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Thrifty Times Budget Worksheet 3

Debt Payoff Plan for ____________________
Free financial budget worksheet (3 of 3)

In the last 2 worksheets, you were given the ability to track your spending, and create a balanced spending plan. Now that you are making progress on your spending management, it’s time to start eliminating debt and taking that next step on the path to financial fitness.

First, list all of your debt obligations on the chart below. The list should include any and all people or companies that you owe money to; credit card balances, store accounts, mortgage, auto loan, student loans, etc.

Debt Obligations

RATE (%)

As you review the list above, compare it to your spending plan. Make sure that you have included the monthly payment amount for each of these debts. If you didn’t, you’ll want to make those adjustments now so that you do not overspend your income. If you are using Mvelopes Personal, the system automatically sets up repayment envelopes for your credit cards, and you should already have an envelope created for each of your other debts. Any adjustments you need to make in Mvelopes should be quick and easy.

Once you have updated your spending plan, you can now look at how to quickly eliminate these debt obligations. In the chart below, prioritize the list from above in the order you would like to pay them off. This can be done by interest rate, or balance owing. We recomend listing them by interest rate. Place the highest interest rate at the top. Then list the others in descending order.

Debts Listed in Order of Payoff

RATE (%)
Debt 1:
(debt to payoff first)


Debt 2:


Debt 3:


Debt 4:


Debt 5:


Debt 6:


Debt 7:


Debt 8:
(debt to payoff last)



In the chart above, you probably noticed the extra column titled ‘roll-down amount’. In order to quickly eliminate debt, you can enlist the debt roll-down principle. When you pay off the first debt, put the amount of that monthly payment toward the next debt on the list. For example, if you were paying $75 per month on your American Express card and that card now has a zero balance, add the $75 to the payment amount of your Auto Loan, increasing the total from $200 to $275 each month. When the car is paid off, roll that total into your next debt on the list. By keeping your overall debt payment amount the same, even after you have paid off some debts, you can pay off all of your debts very quickly and save thousands in interest.

Accelerator payments are another method of increasing the rate of your debt reduction. An accelerator payment is simply an amount of money you take from your other spending categories and apply it to your debt payments.


Mark Strohm -

Mark Strohm has served a Christian School principal, Children's pastor, seminar speaker and adjunct professor.

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