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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Former senior COVID adviser for the Biden administration Andy Slavitt suggested Americans should have "sacrificed a little bit more" to get through the pandemic during an interview with CBS' "This Morning" earlier this week.

Asked by host Tony Dokoupil how much of the pandemic was preventable, Slavitt responded by first blaming the Trump administration, then all Americans in general for not sacrificing enough.

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"But I also think we all need to look at one another and ask ourselves, 'What do we need to do better next time?' And in many respects, being able to sacrifice a little bit for one another to get through this and to save more lives is going to be essential. And it's something that I think we could all have done a little bit better on," he continued.

On the radio program, Glenn Beck had more than a few fiery words for Slavitt, who is apparently unaware of the terrible toll this pandemic has had on the mental, physical, and emotional health of millions of Americans.

"We could have sacrificed a little bit more?" he asked. "So, the sacrifice of [nearly] 40% of all businesses now being closed, I mean permanently out of business ... was that sacrifice good enough? Or the fact that teen suicide now is up by 31%? A few more of us should have sacrificed our children, you know, throw them up on the altar of Anthony Fauci? I think we could have done it, right?"

"Go to hell," Glenn added. "Who do you think you are, telling us that we should sacrifice more?"

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President Joe Biden and world leaders are spending the week discussing the biggest issues across the globe. But Mike Pompeo, former Secretary of State during the Trump administration, believes more needs to be done.

Pompeo joined the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday to talk about President Biden's upcoming meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin, and to explain why he believes it's not just "appropriate," but necessary to hold Putin accountable for the recent cyberattacks on the Colonial Pipeline and the JBS meat processing company.

Pompeo said it's likely that "at the very least" Putin turned a blind eye to the major attacks against U.S. infrastructure. He stressed that the Biden administration should not abandon private businesses in the face of these ransomware hacks, but rather do everything possible to make sure those businesses' assets are secure from future invasions.

"This is an attack on America," Pompeo said. "It came through an attack on a commercial enterprise, but the capacity for pipelines to move product around on our east coast is an American national security interest.... We have to help these businesses protect their systems, and then there has to be a national effort to impose costs on those who put American lives at risk by denying available product around our country.

"Putin, at the very least, is turning a blind eye to [the cyberattacks], probably more. So, it's appropriate to hold Vladimir Putin and the Russians accountable for the actions taking place inside of their country," he added. "We have to do it, and there are tools by which we can."

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But Glenn said the times we're facing — which will likely become more and more difficult — are not any graver than what our Founders faced. We can overcome, and while it won't be easy, it will be worth it.

"Just like George Washington and the badge of merit, we will not be able to conquer this evil unless we are on God's side. If we don't have Divine Providence, we will not be able to survive. The things that are arrayed in front of us, are no greater no less than what our Founders had arrayed against them," Glenn stated.

"So, what will we do? You must make those decisions, as a family, right now. What is the line for you that you and your family will not cross? Because if you don't know it now, you will cross it," he warned. "You have to speak out, be that voice. You have to be strong enough to lead."

Glenn went on to thank and praise his audience, saying, "This is the kindest, most generous audience I have ever encountered."

"You will stand. This audience could be the extra 5% that is needed to change things, for the better," he added. "We have great and glorious times, when I believe we will see the hand of God. We will see miracles. Expect them. And live in such a way where you can call them down."

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How many times must the corporate media get something completely wrong — and attack anyone who dares to disagree — before we realize who they have become?

On the radio program Friday, Glenn Beck shared an article from the Daily Caller titled, "Eight Anti-Trump Narratives the Media Finally Had to Admit Were False All Along." From the Lafayette Square controversy to the denial that COVID-19 could have anything to do with a lab in China to the "Russian bounties" story, the list of mainstream media conspiracy theories goes on and on. If it were anyone but the liberal media who got the facts this embarrassingly wrong, they would have been out of a job long ago.

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