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Debt-Free Journey: 7 Tips | Paying off $120K of Debt in Under 3 Years

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I share how my husband and I paid off 0,000 of debt in under 3 years and the 7 tips that helped us in our debt-free journey. If you are someone who is also on your debt-free journey or trying to build financial literacy, I hope this video motivates and encourages you!

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0:13 — why I decided to make this video
2:44 — our money situation
5:05 — 7 things that helped us in our debt free journey
5:15 — track what you spend
6:30 — pay above monthly minimums and use the snowball method
9:04 — live below your means
10:53 — control the content you consume
12:35 — increase your income
13:41 — don’t give up!!!

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I used to publicly share all of my goals. I’d broadcast my new years resolutions every year on YouTube, Instagram, and on FaceBook. Over the years, however, I discovered that after I’d shared my goal with my viewers, I’d be less motivated to reach those goals, because I felt as if I’d already met it. Then I heard a TedTalk by Derek Sivers, an entrepreneur, who shared research dating back to the 1920’s, that indicated that people are less inclined to reach their goals after they’ve shared them with others.

In this video I talk about how I no longer share my goals on social media. For the past several years I’ve found that this helps me to work harder to achieve my goals. I challenge you to try not to share your next goal with others, and see if it impacts how fast (or if at all) it helps you to reach it.

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How We Stopped Living Paycheck to Paycheck

Pregnant? We cloth diapered 3 of our 4 kids, and estimate we saved THOUSANDS of dollars. In fact I started my YouTube channel as “MsDiaperD”, sharing over 80 cloth diaper video tutorials.

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THE TRUTH ABOUT BEING DEBT FREE | What We've Learned After 5 Years (Dave Ramsey Inspired)

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Our debt free journey began 8 years ago. We’ve been living debt free for the past five after doing our debt free scream on the Dave Ramsey show in 2015.

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We’re technically millennials, so I guess that would make us debt free millennials. But the thing about being debt free is that, while it’s easy to think it’s the end goal financially, becoming debt free is actually not the end goal. The end goal, at least for us, is financial freedom. Independence. The ability to do whatever we want, when we want, and not have to worry about how much it costs (to a certain extent).

Right now, even though we’re debt free, we still have bills to pay. Rent, utilities, food, insurance, clothing, etc. Our end goal is to create a series of income sources (both passive income from investments, and online income) so we can cover all of our necessary expenses from the interest our investments make, and have fun with the online income. Or we may reverse that. We’re still figuring it out.


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I received an email the other week, but this was a little different and really spoke to my heart. It described a very common situation of feeling “stuck and trapped” in life with money and I wanted to give you a straight forward exact route of how to change your relationship with money and even achieve time freedom within 5 years. I know this plan works, as we did it and actually achieved leaving the 9-5 jobs within 3 years of putting it in place. I hope you enjoy this video and please do share with someone you know who might feel in a similar stuck position.

00:00 I received this Email and had to reply
01:34 The Mindset you need to achieve Financial Freedom
03:17 The Strategy – Budget time
13:53 The Strategy – Passive Incomes
18:31 How to go from £0 to Financial Freedom in under 5 years (STEP BY STEP CALCULATIONS)

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8 THINGS YOU MUST AVOID BECOMING DEBT FREE – Mistakes We Made Paying Off Debt For Three Years

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Becoming debt free is a HUGE deal. It took Brittany and I 3 years to pay off our debt and become debt free. Here are some things we learned to avoid.

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1) Doing it Half Way.
If you’re going to become debt free, go all in. Be dedicated to it. If you do it half way, you may not make it and it will take twice as long as it could have. The more energy and effort and sacrifice you make to become debt free, the faster you’ll become debt free.

2) Wrapping your identity into your car.
Dave Ramsey often suggests to people who are in a bad financial situation to sell their cars if it makes sense. Trade it in for a beater. It definitely made sense in our situation. I traded my ,000 Toyota Prius in for a ,000 2004 Acura TL that I STILL FINANCED. I should have traded down even further for something like k or k. We would have been debt free a month or two more quickly.

3) Not doing a written budget.
Budgeting allows you to track every single dollar you earn and spend. It’s basically a 30,000 foot view of what’s happening with your money. It allows you to see what’s happening with your money so you know what changes to make to bring you to your goals financially. Don’t over think it. Don’t argue about it like we did. Don’t think you can keep track of every little thing in your head. You can’t. Just do a budget.

4) Not sticking to the budget.
A budget is something both of you do together and agree upon (if married). Be realistic with your budget. Practice self awareness. Don’t make a budget you don’t think you can stick to, or else it will lead to feelings of failure.

5) Not giving yourself “fun money”
I’m the type of person who can sit at home and play video games all day, eat the same thing for every meal, and be totally fine. Brittany not so much. Know yourself well enough to determine if you need a few dollars to play around with every month.

6) Not celebrating small victories enough
Give yourself a moral boost. When you pay something off, celebrate it somehow. Don’t go spending 0 for a high end dinner, but mark the victory with something.

7) Not communicating about purchases
This one is mostly for married couples. Communication is kindness. Everyone knows the leading cause of divorce is finance related. Communicate with your spouse about money. Over-communicate. The lack of communication between Brittany and I at the beginning led to a lot of arguments.

8) Going to the grocery store while hungry.
Don’t do it! If you’re hungry, you’re more likely to spend more than you need to on food. We did this a lot.


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Tripod – Manfrotto 290 Xtra –
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