We started our debt-free journey…I guess you could say over 4 years ago. After moving into a big house, we quickly realized we weren’t spending our time or money in the areas of our lives that held the most value to us. So, we downsized. After we moved into our smaller home and reduced our cost of living we were determined to learn how to get our money under control once and for all. Here’s how we paid off debt and how blogging about paying off debt actually helped us do it faster.
When you reach that point in life where you are finally fed up with putting all your money toward debt, an amazing thing can happen; you can start finding creative ways to make bank as fast as possible. There is nothing better than that fire lit in your belly that is screaming, “I will never be in debt again!” Maybe you have already started coming up with creative ideas on how to pay off your debt faster, but in case you need a $1,000 idea, I’ve got 5 of them. Here are 5 things you can do to help you get $1,000 to put toward debt fast.
It’s pretty well known that we busted our butts to become debt-free in early 2019. What might not be as well known is that I nearly drove myself to the brink of insanity while we did it. We scrimped and saved and put as much money toward debt each month as we could. We were very “gazelle intense.” When I’d work to make extra money, nearly all of it would go toward debt payoff. While I don’t regret becoming debt-free, I definitely see now that there was a better approach to it.
I finally admitted something that was super terrifying to admit, especially when you’re a part of the #debtfreecommunity. That is that I’m not totally gazelle intense anymore. If you’ve taken Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University classes then you know what I’m talking about. Gazelle Intense is a way of explaining extreme debt payoff. Like a gazelle running for its life from a lion. It is a great motivational tactic, but for me, it almost caused me to have a nervous breakdown.
We paid off our $6,000 of debt in 6 months by using sneaking debt hacking tricks. The thing is, I’ve been holding out on you. Even though we didn’t personally take advantage of all these options, there are actually a lot of ways to hack your debt, get it paid off sooner and finally get your life back. Check out these 13 ways to pay off your debt faster while still enjoying your life!
Today, I am so excited to be able to share with you one of my favorite debt-free success stories. After receiving her first student loan payment in the mail, Michelle knew she had to get serious about paying off her debt. She knocked out her loans in only 7 months thanks partially to her side hustle: blogging. I was fortunate enough to get to interview Michelle about her debt payoff and the success of her blog, Making Sense of Cents. Keep reading to see how she turned her blog from a