8 Habits That Make or Break a Debt Free Journey

Moment of honesty: I created this list of habits that make or break a debt free journey pretty easily. Can you guess why?

Because it’s MY list. I’ve messed up on each one of these items at least once. ::cough:: Definitely more than once.

Over the last several years, I’ve developed some stronger habits, which ultimately led to my husband and I getting out of debt when I was 25. However, living a life of debt freedom doesn’t end with a paid off credit card. It’s a lifestyle.

In order for my husband and I to stay strong on our debt free journey (since we’re back in debt with our first mortgage), there are some habits we’ll need to keep practicing. If you’ve been down this road, then you know what I’m talking about.

This post has been written by Laura Harris, our fantastic staff writer.

8 Habits That Make or Break a Debt Free Journey

The following is a list of things to handle with care when it comes to your finances. Perhaps you’ve got a much better handle on these habits than I do half the time. That’s OK. . . . → Read More: 8 Habits That Make or Break a Debt Free Journey

5 Radical Ways to Get Out of Debt Faster

how to get out of debt faster

You have more power than you realize when it comes to paying off debt. Much of the time it is the “wants” we don’t like giving up in order to get out of debt faster (not always, but in my experience, more often than I’d admit). Creature comforts like cool air conditioning all summer long are much harder to give up than buying a generic brand of cereal versus something name brand.

But it’s time to get radical. Think about this question: What’s in it for me? The faster you pay off your debt, the less money you’ll pay in interest this year, the sooner you’ll free up the money going toward monthly payments, and the more disciplined and less stressed you’ll be with your wealth in the years to come.

We may not be the generation that grew up walking three miles to school in snow up hill both ways, but we’re in a time when everything is at our fingertips, waiting to ruin us.

The incentive for many of our ancestors to be financially disciplined was the utter survival of their families; our incentive is typically less dire, . . . → Read More: 5 Radical Ways to Get Out of Debt Faster