Debt Free News #26 – Deacon Hayes

Getting out of debt is one of the greatest joys on the planet! Don’t believe me? Try it.

Those that have achieved debt freedom know it and those that want debt freedom need to be reminded of it.

Life is tough sometimes but it’s a lot nicer to be facing the many obstacles and unforeseen circumstances life throws at us without debt making it even tougher. Getting out of debt is a marathon not a sprint and it takes time to get there but it is so worth it.

If you have debt and are wanting to rid yourself of it forever you’ve come to the right place. Please enjoy this story (and the many others in this series) and see what it takes to get out of debt from real people that were once where you are today.

One thing I know to be true is that you can achieve debt freedom — if you want it that is! :D

Go get it!

The Enemy of Debt Questionnaire – Congratulations to Deacon Hayes!

How much debt did you have and how long did it take you to pay it off?

We had $52,000 in debt outside of our mortgage. Once we developed a Financial Gameplan, it took us 18 months to pay it off.

How does becoming debt free actually feel? Does it feel better than you imagined it would?

It is such a liberating feeling to be debt-free!! We have more money than we ever have had before. We have been able to pay cash for trips internationally and we have been able to give more to worthy causes than we could in the past. It is such a blessing to be where we are today.

What were some of the struggles that you had to deal with along the way? Was there ever a time where you almost gave up?

It was hard, we had to cut a lot of our expenses and I even picked up a second job. It was tough but worth it.

What would you consider to be the most important key to becoming debt free? What helped you the most?

It helped that my wife was on the same passion and that we could have a common goal. We were a team and were determined to become debt-free. That was the most helpful, because without her help, it would not have happened so quickly.

It seems a lot of people have bought into the idea that debt is essential in order to prosper, what do you have to say to those people?

Debt is a product that is sold like anything else. you just have to choose to say “no” and pay cash instead. Therefore it is not essential, but a choice.

What was the biggest sacrifice you would say you made in order to become debt free? What about you changed the most?

We virtually gave up eating out and I love to going to restaurants. I realized though, that it was only for a short period of time. Once we became debt-free we had more flexibility to go out and enjoy life like never before.

Did your friends and family give you a hard time about your new mission to eliminate the debt from your life? If so how did you deal with it? Do you think you inspired others by your journey

Some people it seemed thought we were having really tough times financially because we were choosing not to do things. The reality is that we just had a priority to pay down our debt and that is why we couldn’t do as much. We did inspire a few others to become debt-free and it is humbling to be a part of their debt-free journey.

What is next for you? What financial goals do you plan to accomplish?

We plan to have our home paid off in the next 6 years and to travel abroad every other year (paying cash, of course). What a great way to live life: debt-free.

This story was submitted by Deacon Hayes from Well Kept Wallet. Deacon and his wife paid off $52,000 in debt and he says he has developed a passion to help others become debt-free and stay that way! Twitter: @deaconhayes

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  1. Dena says:

    That is amazing! 18 months to pay off that HUGE amount.I would like to know how Deacon Hayes did that.What method did he use?It just seems impossible for me at times.I am totally debt free (except for the house).I owe about the same amount as he has paid off.If I could apply his method to paying off my house in 18 months it would be so worth it.We’ve been in our new to us house for 3 months and are facing a 30 year mortgage.If I could pay off the house just imagine all the things I can then put that money to.

  2. Deacon says:

    Hey Dena! I know how you feel. It seemed overwhelming at first, but after we developed a Financial Gameplan and decided to stick to it, it was amazing how fast the debt started disappearing. If you want to know more details about how we did it, check out a post I did called “Get Out of Debt Fast!” http://wellkeptwallet.com/2012/07/get-out-of-debt-fast/ Keep me posted!

  3. Rob says:

    Congrats Deacon! I am so happy for you and your family, there is no greater feeling than making that final debt payment and never looking back!

  4. Deacon says:

    Thanks Rob! You are so right, it is a great feeling!

  5. Deacon,

    Awesome for you man!!! I think it’s really hard to say no to your friends and yourself when you want to go out and spend money.

    You kept the bigger picture in mind and did what you had to do. Now you have access cash to do, well whatever it is you like.

    those internationally trips must be a real blast!!! Rock on!!!

  6. Deacon says:

    Thanks Ryan! The trips have been fun. This summer we went to Singapore and Hong Kong. I had never been to Asia, so it was quite an experience. The best thing was that we saved up and paid cash for it :)

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