The Money Mindset Podcast

#121 BSS - Deciding Which Debt to Pay First

February 2nd, 2023

Wondering where to put the rest of your money after you've paid all your bills? Should you use it to pay off more debt, or should you put it towards something else?

Listen in today's episode, as Ashley discusses debt strategies with Christina, including what to do with her leftover money after paying all of her bills, how to allocate those funds, and what her options are for paying off her debt.

Hosting Today:
I'm Ashley Patrick, ex detective turned debt-free CEO of my very own business and stay at home mom of three. Not too long ago, my dreams of staying at home with my kids seemed impossible. I thought I'd have to stay miserable in a high stress demanding job, just so I could retire someday.

After gaining the confidence in my own ability to manage my family's finances and a simple step-by-step plan to make it happen, I was able to pay off $45,000 in just 17 months, which then allowed me to finally quit my job, stay at home with my kids, and build a debt-free business.

Now, my mission is to help moms like you conquer debt and free themselves from the mental load of handling their family's finances.

“Well, it's overwhelming. And then you're like, I don't know what to do because I'm overwhelmed. And so when you just take it one step at a time, so just focus on the one debt you wanna pay off first, I find running the numbers motivating, especially if you have a good chunk each month that you could send to it and you see that number, you're like, oh, I can do that. It'll help get you going. It'll give you that momentum to get started.”
- Ashley Patrick

00:00 - How to sign up for your Budget Strategy Session
00:38 - Introduction to today's episode
01:16 - Meet Christina
04:02 - Christina's financial struggle
06:23 - What to do with the money that is left over after paying bills
08:38 - Emergency and Sinking funds
09:44 - Having a buffer amount
11:13 - Deciding on your biggest financial goal
13:37 - Which debt to pay off first
17:01 - Focusing on one debt at a time
19:07 - Christina's 24 hour action step
19:34 - Impact, Debt Snowball, and Debt Avalanche method
23:07 - Planning your left over money where you want it to go

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