Month End: February Snapshot

This month I celebrated my first full month living with my wife. We were fortunate enough to go to the marriage conference together at the last minute, and I was thankful that we did. Our apartment is starting to look like a home, and my wife has begun studying to take her test to be licensed as a registered nurse. This month especially is filled not just with numbers and budgeting but faith also. Faith in things not yet seen and having the will to continue to do a good work regardless of the outcome. I have the opportunity for a new position at my job, and having to rely on something greater than myself to handle these new responsibilities. Either way when I get paid my process remains the same and I look to use my self-lending principle whenever I can.

I’m looking to sell as many plans as possible not just to reduce debt, but to also help protect people. My thought process remains the same: increase income, and lower expenses, look for income producing assets, and build wealth to leave a legacy. Over the next few months you should see my debt reduce significantly. My wife and I have talked about using a consolidation loan to consolidate and reduce the payments on my two installment loans which should free up more cash flow. The only drawback of an installment or term loan is the payments are set for the term of the loan unless you can convince the loan officer to re-amortize the debt.

If you want to learn more about how I’m increasing my income, while reducing debt or if you want to have someone to discuss your debt reduction strategy with, or if you need a financial check-up, contact me.

Also, learn more about how I use the self-lending principle through Mustard Seed in the mustard seed section.

“The LORD will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them.”
‭‭Deuteronomy
28:12
NLT‬‬
http://bible.com/116/deu.28.12.nlt

I believe in your journey to….

A Debt Free Me

Here’s this month’s video: Retrain your Mind from the Be Inspired YouTube channel

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Month End: January Snapshot

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This month, I said I do and till death do us part to my best friend and my love. I’ll be honest! The wedding process is stressful. If you plan on doing an actual wedding that involves a venue and family, then you will spend money and you will at some point get frustrated. My wife and I are very low maintenance and low key people, but even we found ourselves exhausted both emotionally and mentally when all was said and done. I’ve moved out of my parents’ home and into an apartment. I’ve had plenty of guy roommates, but now is the first time I’ve ever lived with a female. We’re growing used to living together, and as she gets accustomed to my quirks, and tendencies, every day I’m more and more thankful to God that she is in my life. She said yes to this mess.

At month end, she’s currently not working, and we’re living primarily off her medical retirement and a portion of my income, but thankfully we are both open about our finances and operate our business together. I’ve helped her sign on a new associate for her business, and I’m truly looking forward to what this new year will bring. Due to our honeymoon, I paid a little less than normal on my debt, but the important thing to remember is: if you are in debt, do not miss your payments, and do not let them go 30 days past due. Find a way to make money to pay your debt obligations. If you got yourself in this mess in the first place, it’s your responsibility to get out of it.

If you want to learn more about how I’m increasing my income, while reducing debt or if you want to have someone to discuss your debt reduction strategy with, or if you need a financial check-up, contact me.

The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
https://bible.com/1/pro.22.7.kjv

I believe in your journey to….

A Debt Free Me

Here’s this month’s video

Month End: December Snapshot

As 2016 ends, I’m thankful to have survived another day, month, and year. I think you can agree that this year has been filled with loss. Loss is a nature of life, but for me there is always hope in me. Hope of a new day, hope of a better future, and hope of a good ending. Earlier this year I started with $31,846.67 in total debt, and at the end of the year the debt has been reduced by $8,061.53. During the year, my debt did increase, but now at the end of the year the debt has been reduced. I guarantee you will have challenges, and your debt repayment plan may have to restructure, but at the end of the year, if your debt is lower than when it started then you are making progress.

I believe in your journey to a debt free me. It begins with one dollar at a time. Every dollar that comes into your account you can control. I suggest following my process to help you in your debt repayment plan. My process will help you not only create a budget but ultimately teach you how much comes out, and even more importantly when it comes out. At the end of this year, I added to income producing assets in the form of two businesses. My fiancé and I had fun growing our business, and at the end of the year I could bring two associates one for my business and one for her business. Thank you for being a part of my journey this year, and next year brings a new chapter in my life as I prepare to marry the love of my life. In the new year, I’m preparing to be even more aggressive with my debt reduction, increase income through my assets, and lower expenses where I can. I’m excited to see what the new year will bring. Also, I’m to be adding videos each month so be sure to scroll to the bottom.

If you want to learn more about how I’m increasing my income, while reducing debt or if you want to have someone to discuss your debt reduction strategy with, or if you need a financial check-up, contact me.

The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
https://bible.com/1/pro.22.7.kjv

I believe in your journey to….

A Debt Free Me

Here’s this month’s video

Month End: November Snapshot

I’m thankful to see the end of this month, because it’s two more months until I get to say I do to the love of my life. This year has been challenging to say the least, and I’m very blessed and thankful that I’ve could consolidate debt and at the same time use balance transfers to my advantage. I’m thankful to have a job that is allowing me to stick to my debt reduction plan, and the fact that I have a plan in place. I’m also thankful for the assets I’m building over time and the income they will produce. The other side of this situation is I have a supporting relationship that encourages me and my spirit when I get discouraged. Don’t do life alone. Find someone you can openly speak with your finances about, and have someone encourage you to stay committed to your debt reduction plan.

If you want to learn more about how I’m increasing my income, while reducing debt or if you want to have someone to discuss your debt reduction strategy with, or if you need a financial check-up, contact me.

The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
https://bible.com/1/pro.22.7.kjv

I believe in your journey to….

A Debt Free Me

Month End: October Snapshot

Honestly, I’m looking forward to this year being over with and starting my life with my soon to be wife. If you’re struggling with debt and you’re unable to have help emotionally, and financially, then depending on how big your debt level is I suggest three options. Those options are find a way to lower your expenses and increase income, close all open accounts and leave one card open and begin negotiating your debt with your creditors, and finally consider bankruptcy. The third option is an option of last resort, but bankruptcy is a way to start over. Don’t let your debt and finances take you to the place where you would harm yourself or others. If bankruptcy is the only option, then I suggest you contact multiple bankruptcy attorneys.

Fortunately, in my situation, I’ve openly discussed my finances with my fiancé and she’s openly discussed her finances too. We’re considering different debt consolidation options together, discussing a debt repayment strategy as well as how to grow our existing businesses. We openly discuss every topic with each other, and being in our mid-thirties we’re comfortable enough to not need much. I encourage you to find someone to openly discuss your finances with. The first step to becoming debt free is in your thinking, and the next step is having a budget. My questions to you are how much do you make? Is that gross or net income? What is your bottom line number? Knowing your thoughts and knowing your numbers is critical to not just get out of debt, but grabbing control of your financial future.

If you want to learn more about how I’m increasing my income, while reducing debt or if you want to have someone to discuss your debt reduction strategy with, or if you need a financial check-up, contact me.

The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
https://bible.com/1/pro.22.7.kjv

I believe in your journey to….

A Debt Free Me

Month End: September Snapshot

This month, I was able to reduce the credit card debt, and I continue to make the scheduled payments to the term loans on time without issue. If you’ve consolidated your debt into a loan that is set to pay off, continue to make your payments on time. It’s important in general to make your payments on time, because missing payments will affect your credit score. If your payment due date isn’t in line with your cash flow for the month, it’s important to contact your credit card company or lender as soon as possible to see if they can change the payment due date. Changing the payment due date may require signing new loan documents or verbally agreeing to the change, but it’s important to contact your creditors as soon as possible if you are faced with a life event that can affect payments to them. I don’t recommend ignoring or avoiding the situation. The worst case scenario is you can have liens and or judgements placed against you. If you find that your fixed expenses are more than 50% of your take home pay you are at risk to losing your assets. To clarify fixed expenses are rent/mortgage payments, utilities, insurance, subscriptions, phone payments, and any other monthly reoccurring transactions. These payments should not be greater than 50%, because it gives you no room to save money and reduce your debt. For example, if you make a $1,000 a month and your fixed expenses is $600 per month then you are at risk, simply because if you have any type of emergency you may have to borrow to cover the emergency. If your fixed expenses are greater than 50% you are more likely to stay in debt. Personally, I continue to do my plan of reducing debt and increasing income. I may use a balance transfer option to take advantage of the promotional balance transfer rate to continue to accelerate my debt reduction. Next month, I’ll discuss three strategies you can use to reduce debt.

If you want to learn more about how I’m increasing my income, while reducing debt or if you want to have someone to discuss your debt reduction strategy with, or if you need a financial check-up, contact me.

The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
https://bible.com/1/pro.22.7.kjv

I believe in your journey to….

A Debt Free Me

Month End: August Snapshot

This month, I did a balance transfer in order to reduce the balance on the regular Barclay’s card. It’s important to not fully use your credit limit, because that can weaken your credit score. It’s good to have monthly usage, but it shows poor debt management if you have high balances with only minimum payments and no principal reduction. Even if you have to sell something, I recommend reducing your balances on your cards. I was recently approached about an income earning opportunity, and after discussing it with my fiancé, I decided to take a chance. If you’re interested in learning about how to make spare time income at your own pace and being one of the few who were a part of the next big opportunity, then click on contact me at the bottom. I’ve set a goal to create income generating assets while I’m getting out of debt, and so far, to date I have two. Continue to take one step at a time no matter how rough the road ahead will be.

If you want to learn more about my opportunity, or if you want to have someone to discuss your debt reduction strategy with, or if you need a financial check-up, contact me.

The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
https://bible.com/1/pro.22.7.kjv

I believe in your journey to….

A Debt Free Me