4 Keys to Break Free from Your Debt

4 keys to paying off debtGetting out of debt can be tough, but these principles can help you get through it much easier.

1. Start with a plan.

Everyone’s debt load is different, so the plan you take may not be the same as your friend next door.

The one thing you do have in common is that you will both be on the path to become debt-free if you start with a plan.

It’s good to start by listing out all the debt you owe. Sometimes student loans, hospital bills, and credit cards can add up and get lost in the shuffle.

Take some time to list out all the debt you owe and then start prioritizing. Look at the due dates, total amounts due, and interest rates and make a goal to pay off the debt by certain dates.

If you can organize your debt and create goals to pay off each item, you’re on the right track. You’ll also stay on track with your debts if you know how to make a budget.

2. Change your frame of mind.

How can you expect to stay out of debt if you don’t address the reason why you went into debt in the first place?

Do you have too much credit available to you? Cut up a couple credit cards.

Do you find yourself window-shopping every Friday? Slow down on visits to the mall . . . you don’t need the added temptation.

This is probably the most difficult of the tips, but it’s crucial if you want to become free from the debt monster.

3. Become accountable.

Sometimes my best motivation to complete a task is when someone is counting on me to do it. The same is true for paying off your debt. By sharing your goals with a close friend or someone you trust, the pressure to meet the goals can be the very thing that keeps you on track with your debt-free goal.

Sweeten the pot for the person keeping you accountable and promise to do something like mow their yard if you don’t meet the debt-payoff goal for the month!

4. Give.

One of the best ways that we can learn to live on less is to give a portion of our income away. Now, you might think I’m crazy for suggesting to give or to tithe while you’re trying to pay off a massive load of debt – but I think it can help us (especially with changing our frame of mind).

I’m not saying that you have to give away half of your income – the amount you give is up to you. In fact, the amount you give really doesn’t matter . . . it’s the principle of giving that really counts. I think that our frame of mind can shift even through giving to others in the form of our time, volunteering, or just listening to others when they need an ear to vent.

What are some other principles you would suggest for those starting to get out of debt? Leave a comment!

  1. Andrew

    Follow Abraham
    1.Plunder the enemy
    2 Pay a tithe out of the Plunder
    3 STOP paying tithe

  2. Alisa

    Great encouragement! It’s really important to grasp that debt is a choice. We too easily accept that debt is necessasry for everything and it’s not. Make a plan, research alternatives and learn how to wait–I know it’s challenging but our parents and grandparents did it and avoided the debt monster that most people befriend,

  3. Having a good plan and being consistent is the best actions to do when you have debts. We are trying to break our debt earlier and can’t wait to live a debt free life!

  4. Alexis

    I believe having too many credit cards can really hurt a person financially and in other aspects of their life as well.. I make sure to only have one credit card with a low spending limit to ensure I don’t overspend. A credit card should simply be for building credit, not spending money on extra items that no one really needs.