Since I turned 18, I have always had some sort of debt. Whether it was a student loan, or a credit card debt, or a car loan, there was always something holding me back financially. It took me years to repay my student loan (6 years) and my car loan (3 years) along with some credit card debt, and everything would have been perfectly fine, had I not been accumulating “new” debt while paying off my “old” debt.
To make things easier, let’s just say that my “old” debt has now been paid off, but my “new” debt has reached a whopping number of £13800! To be perfectly honest, I am not sure if this number scares me or not. I guess it’s not so much the number itself, as the very fact that I am and have been in debt for a while now. It does not feel good. It sets limits to things I could do in my life. So there it is… I am planning to pay off all my debt in 2,5 years! All of it. And here’s how.
Paying off my debt Plan
I have divided my debt into two big chunks. The first part of it is £4340 which is my credit card debt at 0% APR until July 2014 (*more on this next time). The second part is my personal loan for £9460 at 15,9% APR (ouch!) which I took out in December last year to pay off within five years. After careful consideration, I have decided to settle my £4340 “bill” first, and I am going to do this in 12 months making my very first payment on the 1st of August.
Why not start straight away? There is a reason behind it and I will share it here very soon. Naturally, I will also be making monthly repayments to pay off my personal loan too; however, a huge chunk of it will be taken in interest by the bank.
Once my debt#1 has been settled, my next step would be to renegotiate an interest rate on my personal loan and change my repayment plan. I will attempt to pay off the remaining amount of my debt#2 (which should be around £7000-7500 in July 2014) in another 16 months which means I should be debt free by December 2015, just in time for Christmas!
Why divide my debt into two: debt#1 and debt#2? Well, instead of setting one big goal (to clear all my debt in 2,5 years), I set two smaller goals (pay off debt#1 and then move on to pay off debt#2). This way the likelihood of staying focused, motivated and somewhat inspired throughout the whole process is much bigger. The last thing I want is to set one big goal and give up half way through! Oh, and no more “new” debt, but I guess this is pretty clear anyway. So there it is… as honest about my financial situation as I have ever been! Phew!