How I Paid Off $38,000 In Student Loan Debt In 7 Months

Student Loan Repayment Plan - How I Did It In 7 MonthsLately, I have received many questions asking how I was able to pay off my student loans so quickly. I haven’t talked much about my student loans since I paid them off in July of 2013, but I know many struggle with their student loan repayment plan each and every day.

Due to this, it is a topic I am always happy to cover. Paying off your student loans is a wonderful feeling and I want to help everyone else experience the same.

 

Background on my student loans.

To start off, I am going to provide a quick background on my student loans.

I worked full-time all throughout college. I worked as a retail manager from when I was a teenager until I graduated with my two undergraduate degrees (I was a double major). Then, I was lucky and found a financial analyst position right when I graduated. I took around six months off from college, then I went back to get my Finance MBA, all while still working full-time and building my business.

Even though I worked full-time, I didn’t really put any money towards my student loan debt while I was in college. [Read more…]

4 Life and Financial Hurdles To Tackle This Year

4 Financial and Life Goals To Tackle - 2015 GoalsWhile I realize we are already two weeks into the new year and that you may have already set your New Year’s resolutions, I don’t think that should stop anyone from evaluating their life goals and possibly setting new ones already.

I want this year to be the very best year of your life. No one is perfect, but I think with the goals below, everyone can feel happy, successful, and motivated in life.

Below are four financial and life goals you may want to think about tackling in 2015.

 

1. Tackle your money problem(s).

Whether your money problem is related to a lack of a budget, spending issues, debt, keeping up with the Joneses, or something else, you need to tackle your money problems NOW.

First, you need to figure out why you have a money problem. If you don’t figure out what the root of the problem is, then it’s probably just going to keep coming back and biting you.

After that, you need to come up with a plan to stop your money problem. You might need to avoid the mall, create a better budget, increase your income, pay off your debt, and so on.

Tackling your money problem now will help you lead a less stressful and most likely a more meaningful life. [Read more…]

Unhealthy Habits That May Be Making You Poor

Unhealthy Habits That May Be Making You PoorEveryone at one point has an unhealthy habit they engage in. I know I have, and for me that was tanning in a tanning bed.

Unhealthy habits are bad because they can lead to further problems down the line, such as medical problems, medical debt, credit card debt, and more. They can prevent you from saving money and reaching a financial goal. You may never learn how to save money if you are constantly drowning in these unhealthy habits.

They can also lead to insane amounts of stress and unhappiness.

Was there anything in the last few sentences that sounded like a positive to you?

Probably not.

Here are five unhealthy habits that may be making you poor. If you are looking for tips on how to save money, then you may want to avoid or stop the unhealthy habits below. [Read more…]

Credit Card Mistakes That Can Lead To Debt

Credit Card Mistakes That Can Lead To Debt Credit Card PictureEven though I love credit cards because of their many benefits, I understand they are not for everyone.

My sister struggles with credit cards, and now mainly just uses cash so that she doesn’t get into credit card debt. Luckily, this has not led to credit card debt for her but I believe that is because she caught her mistakes early on.

However, others are not as lucky.

Others rack up large amounts of credit card debt. According to NerdWallet, the average household in the United States (who has debt) has an average credit card debt of $15,611. That is an increase of 2.26% from the amount of average credit card debt in a household in the same period in 2013.

Also, according to National Foundation for Credit Counseling, around 35 million people in the U.S. roll over $2,500 or more in credit card debt each month. That means these people are NOT paying their debt off each month in order to avoid interest. Instead, they are racking up credit card debt and interest charges. [Read more…]

2014 Financial Year In Review

2014 Financial Year In ReviewHello everyone! I know it’s a little early for me to be analyzing 2014, but I think it’s close enough. 2015 is right around the corner and I want to have our 2015 financial goals thought about and an action plan created.

Overall 2014 was a great year. I don’t think it could have been any better. The only thing that was bad was the amount of spending we did…

 

How was our spending in 2014?

2014 was an expensive year for us. I’m hoping that nothing in the future resembles 2014, as we definitely busted our budget. Probably our worst spending year ever!

We had some medical/dental things come up this year, and along with the our somewhat high monthly health insurance premium, we spent around $7,500 on medical-related expenses in 2014. [Read more…]

10 Great Ways To Gain Control Of Your Finances and Reach Financial Freedom

10 Great Ways To Gain Control Of Your Finances and Reach Financial Freedom Family Picture With Dog

I’m sure many of you are wanting to achieve financial freedom in some form, and you probably have some money-related goals/resolutions for the future. I know I do!

If you want to get ahead, stop living paycheck to paycheck, and/or you want to gain control of your finances so that you can learn how to achieve financial freedom, I recommend you continue reading below.

I have packed some of my best money tips into this post, and I definitely think you can improve your finances by instilling at least some of the money advice below into your life. [Read more…]