How to pay off debt on a Single Income w/ Budget Girl Sarah Wilson – EP 74

It’s one thing to be frugal when living on 2 incomes and splitting expenses, but how can we achieve financial goals on just 1 income? We’re thrilled to have Budget Girl (Sarah Wilson) on the show sharing her story of debt-payoff, budgeting, and stretching her dollar – proving to us all that financial goals can be achieved on even the tiniest of salaries! Whether you are single, a single-income family, or still interested in learning more ways to reduce expenses and save money – this one’s for you!


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Notable Notes:

We got to interview budget girl all about living off of one income and how she achieved financial goals on a tiny budget

  • Tell us about your debt payoff journey?
  • What were some of the challenges of paying off your debt as a single person? What were some of the advantages?
  • Now that you have a boyfriend, how do you handle money together?
  • What’s your biggest piece of advice for someone paying off debt on a single income?

BILL OF THE WEEK – Sarah – thanks for sharing with us your dream of a mortgage bill!

Lightning Round

Budget girl’s budgeting tips:

  • Double check numbers – use pen and paper!
  • Give yourself a category of miscellaneous or ‘wiggle room’
  • Have a goal you are working toward (getting out of debt, house, car, travel, etc) this will help you keep from ‘just spending it’

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