Debt Snowball – When does it make sense?

The Debt Snowball method to paying down debts has been around for a long time but it has become popularized and almost synonymous  with Financial Planner and radio personality Dave Ramsey. Although from a financial standpoint, Dave takes a little different approach in how he recommends the debts be ordered, he praises this approach as a simple and straightforward way for people to dig out of debt.  If you are unfamiliar with the Debt Snowball approach and how it works, please click the link to read my post about the Debt Snowball method and how to apply it.

Now that you have an understanding of what the Debt Snowball Method is, when does it make the most sense?
A Debt Snowball Method makes a lot of sense if you:

1.  Have sufficient cash flow to cover more than your minimum payments on your credit cards every month.
2.  Have good credit and want to keep it that way.
3.  Are tired of simply making minimum payments that don’t seem to pay off much principle.
4.  Want to do everything you can to pay back the entire debt with interest.
5.  You have the self discipline required to put of purchases and allocate as much money to your debts as possible.

Dave Ramsey Debt SnowballThe Debt Snowball method is typically the first method  that should be considered when you have reached a point where you realize what you are currently doing is not going to get you out of debt.  It is a very simple and straightforward approach, that puts the money you do have available to its best use.  The make or break criteria for determining if this approach will work for you or not is your cash flow.  The more money over and above the minimum payments you can contribute every month, the faster you will be out of debt.

If you do not have a significant amount of money left over after making your minimum payments, you will either need to look at another option, or rework your budget in an attempt to squeeze some excess cash out. If that is not possible, then the next approach you will want to look into is Consumer Credit Counseling.

Have you ever tried the Debt Snowball method for paying down your debts?  Please share your thoughts HERE

About Damon Day

As a Debt Coach and a Financial Advocate, I have saved my clients Millions of Dollars by exposing the debt relief scams that other consumers fall victim to. I work directly for my clients to create custom debt relief strategies based on their own unique circumstances. Consumers who speak with me first, come out far ahead of those who don't, every single time. Guaranteed. +Damon Day

3 Responses to “Debt Snowball – When does it make sense?”

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  1. Cath Lawson (1 comments) says:

    Hi Damon – I’ve heard of Dave Ramsay but I haven’t checked out his book yet. I’ve just been reading your description of how the debt snowball works and it makes perfect sense.

    .-= Cath Lawson´s last blog ..5 Reasons Why You’re Not Happy =-.

  2. Damon Day (116 comments) says:

    Hey Cath,

    Thanks for stopping by. I have been over to your blog a few times in the last few months. You have some great articles over there. Notice I have the popular posts listed in my sidebar now. Great tip I received at your site.

    Yes, the debt snowball is simple and straightforward. The success of it is in its simplicity. Dave likes to keep things very simple. Anything that you have to overly think about or plan for tends to do really well when you are excited about it, but once the excitement wears off people will slip. The Debt Snowball is a great set it and just let it keep on rolling for you type of strategy.

    .-= Damon Day´s last blog ..TASC – Debt Settlement Lobby or Protector of the People? =-.

  3. Susan (3 comments) says:

    One of my most vivid memories when I was young, was seeing my mother cry and fret over not being able to pay her credit card bills. She couldn’t even afford to pay the minimum balance. She had to eventually file for bankruptcy, which eased her mind and her pocketbook.

    Debt is a scary reality when you feel helpless. I thank you Damon by giving facts and experiences in your blogs, that make it easier for your audience to cope.