Friday night I made what I thought was a delicious dinner: Corned Beef Roast with carrots and potatoes in the crockpot. My husband and I quickly gobbled up our meal between talking about our day. My daughter got a pass on dinner, because she wasn’t feeling well. My son ate the corned beef with no problem. He balked at eating the potatoes and carrots though.
Long after my husband and I had loaded our plates into the dishwasher, my son was still struggling to eat the vegetables we asked him to eat. We heard excuse after excuse as to why he couldn’t eat his vegetables.
Then came the bargaining.
It took him an hour to finally eat his veggies. By then, of course, they were cold and kind of nasty. I wondered why he didn’t just get it over with, instead of wasting so much time.
You might be wondering what this story is doing on a personal finance blog, and I’m getting to that right now.
When it comes to doing something unpleasant, like paying off debt, we tend to make excuses as to why we can’t do it.
The reality is, like a child who doesn’t want to eat his vegetables, we just don’t want to pay off our debt. We might want to have it paid off, but we don’t want to go through the process of writing a check every month. Not when we can imagine a hundred different ways we could use the money instead.
But here’s the thing. Like that child who doesn’t want to eat his vegetables, it would be better if we’d just grit our teeth and pay it off. We’d save money in interest. We could get beyond our debt and on with the rest of our lives sooner.
If we wait, the debt is still there, and the interest will continue to add up. The debt, like the vegetables, gets nastier and harder to deal with, the longer we wait.
So what’s it going to be? Are you going to drag your feet until the debt gets worse before you face the inevitable truth that the debt still must be repaid? Or will you make a commitment to pay it off as soon as you can, so you can get it over with and get on with your life? I’m going to get it over with!
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