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Postby ecouls1 » Tue Aug 21, 2007 11:22 am

Hi everyone. New to the boards and somewhat new to GRS.

About me/my family: 32yo father of 2 beautiful daughters (4 yrs and 9 mnths). Husband to 1 pistol of a wife. We're currently about $32K in debt not including mortgage. This includes 3 student loans (1 of which is on a 0% CC), 2 car loans, and a small CC balance (on the same 0% card as the student loan). The car loans are 0% and 6.25% respectively. The student loans are 0%, 6.75%, and 7.65%. Throw in the mortgage and we're up to a little under $230K. Mortgage is locked in at 6.38% with 20 years left.

I've recently discovered the debt snowball method espoused by Mr. Ramsey and will be using it to be debt free in approx 7 years. Found a cool spreadsheet tool through GRS that maps this out for us by month. Thanks GRS for the link.

There are other issues re: the family's finances that I plan to touch on here and there. I plan to be active on the boards as long as things are slow at work. I look forward to being part of the community.

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Postby jdroth » Tue Aug 21, 2007 12:47 pm

Welcome! It's great to have another active member. I think you'll find that you can get debt-free sooner than seven years. When I first plotted out how long it would take me to use the snowball method to get out of debt, it was going to take something like eight years. I managed to compress that to something closer to three. Seriously. Your milage may vary, but I'm willing to bet that if you stay on course, you'll beat your estimates.

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Postby ecouls1 » Tue Aug 21, 2007 1:22 pm

Well that's VERY encouraging. Thanks for that.

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Postby JerichoHill » Thu Aug 23, 2007 9:03 am

I think that, once you see the snowball working, you get excited, and then it goes even faster.

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