I paid off $18,000 of credit card and student debt in just 4 months. Here’s what I did to pay off debt fast and regain control of my money
While I have always been conscious of my debt, I found myself beginning to be comfortable with it. I settled with the thought that I will always be in debt.
All my friends had mortgage size student loans, massive credit card debts, lease cars, and the likes.
It became a way of life, what you briefly discuss over dinner, “oh yeah, I’m in debt, student loans are the devil,” and we would move on.
Never in a million years (even as a personal financed blogger) did I believe I can become debt free as fast as it’s happening.
Let’s talk about belief for a second. I thought I needed luck, a winning a ticket to a lottery, something magical to get rid of all this debt we were accumulating.
After reading this book that changed our lives for the better.
It motivated us to start paying off debt and fast. This is exactly how I was able to pay off $18,000 worth of debt quickly.
As a couple, we owe $73,500. I owe $39,688, YIKES.
That number is much larger than I originally predicted.
That should help put things in perspective unto how comfortable I have gotten with having debt.
That number grew because of the business I invested into and lease purchased I made. This was all before reading the book.
While I love our family’s SUV, I probably wouldn’t have bought it if I read the book beforehand, and quite possibly – not invest in the business too.
But I utilized a number of tactics to both save money and earn more, which ultimately helped me pay off debt fast.
It was part smart personal finance (this book) and part hustling (my blogs, merch, Youtube channel), but, as a result, I was able to make huge payments and clear $18,000 of debt in just a little over 90 days!
Here’s what I did:
1. Make The Necessary Sacrifices
There’s no secret formula or magic sauce. In order to succeed you have to make the necessary sacrifices. POINT. BLANK. PERIOD.
Your decision to get out of debt and your application to that process is the only thing that will determine your success or failure.
2. I Made A Lot of Extra Income
It wasn’t easy, the learning curve was huge, but, I learned how to make extra income from home. I’ve been truly amazed at how much money can be made online. Many people don’t know about the wonderful opportunities awaiting them out there.
Below – I’ve listed a few examples on how you too can join in and make some cool extra income online.
Start a Blog
Blogging is a great way to make money on the internet. With consistency, and patience you can earn a decent income while working from anywhere!
My blog has allowed me to make money from home online. Allowing me to stay home with our children without causing financial stress to our family.
I’ve read so many success stories – I honestly believe (blogging) is a real way to make money from home.
If you are interested in starting a blog of your own, I created a tutorial that will help you start a blog of your own for cheap, starting at only $3.75 per month (this low price is only through my link) for blog hosting. In addition to the low pricing, you will receive a free website domain (a $15 value) through my Bluehost link if you purchase, at least, 12 months of blog hosting.
Rent out your free rooms/cottage
You can use companies/websites such as Airbnb.com to sign up for and advertise your home. Depending on the area you live in/ how much free room you have to rent, you could earn a nice sum of passive income a month.
Take Online Surveys
Even more extra income ideas:
- Make Money At Home: 4 Ways To Make An Extra $1,000 This Month
- First Income and Traffic report One-Year Summary
3. I Shopped Online with Rebate Programs
Sadly – we can’t NOT spend anymore while on the journey to paying off debt fast. There are necessary items we need to survive. Food, shelter, and the likes.
Since we have to buy. Why not buy and make cashback?
Remember, “mail-in rebate programs?” No? Me neither. Well, there’s a new kid in town, and she’s here to stay – online rebate programs is that + more.
The best part – there’s no mailing in or hoping they received your rebate and crossing your fingers that it wasn’t lost it in the mail. None of that.
I’ve made hundreds of extra dollars using Ebates, and the likes.
4. I Used Coupon Apps
I use coupons or cash back apps, like Ibotta or Walmart Savings Catcher to save money, A LOT.
Most stores now have digital coupons that you can load on their store rewards cards which makes using coupons super easy.
5. I Educated Myself
There is a plethora of information available on financial topics. Reading books, blogs, and networking are great ways to get educated about financial matters. In addition, many educational and financial institutions offer workshops specifically addressing the needs of those who wish to become more financially savvy.
6. I Limit Dining Out!
A person who dines out for lunch can expect to spend an average of $8.00 to $15.00 per day. This may not seem like much, but it tends to add up over a 5 day period. In fact, you can expect to spend an average of $40.00 to $75.00 per week.
By the end of the month, you would have spent $300.00 on lunch–alone.
Think of this in terms of saving. If you save this same amount within a year, you can have $3,600.00. Here is an alternative; prepare and bring your lunch.
Not only is this a healthier, but it helps you to save more!