Let’s Do This

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Wanna hear something very cool? More and more people that I am close with or that I see every day are telling me about some things they’ve been doing recently to get some serious debt paid off. I’ve never pushed the Spending Fast on anyone close to me (at least I hope not) because that would be annoying and wouldn’t work anyway. I’ve let them do their thing while I did mine. I figured if anyone in my life decided they were done with being in debt they would know that I would help by telling them how I did it, how it worked for me, and that I would have their back when things got tough.

I still can’t help but be secretly overjoyed when they tell me what they’ve been doing to get rid of debt. I say “secretly overjoyed” because I try to contain my excitement for them so they don’t get weirded out by my enthusiasm. It’s hard to contain my excitement and passion for the Spending Fast because I KNOW it works.

Here’s what they’ve been doing(!):

  • One person I know has doubled their payments every month towards their college loans
  • One called me while thinking about purchasing a car and decided to hold off because the purchase ultimately didn’t align with their long-term goals
  • One person started taking the bus to work everyday
  • Someone else I know is re-thinking how they put together outfits so she can avoid going shopping
  • Another person determined that they were addicted to shopping and is seeking help for the addiction
  • Another is starting a Spending Fast tomorrow (!yay!!)

Some of these are bigger than others but they’re all taking action and doing something towards the process of debt removal.

Why wait to have a better life? If you’re sick of having debt you can be free of it. It may take a longer or shorter amount of time than it took me and it all depends on how drastic you go, how much debt you have to start with and how much additional income you generate. There may be some differences between your situation and mine on the surface but I urge you to pay attention to the similarities. It can be done.

Start a Spending Fast. I dare you.

P.S. Ready to get out of debt ASAP? Check out the Spending Fast Bootcamp!


5 thoughts on “Let’s Do This

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  1. K.D.

    Hi Anna,

    I've been following your blog for awhile and I have to commend you on your successes and even when you may come up short. Because you're not afraid to admit your errors, evaluate where you went wrong and try to not repeat the mistakes, you are making real progress in life!
    So thanks in part to you, I have decided to start a 6 month spending fast as of Sept 15 2011 – March 15 2012. It's my first one ever so I thought I would start with six months and see how I do. I've already drafted my lists of must spends and no buys. The reason for my fast is to finish the debt payoff I started in 2009 at $56K (really long story behind this number). I'm currently down to $26K. My goal is to be completely debt free by June 30 2013 if not sooner! All extra funds will now be directed to my current target debt of my car loan as I already have my baby E-fund in place. Wish me luck and again thank you for providing a site with great content; it's a joy to read :)


  2. Rich

    Great job K.D. And I am newly inspired. Today my debt stands at $61,672. Lots of stories there too. I hope to be in your position in a few years (or even better :) ) Good luck.

  3. Andrea @MoneyMastered

    Like you, I love hearing about steps other people are taking to get out of debt. Just when I think I've heard of everything, someone comes up with a new method that is totally unique to them and their situation.

    I find it hard not to tell everyone I know about my situation and all the changes I've made, but I've learned that most people don't want to hear it. If they mention being in debt or trying to pay it off, I might mention some of the things I've done, but people look at you like you're an alien if you start talking about saving and debt. Unfortunately too many people are still stuck in spending mode.

    I always enjoy reading here. Keep it up!


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