Do you have a debt plan? A week ago I asked for some debt plans from you all, the TFH Community, and I got a huge response! So, we'll start this week with our first debt plan. See if it is anything similar to your situation and maybe it will help? But, first things first, here are the client's debts:

Medical 1:  Balance $25         Payment $25     Interest Rate 0%

Medical 2:  Balance $28         Payment $25     Interest Rate 0%

Medical 3:  Balance $40         Payment $25     Interest Rate 0%

Medical 4:  Balance $71         Payment $25     Interest Rate 0%

Medical 5:  Balance $128        Payment $25     Interest Rate 0%

Medical 6:  Balance $130        Payment $25     Interest Rate 0%

Medical 7:  Balance $195        Payment $25     Interest Rate 0%

Medical 8:  Balance $216        Payment $25     Interest Rate 0%

Medical 9:  Balance $240        Payment $24     Interest Rate 0%

CC1:         Balance $1190       Payment $89    Interest Rate 29.4%

Medical 10: Balance $538.65    Payment $25    Interest Rate 0%

Car1:        Balance $7000       Payment $300   Interest Rate 8%

CC2:         Balance $3000       Payment $127   Interest Rate 25.240%

Medical 11: Balance $866        Payment $25     Interest Rate 0%

Car2:        Balance $2700       Payment $89     Interest Rate 10%

Car31:      Balance $7000       Payment $186    Interest Rate 8.99%

Student 1: Balance $4800       Payment $100    Interest Rate 0%

Furn.1:      Balance $4000      Payment $121    Interest Rate 21.99%

CC3:         Balance $2000      Payment $50      Interest Rate 17%

Car4:        Balance $7000       Payment $146    Interest Rate 8.99%

Mort.1:      Balance $160,000  Payment $1175   Interest Rate 6%

Student 2:  Balance $52,000   Payment $387.70 Interest Rate 6.5%

Mort.2:      Balance $82,000   Payment $160.16 Interest Rate 2.3%

So, let's analyze this quickly. First, their total debt is $282,714.35, with total monthly debt payments totaling $3,204.86. Not terrible, kind of common. If they paid their minimum payments, they would be out of debt in roughly 34 years. Yuck! What problems do you see here? I described it to them in this way: they are being nibbled to death by ducks. So many little medical debts, and it makes it overwhelming! But, look closer.

Only $1,636.85 of this debt is medical. At this point, these friends are overwhelmed, but when we organized it all it wasn't so daunting. Organizing these debts and paying them off IN THIS ORDER is the fastest way to get out of debt. It's a mathematic fact. Many are tempted to put higher interest rate debts first, or mortgages at the very end no matter what, but take emotion out of it, and mathematically this is the fastest, most efficient way, both in terms of least interest paid and time, to DEBT FREEDOM.

If they follow this plan, paying ONLY WHAT THEY ARE PAYING OUT OF POCKET NOW and no more, they will be out of debt (including mortgages) in 11.43 years!!! Put that in perspective. If they were 30 years old, they were looking at being debt free at 64 with no savings; if they follow this plan, at 42 they are debt free, and at 64 they have $1.5 million in the bank. GETTING A REAL DEBT PLAN IN PLACE IS SO CRUCIAL. IT COULD ADD OVER $1 MILLION TO YOUR RETIREMENT! Getting out of debt COMPLETELY takes off the financial shackles and frees you up to live your own life on your own terms. Doesn't it make you want to get your spending under control and find even MORE money a month to knock this debt out?

We'll follow up later on with another debt plan from another member of our community. One thing to note, if these friends simply sell an asset to pay off the medical debts (an asset that will give them $1700 in their pockets) and pay them off in this same order, adding the payments on top of the next debt in line, they shave almost another year off their debt freedom dateā€¦