Should you save money when in debt?


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Question: Should you save money if you still have debt?

A question I’m frequently asked by my readers is if they should build their nest egg or save money while they still have debt.  As peculiar as it may sound, usually the answer would be ‘yes’.  In most cases I recommend using 10 percent of your funds for debt repayment and 10 percent for your wealth accumulation, even if you are losing a few percentage points in interest.  I call this the 10/10 payoff.  The reason for this is psychological. If you’ve been struggling with debt for some time, it is important, emotionally, for you to see the growth of your wealth. If you’re not seeing your wealth increase, you will be less motivated and, ultimately, less likely to succeed.

I can best explain this principle by sharing a true story.  I once had a friend who weighed more than 350 pounds.  After years of struggling with his weight, he decided to do something about it once and for all.  He put himself on a remarkably intense and painful diet.  All he could eat was a foul-smelling protein goop four times a day.  He was miserable but he stuck to it.  After the first thirty days he had lost close to 50 lbs.  Although this was a tremendous success, to him it didn’t feel like one.  He still weighed more than 300 pounds. No one (outside those of us close to him) was congratulating him or telling him how good he looked.  Women weren’t giving him a second look.  He still needed the seat belt extender on his airplane travel. With all the hunger and pain he had endured and with no positive reinforcement to inspire him, he quit.  I’ll never forget the day he said to me, “C’mon, Rick.  Let’s go get some pizza.”

Whether you’ve fallen a hundred feet or seventy-five feet deep in a well, it’s still dark and cold. If you’re a hundred thousand dollars in debt and manage, through great sacrifice and hard work, to pay off fifty thousand dollars, life doesn’t really seem all that different as you’re still deep in debt. However, if you were to pay off twenty-five thousand dollars and had twenty-five thousand dollars in an investment account earning interest, you would feel different.  Success fuels success.  Lack of success fuels nothing.

There are two other reasons to build your nest egg as you pay off debt.  First, I’ve noticed that many people develop what I’ll call a debt metabolism.  This is how one woman explained it to me; 

“It seems we’ve always had fifty thousand dollars of debt.  No more, no less.  Then, when my mother died, we were left an inheritance of a little more than fifty thousand.  The first thing we did was to pay off all our debt.  But within six months we were right back to fifty thousand in debt.  I guess it’s what we were used to. If we had put the money aside or gradually paid off the debt I think we could have changed our habits.”

The second advantage to simultaneously saving and paying off your debt is that it will help train your new lifestyle. Once your debt is paid off, just apply the extra 10 percent to your savings and investments to accelerate your wealth accumulation.  America’s millionaires save, on an average, about 20% of their income, so, if you do this, you’ll be saving like a millionaire.

The only time I don’t recommend that you simultaneously build wealth as you pay off debt is if you are trapped in a ridiculously high interest rate and have no means of escape.  But even in this scenario I would recommend that you save a minimal 1% – 2% of your income in a wealth account in order to build a habit of saving and reward yourself with a small sampling of hope.

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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Who were the people and groups involved with coronavirus research, and what really went down before and after the pandemic began? On "Glenn TV" this week, Glenn Beck heads to the chalkboard to outline a tale of negligence and then, coverup. The elites of the world - the people calling themselves experts - trusted the Chinese Communist Party with one of the most dangerous weapons we can imagine on this planet--a virus.

Glenn reveals who was involved in a definitive timeline, and argues: If proof of a lab leak does come out, the worlds needs to know EVERYONE that was involved. We must expose the coverup and attempt to control the narrative of the pandemic origins. Everyone from Big Tech, the media, the Chinese and even our own government have been involved. What lies behind the coverup could reveal the dirty secret that, in order to cut corners, the academic elites and government entrusted Communist China with a civilization-killing virus.

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BlazeTV host Mark Levin said his new book, "American Marxism," provides proof that we're not just facing a coming Marxist revolution — it's already here.

Many Americans remain unconvinced, believing recent moves from the far left and the Democratic Party are just passing phases. But this is not a "fad," Levin told Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday.

"This isn't progressivism, or social activism, or democratic socialism. This is Marxism. Now, it may not be Marxism in every particular. But it's an Americanized form of Marxism," Levin explained.

"You need to pay attention to what's taking place ... You've seen it with your own two eyes. You saw the riots all summer long. You saw Black Lives Matter, which is headed by an openly proud Marxist. You see Antifa, which is a Marxist anarchist organization. You see the media, that you have been watching and reading, endorse every single one of these movements," he added.

"People have been brainwashed, or ... haven't been paying attention. They view this as a passing fad," Levin went on to say. "It's not. We all need to wake up to this. And if we have little differences, moderate Democrats, Libertarians and so forth, you better put them aside right now. Because we have a common enemy. I say enemy, not opponent. Not adversary. Enemy. And we need to be focused on defeating that enemy, rather than fighting among ourselves."

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Electric vehicles are the wave of the future. They are so much better for the environment. At least that's what we have been told, but is this correct?

On his TV special, Glenn Beck explained how electric vehicles (EVs) might not actually be the environmental solution we've been led to believe. In fact, they may not be a solution at all.

Glenn shared a recent article from LiveScience that reported:

A 2014 study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences looked at the entire life cycle of an EV's emissions, from mining the metals required for the batteries to producing the electricity needed to power them, and then compared this with the average emissions of a gas-powered vehicle. The team found that when electric vehicles are charged with coal-powered electricity, they're actually worse for the environment than conventional gasoline cars.

He next shared an article from The Greenage, which stated:

The Union of Concerned Scientists has calculated that manufacturing a mid-sized EV with an 84-mile range results in about 15 percent more emissions than manufacturing an equivalent gasoline vehicle. For larger, longer-range EVs that travel more than 250 miles per charge, the manufacturing emissions can be as much as 68 percent higher.

Noting how electric vehicles and other fossil-fuel alternatives require the use of mined minerals like lithium, cobalt, zinc, copper, and nickel, among others, Glenn quoted an International Energy Agency report that warned reaching the goals of the Paris Agreement "would mean a quadrupling of mineral requirements for clean energy technologies by 2040. An even faster transition, to hit net-zero globally by 2050, would require six times more mineral inputs in 2040 than today."

"Can [you] predict which country is the world leader in processing the minerals needed for these batteries? Right, China," Glenn stated. "The average EV requires over 200 kilograms of minerals. The average gas vehicle requires 40 kilograms of minerals, mostly copper. A single EV has 22 pounds of lithium in it ... yet another way that the green reset of American energy is putting us all at the mercy of Communist China."

"Oh, and remember during the Obama administration when the world was gonna end' over fracking?" Glenn asked. "Well, the Institute for Energy Research now says, and I quote, 'Mining and processing of lithium, however, turns out to be far more environmentally harmful than what turned out to be the unfounded issues with fracking.'"

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In reality, the 1776 Commission was established by President Trump in the fall of 2020 with the purpose of promoting "patriotic education." Not to mandate it, not to propose legislation – simply to PROMOTE it. The media and academia lost their minds over this now controversial idea that we should teach young Americans to appreciate the nation they've inherited. And predictably, just hours after Biden took the oath of office, he signed an executive order to dissolve the 1776 Commission, calling the commission's report "offensive and counterfactual."

Glenn Beck presents the 1776 Commission's report in its entirety, because unlike the media and President Biden who want to hide it from you, Glenn wants you to seek the truth and celebrate Independence Day with pride.

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