Our Debt-Free Story
We made some really lame financial decisions in the first few years of our marriage. When we finally got serious about creating a game plan, we started to change our marriage, and our family tree.
We paid off $39,772.05 in 23 months.
The journey is far from over, but we've kicked it in the pants and are now debt-free. It's not been easy, but it's sure been rewarding. We've been able to do some pretty cool things since paying off our debt like: Having a baby, Kelsey switching to part-time, Eric becoming a Financial Coach.
It's Your Money: What Will You Do With It? We were a few years out of college with a brand new house we could barely afford and nearly $40,000 in debt. After overspending $1,500 one month, we decided to clean up our act before starting a family and spent the next 23 months digging our way out of debt on a very average household income. This book will tell you how we did it and give you practical steps on how you can do it, too.
You might be frustrated with all of the money advice you get. It can be very pointed and opinionated. But there is usually more than one way of doing things. While understanding financial principles is great, you'll ultimately have to discover what works for you and your money. It's Your Money is a book with two parts. The first part tells our' story, filled with money lessons we learned throughout our early adult life - how we ended up in debt due to financial mistakes and lessons we were never taught growing up. Part II is filled with practical action steps to help you get a handle on your own finances and start developing a plan to help you achieve your goals. You'll be motivated and inspired to win with your money.
Eric was interviewed by Jess Lively for her podcast "The Lively Show." She had this to say about our story...
After reading this book, I was so inspired by his story that I spent the rest of the day with my husband reevaluating our finances. Since then, we have killed two(!) student loans and are now substantially saving for a new home in the next two years. I can quite honestly say that his story has made a profound and positive impact on our financial future... -Jess Lively (with-intention.com)