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Baby Step 1

December 5, 2017

$1,000 Emergency Fund

An emergency fund is for those unexpected events in life that you can’t plan for, like the loss of a job, an unexpected pregnancy, or a faulty car transmission. It’s not a matter of if these events will happen. It’s simply a matter of when.

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5 Ways to Save $1,000 Quickly
To take control of your money, one of the first things to do—even before getting out of debt—is to save $1,000. Here’s how to do it fast.

Baby Step 2

December 5, 2017

Pay Off All Debt Using the Debt Snowball

List your debts (except for the house) in order. Pay them off from smallest to largest. The smallest balance should be your number-one priority. Don’t worry about interest rates unless two debts have similar payoffs. If that’s the case, then list the higher interest rate debt first.

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How the Debt Snowball Method Works
The debt snowball is your best friend when it comes to attacking debt and freeing up your money to focus on bigger and better things

Baby Step 3

December 5, 2017

Save 3-6 Months of Expenses

Once you complete the first two Baby Steps, you’ll have some serious momentum. But don’t start throwing all your “extra” money into investments quite yet. This is the time to build your full emergency fund.

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3 Questions to Ask Before Using Your Emergency Fund
Life will throw you some curveballs. When this happens, ask yourself these questions before dipping your hand into the emergency fund cookie jar.

Baby Step 4

December 5, 2017

Save 15% for Retirement

When you reach this step, you’ll have a fully funded emergency fund and no payments except for the house. Now it’s time to get serious about building wealth. Start investing 15% of your income into Roth IRAs and tax-advantaged retirement accounts.

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Retire a Millionaire on Just $35 a Week
Time to focus on retirement? Squeeze big retirement savings into your budget now with this small tip.

Baby Step 5

December 5, 2017

College Fund for the Kids

After you set aside 15% of your income for retirement, it’s time to start saving for your kids’ college. After all, college isn’t getting any cheaper! (This is also when you remind your kids that good grades get great scholarships!)

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6 Ways to Pay for College Without Going Into Debt
College isn’t cheap, but that doesn’t mean you have to borrow money for your kids’ education. You have options.

Baby Step 6

December 5, 2017

Pay Off the House

This step is when you begin throwing all of your extra money toward the mortgage. You’re getting closer to realizing the dream of a life with no house payments!

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3 Easy Ways to Pay Off Your Home Faster (Without Wrecking Your Budget)
Imagine all the things you could do without a house payment. Okay, good. Now let’s make it a reality!

Baby Step 7

December 5, 2017

Build Wealth & Give

The final step is the most fun! It’s time to build wealth and give like never before. Leave an inheritance for future generations and bless others now with your excess. It’s really the only way to live!

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2 Big Perks of the Last Baby Step
Welcome to the good life. You’re totally debt-free. You have no car payments, no house payment, no credit cards or student loans. See what’s in store for you now!

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