Once debt free it is important to stay debt free. This is one of the lessons we teach our boys. It is easy to get back into debt if you let yourself once you are debt free. I know this from personal experience. I let myself do this several times until I got tired of the rollercoaster of debt and jumped off.
It took me remembering the pain that I felt when I was in debt and the times that I wondered how I was going to make the minimal payments that were due for the month.
People I worked with in the past had different reasons why they wanted to stay debt free. Some didn’t like the feeling of not wanting to answer their front door because it could be a debt collector, some people were afraid to answer the phone and others were afraid to check the mail because it may have more letters from Debt Collection companies. Finally, the pain of those experiences was enough for them to make a change and take action to not only get debt free but to stay debt free.
If you are married or in a committed relationship then this can be twice as hard than for a single person of course. So, if you are married or in a relationship it is so important to have this be one of your monthly topics at your monthly financial review meeting or celebration parties. What ever you want to call it.
Once you are debt free for life then you can start focusing on your Financial Freedom goals and how you are going to get there. For our situation we wanted to be debt free except for the house before we started saving for our retirement.
We know the value of investing money early but with debt we are investing into getting debt free for life so we can then really be focused on our Financial Freedom goals.
Some times people want to be totally debt free including their house before investing for retirement. There is no right or wrong way that I feel as long as you are reaching your retirement goals. Reminder that it is a math choice and consequences. Bottom line you need to be happy with your choices and can live with the consequences.
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