How We Got Motivated to Pay Off $40,000 of Debt Fast – with Regan and Ryan Whitlock

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.

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How Couples Can Stay Motivated When Paying Off $100,000 of Debt

Our first question of the month comes in from Daniel from Texas who wrote to me on my Facebook Page:


Andy, 

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.


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Should I Stop Investing For Retirement When Paying Off Debt?

Our second question of the month comes in from a new listener named Erik!

Hey Andy,

Erik here. I’m a new listener on the Marriage, Kids and Money Podcast. I appreciate all you’re doing to help families achieve financial independence.

When you originally started out with Dave Ramsey doing the Total Money Makeover, did you stop continuing saving for retirement during Baby Step 2?

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How Crushing Debt is Like Yard Work

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.

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How We Paid off $48,032 of Debt in 1 Year

In May 2010, I married my dream girl. She was funny, beautiful and chock-full of 90’s TV trivia. Our first couple of dates consisted of a lot of Saved by the Bell and Seinfeld jokes.

Outside of knowing the Soup Nazi episode verbatim, Nicole and I both came into the marriage knowing the general basics of personal finance. You know, advice like:

  • “Don’t carry a credit card balance”
  • “Always have some savings for a rainy day”
  • “Good debt is okay to have”

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4 Newlywed Debt Destruction Tips

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.  

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