Tips & How-Tos // 06.5.14 // 6 Comments

Ditch Your Debt in 2014!

The number one tip to ditch your debt in 2014 is...

Ditch Your Debt in 2014!

It’s totally realistic for everyone to become debt-free in 2014, says Lynette Khalfani-Cox, The Money Coach. The number one thing to avoid debt and to get out of debt quickly is to not spend more than you earn. The math is never going to work in your favor — if you spend more than you earn, you will always be in debt. Prioritize and think about what is more important to you. At the end of the day, it's just stuff.  

If you spend more than you make, you're going to be in debt.

You can also use software to track what's going on in your budget and keep tabs and where your money is going.

Make sure that you take into account all the money you're spending on clothing, eating out, holidays, gifts, etc. Everything you spend money on needs to be accounted for.

The 20% rule is when you think about what you're actually spending, a monthly bills total, add 20% to it because people generally under-budget themselves.

If you're trying to be debt-free in 2014, the one thing you shouldn't do is borrow from your 401K to do it, Lynette says. Every year, you put money in and the government gives you a tax break on that money. If you take money out (or borrow against it), you'll have to pay a penalty. For example, if you remove $10,000, you're going to have to pay $1,000 penalty and around $3,100 in taxes. That money is now reduced to $4,100, which is worse than a credit card!

How do you avoid spending more than you earn? How do you save? Tell us in the comments. 

Adelman, Katz and Mond LLP will provide six months of financial consulting to the "bethenny" girlfriends who requested financial help on the show! 

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Cleo Browne
232 days ago

I really love the Bethenny it is unique and one of a kind entertainment.

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Cleo Browne
232 days ago

I strongly agree with Ms. cox you must make a complete list of all of your bills.I am going to try to stick to my budget and limit impulse shopping.

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233 days ago

The article needs better editing. If you borrow $10,000 from your 401K and there's a $1000 penalty and $3100 in taxes, the money is reduced "by" $4100 not "to".

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234 days ago

Can you please tell me what the website is that Lynette Khalfani-Cox said was good for finding a better rate for your credit cards?

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235 days ago

What was the web site to visit for credit card consolidation?

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