Are you desperate to get out of debt and can’t wait to live a debt FREE life?
If you’re like me, just typing the word FREE will make you feel amazing as well as woeful.
Amazing because, without so much effort, you can imagine the great feeling of a debt-free life.
Woeful because you know exactly what’s like to live with debt.
There was a time when I hated debt so much.
The debt was all I could think about to the point it made me physically ill and emotionally drained.
Thank god, those ill-effects of debt are now in the past.
Not because I’m debt-free but because I’ve come to terms with it.
And most importantly, I’m doing something about it.
Below is how I started my debt-free journey I’m currently on that might help you start off your own.
B-Word and Spontaneous You
You’ve probably read millions of debt-free tips by now and come across the hideous b-word over and over: budgeting.
There seems to be no getting around it for anyone who’s serious about getting rid of debt.
And you might feel a tad depressed about it.
Because you’re a spontaneous person, forever seeking fun and not much of a planner of any sort.
Naturally, budgeting is considered as the death of life.
In your mind, there’s nothing more boring than budgeting.
That’s how I felt about budgeting for a long time until I was pushed over the edge and had to do something about the ever-increasing debt.
So, if you’re a spontaneous person and feel constrained or intimidated by the prospect of budgeting, here’s one suggestion that’ll get you to start off your debt-free journey.
It may not work for everyone – we all have different debt situations – but it worked for me.
In fact, with my strong spur-of-the-moment tendency, it was the only way to take back control of my finance, therefore, my sanity.
If you’re reading this, you’ve likely recognised your debt issue. You want to live a debt-free life sooner than later.
So, what’s the very first step to take on your debt-free journey if you hate budgeting like I used to?
Here’s the answer:
Go gung-ho with your expenses.
Go cold turkey on your spending.
Cut expenses to the bone.
I know – I essentially repeated the same thing three times.
Not because I doubt your intelligence.
I just want to emphasise that this thing really works.
It was the only way for me to start my debt-free journey with a clean slate.
I promise: you aren’t going to starve or die!
Why does this gung-ho thing work?
You Take Immediate Action
When you don’t get along with budgeting, the chances are you’ll be spending way too much time thinking about “start budgeting”.
Trust me. I’ve been there.
Maybe you’ve downloaded one of those fancy looking budgeting printables.
Took a quick look at it and thought you’d start “tomorrow”.
Oh, that excel budget sheet might be better.
Download it and put it on the back burner.
I’ll start after the next paycheck.
And then, before you know it, the whole month is gone.
Just like the previous month. And the one before that.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
Begin your debt-free journey the very same day you read this by cutting expenses straightaway.
I hear another “BUT” coming…
“I’ve Got to Sort the Expenses”
I understand what you mean.
Knowing essential expenses and non-essential expenses is an important part of tackling debt.
But let’s be honest:
Do you really need to sit down and think about it to know the difference?
If we’re really honest with ourselves, we already know enough to begin.
In fact, we’ve known all along.
The problem is we want to insist on non-essentials as essentials because there are things we don’t want to give up.
I used to do that all the time.
But this slack view on money and spending habits gotta go when we have a debt to clear.
If you’re unsure, ask one question to yourself when you’re about to buy something:
Will I suffer without it?
Not a matter of life or death suffering but close enough.
A tad dramatic?
What can I say: it works!
For example, will you suffer if you stop a monthly subscription for your broadband service?
I’m sure we both agree that the answer is a resounding yes.
In this day and age, the internet is not a want but a need.
More so, if you do side hustles to make extra money to pay off your debt like blogging.
How about Netflix or Amazon Prime? And cable TV?
Not so much.
By the way, don’t confuse withdrawal syndrome with suffering.
A good way of looking at it is, can you fill the same time (=activities) with something else and be rewarded better for it?
For example, you may not be able to find an alternative activity to side hustling and make the same extra money.
On the other hand, the benefits of reading, exercising, learning or even cooking outweighs the money spent and time wasted on cable TV.
If you have that lingering thought on the back of your mind, “I’ve got to start budgeting” but never get around to doing it (and feel guilty about it), just starting by cutting expenses will give you a head start.
You’ll soon start taking control of your finances.
When you eventually sit down and budget, you’ll have dramatically reduced expenses.
In other words, it’ll make your first budgeting a lot easier, simpler and faster when you finally get around it.
I thoroughly recommend you take this first step of your debt-free journey especially if you’re struggling with budgeting.
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