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

Had it not been for the drilling you gave couples on “Til Debt Do Us Part” we would not be debt free today. We would be making minimum payments forever. The repetition is what I needed to focus and discipline myself. As of yesterday I paid off the debt with our tax rebate cheque and […]

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August 22, 20141 Comment

Gail has always said save an emergency fund while also paying down debt. I understood the reasoning and the importance BUT of course I wanted the debt monkey off my back so badly I put every penny I could towards it. 5 days after I paid off my student debt, my boyfriend lost his job. […]

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I have been following you and your shows since I was 18. At 23 I graduated from college debt free (with 2 diplomas) and at 25 I bought my 1st condo (which is my 1st debt), at 28 I bought my house and rented out the condo, putting me back in the black. It’s been […]

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I am in my late 20s, carrying a mortgage on my own and house poor, so I have to admit – I’m guilty of saying “I don’t have the money to save right now”. I just wanted to let you know I took your great advice, figured out when I would max out my CPP/EI […]

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I just wanted to thank you for your autograph at Costco by the Casino in Edmonton. I gave you a broach as a thank you for being a bright spark in my life and I want you to know how much you mean to people on a daily basis. I’ve had such a bad year […]

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Under these posts we’ll have an opportunity to share our thoughts about our journeys and our growth. These questions will make you think. You don’t have to answer right away. Noodle for a while and then come back and jot down your ideas. Or start your own notebook where you track your journey privately. I’m […]

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For almost 18 years I have lived in debt with my husband and it drove me mad at many points over the years. Nothing was worst than my husband thinking it was okay to be in debt, his lists of wants was endless. He is a great person but I must admit his money management […]

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I just wanted to write you a quick email to thank you for my personal financial success. We have never met, but I have been watching your show Til Debt Do Us Part since I was 18. I just turned 26, 100% consumer debt free, and today purchased my first home. I am one of […]

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