The debt snowball method is absolutely the best and quickest way to eliminate debt. Why? Because, while other methods focus on "math" (i.e. interest rates and ratios), the debt snowball focuses on momentum. There is even data suggesting that paying down your debts from smallest to largest provides the psychological juice you need to successfully eliminate your debt. We'll explore that data later in this post.
And when it comes to getting out of debt, “hope" is greater than “math”. What exactly does that mean? It means that "hope" is emotional, while "math" is largely academic.
Hope is a much more powerful driver of behavior than math and if you want to eliminate your debt, you're going to need some emotional drivers to keep you in the game.
So, when it comes to fueling hope (which is what you want), the debt snowball is the greatest tool to foster that. Let's break it down.
Here's an infographic to illustrate what it is and how it works. You could even share it on Pinterest if you like:
What’s This “Debt Snowball"
The debt snowball is a list of your debts, from smallest to largest, regardless of the interest rate.
What!? Regardless of interest rate?!
Now, there are exceptions to this in certain extremely high interest rate cases, but as a general rule, this applies to 98% of our students.
Just remember that “hope” is greater than “math” and the debt-snowball is your hope’s “teeth”.
The real truth is that your debt is not a math problem, it’s a behavior problem, so don’t focus on interest rates (again except in "extreme" cases.
Also, check out my totally free 30-day YouTube video course that goes along with this material:
Addressing The “Optimum” Argument
Sick of this? Well, then let's snowball your debt and get it out of your life forever!
So, I’ll just tell you right now that, at some point you’re going to be tempted away from the debt snowball method by some "plausible arguments" floating around out there. I want for you to be prepared for these arguments ahead of time.
This other method is commonly called the “Debt Avalanche” method and you might as well be able to identify it now.
So, the “Debt Avalanche” method is the method embraced by all the math nerds and “sophisticates” the will try to convince you that this way is “optimum”.
The “Debt Avalanche” method is where you work your debt list in order of highest interest rate to lowest.
If you believe what I told you earlier about your debt not being a math problem, then I don’t have to explain.
Just remember, despite avalanches’ claims about "optimum”, "momentum" and hope is what ACTUALLY works.
Actually, I would argue that the truly "optimum" method (i.e. the debt-snowball) equals momentum, traction and success, NOT theoretically correct and spreadsheet-tidy math.
Remember, if it were a math problem, you’d be out of debt by this afternoon. :)
Conclusion And A Call To Action
I mean sure, it's a little dramatic, but man it represents well what debt-freedom feels like.
So now that you understand what the debt snowball is, are you going to go ahead and implement it?
As you might have picked up on, I'm all about action here. So I want to offer you something for free that, if you’re serious about this debt-elimination thing will be the next GIANT step toward your ultimate debt-freedom.
So, if you’re serious about this process, don’t procrastinate. Take action now.
If so, I put together this FREE “Debt-Elimination Quick-Start Guide”and keep this budding momentum going. And don't worry, the debt-snowball printable is a part of this guide, so you'll be able to take what you've learned here and fast track your debt-elimination efforts.
And again, if you’re looking for some resources to get started, you can download our free budgeting forms. Also, if you’re in a place where you’re ready to kick your debt in the teeth, here's the link to our free “8 Steps To Erase Debt”guide for you to use as your foundation.
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