It’s also sad when people don’t show up to work because they died over the weekend of old age.”. Like other posters here I have lent money to friends and cringed as I saw them continue to indulge in luxuries and consumer spending. Loaned a friend $1200 for a mortgage payment, four years ago; have yet to see a penny of it. You pay 10,000 in interest to the bank to save ~2800 in taxes paid to the Govt. Seriously! First, we want to save up 5k to cover our new much higher insurance deductible. Then allocate whatever is left over to your debt reduction plan. Logan, that depends on the type of retirement account. joe @ Retire By 40 We save everything we can and now just have to put in the required number of months/years to hit our number$. (We have no debt other than our four properties – one we live in, three apt buildings. No, I don’t need a budget to pay back my debt, and I certainly don’t need two more credit cards. In this case, I’d keep paying off the credit card, and if possible get a line of credit on your house to pay off the credit cards, and then pay the line of credit down to increase your safety margin. Senor Moustache, I currently have approx. My frugal nature has become habit; the lifestyle ingrained. Double Down They often detail income, spending, and debt situations. I figure the 7% “return” on my loans is pretty good, and the emotional payoff of becoming debt-free is a priority for me. And If you’re earning less than 3% its probably time to re-think your portfolio. © Mr. Money Mustache. StraightStache You know. It would take 10 years at 4% to add another $4,000 to your debt. Thanks, MMM, for the link to my site–traffic is off the hook. I’m still amazed at the number of people who take the time and effort to read this blog yet stupidly continue to pay on cars they don’t own outright and cable tv that is a total waste of funds … and eating out and going to movies/bars …. My budget was very tight and I had to be frugal but by the time I had it paid off I had a much greater appreciation for the amount of work it takes to get out of debt and pay for the things that I want. It is an honor to be doing this session! Personally I’d pay off any 6.8% debt(s) before anything else. I’ve been done with the CC debt for many years, working on wiping out student loan debt this year, I’m not interested in someone baby talking their way toward suggesting modest changes that have limited results. Totally relate to this. Well said. I need to fix this immediately, so obviously all spending beyond food, and getting to and from work in the cheapest way possible, is now suspended. If anyone has arguments to the contrary, send them in a comment – I am interested! I realize now, however, that there are no emergencies. We are never done and there is always room for constant improvement. If you have a 30-year fixed rate mortgage and expect inflation to go up in the future, that is another argument for not paying it off earlier. Instead I borrowed the money at 6% from my Mother and paid it off early. I know many others who try the drastic process, and fail, and that’s it. The Bernanke screws with the currency – you’re hosed. Already, you have to know somebody is up to something fishy. Tax write offs….let’s see. But again, buying $300 shoes while you still have a mortgage and are not financially independent? Nurse Frugal Logically, it follows that even if you only wake up several credit cards later and realize that you have fucked up, the emergency applies to an even greater degree. Don’t worry, there is nothing wrong with making errors. The point you made about learning fiscal responsibility as a 10 year old child (Wow, you probably already knew this before you acquired your facial hair!) Nor, are Sure, these sums of money are big when measured against the cost of groceries, and they are not sums of money to be wasted. During this time, we drove cheapest card around (no, biking is not an option here), we sat on the broken sofa and watched over-the-air free TV on the old style TV…. Congratulations! At the later stages, you can start to take it easy, but right now is the time for some hard work. I just don’t understand how they sleep at night – I know that I couldn’t. BTW, I never lend money I want to see again to friends I want to see again. Ahh, you’re further ahead than I thought – you are already hooked up with Vanguard! Thanks. Also, I would strongly recommend not buying unless you can put AT LEAST 20% down (plus closing costs) so that you can avoid paying private mortgage insurance (PMI). I also have ~$5K in a retirement account. You are looking at a known money sink (debt interest) versus an unknown potential gain (securities.) No Name Guy Depending on where in your billing cycle the charge occurred, you’ll get an average of six weeks at 0%. Love reading your blog. How much cash do you suggest a family of two have on hand at any given time? You DEFINITELY don’t want a cash cushion in this case, because the credit card is already an expensive cash cushion running in the negative. And this article is simply to point out that most people don’t make ANY sacrifices to get out of credit card debt. So that’s my real point: consumer debt is NOT a normal part of life. While I will never reach a full MMM (children are my vice), I use personal finance blogs to keep me motivated. Also your car’s too expensive, hope the insurance is low and the mpg are high. Further Reading: one man’s description of what it feels like to escape from over $100k of student loan debt in less than a year – by treating it like an emergency and applying some real effort to it: http://nomoreharvarddebt.com/2012/03/29/mission-accomplished/, Or if you prefer a 4-minute video summary of his experience: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=1Y6kTsBNH78. When I found the castle stash sometime in high school, it wasn’t more than I could earn in a day or two of mowing lawns or construction site work, but I can’t pretend I’m not still proud that I had amassed something over $200 in my castle before maybe 3rd grade. But that person had moved their debt to be secured by their house, at some point, the house can be taken(foreclosed). But the reason had better be a good one. The plan was for this cash to go into our savings for the next few years until we have our cushion, THEN we would begin to invest. I always set up a line of credit on whatever house I’m living in, and keep its balance at zero whenever possible. There is nothing wrong with being a type one person or a type two person. Uh, no. Here we are learning how to rake together much larger sums of money to allow us to live our lives free from mandatory work. When you have success, it will build confidence and you’ll suddenly find that getting out of debt is waaaay more fun than buying crap. Some people believe that it makes more sense to take those extra payments toward the house and use the money instead to purchase assets that out perform the savings gained by eliminating mortgage debt. Seriously, MMM, please consider writing a post about Common Myths About Taxes! Related question – I’m sitting on $5k cash in savings as an emergency fund, plus a couple thousand for monthly expenses in checking. That is crazy talk! Mountain Man Money Moustache Every time you go out for dinner while you still have credit card debt each dollar for that meal likely costs $1.10 or something if one does the math. This shouldn’t have, but made me laugh. There was a time many years ago my younger brother showed up at my I know this post is almost three years old, but I’d love to see that research. I try to be a voice of reason, but there is always an excuse. However, a person who is $10k, $50, or more in debt is a like a person who just had a quadruple bypass. Then we went out and bought my first share of stock, Disney! do I really want to spend all that time away from home and my family for minimum wage? If I used the savings to pay down debt, it would barely make a dent and what would happen if I had an emergency? If I can give one of these up – no problem. I actually found your site via his…and was referred to him by none other than…Ramit. Sorry if I lose all credibility due to the misspricing, but you could easily get to $30 with taxes and tip. But my point to this looooong post (sorry!) Did the math set up for you, plug in your own numbers. I have 21000 on my credit card at 0% interest until October. Cut down one meal out , then another, and another. DiggingForDividends Start slow and learn. October 24, 2013, 9:38 pm. The impression I got from the Harvard Guy is that he isn’t planning on continuing his frugal ways now that he’s paid off his debt (which he paid off in large part by liquidating his retirement savings). If you save 75%, you can retire in 7 years. But if you can suggest a good website to … I would like to get a second job, but I travel so much for my day job that a.) Namely, “If money solves your problem, then it’s not a very big problem.” I think Big Problems are physical and mental illness, trauma, death of a loved one and grief that follows and money doesn’t fix these things. I would recommend a small cash equivalent cushion to cover minimum expenses in case of unemployment. Where do I get started? (what are the rates on those things these days, anyway?). You can alter and extend your loans; retimrement accounts not as well. Good stuff, Mr. Mustache! If you pay off $100 of the principle next month, and your interest rate is 5%, you are actually decreasing what you will need to pay by $135. ), Mr. Frugal Toque I’m not in the loan business anymore. My situation is almost 28k in savings and one loan, a 48k mortgage at (ahem) 2.7%! Hard-hearted? Go back and imagine this person about one month after they got that first Bank of America credit card. When using a credit card in this way, you have a built in cushion of sorts, wiggle room equal to your grace period…just in case. Mr. Money Mustache I think I’ve heard stories that indicate otherwise :-). Even with a more delicate approach, we have been able to pay off hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt and build up quite an investment portfolio. I think you know the answer to that, go ahead and get creative. But it is a huge waste of money to keep money in the bank earning no interest, while paying higher interest on debts. A few weeks later he came to the We have a lot of fun here, even as we continuously improve our lives and become more wealthy. Thanks for your time and the blog! Our emergency funds are $50k plus. For most of us, that means somewhere between $400,000 and $1.5 million. Mortgages are not an emergency at interest rates like we have today. For a little more detail: We own our home. Well, they didn’t split up (which is good, on the other hand, as they have a child), which means that I got my money back – because *she* has taken over finances…. I just changed jobs, but think I will be able to save 200 per month, but that means I have the cash for 4-5years before I need it (unless a transmission goes out, as just happened, but another story). Just focus on the things you *can* predict and take care of yourself overall. I agree with you and don’t lend money to family and friends. I know this is an old thread, but what should an old fashioned cash-for-everything girl like me do? In the case of the credit card debt, they will bug the shit out of you to pay, but at the end of the day, they are fucked. I’ll answer your second question first: It is great that you have already established a home equity line of credit. By following your advice from this post, I estimate you just saved/earned me $18,386 over ten years by moving money out of my lame bank account (“gotta have at least 3-6 months salary in liquidity for emergencies!”) and towards paying off debt instead, while relying on our HELOC for emergencies*. !”, Dancedancekj June 24, 2015, 10:07 pm. I do think much of the debt that is available to those with good credit and decent incomes at the moment is so cheap that honestly, it’s hard to justify paying it off ahead of schedule unless there’s some other rationale for doing so, but I do live in something of a “bubble” in terms of stuff like being aware of what others are paying for credit card debt because … yeah, yikes. Everything worked out fine in the end, since this was an honorable friend, but I still learned something about society’s differing opinions about debt. Step 3 is 3-6 months expenses. Debt scares me like nothing else. As NMHD and many other bloggers have demonstrated (yours truly included), keeping oneself honest in the form of a blog is a great way to achieve (and exceed!) I was fully paid back as agreed both times, but I don’t plan on ever doing it again. Which is effectively a guaranteed 5.3% , and it is tax free as it is interest “saved” not earned. How to get there sooner than later? You will look at them with different eyes. I’m 52 and I’ve never carried credit card debt. NIIIIIICE! Oh, I see your point about calling things “emergencies” vs. not — you’re absolutely right to not view things like “the water heater breaks” as *surprises.*. That is, debt that you can pay off or withdraw from, at will. I spend my limited blog/forum time for that very reason. I couldln’t figure out what I was doing wrong – thought I was either underpaid, or they were managing their money much better than I. I finally realized they were living way beyond their means. Your budget should be accounting for your credit card purchases as they occur. Now I’m cutting all over the place, got the HELOC and mortgage lined up, and have set a retirement date of just over 7 years from now, 12/31/21. April 18, 2012, 11:34 am. . slugsworth I wonder if monetary responsibility is a combination of genetic predisposition, parental example, and peers and cultural learning later in life. It was hard, but I managed to do so in less than 4 years and was debt free. :), Jared Chmielecki A local credit union might also offer good service and rates. A credit card is one form of springy debt. Still feels nice not having the payment even though it was interest free. I would start moving the money out of bonds as the time to buy the car approaches. I am wondering, for your fellow financial pogonotrophists who do not have houses or mortgages, what financial instrument do you recommend for a springy buffer? Am I getting ahead of myself to ask where Mr. Mustache is “stashing” the bulk of his money then? Sure, you could invest the money rather than paying off the debt but having a roof over one’s head when the economy tanks isn’t a bad thing. But I am definitely the initiator among my friends of “pre-party” drinking at my house. One question: since we don’t have enough home equity yet for a HELOC, I looked to lendingtree.com per your suggestion (great idea!). Also, we don’t earn much these days so there isn’t much saving to be done – minimal part-time income and passive income from investments just pays for our low-cost but nice lifestyle. Yes MMM is a kick your ass punch you in the face blogger. A couple of years ago they refinanced all of their debt into a consolidated mortgage with a lower interest rate. Let’s illustrate what I mean with a few examples: One time, I lent money to a friend so he could pay his university tuition. At payments of $500/month you would be able to have this debt paid off in less than two years and minimize your interest costs. Three Wolf Moon Those people only are able to lose weight by completely changing their lifestyle upside down. “Of course you would say that, but I’m still less practiced than you. The key with his plan is the range of cushion. Avoid debt (or pay it off as quickly as practical) to increase the net worth. Sadly, we didn’t punch debt in the face. Marcia @Frugal Healthy Simple The reason I’m attacking your comment like this is that the comment itself runs against the spirit of this blog. However, they have a big cost because that money is sleeping without bringing any interest. These skills stick with you for life as well. Avoid Mr. Money Mustache hack cheats for your own safety, choose our tips and advices confirmed by pro players, testers and users like you. There are a lot of factors. In fact, they do exactly the opposite – buying even more frivolous stuff, because they think the debt is a normal part of life. I find that this is a personality thing, a lot like Ginger said above. Dave Ramsey) to pay off the smallest *balance* first, so you feel accomplished about yourself, and then continue in order of size of balance. I could never understand how my co-workers and peers had such nice homes and cars, vacations, the latest gadgets. Where should the pool of up to 10k go? Explosions in the Sky is by far my favorite band! Either way, this would work great as your emergency ‘stash. Some people have a more volitile life, job, etc. I could tell almost nobody tells him this. That would save a lot of unnecessary scrolling. It’s akin to ‘just forgo the daily starbucks”, when I brew my own coffee daily. It’s frustrating. Anyway after reading an earlier post I decided to dust off the cobwebs on my Trade King Acct (discount broker) and put about $1,025 in and purchase some SPY shares. Glad you like NMHD.. I could have done even better by getting a roommate and splitting a 2BR in the same building for $400 a piece… I would recommend something similar… dont fall victim to money drain that is living in the most popular place. I don’t have any credit card debt, but I do have about $10,000 of student loan debt left to pay off from undergrad, which will cost me $14,000 on my current payment plan. Later, I learned that half of the money was used for mammary enhancement. Back porch (or balcony) eating out is my favorite! Ugh. Kristi G Well put, sir. I resolved the issue causing me concern and got the funds invested and working for me. Anyway, why not include it? I think, intellectually, they know the debt is a problem and they live in denial of the trouble they’d be in with a job loss or other catastrophic event. Whenever people talk about how having a mortgage is good because “tax write off,” my poor keyboard gets a pounding from my forehead. But did it rub off an ALL the frugal toque siblings? So obvious once you think of it. Consumer debt and excessive amounts of body fat have a lot in common. OMG, it’s an emergency, I have to buy a Mercedes? Student loans – especially those at low interest rates – are one exception. High interest debt is tackled first. Ransom payments? I once substituted white kidney beans for fava beans in a felafel recipe (which involved grinding soaked raw beans, then frying balls of the mush). In fact, retirees may need an emergency fund … (I’m not sure–I didn’t think to offer a loan for that until it was too late.). Mr. Money Mustache tricks hints guides reviews promo codes easter eggs and more for android application. That $30 omelette better be able to beat its six eggs, fry itself, serve me, and clean up after! When it comes to will-power and getting stuff done I have to go all or nothing. April 18, 2012, 8:31 am. The more vigorous method has multiple exponential benefits: every dollar of debt you pay off creates a compounding snowball of savings that continue for a lifetime. Credit cards are automatically paid in full from this account, so it has to safely cover that without going into the red. Some people just don’t get it….and never will despite your best efforts. The link to ” your money can work harder than you can” needs a http:// or something along those lines. We’re surrently saving about 45%. I don’t talk about my own personal battle with consumer debt and how much I struggled to get out of it, because come on, I am Mr. Effing Money Mustache. I still can’t bring myself to pay for a dinner date and I can’t bear to leave my flask at home when I head to the bars with friends. I had a little money in savings, and a 403(b) at work which was doing okay, but the savings was for emergencies. Down the road I will accelerate mortgage payments but for now those extra little green employees are going into my investment portfolio. Give the money as a gift. Sorry, I should have been clearer – it’s $14,000 on my current payment plan, which is the default Sallie Mae assigned to me when I graduated in 2006 – payments of about $110 a month (now stretching until 2023, because I deferred payment for several years while I was in grad school). Yet he's not what most people would call rich. Housing is basically back at the 2006/2007 peak so it isnt exactly cheap anymore. We can afford to float it because our expenses are in check. I would suggest that you start by creating a monthly budget and figuring out how much you can put towards debt repayment. © Mr. Money Mustache. Either way, we are currently doing a thorough (and painstaking) review of our finances to see where we are spending our money and because I need to know exactly what 6 months of expenses amount to. That loan free date is the exact moment you begin saving for your forever house. With so many choices, and so much apathy towards investing, I want to focus on easy things whenever possible. How again is paying 10,000 to one shyster to save 2800 in taxes a good deal? Thx in advance. There. But my favorite moment in the program was one evening walking down the boardwalk in Waikiki at sunset, heading to a bar with some friends. Generally, bank accounts interest is lower than … If not, you have not yet developed the appropriate hatred for unnecessary debt. You either save up till you can pay for it in cash or you don’t buy it. I think it’s important to keep in mind that people who grew up in non-Mustachian environments have real barriers to overcome to “see the light” – no excuses, but barriers. Haha! I either need to suck it up and start looking forward to 7 years from now, or I need to get creative. My parents helped us with our house down payment, but (a) they know we’re good for it, and (b) they won’t go broke if we flake out. I think it depends on the amount and type of debt. Doing so gave me a goal of finally paying off the mortgage completely, which I’m now on target to do by April 2015 (or earlier!) Right now is always the time to pay off debt- As in “Right MEOW! Well, as a result of the forced frugality from living with CC debt, followed by voluntary frugality while paying down debt I found I was now a bona-fide debt-averse frugalista. So, long story short, when I finished paying off the car, I immediately began putting the car payment – around $350/month if memory serves – on the credit card debt. I have a bunch of debt that is inhibiting my ability to save and get ahead. It is reasonable to expect that stock or real estate investments will pay greater returns than paying off your mortgage. Only after making those drastic changes and having them be “habit” after 2-3 months could I relax a tiny bit and incorporate an occasional meal out or glass of wine, and by then, I was no longer overweight. First of all, if you search his site for “Bottle Service”, you’ll see that he uses it mainly as an example of a wasteful indulgence. More money wouldn’t change our daily lives in any way, but it would certainly shorten the time to financial independence. But it’s normal. Beside, paying off and then cancelling ones credit card might have a negative afeect on ones credit score. April 18, 2012, 11:49 am. Sir Osis of DeLiver He has a good job, nice house, and decent education. June 6, 2017, 10:13 pm. It’s very hard for me to find the logic in putting money into a 401k unless you are: 1) getting an employer match aka “free money”, 2) you are in a high marginal tax rate (in which case 5k shouldn’t be something to sweat over anyway). Look for a place that you could rent out a room or two to friends so that they can pay your mortgage with their rent. Some people have more stability and may only need 3 months. I am currently not making extra payments because we are focusing on two things: saving for a down payment on a second home and applying for a home equity line of credit to purchase a rental property. I currently have 11k in student loans and 14k left to pay off on my car. If you have a pet, at some point there will be vet bills. (Bias note: I’m a big one for emergency savings myself, because of my somewhat irrational aversion to debt itself. April 18, 2012, 2:21 pm. Also, you are 27… It’s time to take control of your finances. If that’s not enough time, you crunch numbers and make a judgment call – pay interest while continuing to pay the debt, or cash out investments and risk missing out on some gains. You’ll be slowing down the backwards-moving conveyor belt that is currently fighting your efforts. They even financed a new tracker ($12k), a new SUV ((20k), and a long-arm sewing machine ($7k)! Yes, but the resentment of watching people not pay their debt to me when they had the funds was eating me up, so now I avoid the problem by not lending anything. This post is so timely for our family. I made many mistakes, and I don’t have a huge nest egg, but it’s enough and I can bring in casual income from my art if I want. I’m an avid follower if YNAB and was introduced to your website via Jesse. Continue to tell it like it is! If you have that money in the checking account just in time to pay the bill, but not when the purchase was made, then, technically, you did not have the money to pay for those purchases when they were made. A few weeks later, he came to my door asking for 10 bucks. Jay Holden Even though it’s not *always* the mathematically correct answer.). I read another post above highlighting a gentleman turning down a golf trip with friends. See more ideas about money mustache, finance, mustache. My wife and I have done really great on the choice in spouses and raising the family so far. As we got older they would have to go to multiple stores so we could all get the #2 super sized. Time and creativity are my friends. No More Harvard Debt is an inspiration! Awesome. I know what Dave Ramsay says, but I also value Mr. Money Mustache’s experienced opinion. I mean, if it was such an emergency wouldn’t everyone be frantic to get out? If you want to advance yourself forward, please sell the car and buy another car for $1,500. not lending money to people who are “un-frugal” is great advice. I was so CONFUSED :-/, It took me four years to realize that these people were all racking up credit card debt. I guess I just can’t fathom someone your age actually giving a care what their parents think about their finances. Boosting my emergency fund - I currently have about 7 months of spending in my savings account, I intend to increase this to 12 months of spending over the course of the next several months. I was FI at 36 and am really thankful for both of my responsible parents (who have been FI for years)! Yeah, you definitely want a line of credit that starts with a balance of zero and allows you to pull out money (and repay it) whenever you like. That’s what got me slowly, tentatively started on digging my way out. Don’t panic. April 18, 2012, 9:38 am. 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