In my last post I shared my Simple DIY Budget Binder, or what I like to call my Money GPS because it gives us direction to reach our financial destination. Part of reaching that destination is becoming debt-free.
After over 10 years of being debt-free we now owe over $18,000, much of which is medical debt from two years ago when we had no health insurance, and bills that were not covered by insurance from my daughter’s accident in October 2014 and my subsequent auto accident in February 2015 when a drunk driver rear-ended our car (which totaled it) and ran off into the woods. While my daughter and I have recovered well, our finances haven’t.
[UPDATE: Most of our daughter’s bills ended up being covered and we were finally able to pay this off last year!]
When faced with such huge numbers it’s easy to become discouraged but I decided to make our debt payoff into a game which is much more motivational and encouraging than thinking about the overwhelming weight of the debt.
Note: Before beginning our debt repayment plan we saved $1000 into an emergency fund, which is even more crucial in our circumstances because we don’t have credit cards to use in the event of an emergency.
The name of the game is Debt Blaster and it helps us stay motivated to pay off the debt as soon as possible.
First print off the Debt Blaster Page.
(NOTE: You can print all of the Creative Budget Binder pages including the Debt Blaster page FREE when you join The Peaceful Mom Community HERE!)
Next write your debts on individual colorful sticky notes. If you have many debts you can use more narrow sticky notes than what I used in the photo above.
Place the sticky notes on the Debt Blaster Page in order from smallest to largest.
Now it’s time for the fun part. Take every bit of extra money you can find or make and use it to pay down the first debt. Each time you make a payment place a new sticky note with the lower amount you owe on top of the old note. It is very motivational to see the amount of money dropping as you pay off more and more each month.
Once the debt is paid off remove those notes and move debt #2 to the top of the page. Continue until all debts are paid off.
You can place the Debt Blaster Page in your budget binder or place it on the front of the fridge so everyone in the family can get involved!
Today’s Money Mission: If you have debt, print and complete the Debt Blaster Page (print it for FREE when you join The Peaceful Mom Community HERE!)
You can print the blank version and use sticky notes as I have, or print the lined version and write out your debt repayment plan. Place the plan in your binder or in a visible location like the front of your fridge to remind you of your goal to be debt-free.
See the entire DIY Budget Binder HERE.