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

5 years ago I was in debt about 12k. I had never told my husband so I decided one day to sit with him and tell him everything about my financial problems and the steps I took to solve them. I had a plan to be debt-free by 2013, to start an emergency fund (6 […]

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We did it!

March 14, 2016No Comments

You confirmed what I tried to do 11 years ago. And also, you gave me great ideas on handling my debt. 11 years ago we were $30,000 in debt and had a $110,500 mortgage. Every payday we split up our money to different bills and housekeeping expenses as well as made double payments on our […]

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I wrote last year to say that I followed your show Til Debt Do Us Part & that I followed your budget spreadsheet. The plan was to be debt free in 2 years. I’m happy to say that before 2015 ended we were debt free. It feels good to start 2016 with only fixed expenses […]

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I was the first lady whose book you signed in Vancouver. I lived for that day! The pressure of being the first on the line was that I had to be considerate of the people behind me even though I was dying to chat with you if only for a minute or two. The pressure […]

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This guy right here

February 22, 20162 Comments

Who had $55,000 worth of non-mortgage debt by the time they were 25? This guy right here. What did that $55,000 represent? Student loans: $30,000 ($17,500 @ 5.25%; $12,500 @ 3%) Credit card: $5,000 (11%) Car loan: $20,000 (5.5%) I graduated university at 25, and had 6 months until I had to start making payments […]

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It was about 5 years years ago, and I was a single gal living in the city. I had $8 left on my credit card to buy groceries to last the week, until I got paid on Friday; I had no food and no money. That was my low point, and I was finally ready […]

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I am 36 and reside in Kenora, Ontario (on beautiful Lake of The Woods). I’m married to with two children ages 12 and 6. I’m not usually watching TV or feel compelled to write anyone, but with your show it hit me differently. I often watch your show, one of my favorites and have been […]

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We just wanted to take a minute and share how happy my wife and I are that we are almost completely creditor debt free! We would watch your show, and realized that we were on the same path as so many of families on your show. We owed $43,812 – 4 1/2 years ago in […]

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