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Happy New Year From No Credit Needed

I hope that you have a blessed and happy New Year! 2012 was an interesting year for me and my family.  On a personal level, it was one of the most fulfilling years of my life.  I have been encouraged in my professional and spiritual life – and I am very excited about 2013. Blogging has changed a lot since I started No Credit Needed back in 2005.  I started the site over at “blogger” – and at that […]

Mortgage Payoff Progress for December 2012 with Chart

My wife and I moved in to our new home in February of 2010. We have a conventional, fixed-rate, 15-year mortgage.  We recently reduced the interest rate on our mortgage. Our goal is to pay it off our mortgage in less than ten total years. As of December, we have made 33 regular, monthly mortgage payments. We have also made several additional principal-only payments. Our mortgage payment is drafted […]

Plant A Garden

Last year, I planted a small garden. Throughout the spring and summer, we had fresh strawberries, butter beans, and onions. This year, I plan to expand my garden.  I will be adding a couple of raised beds – and trying my hand at growing watermelons, potatoes, and assorted beans. My goal is to be healthy – and frugal.  Here are some tips for planting a garden, without breaking the bank. Place your […]

Travel With A Plan

I love the beach. When I retire, I want to live where 50 degrees is considered “cold weather” – and I can rock flip-flops 300 days a year. As it stands right now, a couple of trips to the beach each summer will have to do, seeing as how my wife and I have jobs, three kids, a mortgage, and are both years from retirement. So, when we do get a chance to go the beach – we want our trips to be memorabl […]

Credit Cards On Pause

When my wife and I decided to get out of debt, we did three things. First, we created a simple to use zero-based budget. Second, we established an emergency fund. Third, we stopped using our credit cards. Essentially, we put them on pause. We didn’t cancel them and we didn’t cut them up.  Instead, we simply stopped using them. Here are the details: Why did we stop using our credit cards? We were s […]

Debt Reduction Takes Attitude

Over at Money Smart Life, there’s a great article about personality traits and how they can help pay off debt.  I particularly like Miranda’s take on the importance of patience - Sometimes, it’s not about the impetuous and grand gesture. Sometimes it’s about patiently sticking to your plan for the next three years. […]

Personal Finance Books For The New Year

January, with its New Year’s resolutions, is just around the corner. Now is a great time to read a couple of personal finance books, dust off the old calculator, and get prepared for an awesome 2013. Personal finance books make for great gifts, too! Below, you will find links to my favorite books about personal finance. Each one, in its own way, helped me, motivated me, challenged me, inspired me, […]

Getting Out Of Debt

I love this time of year.  I love giving gifts, hanging out with family, and enjoying time off from work. What I don’t love about this time of year – and what many families struggle with after this time of year – is credit card debt. So, let’s put together a plan of action, so that when those bills arrive in January, we’re ready to pay off that credit card debt – and be in a position to pay cash f […]

Hit The Brakes – Get Real About Your Debt

This article is step 2 of the Hit The Brakes – Get Real series.  I encourage you to read step 1 – Get Real About Your Expenses. In this series, we’ll examine ways to stop adding to current debt balances, create a basic budget, and begin the process of moving forward with a solid debt reduction plan. Now that you have a list of next month’s expenses – it’s time to get real about your debt. You’ll n […]