The Widlunds Work It
Marnie and Mark's more controlled spending combined with their increased income is putting a big dent in their $81,000 debt. Now most of their bills are paid off or current!
Victoria, who works part-time as a sales associate, has started asking for more shifts—bringing home an extra $100 a month. Gracie earns money by babysitting—$80–100 a month!
Mark says sticking to the Debt Diet has actually set him free to do the things he enjoys. "Everything we do now is all planned out and I feel like we have a plan for everything," says Mark. "If I need to go skiing or go fishing or have fun or do stuff that I want, I save my money to go do it!"
Extra income = $12,000
Extra income after taxes = $8,000
Invest 1/2 annually = $4,000
30 years at 8% = $500,000
With their daughters taking on more financial responsibility and their relationship back on track, the Widlunds say being on the Debt Diet has changed their dynamic. "Absolutely," says Marnie. "The marriage is a team."
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