Our Motivation For Getting Out Of Debt

by The Happy Rock on July 1, 2008

determination-arm-wrestling.jpgA few weeks back I ran a contest that required the participants to explain why they wanted to get out of debt.  The responses were wonderful and I wanted to share them with all the readers. I have categorized the reasons as best as possible and listed them in order by number of votes.  Some participants supplied multiple reason.

The Happy Rock readers top seven reason for getting out of debt.

  1. Security/Peace of Mind
  2. Freedom/Debt is Slavery
  3. Net Worth Increase/Savings/Investing
  4. Children
  5. Giving
  6. Frustration
  7. Simplicity

Two of the entrants can serve as inspiration since they are already out of debt!!! One was a fellow blogger Pete @ Bible Money Matters.

For those that are interested I have talked before about what I gained from getting out of debt.

Just keep visualizing those goals and don’t stop pushing hard until you get there!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Pete July 1, 2008 at 2:38 pm

Thanks for the mention! Getting out of debt really does make you feel free- free to save, free to spend responsibly, and free from worry about how you’re going to pay off those debts. I highly recommend it!


Diana July 1, 2008 at 10:57 pm

I guess freedom and peace of mind are the reason for most people. Living with huge debt is like living in chasing.


Momma July 2, 2008 at 12:15 pm

What a positive idea for a contest! Thank you for sharing it. :) I’ve got a new contest up my sleeve coming out next week. Can’t wait to launch it.


Dan July 2, 2008 at 10:27 pm

This is a very interesting article, I wish I had a chance to participate. I’m guessing this would apply for almost all people that are in debt. I know if I keep on track I should be out of debt really soon :). Peace of mind after getting out of debt would be great. Would love to finally start saving for my son’s college fun and retirement fund one day.


The First Creditor August 17, 2008 at 9:12 pm

I definitely agree with reason number two. I always think about the word ‘mortgage’ and its root words. ‘mort’ meaning dead and ‘gage’ meaning pledge, well pretty much leaves you with a ‘death pledge’. Ouch.


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