Being neck-deep in debt can make you feel like all the odds are stacked against you, especially when you reach almost the seven figures!
Today, Andy talks to Wendy Mays on how her family is climbing out of nearly $1,000,000 of student loans, home mortgages, car loans, and other consumer debt. Wendy is the host of the House of FI podcast, a part-time work-from-home lawyer and a mother to six children.
We talk about how she and her husband accumulated their debt, the turning point that led them to fix their situation and their progress on their journey to financial independence so far.
There’s a moment in people’s lives when they decide it’s time to become debt-free. For me and my wife, Nicole, it was when we learned we were going to be parents. For some, it’s when they get married, and for others, it’s just when they simply get fed up with owing people money.
Today, I’ve invited a couple who recently eliminated debt from their lives once and for all. Ryan and Regan Whitlock recently paid off $40,000 of debt in 8 short months. We’re going to find out their motivation for crushing this debt, so others can find their moment and their reason for becoming debt-free.
Our first question of the month comes in from Daniel from Texas who wrote to me on my Facebook Page:
My wife and I have been married for 3 years. We are currently trying to pay down approximately $103,000 of debt. We initially started with $190,000 of debt when we got married. So we are progressing.
What’s the best approach to talking about debt and tackling it together?
We’ve taken the Dave Ramsey course and are currently doing the Debt Snowball, but at times we get into little arguments on our approach on how to tackle this debt. Any advice on how to handle that?
And what did you guys do to stay gazelle intense while on your debt-free journey? We are starting to get pressure from family about having kids and she feels like we are stagnant in our lives due to this debt.
This past Sunday, my wife Nicole and I attended our local church’s Financial Peace University class. I had the opportunity to teach this course in January for the first time and now we are supporting our friends who are leading it over the next 8 weeks. It’s so exciting to talk and work with couples who are committing themselves to getting rid of debt from their lives.
In 2010, my wife Nicole and I got married and started our lives together. Financially speaking, we both really enjoyed the DINK (double income with no kids) status in our first year of marriage. We had a blast going to music festivals, vacationing in the Caribbean and treating ourselves to countless steak dinners.
But something was looming that I hadn’t addressed … My mountain of debt that I brought into the marriage.