Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A New Years Resolution - Debt Elimination

A great New Years Resolution is to eliminate your families debt! 
Here is a great way to do it:

"A debt-elimination calendar can help you reduce or eliminate debt. Mark off several
columns on a piece of paper. In the first column on the left, write the names
of the months, beginning with the upcoming month. At the top of the next column,
write the name of the creditor you want to pay off first. It may be the debt with the
highest interest rate, or the earliest pay-off date. List the monthly payment for that
creditor until the loan is repaid as shown in the illustration above. At the top of the
next column, record the name of the second creditor you want to repay, and list
payments due each month. After you have repaid the first creditor, add the amount
of that monthly payment to your payment to the second creditor. (In the example
above, notice that the family finished making monthly payments on their credit
card. They then added $110 to the $70 furniture payment, creating a new monthly
payment of $180.) Continue the process until all loans are repaid."

-"One for the Money: Guide to Family Finance," Elder Marvin J. Ashton

Here is the link to the pamphlet and the debt elimination graph: