The 5 Smart Steps to Eliminating Debt

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By Richard Paul Evans

First, there are few things in America as common as debt. A lot of people have different philosophies about debt and there are questionable books out there telling you to just blow off your debts. Most of it is trash and what they conveniently leave out is how much you, and others, will suffer for following their advice. Call me old-fashioned, but I believe in integrity. I believe that if you created the debt, the honorable thing to do is to pay it off. But there are 5 simple steps that can protect your credit, save you money, hassle and time. I have personally used this 5-step technique with major corporations. And what works on multi-million dollar levels works just as well on an individual consumer level.

STEP 1. RECORD ALL YOUR DEBT ON ONE SHEET (IF POSSIBLE) SO YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU’RE FACING. Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t. Write down the company or person you owe, how old the invoice is, the invoice number and the amount. Make sure you don’t miss a single debt, as having unaccounted debt pop up later is demoralizing.

STEP 2. CONTACT (PREFERABLY CALL) EVERYONE YOU OWE MONEY AND ASK IF THEY WILL REDUCE YOUR DEBT. If you read yesterday’s tip, you learned about the 7 golden words, what they are and how to use them. Using the seven golden words you’ll be amazed at how much you can reduce your debt. If you missed that tip I’ll share the words again: ‘IS THAT THE BEST YOU CAN DO.’

I once helped manage a company that was trying to avoid bankruptcy. At my counsel they directed one employee to call their creditors and use the 7 golden words. This technique knocked out more than a third of their quarter million dollar debt in just one week. We found that many of the creditors were willing to accept as little as 30% of the invoice if the company would pay off the debt quickly. (Doing this may require you to shuffle your payment priorities a bit.) A few companies that were not willing to negotiate the price willingly offered to negotiate the terms of payment. One creditor changed a large lump sum debt to an escalating payment, starting low and stretched it out over a year with no interest. You will probably be surprised at how often your creditors will be willing to work with you. Most companies are so used to people trying to avoid payment that someone trying to honorably pay their debts is a treat.

3. CONSOLIDATE YOUR REMAINING DEBT WITH THE LOWEST INTEREST RATE POSSIBLE. If you are struggling with significant debt, you might want to consult with a CCCS–a consumer credit counseling service–to create a debt repayment plan. This is a little tricky as not all CCCS organizations are good. Do your homework before signing up with one.

4. PAY DOWN YOUR DEBT. I recommend directing at least 10% of your income to debt retirement. (In tomorrow’s tip I will explain why you should continue to build a nest egg as you pay off your debt.)

5. DON’T CREATE ANY MORE DEBT. This might be the time to cut up some credit cards. In today’s world it’s not necessarily realistic to not have a credit card, but you can cut down on the number of cards you use, lower their limits or, if you’re unable to control yourself, change to a debit card. (Warning: It is not necessarily in your best interest to close down a credit card. This can lower your credit score. Simply destroying or not using the card can be just as effective.) One of the worst things that could happen after you have consolidated your debt is for you to create a new form of debt. If you suspect that you’re a compulsive or binge spender, get help now. Remember, it takes time to pay off debt, but the sweet taste of freedom at the end of the journey is worth every step.

Richard Paul Evans is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and the founder of the 5 Lessons Institute.  (5Lessons.com) His new book is called: The Five Lessons a Millionaire Taught Me for Women.  To order the book click one of the online retailers below:

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Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain why he agrees with Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to say the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

Baucham, who recently drew national attention when his sermon titled "Ethnic Gnosticism" resurfaced online, said the phrase has been trademarked by a dangerous, violent, Marxist movement that doesn't care about black lives except to use them as political pawns.

"We have to separate this movement from the issues," Baucham warned. "I know that [Black Lives Matter] is a phrase that is part of an organization. It is a trademark phrase. And it's a phrase designed to use black people.

"That phrase dehumanizes black people, because it makes them pawns in a game that has nothing whatsoever to do with black people and their dignity. And has everything to do with a divisive agenda that is bigger than black people. That's why I'm not going to use that phrase, because I love black people. I love being black."

Baucham warned that Black Lives Matter -- a radical Marxist movement -- is using black people and communities to push a dangerous and divisive narrative. He encouraged Americans to educate themselves on the organization's agenda and belief statement.

"This movement is dangerous. This movement is vicious. And this movement uses black people," he emphasized. "And so if I'm really concerned about issues in the black community -- and I am -- then I have to refuse, and I have to repudiate that organization. Because they stand against that for which I am advocating."

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On last week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck revealed where the Black Lives Matter organization really gets its funding, and the dark money trail leading to a cast of familiar characters. Shortly after the program aired, one of BLM's fiscal sponsors, Thousand Currents, took down its board of directors page, which featured one of these shady characters:

Ex-Marxist professor and author of "Beyond Woke," Michael Rectenwald, joined Glenn Beck on the TV show to fill us in on the suspicious change he discovered on the Thousand Currents webpage and the Communist terrorists who is now helping run the organization. (Fortunately, the internet is forever, so it is still possible to view the board of directors page by looking at a web archive from the WayBack Machine.)

Rectenwald revealed the shocking life history of Thousand Currents' vice chair of the board, Susan Rosenberg, who spent 16 years in federal prison for her part in a series of increasingly violent acts of terrorism, including bombing the U.S. Capitol building, bombing an FBI building, and targeting police for assassination.

"Their whole campaign was one of unbelievably vicious, murderous cop killings, assassinations, and bombings," explained Rectenwald of Rosenberg's terror group known as the May 19th Communist Organization or M19.

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