Rob West

Resolve To Pay Down Debt

January 4, 2021
00:00 24:57

Congratulations! You made it to 2021! Last year was tough for many people and we all could use a fresh start. How about a New Year’s resolution to pay down debt? Think of it as a Christmas present you’ll give yourself next December, paying off a credit card or maybe a car loan. Kingdom Advisors President Rob West has some great advice to get started. Then it’s your calls at 800-525-7000.


·      A lot of people generally wait until a new year to make resolutions. In the West it could have roots in “Watchnight” services held at the end of the year by some Christian denominations. These allow believers to reflect on the past year and perhaps “resolve” to do better in the one ahead. There’s also data to show that you’re more likely to keep your resolutions if you make them at New Year’s, as opposed to other times.

·      Three out of 10 people make resolutions each New Year, but by March, only 28-percent of them are still following them strictly. Long term, only about 10 percent of people keep their resolutions.

·      But you might increase your odds of being in that group by keeping your resolution “SMART” or  S.M.A.R.T. That’s short for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.

·      For many people— the thought of getting out of debt is overwhelming, so they don’t try, or they give up too easily. But don’t think of it that way. Think about debt a little at a time. And we’re just talking about consumer debt now, not your mortgage, that’s a subject for another day. So, if you can’t envision being out of consumer debt by the end of the year, just think about making some amount of progress instead.

·      The first thing you need to do is write down all of your debts and their amounts. Gather up all your credit card statements, auto loans, and outstanding bills. Then total it up.

·      Now, after you’ve got your debt totaled up, make a plan to pay it off. Start by figuring out where you can trim spending from your budget to create margin, that’s money left over after all necessary spending. 

·      Now you know how much money you have to attack your debt each month. While still paying the minimum due on each debt, take that “surplus” money and put it toward the smallest debt each month. When that’s paid off, take all the surplus money and start paying off the next smallest debt, and so on. This is the “snowball strategy.” It starts out slow, but picks up speed. As each debt is paid off, you have more and more money to apply to the remaining debt. It snowballs. 

Here are a couple of questions we answered from our callers on today’s program:


·      My husband and I are very different with spending and saving. One of us spends a lot and we aren’t able to save as well as we could. Advice?

·      What do you know about index universal life? 

·      Should we refinance our home? Should we consolidate all of our debt into our home?



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About Rob West

Rob West is the host of the nationally syndicated radio programs MoneyWise and The MoneyWise Minute heard on more than 900 radio outlets each day. Rob also serves as the President of Kingdom Advisors, an international community of financial professionals who are specialists in delivering biblically wise financial advice. Rob serves as primary spokesperson for the organization and gives leadership to organizational strategy.

A radio veteran, Rob previously co-hosted a live, call-in, financial radio program with his father from 1998 through 2008 at WAFG, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Rob has dedicated his professional career to working at the intersection of faith and finance having led a successful faith-based financial services firm, serving as the host of several radio programs on a biblical approach to finance, and speaking frequently on the topic. Rob and his wife, Julie, live in Marietta, GA with their four children.


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