Getting to DEBT FREE… Your Story

You wanted a place where you could share your successes, your trials and tribulations, your tips and techniques, and I give you Your Story – Getting to Debt Free.

Go to the Your Questions section on my home page to submit your story. Make sure you check the “Success Post” box or your story might get lost among the hundreds of questions I get every week. Since we don’t plan to correct anything you write — this is, after all, YOUR story — make sure it looks the way you want it to when you submit it because it’s going up exactly as is.

The first thing to include is your name (whatever name you wish to use) and the category you want the story posted under. You can choose from:

  • How I’m Doing
  • My Best Strategy
  • What’s Stopping Me
  • I’m Debt Free
  • I Need Ideas

Make sure you add one of these labels, along with a title for your story. So the first line before you write your story might look like this:

Maria’s Story, I’m Debt Free, Hurrah! I’m DF!

Then we’ll post it as Maria’s Story: Hurrah! I’m DF! under the category “I’m Debt Free.” If you leave any of these things off, your story won’t get posted, so pay attention.

Once we receive your submission, we’ll make sure it’s on theme and then add it to the Your Story pages. Others will be able to comment and give feedback. Anyone who is rude or mean will get a Virtual Gail Smack: you’ll be deleted and blocked.

This is a good place to shout your success, share ideas and support each other as you figure out your money and how to create the life you want. As Claire said:

Less secrets, more sharing can never be a bad thing!

Finally, I want you to know how proud I am of you all. Your determination to take control of your money and your life is inspiring, and I hope you’ll motivate even more people to believe that they CAN be debt free. Belief is the first step. Since we all waver from time to time, on-going support from friends moving in the same direction does wonders to reaffirm our commitment to achieving whatever goals — large or small — we’ve set for ourselves. And since we all have good ideas to share, this will be a great place to urge each other on, suggest ways to tweak a plan, or applaud the efforts in taking control.

So now it’s up to y’all to make this space as rich and rewarding as it can be. Tell your story. Share your successes. If you’re so frustrated you want to scream, scream here! We’re listening. We want to hear what you have to say. We’ll shower you with virtual hugs and kisses, or kick your butt, or whatever else it is that you want. Ask, and you shall receive.

 

Recent Success Stories

Two years ago I found myself unemployed because the company I worked for had just gone bankrupt. I worked in a company where people with poor credit came to us for assistance and wealthy people recklessly invested large parts of their savings because they were drawn in by the lure of high returns. I realized […]

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I have to say thank you for your help over the last 5+ years. I’ve read all your books and enjoy watching your shows. I started off as a student thankfully with only small loans due to a smart mom saving up for my university. Grew up living on cash so that was a big […]

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I grew up with no true financial knowledge except a strong work ethic. Neither of my parents saved for anything, including retirement. Every time I would go to relatives I was given $20 and told to “save it”. I was never shown by example what “save it” meant. Impulse spending was the norm, and most […]

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It has been almost a year since I decided to take control and learn how to manage my money. Over the years I watched your TV show periodically and found you to be very straight forward and willing to take the time not only to help the people get out of debt, but show them […]

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At my peak of despair, my income was 25K and I was carrying 70K of consumer debt. I was so stupid that I charged tuition and textbooks to my credit cards. Even before learning about your show and without fully understanding how untenable that is – I still knew I had to change in a […]

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I just feel the need to share my success with you. When I texted my husband (who is working up North right now) with my news, he said, “Your mentor would be proud”. He means you! Here’s my story: I already had an RESP for our son as well as an RRSP and life insurance, […]

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We recently bought our first house – and we used the system of living like we had bought the house – prior to buying. So like you suggest – we figured out the entire monthly cost of homeownership (which is huge), deducted our rent and saved the surplus. It was an EXCELLANT suggestion – it […]

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Looking for ideas

September 19, 2014No Comments

While I am in no means quite a success story yet, I know I’m on the road to debt-freedom. However, because of certain circumstances and choices, I’m stuck. Quick background: I am a recent graduate of a BFA program – Media Arts & Digital Technologies (I’m aiming for the Video Game Industry). I’d expected to […]

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