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Striving For a Debt Free Life

Mar 16, 2008
For many people, living a debt-free life is just a dream. There's no chance that they will be able to reach such a place. The problem with this idea is that it is a failure to understand what it takes to attain a debt-free life. Often, it comes down to a lack of sound strategies for addressing the problem and achieving results. So many Americans are under tremendous debt loads, living literally from paycheck to paycheck. It seems like nothing more than a pipe dream to those who don't have a vision or a goal in mind. With proper planning, living debt-free is very possible. You first have to decide that it is something that you really want and make a commitment to strive for the prize.

The first question you might ask may be, "Where do we begin?" If you want to know how to start your quest for a debt-free life, it helps to have some idea about what not to do. Often the first mistake that people make is to try to do everything at once. They attempt make huge, sweeping changes to their spending and saving habits or just paying down all of their debts in a haphazard fashion. This approach is totally unrealistic when you consider how complex financial debt concerns can be. If you are just starting out, the better way is to take small, incremental steps on the road. Examine your circumstances, determine what sort of planning is required, set goals, and begin to make smaller changes over time. Most importantly, once you decide what you are doing, you need to stick with it and persevere; this is the only way to see results.

As was stated briefly above, establishing goals and completing them is paramount to the goal of living debt-free. Look at your goal setting in terms of a monthly timeframe. What sort of goal do you set for this month? Perhaps, it is establishing a budget on what you spend at the grocery store and keeping to it. Maybe, it is about paying a certain amount above the minimum balance on your credit card. Continue to set these types of goals and continue to implement them in the months ahead. Establishing these types of goals will help you to develop better money management skills and possibly discern the differences between good spending and wasteful spending.

Another area that must be dealt with in no uncertain terms involves all of those small, seemingly insignificant expenditures that can add up over time. If you want to achieve a debt-free life, you need to streamline your spending habits. This category of spending includes eating out, catching a movie in the theater, buying an expensive outfit, etc. Decide for yourself that you will make the effort to learn about the virtue of frugality. If you can live cheap, even below your means, you will be able to pay more on that debt load so that you will achieve freedom from the weight of debt that much faster.

It was said earlier, and it should be said again. Resist the temptation to spend needlessly. Keep your goal in mind and keep striving towards it. The best way to get something that you want is to plan for it. Rather than racking up more credit card debt, delay that gratification long enough to save the money and pay for it outright.

It will take work. But, it is very possible to attain a debt-free life. Get started now and don't give up!
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Peter Kenny is a writer for The Thrifty Scot, please visit us at Debt Help and Homeowner Loan
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