If you are a subscriber to Enemy of Debt then you are either working really hard to become debt free, or you simply enjoy my passion-filled rants on why debt freedom rules. If you are one of the few in this country that actually acknowledge debt to be a problem, and you are trying to get rid of it yourself, chances are you are making some less than favorable sacrifices along the way. All I can say to you is keep up the excellent work and before long you will reach your goal.
I learned a bunch of things from taking the debt free journey, but one of the most critical was the term sacrifice. We sacrificed and sacrificed, sometimes wondering if we were sacrificing too much, or indeed heading towards the pasture where the grass was greener. It turns out our journey was worth every sacrifice, but if I said we never experienced the down-side to that degree of sacrifice I would be lying. There were definitely times when we thought we were over doing it…ummm…okay, to be honest it was my wife mostly, but to her credit it was for good reason—I was extreme!
The word obsessed came to mind many times along the way, and there was one time where we had to take a step back, slow down, and regroup. During that time we took a break from our debt snowball so we could enjoy life again. One of the most dangerous side effects of being gazelle intense while paying off your debt is risking burn-out syndrome. People who get burnt out usually stay off the wagon, possibly to return at a later time, or much worse, not at all.
I am a firm believer in gazelle intensity, and do not regret how our journey played out at all. After all, we are debt free and have $7,000 in our Emergency Fund. I did learn however, that finding some balance is key. Lucky for you, there are many frugal and cheap ways to entertain your family during the sacrificial part of your journey. Intensity and sacrifice go hand and hand, but what if you could spend less than $30 and were able to entertain your family, AND learn about the debt free process?
That’s what this post is all about. I have recently teamed up with the makers of the I’m Debt Free Game to give you a less expensive way to have some fun. I am so very happy to announce that your purchase will also be benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters Organization. From every single game you buy, I will be giving 100% of it to Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Here’s the 3-Month Gameplan!
If you buy an “I’m Debt Free” game, according to the time line below, you will be in fact donating to Big Brothers Big Sisters!
1st month – May 7th — June 7th 100% Buy one now and I’ll give 100% of my earnings to Big Brothers Big Sisters
2nd month – June 7th — July 7th 75% 100%
3rd month – July 7th — August 7th 50% 100%
Thereafter – August 7th — Indefinitely 25%
Now some of you may think I am completely crazy, but I happen to feel very blessed. I have more than some people do, and profit is not the most important issue to me. My motivation is to help out those less fortunate, to give them a better opportunity to reach for the stars. I cannot think of a better way, than to give a little girl or boy who needs mentoring, a chance to experience something they may not currently have. Having someone in your life to encourage you, inspire you, and to help you believe in yourself is priceless. The role models I have had in my life have been extremely valuable, and Big Brothers Big Sisters “have been the leader in one-to-one youth service for more than a century, developing positive relationships that have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of young people.”
I hope that you will help me reach my goal of raising $300 for the 3 month period. If you help me reach my goal, I will throw in an additional $100 out of my own pocket!!
Feel like throwing in some of your own money if I reach my $300 goal? Leave a comment below stating:
If you reach your $300 goal, I will chip in $xx.xx to go to Big Brothers Big Sisters!
YOU ROCK, and if you do I will link to your blog in each of my “update posts” no matter how much you pledge to give. Every little bit helps!
Not Familiar With Big Brothers Big Sisters?
Simply AWESOME! To be honest, I have been watching this organization and have often considered volunteering as a Big Brother. Unfortunately, my time is limited at the moment, so I thought I could at least contribute in some small way to such a wonderful and much needed organization. The organization received an A+ from Charity Watch in the Top Rated Youth Development category.
From the website:
The Big Brothers Big Sisters Mission is to help children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with mentors that have a measurable impact on youth.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters Vision is successful mentoring relationships for all children who need and want them, contributing to brighter futures, better schools, and stronger communities for all.
Our Mentoring Programs Work
National research has shown that positive relationships between youth and their Big Brothers and Big Sisters mentors have a direct and measurable impact on children’s lives. By participating in our youth mentoring programs, Little Brothers and Sisters are:
- More confident in their schoolwork performance
- Able to get along better with their families
- 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
- 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
- 52% less likely to skip school
I am hoping you can help me make a difference. Buy I’m Debt Free today and give 100% of my earnings to Big Brothers Big Sisters! The more I donate the happier I’ll be!
What’s the I’m Debt Free Game?
In this family game about money, you can:
- - Learn to Manage Money
- - Build an Emergency Fund
- - Invest in Real Estate
- - Buy a Small Business
- - Pay off Credit Cards
- - Invest in Stocks and Mutual Funds
- - Increase your cash flow
I would appreciate it if you would help me spread the word about this. Let’s work together and make a real difference! Tweet about it, give it a thumbs up, tip it, or share it with your close friends on Facebook. I’m counting on you.