5 Reasons You Won’t Get Out of Debt

Alright, “5 Reasons You Won’t Get Out of Debt” is sort of negative and off-putting title, especially since I’m usually a very positive person.  But the main reason for the tone of the title is to highlight some of the typical “reasons” I hear from people who are unhappy about their debt situation but never seem to really do anything about it.

Probably just about everyone with a functioning brain knows that when it comes to money, being debt free is always better than being in debt, but when I ask them why they have not made a sincere effort to erase that debt from their lives, I start hearing pretty common list of “reasons” (excuses) why they haven’t done it.

So if you DON’T want to get out of debt and you don’t want to change your financial life, here are some excuses you should probably be using:

I Tried it But it Didn’t Work for Me

So once upon a time you finally convinced yourself that paying off your debt was a good idea and you even decided to try it.  Well, if you really didn’t want to get out of debt, then you probably did not to fully commit to the process.  You never made a concrete plan or a budget.  You would have only halfway tried it, then over a few months time you just fell back into your old habits.

Point:  You have to completely commit to the process if you want to get yourself out of debt.  So if you don’t want freedom from debt, then commit to using this excuse, and whatever you do, don’t commit to the process of paying off your debts.

I’ve Just Never Gotten Around to Starting It

This excuse is for the person that has never seriously thought about getting out of debt.  Sure, you know it’s a good idea but hey, you have other things to think about, like how to make money to pay your car payments,  the credit card bills, and that latest find for your vintage Pez dispenser collection.

Point:  If you don’t want to get yourself free from the shackles of debt, then do everything you can to find ways to spend your time that keep you from thinking about and addressing your debt situation.  The more you distract yourself with other things, the less you have to think about your debt.

I Don’t Really Know How to Get Myself Out of Debt

This excuse is an example of a lack of education.  Sure, you want to get out of debt, you know you need to get out of debt, but how do you do it?  You keep wondering how for months and years but you never try to read a book, attend a course, or read blogs and other resources on the internet.  Since you never find out how to do it, you never take action and you never get out of debt.

Point:  If you want to keep yourself in debt forever, you certainly shouldn’t educate yourself on how to get out of debt.  Don’t even think about reading Dave Ramsey or Gail Vaz Oxlade books or going to that personal finance course, and absolutely, positively stay off those personal finance blogs.

Isn’t Debt Just a Normal Part of Life?

You’ve decided that being in debt is just a normal part of life.  You tell yourself things like,  “Life is expensive right?  I’ll never have enough money to pay cash for everything.  I have to have credit to buy everything I need.  I have to use my credit so I can keep up my credit score (at least that’s what the credit card companies say I should be doing).”

Point:  Go ahead, give in to the debt slave mindset.  The credit card companies would certainly never give you more credit than you can handle.  Besides, who better to rely on than a credit card company or a bank to give you unbiased financial advice?

I Just Don’t Like Change

Just like most people, you’ve amassed a pile of debt over the years.  You don’t really want to be in debt but you’re afraid you might have to actually do something different to eliminate it.  You may have to make some sacrifices or change some habits.  Getting out of your comfort zone is uncomfortable.

You want to stay in your comfort zone so you’ve decided to nestle down deep into the comfortable feather bed of debt slavery, peeping out from under the comforter at the outside world and wondering what life would be like out there in the world of debt freedom, but you never leave the bed, because change is hard.

Hooray for you!

There is Hope

Yeah, I know some of this sounds a little ridiculous and over the top, but the lies that we tell ourselves when it comes to money will always serve to work against you.

But what happens when you start telling yourself the truth and then take action to make that financial truth a reality in your own life?  What happens when you stop the excuses?  What if you actually could get out of the bondage of debt slavery?

I’m here to tell you that you can.  There is hope, and it’s available to you.

Stop the excuses…

Guest Post By: Dr. Jason Cabler is a Christian personal finance blogger at Celebrating Financial Freedom.  He teaches people how to live and become debt free using solid Christian and common sense principles.

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Comments

  1. Some great points! I had tried budgeting before using another system and gave up quickly. I hate change but still managed to start budgeting with Mr CBB’s help :-) I did think debt was just a normal part of life until I met the group of people I chat on here with at Canadian Budget Binder. Now I know that people can and do live debt free!

  2. Great article, like anything in life, it really all comes down to making it happen, execution. If you really want to change, you will find a way. Thanks!

  3. I’ve definitely heard people say that having debt is normal, which I think is so strange. They think it’s normal because they know a bunch of other people in debt, but that doesn’t make it normal, or a reason to stay in debt.

    • It is normal as many families do have debt and it’s not a secret that we are suffering from spending more than we earn. I believe that is a poor way of justifying that debt is a good thing when clearly it’s not. We need to start worrying more about what’s in our own bank rather than what other’s have or don’t have. When all is said and done the only person who will care about you is..YOU! Cheers and thanks for commenting. Mr.CBB

    • I think debt is “normal” because most people have it. I don’t think it’s advisable though. Life is so much better without it. I strive to be abnormal every day in every thing that I do because to me, normal is average.

  4. gregjohnson975182420 says:

    Awesome article!!!

  5. I really should just put this link on a business card and start handing them out to people who complain about their debt problems and do nothing about it.

  6. #6. I Don’t Have a Debt Problem (although I can’t seem to make ends meet)

    Alright, it’s a cliché: you need to admit that there’s a problem before you can solve it. Or is it a truism? In any case, the logic behind the saying seems obvious, although those who are mired in debt might not always possess the clinical detachment needed to realize that there is a problem because confirming it makes it real or because they’re in denial (or something) despite the fact that they already find it difficult to pay for the bare necessities.

    If you’re in this situation, it’s time to face facts, get real, and act. If you can’t talk to a trusted friend or family member because you’re embarrassed about current circumstances, talk to a trustee or similar financial professional for advice and an effective action plan that will help you clear up a lot of your debt and eliminate the likelihood of recurrent unmanageable debt popping up in the future.

    Food for thought: http://www.solvingdebt.ca/blog/time-drain

    • Exactly, don’t waste time in regret or in paralysis, wondering what to do. Take action, at least a little one, and talk to someone who knows what they are doing. Maybe a professional, maybe someone yo know who has gotten themselves out of debt, but talk to someone.

  7. thank you for this article :D

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