Below, you will find all articles that I have written on the importance of getting out of debt or strategies that we used to get out of debt.
Americans have grown accustomed to car loans. It just seems normal to buy cars that are brand new and finance them for $300, $400, or even $500 a month. This is a culture with a mindset that $300 or $500 a month is affordable. However, I just want to say: “Paying a car payment every month is just insanity.” Just invest that car payment every month and you will completely your financial position. Instead of just using the money to pay for a car, you would be investing for your future.
As we begin 2019, I like to take a look back every year at our expenses that deal with cars. Last year, I even contemplated selling my car, because I had just finished paying a huge repair bill. However after looking at the numbers, I was happy to keep my car around another year. I have been in the process of completing a 5-year study, where I compare car repair expenses with the average monthly car payment in America today. For the past 4 years, we were better off to keep our old cars and avoid that dreaded car payment.
I automatically think, “Of course, a cash-out refinance is a bad idea!” And with our aggressive goal to pay off the house as soon as possible, this is something that would never cross my mind. However, I was pushed this idea in recent e-mail from my mortgage lender.
Over the entirety of this blog, I have continued to preach the importance of buying used cars, driving these cars until their wheels fall off and always buy cars in cash. What would push me to think about getting rid of my old car? It's simply one number:
Many years ago, I got myself into a large amount of consumer debt and had to climb myself out. I was sloppy with my money and lived outside of my means. I'd been down that road of overspending and I used my credit card to dig that hole. From using my college ID to charge snacks in college to maxing out my credit cards a few years later, I was not the right person at that time to have a credit card.
Since March, I have been taking time to focus on articles about student loan forgiveness. From an article about how I used Student Loan Forgiveness to pay off $22,500 of student loans to articles detailing the steps needed to successfully have your student loans forgiven. In all of these articles, I focused on the facts of the topic, but I never gave my opinion of utilizing student loan forgiveness. Student loan forgiveness is great in theory, but is it worth it?
Two summers ago, my wife and I were jumping into home ownership for the first time. We hit the ground running and started to tackle our mortgage. We have always had a goal of paying off the mortgage early and used this mindset to make extra payments on our mortgage.
Last year, we were on fire and paid off a lot of our mortgage. I am going to recap where we stood last August, then we will move into the year 2 mortgage update. By August of 2016, we had made 12 mortgage payments, plus multiple extra principal payments.
There is a rather new employer benefit that I am glad is gaining traction in today’s workplace. The benefit is employer-sponsored student loan debt repayment. Most often, this comes in the form of employer matching programs that help employees to pay off student loan debt by matching their payments up to a capped monthly and yearly amount.
In this article of Student Loan Forgiveness Info, we are going to focus on Federal Perkins Loans. I will be defining the loan and listing all the possible ways that you can utilize student loan forgiveness.
The cost of a college education continues to accelerate past the rate of inflation, forcing more and more aspiring students to borrow money to achieve their dream. What is worse is the more money that becomes available for student loans and the more that is borrowed, the greater demand drives up tuition costs, as the supply and demand curve dictates. The numbers in terms of student loan debt are startling, seemingly much worse than many of the bubbles we have seen in recent years. Here are five statistics that ought to make you cringe.
For anybody out there dealing with the choice that they made to take out student loans, you may be looking for opportunities to find a way to get rid of those student loans. I was able to utilize student loan forgiveness and have made it my goal to educate everyone on the loan forgiveness opportunities available to them.
In the middle of June, my wife and I got married on a beautiful and humid Texas day. After our wedding, we went to Jamaica for our honeymoon and celebrated with a week long vacation. A honeymoon is amazing, because it is a new marriage with a trip that let's you forget about everything.
Growing up in Nebraska and being a huge Nebraska Cornhusker fan, I never would have imagined that I would have moved to Texas. But that's exactly what happened in the fall of 2009. I moved to Texas to student teach, because they offered me a paycheck along with student teaching.
There is just something about the galaxy far, far away that peaks my interest. I love the characters, the story, the force and the lightsabers. I would even re-enact lightsaber battles using yardsticks with my sister as kids. I have been mesmerized with everything Star Wars and Rogue One was no different. Rogue One was made and developed in a way to honor the original Star Wars movies and I am a big fan of how it showed us a story leading up to Episode IV: A New Hope.
Last year, I was celebrating the fact that we were debt free in early August. By the middle of August, we had officially purchased a house and were once again in debt. I don't necessarily believe that everybody needs to take out a mortgage to buy a house, but it is the one debt that I accept. It can be okay to take out a mortgage, because a house is an investment. Now, this doesn't mean that you should go and put yourself into 30 years of debt. I am personally a fan of the 15-year mortgage, because I prefer to get debt out of my life as fast as possible. Due to this belief, my wife and I took out a 15-year mortgage and have been making extra principal payments.
I continue to hear that America has a student loan crisis. In all reality, it is a crisis. The student loan debt, in America, has now reached $1.3 trillion dollars, with millions of students in default or behind with payments. Some suggest that a way to relieve the student loan crisis is to make college free. Others believe that it would be best to spread the loan payments out over longer terms.
Earlier this week, I was driving home from work and I spotted an advertisement on the side of a bank. This advertisement shocked me so much, that I had to pull into the parking lot and take a picture. Read the article to see what was so important.
Many people in the United States feel like that they need a brand new car. I have heard the reasons before and these reasons deal a lot with the cost of owning an older car. Statements like, "An older car will cost too much in monthly expenses," and"I don't want that car to dollar me to death." The mindset is that a older car will cost more per month than a brand new car. The issue is that most people take out a loan to buy that brand new car. Therefore, these people have traded a false sense of security for a bunch of debt payments.
Under Armour is an athletic clothing company that created this commercial. This commercial made me think about how this connects to so many aspects of life. This of course connects to working out, but there are many others from eating to finances. I have always struggled with eating too much, since I was a kid. It is a constant battle. Look at the tag line from this article. It states, "You are sum of all of your training." This is so true, when it comes to anything in life.
Recently, I have been hearing lots of talk about student loans in politics. I have just got out from under my student loans, and I don't believe that anyone should ever default on their student loans. I used teacher loan forgiveness to help me pay off my student debt, but was all of this really necessary? Are student loans the only way to get through college?
Teacher loan forgiveness is a program that has been implemented by the Federal Government that forgives either $5,000 or $17,500, depending on the subject that you teach. Since I taught math, my forgiveness was $17,500. This is only one of the requirements of this program and I will detail how you can utilize this program as a way to get some of your student loans forgiven.
Personally, I don’t like being in debt and I personally don’t like paying interest charges. A house is a big ticket item that my wife and I will purchase using a mortgage, but we will only take out a 15-year mortgage, because the math is just so obvious about how much you save when compared to a 30-year mortgage. There are two reasons why I prefer a 15-year mortgage.
The best way to win with money is to get out of debt. So, I am big on getting rid of car payments, student loans, credit card payments, and any other type of debt payments. Once you get out of debt, then you free up tons of money for saving and investing. Are car leases any different than debt?
“Why I Defaulted on My Student Loans,” was written by Lee Siegel and published in the New York Times on June 6, 2015*. This article is written in response to some of the statements in that article.
This is the second article in a series on reaching financial independence. This article deals with the perils of debt. Are you sitting in a pile of bills? Does it seem like there is no end? Are you ready to change your life?