You’ve made the decision to get out of debt.
So now what?
Some people never get beyond this point because they don’t know where to start. The big picture is overwhelming, so people often quit before they ever write the first check to pay off a debt. But you don’t have to worry, because you’re about to discover the first step toward saying goodbye to debt!
Before you learn this secret, you need to be forewarned: This step may surprise you. It will seem like the wrong thing to do. You won’t guess it offhand because most people don’t think it has anything to do with getting out of debt. Are you ready?
The first step is this: Save $1,000 as fast as you can.
You weren’t expecting that, were you? Why would anyone put money in a savings account instead of using it to pay off debt?
Because life happens.
Think of your emergency fund as a safety net. Saving first allows you to get in the mind-set of being in control of your money. It forces you to make a change. Saving money can actually become addicting once you see you can do it!
We don’t know when a storm will come our way, but we know rainy days do come eventually. Your air conditioner breaks in the middle of July. Your car has a busted transmission. Your kid breaks their arm at baseball practice. Surprises like these are a part of life. But if you have $1,000 in an emergency fund, you won’t have to go deeper into debt when the inevitable comes your way.
Jump-Start Your Savings Fund
If you’re serious about getting out of debt, work as hard as you can to put away $1,000 quickly. Here are a few ideas!
Make a budget.
Zero-based budgeting is essential to your financial success. Your budget is the key to saving your $1,000 emergency fund. It will show you where you’re overspending and where you can cut back to save instantly. But if you don’t make a monthly budget, you’ll never know how many different areas you could be saving in.
Scale the grocery budget way back.
We know it might sound impossible, but it is doable! Make a shopping list and stick to it. Stop purchasing “wants” and only purchase necessary items. If you cave in to impulse purchases when walking down the aisles, consider doing curbside grocery pickup. Switch to store-brand products. Challenge yourself to get creative and only cook with the items left in your pantry. Make slow cooker meals and see how far they’ll help you stretch your groceries throughout the week.
Purge the house.
Sell the mysterious items in the attic and the clothing you didn’t even know was lurking in your closet. Get rid of the high-priced jewelry you bought to keep up with the Joneses. Sell the boat. Sell the car. Look for social groups or websites like facebook marketplace and Craigslist to sell everything you’re not using. After all, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.
Find ways to bring in extra cash.
Are you a great photographer? Can you knit masterpiece blankets in no time? Now is the time to use your hobbies or skills to generate extra income. Look for opportunities to work overtime.
If your job doesn’t give you that option, consider finding an extra gig to take on during weeknights or the weekend. Sure, it might not be glamorous delivering pizzas or stocking canned goods at the grocery store—but then again, swimming in debt isn’t too glamorous either.
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Decide what you can live without.
Are you ready for some 21st century sacrifice? Go through your bills and cancel any needless memberships and subscription services. Wave goodbye to that unused gym membership and monthly magazines you never read! Maybe it’s time to ditch the cable (and even Netflix) and get to know your DVD collection once again.
Look at it this way: If you’re working an extra job, do you even have time for binge-watching numerous TV shows? A little bit of sacrifice for a period of time can add up to extra cash in your pocket pretty quickly!
Once you’ve reached the magic number, take your money to the bank. Don’t keep it at home—you’ll use it because it’s there! You’d be amazed at how easy it is to justify an “emergency” when you forget to get cash for a field trip, the pizza driver needs a tip, or your co-workers are pooling money for a farewell gift. Instead of tempting yourself with cash on hand, open a savings account separate from your regular checking account. Put your $1,000 in it and leave it alone. Don’t touch it. It’s for emergencies.(Oh, and a clearance sale at your favorite store is not an emergency.)
You Can Do It
A safety net for the unexpected isn’t the only plus in starting your emergency fund. This first step also gives you confidence, a feeling of accomplishment, and a sense of control. This step proves you can save money. You can control your behavior. You’ve discovered the power of intense focus and determination. Now keep using those skills to tackle the next step—getting rid of your debt.
You’ve got this!
Now is the best time to start taking control of your money! I’ll be covering many topics to teach and encourage saving and debt freedom. Be sure to subscribe to this podcast and my blog at ProsperityRx.com to learn how to save money, make a budget, pay off your debt, reduce your taxes and invest for your future.
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Jim Rohn Once Said:
In the process of living, the winds of circumstances blow on us all in an unending flow that touches each of our lives.…
What guides us to different destinations in life is determined by the way we have chosen to set our sail. The way that each of us thinks makes the major difference in where each of us arrive. The major difference is the set of the sail.
The same circumstances happen to us all. We have disappointments and challenges. We all have reversals and those moments when, in spite of our best plans and efforts, things just seem to fall apart.…In the final analysis, it is not what happens that determines the quality of our lives, it is what we choose to do when we have struggled to set the sail and then discover, after all of our efforts, that the wind has changed directions.
When the winds change, we must change. We must struggle to our feet once more and reset the sail in the manner that will steer us toward the destination of our own deliberate choosing. The set of the sail, how we think and how we respond, has a far greater capacity to destroy our lives than any challenges we face. How quickly and responsibly we react to adversity is far more important than the adversity itself. Once we discipline ourselves to understand this, we will finally and willingly conclude that the great challenge of life is to control the process of our thinking.
Learning to reset the sail with the changing winds rather than permitting ourselves to be blown in a direction we did not purposely choose requires the development of a whole new discipline. It involves going to work on establishing a powerful, personal philosophy that will help to influence in a positive way all that we do and that we think and decide. If we can succeed in this worthy endeavor, the result will be a change in the course of our income, lifestyle and relationships, and in how we feel about the things of value as well as the times of challenge. If we can alter the way we perceive, judge and decide upon the main issues of life, then we can dramatically change our lives.
Set your sail for prosperity, get out of debt, create additional streams of income, and life life to its fullest. That is your prescriotion for prosperity.