Investing in Philippines: What it means to be debt free?

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

What it means to be debt free?



We have been discussing stocks for quite sometime now and I would like to step back and talk about some issues that a normal person would like to tackle.

I was reading the blog Simple Mom regarding how she and her husband finally able to say to themselves that they are debt free. It came to me that most Pinoys are becoming like most Americans and that is living in debt. And with that I wonder if the same mortgage crisis happen in the Philippines when most Filipino families will become homeless because they are not able to pay their mortgage on their house.

One rule that me and some of my stock investor friends have always reiterated is to invest only totally free cash. There was one comment in one of my post asking how can one have extra money for investing when upon receiving her paycheck nothing is left. The thing is to be financially free or for this case debt-free is to have a discipline not only to master but also live on a day to day basis.

That is why I recommend Bo Sanchez's book Simplify and Live a Good Life. Being debt free is a goal which needs a plan. So right now sit down and look at your current financial situation. How many debts do you have? It could be a car loan, home loan, credit card debt, school loan, or any other loan you made out of emergency needs. List them down in the order of which is burdensome that is which one has a higher interest rate. As much as possible pay up first loans with higher interest and just give some to those that has a lower interest. This will save you from the dreaded charges that loan companies charge you.
                                     source:http://thedebtfreeusa.com
 

Start small steps towards your debt free life. And soon you'll realize the value of not owing anyone. There will be no more deadlines to catch. There will be no more allocations to be made for creditors now you can put those extra cash for investments that would generate more money for you till it comes that the money they generate will be more than your wages thus giving you passive income.

There are so many benefits from becoming debt free. How about you what do you do to become debt free and what are the benefits you enjoy now that you are now debt free. Share your thoughts.

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