and if you need a financial check-up contact me.

The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
https://bible.com/1/pro.22.7.kjv

I believe in your journey to….

A Debt Free Me

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Month End: May Snapshot


At the close of May, I’ve decided to start setting aside more money for the wedding, and my savings account. At the same time, I’m sticking to the Process. It’s four simple steps which I’ll be glad to share when you sign up for a financial check-up. I will continue to make regular payments to reduce each credit card, but there may be months where I reduce my payments to just over the minimum payment requirement to increase retained income. At the same time, I will be looking for opportunities to increase my cash flow. It’s important to cut spending, but at the same time look to increase income.

I’m so thankful for my beautiful bride to be. In this past month, she’s picked up her activity in our spare-time business, and I couldn’t pick a better person to spend my life with. When I’m weak, she’s my strength, and when she’s weak I’m her strength. Even if you aren’t in a committed relationship, I suggest you find someone to do life with. What’s the point of living, if you can’t share it with someone?

If you need a financial check-up contact me. More details about a financial check-up is in the contact me section.

The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
https://bible.com/1/pro.22.7.kjv

I believe in your journey to…. A Debt Free Me