The Official 2021 Debt Smackdown

Welcome to YNAB's 2021 Debt Smackdown!

Happy New Year! 2021 is going to be a good one, I can just tell - or we can will it to happen 馃槈

With over 500 participants and more than $4.2 million in debt payoff, 2020 was absolutely incredible for the debt smackdown group! I know some of us are still left with debt to knock out in the new year or you're joining in for the very first time. Either way, you've come to the right place. We'll use this group for accountability and support as we crush some (or all!) of our debt in 2021!

First, a quick shoutout to BritishMuseum - they have hosted our debt smackdown for the last few years and became DEBT FREE at the beginning of 2020! What an impact their work has made on this community!

If you want to pay off some debt this year, here's how it works:

1. List the amount of total debt that you owe. 
This step is to give you an awareness of your current debt situation. Feel free to share, this forum is a safe and nonjudgmental place. You can also decide to keep this information private, you don't have to post your total here if you are not comfortable doing so. 

2. Post in this thread the total amount of debt you would like to pay off during the 2021 calendar year. (This part is required.) 
Feel free to break down the amounts by credit card/type of debt. Also, if you have a specific plan or some ideas on how you plan to pay down the debt, you can post that too. Maybe your plan will spark some ideas for others on how to tackle their own debts!

3. Post monthly on the 2021 Debt Smackdown Sheet to track your progress. (required)
Claim a line on the spreadsheet, and post your total debt to be paid off, and the monthly amount that you send off towards it. Some people track their total payments and don't account for interest, some people account for principal only. The method you choose is up to you!

4. Check in monthly in this thread and report on how your debt smackdown is going. (required)
We'll be testing out some reminders this year when the month rolls over because we want to hear everyone's progress! Bookmark this thread and sheet so you can find it quickly at the beginning of the month!


If you come across this challenge later in the year, no worries, you can always jump right in. Just put zeroes in the months where you had not joined the challenge yet, and start in the month you join in.

Pro-tip: You can use ctrl+F (or command+F on a Mac) to search the spreadsheet for your name when the sheet gets filled up.

Last year, we paid off over $4million! Let's make 2021 even stronger!

In the event you have any issues with the sheet - please tag or DM Veronica

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  • Steel Blue Tugboat on line 90: Really excited to see what I can do this year! I've only had YNAB since June 2020 and am down to credit card float on one card (was 5 last year). Main goals are to stop the float on the last card, and pay off the two remaining credit cards I have.

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    • End of January Check-in.

      Made minimum payments on all debt, plus $65 of snowball to my new focus debt. Transferred my discover cc over to a 0% balance transfer card (18 months to pay it off) This is the new focus debt as I want to make sure I pay it off before the 18 months so I don't get charged the extra interest. So far, on track to meet my goal for the year!  

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    • February and March Check-in:

          February - spent extra (unbudgeted) on my CC so had to use more of a windfall to cover it to get back to     "zero" than I would have liked. But...i'm rolling with it since I made the choice to spend! 

          March - was able to put an extra $500 towards debt with my tax return. This was the first year ever I've     felt comfortable not sending the whole tax return to debt and actually upped my butter month category! I     have a full paycheck saved now for 'emergencies'! (along with other TE saved too!)

      I also redid what to do with windfalls and extra cash. I looked into what each paycheck does: 

      • IO/Month ahead - 50%
      • Debt - 35%
      • TE - 15%

      While i'd like the numbers to look different on the debt side, I've decided that i'm going to follow this breakdown and send 35% to debt and then 65% to TE and getting a month ahead

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      Steel Blue Tugboat I know it is a typo but it is hilarious to read "butter month category" That is a ton of baking!! LOL. What a great giggle this morning.

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    • Navy Blue Pegasus hahaha I didn't notice that! Glad it made you laugh...I think I'll leave it as is! :)

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  • Line 92. I have one credit card and one car loan that I'm trying to pay off. 2021 is the year to finish off the last 12K!

    Credit Card: 8802.29

    Car: 3952.19

    I will hit my savings goal in July, and that will roll into my credit card, and then my car will be paid off in October, which will allow me to roll that into the credit card as well. Current math stands that I will have 3.59 left in December, which I'm pretty sure I'll be able to squeeze out of other categories then!

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      • SewPurple
      • PHP Dev with a fabric habit
      • Salmon_Screwdiver.14
      • 8 mths ago
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      January
      I made a bunch of changes to my plan for 2021, which y'all can read about in my journal if you're interested.

      Credit Card 1: 3062.06 (pay off May/June)

      Credit Card 2 (BT from CC1): 5794.78 (pay off October/November)

      Car: 3952.19 (November) - no change because I had already made my January payment before joining the challenge.

      No longer aggressively targeting savings. Making debt payoff my #1 2021 goal.

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      • SewPurple
      • PHP Dev with a fabric habit
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       February

      Due to some HVAC surprises, I've had to pivot yet again, all detailed in my journal as well :) Dates reflected to show the changes below.

      Credit Card 1: 1973.28 (May)

      Credit Card 2: 5626.00 (June 2022)

      Car: 3530.12 (July)

      Great progress this month, thanks to it being a Quarterly Bonus month!

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    • SewPurple Thank goodness for quarterly bonus month coming so that the surprises don't happen during the month with no extra!

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      • SewPurple
      • PHP Dev with a fabric habit
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      March

      Credit Card 1: PAID OFF!

      Credit Card 2: 5539.00 (June 2022)

      Car: 3106.27 (Now targeting June instead of July, hoping for May)

      Awesome progress again! WOOT!

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      • Violet Yeti
      • Violet_Yeti.13
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      SewPurple 馃拑馃拑馃拑

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    • SewPurple 馃帀 馃帀 馃帀

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      • SewPurple
      • PHP Dev with a fabric habit
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      • 5 mths ago
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      April

      Credit Card 1

      Credit Card 2: 5452.00 (June 2022)

      Car: 2069.49 (Now targeting June instead of July, hoping for May)

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      • SewPurple
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      May

      Credit Card 1

      Credit Card 2: 5365.00 (June 2022)

      Car: PAID OFF!!! Happy Birthday to meeeeeeeee!!!!

      My updates are going to be pretty boring for the rest of the summer, probably well into fall, making the same $87 payment on the BT card while we cash flow our bathroom reno and save for the HVAC replacement. Happy Friday!

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      • Violet Yeti
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      SewPurple congrats!! Best birthday present ever!!

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      • SewPurple
      • PHP Dev with a fabric habit
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      Violet Yeti Thanks!

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      June

      Credit Card 1

      Credit Card 2: 5278.00 (June 2022)

      Car

      Another $87 down! Slow and steady on this one.

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    • SewPurple awesome! Congrats!!

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      • SewPurple
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      July

      Credit Card 1

      Credit Card 2: 5191.00 (June 2022)

      Car

      These are going to be pretty boring for y'all to read until like, November! 馃槀馃槀馃槀馃槀

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    • SewPurple Boring is good!! Way to go!

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      • SewPurple
      • PHP Dev with a fabric habit
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      farfromtheusual thanks! I know steady progress no matter how small is good progress, but I'm really excited to be debt free. And I'm not the most patient person! 馃槀馃槀馃槀

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    • SewPurple 馃槀 Me either! I can't figure out why I'm paying more on my car loan and it's only cut the loan by a year... I want it done sooner!!

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      August

      Credit Card 1

      Credit Card 2: 5104.00 (June 2022)

      Car

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      September

      Credit Card 1

      Credit Card 2: 5017.00 (June 2022)

      Car

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      October

      Credit Card 1

      Credit Card 2: 4930.00 (June 2022)

      Car

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  • We are claiming Line #93. We participated last year but got lost toward the end of the year and stopped updating. I'm hoping to set a more realistic goal this year but also a stretch goal. I am in the process of starting a business that will be part-time (for the moment) but could become full-time in July. If necessary, I will continue with part-time and use the extra income to pay off more debt.

    Realistic Goal for Debt Payoff: $14,759.61

    1.  Window Loan: $2,002.41
    2.  Credit Card: $4722.64
    3.  Student Loan: $8,034.20

    Our other debts are larger which includes a consolidation loan of all of our other debt, car loan, and mortgage. 

    Stretch goal  for Debt Payoff: $29-36k

    • Pay >2 full extra mortgage payments: $3k
    • New HVAC system or roof: $11k /$18k
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    • ShoreCpl - MD How are you doing on your goals? Rooting for you!

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  • Line 2 My goal is to pay off $8,000. That will cover SBA loan, cc and 21% off another card. 

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    • Halloweenlover I love your flaming dollar. 馃槀 How are things going on your paydown? Just checking in! :)

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  • Hi, I've claimed line 95 and my goal of 鈧17,843.16:

    • Overdraft: balance 鈧800 - PIF in 2021
    • Bank Loan: balance 鈧4,593.20 -> goal of 鈧4,900 including estimated interest (I'll update the goal when I know the actual interest) - 鈧260.33 monthly minimum so I'll need to make extra payments to meet my goal of having it PIF by the end of 2021
    • Private Loan: balance 鈧24,000: 鈧500 monthly for a 2021 goal of 鈧6,000
    • Mortgage: balance 鈧133,436.50: 鈧511.93 monthly for a 2021 goal of 鈧6,143.16

    My credit cards (2) also remain paid in full and off the float so this also has to be maintained.  I will probably cancel the 2nd card sometime this year as it has a monthly fee and I've had a credit increase on my main card.

    My main goal this year is to pay off my overdraft and bank loan while still providing for true expenses.  For the bank loan I'm considering calling the bank to ask them to restructure the loan for a December 2021 pay off date - this would mean I'd have to find the funds each month and any extra I set aside couldn't be WAM'ed elsewhere instead.  Has anyone else done this and found it a helpful strategy?  Or really regretted it?

    Good luck to everyone for 2021!馃尀

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      • Zoeah
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      Zo毛 

      January Update:

      Balances (1st Jan -> 31st January):

      • 2 Credit Cards remain PIF
      • Overdraft: 鈧800 -> 鈧750: Jan 鈧50
      • Bank Loan - to be PIF in 2021: 鈧4,593.20 -> 鈧4,632.22: Jan 鈧0 (+ Interest 鈧39.02)
      • Private Loan: 鈧24,000 -> 鈧23,500 (no interest) - target for the year 鈧6k: Jan 鈧500
      • Mortgage: target paydown for 2021: 鈧4,095.44 - YTD: 鈧511.93: Jan 鈧511.93

      I was taking part in the 34-day reset challenge this month so it was a very low spend month!  But after having to WAM so much at the end of last year I'm focusing those wins on building up my true expenses.  Ireland has been in level 5 (highest level) lockdown for all of January and it's now set to continue until at least 5th March so I'm going to continue only spending on essentials (no take aways!) for February but give myself a little more leeway.  I've been staying away from browsing online shopping so going to try to continue to avoid that as well.

      I went ahead and restructured my bank loan to be finished in Dec-21 with no change to the interest rate.  I know I could have just made extra payments to achieve this but now I'm committed and the money can't "accidentally" be used for anything else.  With the timing of this I ended up with an interest charge this month but no direct debit taken.  But this is the debt I hate the most so I'm really glad to have a plan locked in that means it will be gone by the end of the year.

      Mortgage payments are ticking along nicely.  My balance is finally permanently under the value of my original drawdown (鈧133k) so I'm very happy about that.  I knew when I took a 6 month deferred start on payments that it would take until now but it has been awful to look at the balance while it was higher than the original loan value.

      I got into a bad habit last year with my overdraft payoffs of not putting anything towards it if I couldn't budget at least 鈧100.  So this year if I can locate even a spare 鈧20 in my budget it's going there.  This month I found 鈧50.  Hopefully I can get this paid off by the end of 2021 as well but this year is going to be tight.

      Overall, I think it's been a good start to the year and hopefully I can stick to my plan and achieve my goals.  Good luck everyone!

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      • Zo毛
      • take care of the pennies...
      • Zoeah
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      Zo毛 

      February Update:

      Balances (1st Jan -> 28th February):

      • Credit Card remains PIF
      • Overdraft: 鈧800 -> 鈧500: Feb 鈧250
      • Bank Loan - to be PIF in 2021: 鈧4,593.20 -> 鈧4,190.35: Feb 鈧441.87
      • Private Loan: 鈧24,000 -> 鈧23,000 (no interest) - target for the year 鈧6k - YTD 鈧1k: Feb 鈧500
      • Mortgage: target paydown for 2021: 鈧4,095.44 - YTD 鈧1,023.86: Feb 鈧511.93
      • Total debt payoff Feb: 鈧1,703.80

      I bit the bullet this month and cancelled my 2nd credit card.  I'd been holding on to it as a safety net but given the monthly and annual fees I realised this was a waste.

      Between my savings from the 34-day reset challenge and a small tax refund I managed to put 鈧250 towards my overdraft.  This is such a great boost as my overdraft was originally 鈧1,000 so now I'm 50% of the way there!  It's become a bit of a personal challenge now to see how long I can go without getting a takeaway (we're on level 5 (Ireland's highest level) lockdown until at least 5th April so eating out isn't an option) so between that and being more mindful with groceries I'm hoping I'll be able to knock out the remainder of this well ahead of my end of the year goal.

       Everything else is as normal so just really concentrating on building up true expenses for the 1st half of the year so I don't spend the 2nd half of the year WAM-ing like I did last year.

      Hope everyone's feeling well 馃尀

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      • Zo毛
      • take care of the pennies...
      • Zoeah
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      Zo毛 

      March Update:

      Balances (1st Jan -> 31st March):

      • Credit Card remains PIF
      • Overdraft: 鈧800 -> 鈧250: Mar 鈧250
      • Bank Loan - to be PIF in 2021: 鈧4,593.20 -> 鈧3,807.38: Mar 鈧441.87 (+ Int 鈧58.90)
      • Private Loan: 鈧24,000 -> 鈧22,500 (0% int) - target for 2021 鈧6k - YTD 鈧1.5k: Mar 鈧500
      • Mortgage: target paydown for 2021: 鈧4,095.44 - YTD 鈧1,535.79: Mar 鈧511.93 (+ Int 鈧933.39)
      • Total debt payoff Mar: 鈧1,703.80
      • YTD: 鈧4,469.53 / 鈧17,803.73: 25.1%

      I had some unexpectedly high bills this month and was trying to adjust my debt paydown plan when I got an unexpected salary increase!  So I was able to put another 鈧250 towards my overdraft.  I'm hoping to keep up the momentum for at least one more month and get it fully paid off.

      Last year I kept feeling like every time I got 2 steps forward something happened to pull me back a step so feeling very positive this year that I've been making steady progress while still funding true expenses.

      Take-aways / eating out 2021 YTD: 0!

      Sending everyone some positivity 馃寛

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    • Zo毛 Congrats on the 0 takeaways! That's impressive!!!

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      • Violet Yeti
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      Zo毛 yay for steady progress!! Keep on keeping on!

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      • Zo毛
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      • Zoeah
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      Violet Yeti Thanks! This year I made a change when allocating my income - I fill in what I need/want to put to debt first - minimums and any snowball/extra payments.  Last year other than minimums I was doing it last on the theory I could put anything left over to extra payments.  But it's very easy to have nothing left over that way!  Maybe this was obvious to everyone else but this shift in mindset & process has been a gamechanger for me so far this year.  

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      • Zo毛
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      • Zoeah
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      Zo毛 

      April Update:

      Balances (1st Jan -> 30th April):

      • Credit Card remains PIF
      • Overdraft: 鈧800 -> 鈧250: Apr 鈧0
      • Bank Loan - to be PIF in 2021: 鈧4,593.20 -> 鈧3,365.51: Apr 鈧441.87
      • Private Loan: 鈧24,000 -> 鈧22,000 (0% int) - target for 2021 鈧6k - YTD 鈧2k: Apr 鈧500
      • Mortgage: target paydown for 2021: 鈧4,095.44 - YTD 鈧2,047.72: Mar 鈧511.93
      • Total debt payoff Apr: 鈧1,453.80
      • YTD: 鈧5,923.33 / 鈧17,803.73: 33.3%

      Everything normal this month except that I wasn't able to put anything to my overdraft.  This is mainly because I bought a sofabed that was still 鈧200 away from being fully funded. 馃槺  Some online shopping crept back in as well so that didn't help either.

      I also broke my no take-aways / eating out in 2021 YTD with pizza delivery. 馃崟 It was worth it but I'm going to try to stick to only once a month and it has to come out of my grocery money so hopefully that will keep me in check.

      I am now really glad I restructured my bank loan to shorten the term so that it will be definitely gone by the end of the year.  April would definitely have been a month when I'd have convinced myself not to make an extra payment but now I've no choice because the higher amount is on direct debit!

      Hope everyone stays safe as the world opens back up 馃尀

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    • Zo毛 if you can stick with once a month that would be awesome! That's sort of my goal for us as well. It's SO tempting to be lazy and just order out when we are busy!

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      • Zo毛
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      • Zoeah
      • 4 mths ago
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      Zo毛 

      May Update:

      Balances (1st Jan -> 30th April):

      • Credit Card remains PIF
      • Overdraft: 鈧800 -> 鈧150: May 鈧100
      • Bank Loan - to be PIF in 2021: 鈧4,593.20 -> 鈧2,923.64: May 鈧441.87
      • Private Loan: 鈧24,000 -> 鈧21,500 - target for 2021 鈧6k - YTD 鈧2.5k: May 鈧500
      • Mortgage: target paydown for 2021: 鈧4,095.44 - YTD 鈧2,559.65: May 鈧511.93
      • Total debt payoff May: 鈧1,553.80
      • YTD: 鈧7,477.13 / 鈧17,803.73: 42%

      Had a good month and was able to put 鈧100 to my overdraft.  Regular monthly amounts to everything else.

      Thought I was going to have to replace my gas boiler (around 鈧2.5k) which I am not yet prepared for but ended up just being a leak (鈧50).  It has made me decide that I really need to build up my sinking funds and savings so after my overdraft is paid off I won't be trying to pay off my bank loan any quicker.

      Hope everyone else's broken appliances also turn out to have such easy fixes! 馃寛

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    • Zo毛 Focusing on those True Expenses is a really great plan, my friend! Future debt prevention. 馃帀Making some great progress!

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    • Zo毛 what a relief!!

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      • Zo毛
      • take care of the pennies...
      • Zoeah
      • 3 mths ago
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      Zo毛 

      June Update:

      Balances (1st Jan -> 30th June):

      • Credit Card remains PIF
      • Overdraft: 鈧800 -> 鈧150: June 鈧0
      • Bank Loan - to be PIF in 2021: 鈧4,593.20 -> 鈧2,559.33: June 鈧441.87 (+Int 鈧77.56)
      • Private Loan: 鈧24,000 -> 鈧21,500 - target for 2021 鈧6k - YTD 鈧3k: June 鈧500
      • Mortgage: target paydown for 2021: 鈧4,095.44 - YTD 鈧3,071.58: June 鈧511.93 (+Int 鈧949.78)
      • Total debt payoff June: 鈧1,453.80
      • YTD: 鈧8,930.93 / 鈧17,803.73: 50.16%

      Had a very spendy month.  Some of it was planned and budgeted for, some of it was not.  Most of the unbudgeted spending was just a timing issue - I thought I had until August but had to buy in June to allow for delivery/lead times - so that was just a case of reprioritising to allow for this.

      The rest of my unplanned spending was a case of being in physical shops (other than the supermarket) for the first time in 6 months - I went a little bit crazy.  Hopefully that's out of my system now and I'll be able to relocate my self control!

      Putting any extra to my overdraft is on hold until I meet some of my savings goals - probably around Sept/Oct.  I'm still optimistic all goals will be met by the end of the year so it's hopefully just a matter of timing 馃

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    • Zo毛 even with your spendy month, looks like you're right on track halfway through the year! 馃帀Leaning hard into Rule 2 was such a game changer for me in preventing future debt.

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      • Zo毛
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      • Zoeah
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      Zo毛 

      July Update:

      Balances (1st Jan -> 31st July):

      • Credit Card remains PIF
      • Overdraft: 鈧800 -> 鈧150: July 鈧0
      • Bank Loan - to be PIF in 2021: 鈧4,593.20 -> 鈧2,117.46: July 鈧441.87
      • Private Loan: 鈧24,000 -> 鈧20.500 - target for 2021 鈧6k - YTD 鈧3.5k: July 鈧500
      • Mortgage: target paydown for 2021: 鈧4,095.44 - YTD 鈧3,583.51: July 鈧511.93
      • Total debt payoff June: 鈧1,453.80
      • YTD: 鈧10,384.73 / 鈧17,803.73: 58.33%

      Just the usual this month as I focus on savings for things in September and October.  Still expecting to meet my debt payoff goals for the year.

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      • Zo毛
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      • Zoeah
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      Zo毛 

      August Update:

      Balances (1st Jan -> 30th August):

      • Credit Card remains PIF
      • Overdraft: 鈧800 -> 鈧250: August -鈧150
      • Bank Loan - to be PIF in 2021: 鈧4,593.20 -> 鈧1,675.59: August 鈧441.87
      • Private Loan: 鈧24,000 -> 鈧20,000 - target for 2021 鈧6k - YTD 鈧4k: August 鈧500
      • Mortgage: target paydown for 2021: 鈧4,095.44 - YTD 鈧4,095.44: August 鈧511.93
      • Total debt payoff August: 鈧1,353.80
      • YTD: 鈧11,783.53 / 鈧17,803.73: 65.93%

      Bit of a setback with my overdraft in order to make some savings goals.  I expect it to be back on track by the end of October.  Still planning to meet my debt goals for the year. 馃

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    • Zo毛 You're so close!!!

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      • Zo毛
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      • Zoeah
      • 2 wk ago
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      Zo毛 

      September Update:

      Balances (1st Jan -> 30th September):

      • Credit Card remains PIF
      • Overdraft: 鈧800 -> 鈧250: September 鈧0
      • Bank Loan - to be PIF in 2021: 鈧4,593.20 -> 鈧1,284.07: September 鈧441.87
      • Private Loan: 鈧24,000 -> 鈧19,500 - target for 2021 鈧6k - YTD 鈧4.5k: September 鈧500
      • Mortgage: target paydown for 2021: 鈧6,143.16 - YTD 鈧4,607.37: September 鈧511.93
      • Total debt payoff September : 鈧1,453.80
      • YTD: 鈧13,192.33 / 鈧17,803.73: 74.1%

      The 2nd half of the year always seems to be more expenses and less savings and extra for debt payoff.  But I'm still on track for now and hoping to stay that way 馃

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    • Zo毛 wahoo!! You're so close!

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  • Claiming line 96 (woohoo birth year!)

    The following are my current debts:

    Car Lease (ends March 15th): $455.28

    Family Loan: $23,013.95

    Federal Loans: $21,964.48

    Total = $45,433.71

     

    For 2021 my goal is to pay off my entire car lease ($455.28), $600 towards my family loan, and $2,850 of my federal loans. Not a lot this year, but my main focus is some savings goals I have in order to avoid accruing even more debt. 

     

    Good luck everyone!

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      Emma Catherine Excellent idea to get rid of that lease payment! Now start saving some money for your next car (True expense) so that you can buy your next one in cash and not have to waste money on a depreciating asset. I'm saving to buy out my car in Aug 2022 then I will keep it for many years and have the cash ready to replace it. :)

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      • Civil engineer getting back on track
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      Purple Foal I鈥檝e actually been saving for a year (since I started budgeting and YNAB) and I鈥檓 very proud of myself for sticking with it and I have over $10k towards my next car.

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      Emma Catherine Impressive & you're 24!! I wish I knew now what you are learning... :)

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    • Emma Catherine wow, thats awesome!

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      • Emma Catherine
      • Civil engineer getting back on track
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      Emma Catherine For January I paid off $277.64 of my debt. And for February I've paid $502.64!

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      • Emma Catherine
      • Civil engineer getting back on track
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      Emma Catherine In March I paid off $275 towards towards student loans. And in April I begin paying off my new car loan

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  • Hi! I claimed line 102.

    My goal is to pay off my car loan and be debt free except for my mortgage!

    The amount remaining on my loan is about $4,990.

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      • Krys
      • I like bacon and sarcasm
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      January Update

      Paid $317 and change, so amount remaining is $4,673!

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      • Krys
      • I like bacon and sarcasm
      • Krys
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      February Update

      Paid $917 this month, so amount remaining is $3,756!

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      • Krys
      • I like bacon and sarcasm
      • Krys
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      March Update

      Paid $3,756! ALL DONE! PAID OFF ALL MY DEBT! YEAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!

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      Krys GET IT GIRL!!! Way to go... I bet that feels awesome!

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    • Krys Woo! Oh man congrats!

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      Krys Fantastic!! 馃帀

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    • Krys Amazing news! Congrats! 馃帀

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    • Krys CONGRATS!!!!!

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  • Claiming Line 103

    My goal this year is to pay off at least $2500 in credit card debt. I am also going to really work on keeping myself more accountable on adding debt to those cards and only spending on them what I've already budgeted.

    Let's get this challenge started, WOOT! 馃榿

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    • Orchid Display How's it been going with your goals? :)

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    • Dela a few hiccups here and there but not bad! A bit over 50% of my goal paid down. :)

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  • Happy 2021 Everyone!

    I've been so excited to start this for 2021! I've been using YNAB for a few years now, but just to help with budgeting (staying afloat). It's only been the past year that I've been actually working to improve my financial situation.

    Last year I was able to pay off $16,780.91, so my goal this year is to pay off more than I did last year. If I do, I will hopefully get rid of my credit cards and car loan!

     

    Total Debt - $98,433.81

    • Chase Credit Card - $751.65
    • CitiBank Credit Card - $1,714.90
    • Car Loan - $13,328.09
    • Private Student Loan - $51,478.01
    • Federal Student Loan - $31,160.16
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    • Calluna Bee  It's wild to know that 2021 is half over already! 馃槄 How's your exciting paydown journey going? How are you feeling?

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  • All debt I owe : 

    Personal Loan #1 : 17,348.11
    Personal Loan #2 : 19,529.81
    Car Loan : 39,031.07
    Student Loan : 41,767.19

    And technically have $1200 on CC but I will have that paid off this week so I'm not considering it in this debt breakdown. Unless I start floating the balance....

     

    I'd like to pay off personal loan #1 - so goal is $17348.11 (which is a stretch goal - ideally I at least get it down to under 10k) while paying the minimum on the rest. 

    Minimum payments across the 4 loans is ~$2266. I feel like I'm drowning a little already on minimums from bad life choices but I'm going to do what I can to squirrel away anything remotely extra to the personal loan #1 payment. 

     

    I'm using Qoins to automate some extra money to it each month. I have it set up to take out money on a regular interval as well as try and take 10% of any incoming money over $100. I've been cancelling the 10% one lately so I'm trying to stick to allowing that + the smaller regular deductions for Qoins to help move this forward. It will really help if I can do the 10% extra payments but the smaller intervals are usually about $100 extra a month.

    My personal loans are with SoFi and in my path to try and get debt free, I opened a SoFi CC recently because they have a rewards program which you can use to put extra payments to loans. So all my bills have been moved to that card and I'm logging into the app every day for free reward points to try and accumulate as much extra/free money to the payment as possible. It's nice because you get like a point per dollar spent (and 10 points whenever you log into the app after a 4 day streak) - each point translates to a cent and it's doubled when you use it to pay off debt (so like 1300 points = $26 free dollars).

    I've also been using Undebt.It for tracking potential payofff dates. It's been motivating and un-motivating at the same time. It's nice to see an end in sight but it's difficult to see how much extra one needs to pay to really get ahead of it all.

    Depending on what my tax refund might be, I'm hoping to have a bigger waterfall of money to direct to the loan. My company cancelled the bonus program during 2020 so I cannot relay on those like I used to. I also got a pay cut middle of last year so I'm hoping I get a raise next month during reviews and whatever extra between current paycheck and new paycheck I want to immediately regulate to the loan. 

    I claimed line 105 - I'm only going to be tracking the principal amount of personal loan #1 and the progress I make on that specific debt during this challenge. I'm trying to keep in mind just how much better my finances will be if I have $2600 extra to do with what I want instead of immediately being obligated to my past life choices. 

    I tried to be a part of this last year and fizzled out halfway through when I moved + got a paycut, and incurred a major amount of debt because of it. I felt too ashamed to come back since I added debt instead of tackling it in the end. I hope sincerely this year I do nothing but take it down. 

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      Green Cleric said:
      I felt too ashamed to come back since I added debt instead of tackling it in the end. I hope sincerely this year I do nothing but take it down. 

       I don't know exactly why, maybe it's because I've felt this same feeling of shame so often when looking at my own debts, but it made me feel so happy to see that you're tackling this again. Best of luck with it!

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    • Coral Network thank you!! Best of luck to us all! I know the feeling of being out will be worth it. 

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    • Green Cleric 

      I definitely know that feeling of paying for past choices. We've been in debt payoff separately and married for almost 5 years. We had to take some time off to get house repairs done, and we still desperately need new windows, our fence looks awful, etc. We have a few years to go. Sometimes when we have a chunk of $ that goes to the student loan debt,  it feels really good to accomplish a piece of a monumental task. Other times, I just think about all of those things we need today that are being put off b/c of the loan :( 

      Overall, it feels good to address this debt and know that soon all of that money will be ours and we'll be able to move forward quickly because of our stellar financial habits!

      Paying off debt is certainly a complex mix of feelings. Congratulations on getting re-started on your journey!!

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    • Orchid Guitar Thank you! I'm glad to be back at it, but like you said, very mixed emotions with a financial journey around debt. I think being part of this and the community will really help. Thank you for the encouragement! It really makes a difference when you know you're not alone in it. 

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    • Green Cleric I have had years like that, too. When I raked up pretty much the exact same amount that I was trying to smack down it sucked. But then I actually checked my income vs spending, and found that I was pretty much AT budget, which made it really hard to get ahead and pay off debt. If you're in the same boat you shouldn't beat yourself up over it. I know, that's easy to say from the outside. But really, if you are running that close to the wire every month then it's going to be tough to not add any debt on. I'm SURE you were not alone in struggling to keep ends met last year, let alone pay down any debt. So just hop back on the wagon, again, and keep on chugging. Those life decisions didn't get you into that amount of debt overnight, and so you won't get out of it overnight, either. Be patient with yourself, and with the current climate, and keep chipping away.

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    • farfromtheusual thank you! I really appreciate the encouragement. It's so hard not to add debt when you're already at the edge. I'm trying to work on my perspective and get my mindset right for the long-haul it's going to take. Patience with myself, I really love that attitude. 2020 was a special year for everyone too, I just started it with such good intentions and to not only fall short but to make it worse was tough. But you're so right. 

      Here's to 2021!

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    • Green Cleric One of the things that I did when I was that close to the wire was fund my essentials first. Then when I spent money on something not in those categories (like going out to lunch with a friend) I KNEW I was sliding backwards, and was (mostly) ok with that. It helped that I had the awareness of what I did have covered, and what I didn't. If I was able to not spend everything needed in a category, like groceries, then it could help cover the lunch bill.
      You have to do what you have to do, and it's also important to do things for your own mental well being, and sometimes that means spending what you don't have. Doing so with awareness helped me to get through it, and since I was still keeping up with my budget, I was able to take advantage of windfalls when they came.

      Sounds like you've got a good handle on it and are moving forward again! Onward and upward from here!

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    • farfromtheusual Thank you! I appreciate the encouragement! It's finding a balance for me. I need to I think know where I'm okay with a little back sliding for my mental space and when I'm just allowing myself to make excuses to spend. I'm going to stick to the essentials first mentality though. Make sure the important things are covered will have to have an impact on my stress levels. 

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    • Green Cleric True, knowing the difference is important. If you can't tell the difference then you're mostly at the mercy of the spending, still, and that's not a good place to be.

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  • Line 99: I knocked out over $15k in debt last year between April and December. This year, I have a second job and the divorce settlement refi payment  on my house ($48k!) is going to come through within the next couple weeks. Some of that payment will go into retirement accounts and buffing up to a 6 month emergency fund, but the bulk of it will knock out a huge portion of my debt. I have no doubts I will clear the full $77k in 2021. 

    I am starting with $77,796.73:

    • Credit cards:     $10, 492.42
    • RV loan:               $33,118.63 @ 4.3%
    • Truck loan:         $34,184.68 @ 3.6%

    The bulk of that CC debt is on an interest deferred balance transfer card that doesn't come ripe until May, so I am not paying any interest on that as long as I get it paid down in the next four months. I live in my RV traveling around to national parks so when the loans are cleared, I will own my home outright and have zero debts to my name. 

    I track my debt progress at https://www.instagram.com/92to0/

    Excited to be here with you all! 

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    • 92to0 AWESOME. Can't wait to watch your progress!

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  • Fizzled out last year with paying off debt...maybe a bit of COVID depression?  Anyway, I am excited to be part of this group this year and am confident we can pay off our consumer debt!  We were able to refinance our mortgage in 2020 and save $600 or so a month in mortgage payments just by reducing the interest and extending the payoff period a bit! 

    Three credits cards ($14,825, $4,097, $2,356) and one store card ($1,913) will bite the dust this year.

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    • Orchid Cup You were lucky to be able to refinance your mortgage! I looked into it but the online calculators said it wasn't worth it with the penalties. If you can, snowball that $600 directly off your debt. :)

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      Purple Foal Luckily our mortgage was up for renewal in the fall anyway so we didn't have any penalties!  And yes!  That is my plan - snowball it on the debt :)

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      • Purple Foal
      • Purple_Foal.3
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      Orchid Cup Amazing!! Mine is up in 2024 & I'm going with a mortgage broker after listening to podcasts. :)

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    • Orchid Cup awesome on the refi!! We are exploring that right now, just started the process last night. I am really hopeful that it will bring our payment down so we can take advantage of the extra cash, too!

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      farfromtheusual Yes!  It feels so freeing.  I hope it goes well for you!

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  • Hi! I've claimed line 108. I'm not new to YNAB, but have never participated in the Debt Smackdown so far. 

    2020 has been desastrous for my finances, so I'm happy to be able to pay back some of my debt this year. :) The amount I want to pay back during the year is:

    1. student loan: 鈧1,440
    2. money borrowed from family: 鈧1,270

    --> Total debt payoff target: 鈧2,710

    That doesn't seem to be much, but for me it is a huge step forward. 馃槄 My remaining student loan is higher than 鈧1,440 (in total 鈧8,740 left to pay off), but this is the amount that I'll have to pay back this year. [My kind of student loan (I'm from Germany) luckily is interest free up to a certain amount and for a certain repayment period.]

    Concerning the money I borrowed from my family, 鈧1,270 is the total I owe them, so I want to pay back everything this year. 

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    • Beige Nomad debt is all relative, I've been battling small chunks like this for years. When you don't have much coming in even a small amount seems like a lot to deal with, so I feel your pain! Here's to knocking it out of the park!

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    • Beige Nomad How's the debt smackdown going for you? :)

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      Dela Thank you for asking! :) It is not going as well as I planned, but I'm still confident :D I decided to start studying again (starting in September) so I won't earn much money during the next years, and I'm even going to build up new student loan debt... 馃檲 But I am pretty sure that it will make me much happier than my current field of study/work. It is something completely new that I chose because I want to do it, instead of just going through with it out of ambition 馃槄
      TL;DR: 2021 might not be my best year in terms of debt paydown, but it will be kind of a new start I'm really looking forward to :)

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    • Beige Nomad  Wow! I'm thrilled for this transition for you. It really sounds like you're making a choice that will enable you to be much more fulfilled. Work is such a big part of our lives; it's very cool you're choosing to ensure it brings you joy. Go you!!

      I like to think of it this way: debt is a tool. If you purposefully and thoughtfully accrue debt in order to reach a goal, that's the best use of debt! (Shall I even say it's being frugal?!) And you always have the YNAB community here to support and motivate whenever that future debt pay down begins. 鉂わ笍 

      Wishing you the best year!!

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    • Dela Thank you so much!! :)

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  • I am excited to be on board again. The impact YNAB has had on my family since we began using the product in November of 2018 is hard to measure. After years of barely being able to keep up, my wife and I were forced to make a change to our spending habits when we sent our second child off to college in August of 2019. We were going in the wrong direction, and the stress was beginning to negatively effect our lives. 

    For 2021, my goal is to pay off the last of our consumer debt. We began 2019 with just under $20K on the last credit card after paying off two other smaller accounts. We now have $8100 left to pay. My goal is to pay off this remaining amount during the first half of the year. With a little luck, we should be able to make that happen.

     

    Good luck to everyone!

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      For January, we are able to pay $2200. This includes $1000 for our budgeted amount plus our $1200 stimulus payment. Just as it has been for the last year, we haven't added any new credit card debt. This is 27% of the goal for the year. :)

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    • R Bro 

      I love it! Hittin' that debt hard right away! What a great feeling 馃槃

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    • R Bro wahoo!!!!

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      • Purple_Filly.9
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      For February, we are paying $1250. This brings us over 40% of our goal. On our way to reaching our goal by mid year. 

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      For March, we were able to pay $1250 once again. We are now at 58% of our goal for the year. Hopefully will be able to pay off this last credit card by May.

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    • R Bro WOW! Awesome, way to go!

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      April: $1250.00 again.

      We are now at 73% of our goal paid. Trying to move resources around and hopefully double up the payment and take care of the remaining balance in May. With a little bit of planning we may be able to do it. Regardless, the remaining balance of the last CC will be paid in June at the latest.

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    • R Bro You're so close!!!

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      • Purple_Filly.9
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      For May we paid $2527.95. We are now at 100% of our goal for the year.

      This includes the approximately $2100 to reach our goal plus another charge from this previous month.

      This means we now have no credit card debt.

      My wife and I were discussing it, and we are now 100% credit card debt free for the first time since we can remember, and we've been married almost 25 years. In November of 2019 when we started using YNAB, we had two credit cards and a line of credit which totalled just under $24k in debt. By January of 2020, we owed just under 20k on the last card, and have paid that off in 16 months while having two kids in college. Prior to using YNAB, we were accumulating debt each month with no hope of making any real progress.

      It is still hard to believe we've made this much progress, and it makes me happy to come here and see dozens of others get to experience the same joy we have.

      With all this being said, this is only the beginning.  As we approach our retirements within the next 10-15 years, it is now our responsibility to build for the future of our family including our college-aged kids and their future families. I am happy to say that I am going to spend the remainder of the year trying to reach my new goal in the savings challenge.

      Best of luck to everyone!

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    • R Bro Awesome! Congrats to you both!!

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    • R Bro Congratulations!! That is wonderful news! And a fantastic way to celebrate is in the savings challenge. I'm so happy for you!

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    • R Bro Congratulations! 馃帀That's amazing!

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  • We're working hard on getting rid of our mortgage! 馃帀 We've been at it in earnest for the past 1.5 years and we're looking at another 2.5 years to go if all goes according to plan. 

    Total owed at the beginning of 2021:   $71,040

    Payoff target for 2021:   At least $28,000

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    • BenB 

      We have just about the same amount owed on our mortgage. Unfortunately, we are currently focused on student loan debt. I'll live vicariously through you until we get to the mortgage payoff phase :)

      Way to go!!

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  • Hi, I'm claiming line #112.  This year I have just the mortgage and the Home Depot credit card (0%) interest left.  

    Mortgage:  $126,100
    CC: $230

    Payoff target $28,200  (hoping to get the mortgage below $100,000!)

    What do people think?  The credit card is 0% and I'll have that paid off in June but I'm tired of paying it.  I was thinking of putting my $600 stimulus into my debt but should I just put it all towards the mortgage or kill the CC and put the balance towards the mortgage?  I'd snowball the CC payment in Feb ($46).

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      Grey Tux personally I would pay off the $230 just to get it out of my hair 

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      Grey Tux we had a Care Credit card with 0% APR. When it reached that threshold ($200-300 range), it was easier to just pay it off than to make small monthly payments. Do what's best for your peace of mind.

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      Ivory Tiger I agree. When it is that small, and you have the means to pay it off, I would do it and then you can focus on the mortgage. Paying $46 per month to get it done would drive me up the wall. I would definitely be trying to figure out how to just get rid of it at that point. 

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    • Grey Tux I honestly don't mind the little payments like that. You could always set it to autopay and ignore it until it's gone. I figure the pennies in my account are worth more than sending them to their account when they aren't charging me to hold the loan. Totally up to you - as others have said, I'd go with whatever gives you the biggest peace of mind.

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      farfromtheusual I like the idea of autopay.  Didn't even cross my mind!  LOL!  That would kind of be the best of both worlds, you don't have to think about it and it just goes away on it's own!  And you get to keep the pennies.  :)

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    • Grey Tux Yay! Glad I could help! I'm always in favor of not hanging money to someone when it's not costing me any money to do so!

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  • Line 113 claimed!!

    My big goal this year is to pay off half my student loan debt and continue to make regular payments to my Mortgage. 

    I used the debt smackdown challenge to paydown $17,000 in debt between my mortgage, student loans and my car (which I paid off 3 years early!!) last year! My goal this year is $18,000! 

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    • Forest Green Gazelle 

      Oh, the feeling of a paid off car is a beautiful thing. And, to pay it off 3 years early...magnificent!! Congratulations!!

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    • Forest Green Gazelle wow 3 years early is amazing! Way to go!

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  • Line 114 Reporting in!

    I'm starting the year with my only debt being Student Loans and my car loan. 

    Student loans ~ $42,000
    Car ~ $11,000

    Student loans are a complex thing these days. And everything could change come 1/20/21. 
    Year goal is $6,000

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    • Navy Blue Disk What wins are you seeing from your smackdown so far? :)

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  • Just claimed Line 115. I paid off so much last year that I'm definitely going to keep the momentum going with this year's challenge.

    I'm only paying the remainder of my auto loan and my student loan payments are set to continue this year.

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    • Royal Blue Cyborg How's it going paying down your loans? We've been holding back on some student loan payments due to the pandemic and some of them are coming due again. Did you keep at it? I'd love to know!

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  • Hey all, I'm Nate. I will be making my monthly Debt Smackdown reports part of my journal. I am on row 71 of the sheet.

    This year, I'm targeting my credit cards and a small personal loan. The combined total of these accounts as of December 31, 2020, was $18,331.

    • Card 1: $4,112, on the float with $2962 of budgeted spending and $1,150 of old debt. The smackdown total includes the card total.
    • Card 2: $9412, all of which is on various 0% offers that expire at various times through this year.
    • Personal Loan: $4,806, really a stretch goal, but I think it may be feasible to pull off.
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  • Hi! I'm line 118.  I have a truck loan and 2 credit cards I'd like to wipe out this year.  Then I can be debt free.  I did the smackdown last year and more than met my goal but i had a windfall.  Here's hoping I can continue to knock debts out (no windfall on the horizon)?  Happy New Year and GOOD LUCK!!!

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  • Last year was a raging success with the mortgage - we paid off more than $50k. So I'm thrilled to join in again at Line #122. This year we want to knock $50,000 off our mortgage, bringing it to -$90,000. That will feel incredible in this uncertain climate! Our current default expenditure on the mortgage is $39,598 a year, not including interest ($1523 a fortnight) so we want to save another $11,000 onto it, as well as cover approx $4k-$5k in interest. 

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  • Hi!

    I'm a new YNABer as of December 2020. I'm glad to enter this year educated and motivated to use YNAB to break the paycheck to paycheck cycle,  get out of debt and save more money!

    I'm starting this challenge with $16k worth of debt I hope to be done with by the end of year. If I can't make it all go away, I'm hoping to reduce it all down to my student loan which is currently $6.6k and would probably be very close to 0 by the end of this year if it's not entirely paid off. 馃

    I have some smaller loan balances (impulsive purchases of the like I won't be making going forward): a vacuum, kitchenware, 2 credit cards and 1 loan from my brother (thankfully the smallest).

    This challenge, the software and methodology all give me the extra confidence and accountability I need to get this done once and for all!

    Good luck!

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      • Violet_Yeti.13
      • 9 mths ago
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      Josh Friese I started in September 2020... and I just have to say that YNAB gave me the tools to exceed my 2020 debt paydown goals - significantly!   I wish you the best and know you're going to also exceed your expectations! 

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    • How's YNAB and the debt smackdown treating you, Josh ? :)

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    • Dela Struggling to stay consistent after April-May but I'm getting back into a groove :) Thanks for checking in!

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  • Happy New Year! Line 119 鉁岋笍 Did a full budget refresh to really focus on tackling the debt & building the future - $59,731 in the hole 馃う馃徏鈥嶁檧锔 All including credit cards and student loans. Excited to see the progress! 

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  • So my first month's pay check is in for 2021, All items budgeted and January's Debt payments made

    拢1,235.85 of the total smashed! 馃帀

    But the sad realisation of what I could be doing with that money had I not racked up the debts! 馃槬

    So very much looking forward to 2022 already. With this lot gone, I can't wait for those monthly payments to turn into monthly savings. 馃


    Debt Tally

    CC1 - 拢362.34 / 拢362.34 PAID 馃帀
    CC2 - 拢350 / 拢7015.20
    Catalogue - 拢170 / 拢1168.17
    Loan - 拢353.51 / 拢11461.70

    Grand Total: 拢20007.41

    Total Paid off so far in 2021: 拢1,235.85

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    • Wyvern That is a sort of exciting thought for me to think about! There's SO much possibility in knowing that I will be able to use that money for better things in the future! That just gives me more incentive to get rid of the debt now! You're off to an amazing start!

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      • Violet Yeti
      • Violet_Yeti.13
      • 9 mths ago
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      Wyvern I know what you're saying about "if only".  Before I felt in control - I found myself personally offended at my monthly debt payment - with no additional payments.  At one point pre-YNAB it was $1500 monthly (approx  拢1100 I think?).

      They way I'm choosing to look at it now - is hot-effing-dog... I'm gonna get a huuuuuuuge raise when I have this sh*t paid off!

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      • Wyvern
      • wyvern
      • 9 mths ago
      • 2
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      January Check In now that all the wage incomes have arrived - 拢1,235.85 Paid off this month.

      I have cleared the smallest card balance completely! Good feeling to get one squared away, even if it was just a little one! 


      Debt Tally

      CC1 - 拢362.34 / 拢362.34 PAID 馃帀
      CC2 - 拢350 / 拢7015.20
      Catalogue - 拢170 / 拢1168.17
      Loan - 拢353.51 / 拢11461.70

      Grand Total: 拢20007.41

      Total Paid off so far in 2021: 拢1,235.85

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    • Wyvern wahoo!!

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      • Wyvern
      • wyvern
      • 8 mths ago
      • 6
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      Small amendment to January check in - I bit the bullet and threw 拢6000 savings at the debt to ensure we get it gone ASAP. This still leaves us a nice buffer just in case, but has taken a 3rd off the starting balance!


      Debt Tally

      CC1 - 拢362.34 / 拢362.34 PAID 馃帀
      CC2 - 拢350 / 拢7015.20
      Catalogue - 拢170 / 拢1168.17
      Loan - 拢6353.51 / 拢11461.70

      Grand Total: 拢20007.41

      Total Paid off so far in 2021: 拢7,235.85

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    • Wyvern WOW! Way to go! That's huge!!

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      • Wyvern
      • wyvern
      • 8 mths ago
      • 9
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      Wyvern So Februarys payment all made. May manage a few more pennies at the end of the month, we will see how the month pans out.

      Another 拢1,128.71 gone!  馃帀


      Debt Tally

      CC1 - 拢362.34 / 拢362.34 - PAID OFF 馃帀
      CC2 - 拢955.20 / 拢7015.20
      Catalogue - 拢340 / 拢1168.17
      Loan - 拢6707.02 / 拢11461.70

      Grand Total: 拢20007.41

      Total Paid off so far in 2021: 拢8,364.56

      Still to Go: 拢11,642.85

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      • Wyvern
      • wyvern
      • 7 mths ago
      • 4
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      End of February tidy up complete and managed to gather another 拢500 after covering next months expenses. So let's get that over to the debt!

      Total Debt cleared in February  - 拢1,628.71 gone!  馃帀


      Debt Tally

      CC1 - 拢362.34 / 拢362.34 - PAID OFF馃帀
      CC2 - 拢955.20 / 拢7015.20
      Catalogue - 拢340 / 拢1168.17
      Loan - 拢7157.92 / 拢11461.70

      Grand Total: 拢20007.41

      Total Paid off so far in 2021: 拢8,815.46

      Still to Go: 拢11,191.95

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      • Wyvern
      • wyvern
      • 6 mths ago
      • 4
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      End of March Checkin  - Managed to Snowball another 拢650 on top of normal debt payments this month - Not quite as good as last month, but had a few more commitments this month to cover.

      Total Debt cleared in March  - 拢1,234.11 gone!  馃帀


      Debt Tally

      CC1 - 拢362.34 / 拢362.34 - PAID OFF馃帀
      CC2 - 拢1015.80 / 拢7015.20
      Catalogue - 拢510 / 拢1168.17
      Loan - 拢8161.43 / 拢11461.70

      Grand Total: 拢20007.41

      Total Paid off so far in 2021: 拢10,098.67

      Still to Go: 拢9,908.74

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