Debt Reduction, Mortgage

How We Are Paying Off Our Mortgage

We have a 15-year fixed-rate home mortgage – and we are working hard to pay it off in less than 10 years. We purchased our home in February of 2010.  The original mortgage term of our our loan was 180 months, with the loan due to be paid off in March of 2025.  So far, we have whittled away 7 months from that date. Here’s what we do – Each month we make our monthly mortgage payment.  We do so via an auto-draft from our online banking account. Then, we make an extra, principal-only payment.  We write (type) the words “apply to principal” in the memo section of the check.  Our mortgage company knows to apply this payment towards our…

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Debt Reduction

Fight For Your Independence And Get Out Of Debt

Let’s not wait until January 1st to focus on getting out of debt.  It’s July – It’s time.  Fight for your independence-  and get out of debt, today! No doubt, a little dramatic, but you get the point.  Today is the day to start planning for tomorrow.  Here’s how I paid off my consumer debt – including credit cards and an automobile loan – plus some tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way. Stop Borrowing – This is the key, first step.  Put the credit card in the wallet, and stop using it.  You don’t have to cut it up, or freeze it in a bucket water.  Make a decision to stop going deeper into debt – and then…

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Debt Reduction, Motivation

How To Stay Motivated While Getting Out Of Debt

Let’s be real.  The idea of getting out of debt sounds awesome.  The day-to-day grind of getting out of debt… not so much. Here’s how to stay motivated while getting out of debt – Celebrate Your Progress – Check those numbers and get excited about the amount of debt you have already paid off!  For our family, we are working to pay off our mortgage (update this week!) – and while our progress has been a little slower than we had hoped – we are 1/4 of the way there!  It’s super-motivating to see just how far we have come. Connect With Others – This has been very important for our family.  (So much so, that I started No Credit…

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