About three years ago I sat down
About seven years ago (2000), I sat down and knew for sure I was in debt. I had
credit cards that were over the limit, due to me charging and charging, but not
I used to write checks at the grocery stores in
order to get cash back. I knew I would be paid within a day or so and that the money would be there when the
check cleared, just not at the time it was written. I was so deep in debt.
I would submit credit card offers all the time, and over time, I would get
rejected and wonder what the problem was. So at the tender age of around 20,
with a credit score that had to be in the 400's, I decided I needed to make a
I signed up with a debt consolidation program, got all my cards together and
paid a small monthly amount. Once one was paid off, I put that extra money
toward the other card, and so forth. I was broke, couldn't even afford to eat
sometimes, but I did what I had to do. Slowly, but surely, the debt started to
fall off. I began to realize how good it feels to finally pay off something. So
I continued to do so. I monitored my credit report and score and began to save
When I was in the process of getting out of debt, I researched many
debt websites online. Debtsmart.com was one of them that I stuck with. I
subscribed to receive the biweekly email newsletter, and I read them.
They offered great advice and ideas. I learned to talk my APR down. I even
forwarded articles to friends in need.
In 2003, I graduated from college and did not have that much debt left over.
Wasn't making much salary wise, and didn't have much saved. I realized that I
would soon want to move out on my own and needed savings and a better credit
score. So I managed to get a promotion at the job, making twice what I was
making before. I paid off everything, except for the student loan. And my credit
score was in the mid 700's!
I made the decision in 2004 that in 2005 I would make my first home purchase.
So I saved and saved and managed to have about $5,500 in savings in addition to
my great credit score. I purchased all my furniture prior to the move and just
made payments on it until I was able to move into my place. I paid it off once
I moved in, which in the long run made sense, because I would move in with new
furniture and no debt. I also was able to renovate the entire place due to the
fact I had no debt. I did, however, run up the credit card again to $10,000, but
to me that was nothing, because that was the only card I had.
And here I am, two and a half years later, and that credit card will be paid
off next month! And based on how I learned to pay off things aggressively, it
was a piece of cake. I tell others about it, and they are shocked to know that I
was able to do what I did.