I am more than thrilled. 12 months into starting Dave Ramsey’s Baby Steps’ Plan my husband and I are more than halfway through our debt snowball. What does that mean exactly? It means that we have paid off more than half of the total amount of debt we started off with as of July 2014.
What is a debt snowball? A debt snowball according to Dave Ramsey’s baby steps is when you list all of your debts (not including your mortgage) from smallest to largest and start paying them off in that order (regardless of interest rates). You make minimum payments on all debts except the smallest and you throw all the money you can at that smallest debt. When you knock out the smallest debt you take the amount you were throwing at that debt add it to the minimum payment you were making on the second smallest debt and work on that one. You continue to use this method until you have knocked out all your payments.
For more visual learners, it looks something like this. . .
Debt Debt Amount Payment Amount
1. Credit Card 1 $1,000 $500 plus any extra at the EOM
2. Credit Card 2 $2,500 $150
3. Student Loan $5,000 $180
4. Car Payment $8,000 $400
When you pay off debt number 1 after 2 months your revised snowball looks like this. . .
1. Credit Card 2 $2,200 $650 (500 +150) plus any extra
2. Student Loan $4700 $180
3. Car Payment $7354 $400
It’s an amazing simple process. I only wish I had begun it sooner. Now we just have to keep trudging along. 2 debts left. I feel so much lighter than I did a year ago. I feel smarter (for having started this plan). I feel more in control of my life and I definitely feel more in charge of my finances. It is possible tp regain your finances, to take back control of your life. You just have to take the first step.