Crystal Stemberger from budgetinginthefunstuff.com and howimakemoneyblogging.com joins us today to share how she and her husband paid off $39K in student loan and car debt. In addition, they are on pace to have the cash saved up to pay off their mortgage this May! Crystal never really like debt growing up, and the idea of having to owe somebody money was never her idea of fun. But she got the idea to get out of debt by reading personal finance blogs. Eventually, after a few months, she convinced her husband to get on board and they worked together to knock out their debt.
The whole process ended up being easy for them because they knew what they wanted. “Once you know what you want, then it’s not work to do it.” The key to getting her husband on board was having the “fun money” category in their budget as well as seeing their debt go down each month.
Crystal started her first blog Budgeting in the Fun Stuff in February 2010. On her blogs she posts information such as her budget, net worth, site visits, and even her own weight. Doing that has motivated her to go harder and stay honest. She started howImakemoneyblogging.com over a year ago right after she quit her day job to pursue self-employment through her blogs. She has found her niche in negotiating ad deals for blogs. Her customers exploded from 1 to 300 customers in only a little over 6 months. Additionally, she makes over 5 times the annual income she was making at her previous job! Not bad for somebody who got into blogging just as a hobby.
Crystal’s advice to young couples is to sit down and write everything that you spend money on during an entire month. Then prioritize your spending, eliminating the spending that is not important to you.
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