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Dave Ramsey says: Set up plan to efficiently pay off student debt

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Dear Dave,

I have $100,000 in student loan debt. Since the amount is so large, is there a special place in your Baby Steps plan for it?

— Julie

Dear Julie,

The fact that it’s a large amount of student loan debt doesn’t change anything. Baby Step 2 is where you pay off all debt except for your home.

I hope you have a nice, large income with which to fight that big, nasty pile of student loan debt.

Believe it or not, I’ve seen even worse situations. I’ve talked to people who went $200,000 into debt for a four-year degree in a field where they’ll make $50,000.

That kind of thinking and behavior is ridiculous, but it’s out there.

Whatever you do, don’t let this student-loan debt hang around for years and years.

You’ve got to get focused and intense about getting control of your money. That means living on a strict, basics-only monthly budget.

After that, start throwing every nickel and dime you can scrape together and save toward those student loans as fast as possible.

Your income is your largest wealth-building tool, Julie. You can’t save, and plan for the future, when all your money is flying out the door to pay back debt!

— Dave

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