If you dream of achieving financial freedom you should know that it is certainly possible but you will need to have to make some changes. Even without knowing your situation it is obvious that you can not continue to keep doing things the way you have done in the past. As long as you, and your partner, are totally committed to making the needed changes, you can get ahead and stay ahead.
Most people don’t have the option of making more money. Even if you can put in overtime you can only do that for so long and most of it gets eaten up with taxes anyway. So, the only way to free up money in your budget is to make some sacrifices. They do not have to be big sacrifices in most cases, just enough to free up some money every month.
When you have freed up that money you can then apply it to your debt. You see, the only way you go about achieving financial freedom is to get debt free and stay debt free. That has got to be your first step.
When you are looking at your budget, please be honest. If you like to go out to lunch everyday at work, calculate how much money you could save in a month if you brought your lunch just once or twice a week.
Most people would find that they can save hundreds of dollars a month just by not eating out so often. Once you’ve ‘found more money’ you can than take that and apply it to pay down your debt.
That will take time. There are two approaches you can use to pay down debt: you can start with the debt that has the highest interest rates or you can just start with the smallest debt and work your way up from there.
Make sure you continue to make payments on all the debt you have while you are paying off some other debt. Even the minimum payment is better than nothing. Once you’ve gotten one debt paid off, take the money you were paying on that and add that amount to the next smallest debt payment.
If you keep repeating this process you can be debt free more quickly than you may have thought possible. Of course, to make this work you have to put your credit cards away and stop buying things that you can not pay for in cash.
When you get out of debt, make it a lifestyle to live within your means. Set a budget and stick with it. Try to live as credit card free as possible. Balance what you want to have with the stress of being in debt. Most people would agree that peace of mind is worth so much more than the latest cool gadget to come along.
Achieving financial freedom is not as hard as you may think, but it will take time, patience, and discipline but the rewards of peace of mind and a stress free life are well worth it.