Paying off debt is not an easy task. A plan isn’t enough. Working two jobs isn’t enough. Sacrificing isn’t enough. You need to have the right tools under your belt.
Don’t underestimate the importance of creating an effective budget. Creating a budget is nice and even easy to do …but creating an effective budget–that’s a different story.
Fortunately, I learned some extremely valuable tips to creating a budget that works. Effective budgeting makes your money start working for you. It takes into consideration paying off debt, building up an oh sh*t emergency fund, saving for retirement, and even sneaky expenses like holidays and birthdays. (Pro-tip: using the Nav.it app can make all of this even easier.)
Trick to saving hundreds in student loan debt
But did you know you can’t pay principal-only on student loans?
Don’t worry; I learned a secret workaround for this. This secret literally saved me hundreds of dollars. I put my findings in this handy cheat sheet and added a couple more tips in the cheat sheet as well. It’s free, so download it, print it off and keep it handy as you go through your process of paying off student debt.
(Another fun trick? Use the free Debt Repayment calculator inside the nav.it money app.)
Stay motivated throughout the process
- Why are you getting out of debt?
- What are the feelings you felt that led to you wanting to make this change?
- Are you embarrassed? Did you overdraft your checking account?
- Did you not have enough money in your account to buy groceries?
Do you know how nice it is to have the freedom to travel whenever you want, spend $500 on a shopping trip guilt-free, and purchase luxury items? It’s not out of your reach.
You can do it.
In May 2014, I went to Kauai. Kauai is a beautiful, beautiful island. I hiked along the Napali Coast, some of the most rugged and gorgeous terrain; snorkeled with tropical fish and turtles; watched endangered monk seals snooze; rode in a helicopter around the island; drank Mai Tais, relaxed while reading on the beach; and my favorite memory–got caught hiking in a tropical rainstorm.
We’re changing the narrative around money but change can’t happen with a one-sided conversation. That’s why we’re excited to bring different voices and experts to share their wisdom. Send us an email and let us know what you think. And remember the nav.it money app offers you free tools for checking in and managing your money moves.
You can download it at Google Play and the Apple Store.