…is to get fired up!
Seriously, think about it; what separates those who successfully tackle their debt problems from those who slide back into financial woe? At some point those successful families got passionate about changing their lives. They got tired of living under a raincloud and decided to change their future.
Let’s say that you want to get out of debt but your actions and budget don’t match your desire. Do you need some inspiration to get fired up about the possibility of debt freedom? I dare you to try out these resources and not get excited about your financial future.
1. Read Inspiring Blogs
Frugal Rules. John writes as a formerly indebted stockbroker who now runs a successful small business, and is debt free!
The Budget Mama. Jessi is a wife and mother who is on the road to becoming debt free. She shares her struggles and triumphs as her family works to pay off their remaining debt.
Debt Discipline. Brian paid off $109k in 50 months. He writes as an encouragement for other families to do the same.
2. Join a Facebook Community
Jackie at The Debt Myth runs a Debt Mythbusters Facebook group dedicated to helping and supporting people who are working to get out of debt. It’s encouraging to hear stories and interact with folks who are experiencing similar challenges and have the same goal; to eradicate debt.
3. Read Encouraging Books that Lay Out a Plan of Attack
The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey. This is THE book to read if you want to get out of debt. It lays out a brilliant plan of attack that will have you making headway in no time.
Real Life on a Budget by Jessi Fearon. This brand new book offers 17 Practical Challenges to Live and Thrive on a Budget. Though I haven’t yet read this book, it gets great reviews. I love that it’s from a real-life family that is working to get out of debt.
4. Listen to Podcasts that Uplift and Teach
The Dave Ramsey Show. Three hours of Dave Ramsey giving great advice to listeners who call in with financial problems. This podcast also includes the ever-popular “debt free screams”. Try listening to a couple of those segments without getting jazzed
The Radical Personal Finance podcast with Joshua Sheets. This podcast covers everything you ever want to know about personal finance. From retirement to investing, debt to daily life, Joshua hosts expert special guests and hands out wise advice.
5. Engage in Discussion with Like-minded people
Financial Peace University. This nine week course lays the groundwork for successfully eliminating debt and creating wealth, all while providing the support of a like-minded community.
Crown Financial offers bible-based financial wisdom. Classes and seminars are offered throughout the year. Small group classes explain biblical principles regarding debt, while encouraging wise stewardship.
In my own quest to eradicate debt I’ve found encouragement through many of these resources. Looking back, I can see a clear change in our family’s goals when we got fired up about paying off debt. It’s my hope that your family can also discover a renewed passion about achieving financial freedom!