My wife and I have been practicing debt-free living for years now.* I say practicing because it takes discipline to reach and discipline to maintain. So here are eight encouragements or benefits that we have discovered when it comes to debt-free living.
1. Freedom: My wife and I feel so free – free to give, free to purchase and free to save for the future. We have more money to do these things rather than being enslaved to and feeling the pressure of our debt.
2. Ownership: Owning your car or your house is an amazing feeling that continues the feeling of freedom. You will have less stress in your life. Who doesn’t desire less stress?
3. Agreement: You will have and discover a greater sense of agreement in your marriage and your family. If you’ve agreed to become debt free and you reach that goal, what else can you agree about and reach?
4. Children: Your children will see you more often. You will not feel required to sign up for all the overtime you possibly can. And besides, you’ll be an amazing financial example to your kids, your family, your friends and your neighbors. If you can do it, you’ll be helping them to believe they can too.
5. Opportunity: Becoming debt free automatically provides better opportunities to give more money away, to help someone in need. Rather than feeling that feeling of tightness, you will be looking for and watching for investment opportunity to increase your finances and have the cash to do so.
6. Security: You will be and feel far more secure. Debt increases the feelings of insecurity and rightly so. You may be one last paycheck from disaster with an ongoing debt load. While being debt free there is far less fear of financial disaster and crisis.
7. Servant: The Scriptures tell us that the borrower is a servant to the lender. Whose servant are you? To be debt free is to not be encumbered by enslavement to another. You are literally no longer enslaved to your job or the next unexpected car repair or house repair bill.
8. Savings: You will grow a savings account and an emergency fund faster. Your retirement savings fund will grow faster. Your college fund for your children can grow faster. Every savings fund can realize increase when you are no longer borrowing and having to pay back another co-owner with interest.
And if all that’s not enough to convince you, how about this? You will have less arguments over money in your life. If married, you and your spouse will enjoy less financial disagreement and more financial agreement. You’ll have more resources for eating out along with short and long-term vacations or mission trips. Living debt free loosens what has been wound tight for so long. Purpose in your heart today and begin taking steps to become debt free. You’ll never regret it.
*A point of clarity concerning living debt-free is investment for growth. Some consider investments that grow in value, like real estate, to not be debt. I would consider it debt with the opportunity for growth/gain in value or perhaps “good debt.”