110: Paying off $46,000 of Debt in a High Cost of Living Area

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Notable Notes:

We are so thrilled to ask Emma all the questions about how she paid off debt while living in an expensive area; here's some of our favorites:

  • What was your debt, how much did you pay off and how long did it take you?
  • Where were you living while paying it off and what unique challenges did you face because of the cost of living?
  • What strategies did you use to overcome these challenges?
  • Is there anything you’d do differently or advice you have for people currently in this?

BILL OF THE WEEK - thanks Emma for sharing your bill - cousin Bill; not a fan of his picking on you, but so glad to know a guy named bill!

Lightning Round

Debt in the Time of Covid: How can people paying off debt pivot and still stay on track to reach their goals?

  • Emma- assess safety of job and family’s position with money - stock money towards debt to high-yield savings
  • Jen- mentality give self permission to slow down (you’re not a failure, circumstances may dictate)
  • Jill- cut expenses, sell stuff, downsize (#tinyliving)

Get more from Emma at her blog, Nurse Fern

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