Debt Payoff Plan for ____________________
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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

 CREDITOR
BALANCE
OWING
INTEREST
RATE (%)
MONTHLY
PAYMENT
                        
       
       
       
       
       
       
       

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.

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

 CREDITOR
BALANCE
OWING
INTEREST
RATE (%)
MONTHLY
PAYMENT
ROLL-DOWN
AMOUNT
Debt 1:
(debt to payoff first)
 
                  
                  
  (a)
                    
(a)
Debt 2:  
       
 
       
   (b)
                      
(a+b)
Debt 3:  
       
       
   (c)
                    
(a+b+c)
Debt 4:  
        
        
  (d)
                    
(a+b+c+d)
Debt 5:  
        
        
  (e)
                    
(a+b+c+d+e)
Debt 6:  
        
        
  (f)
                    
(a+b+c+d+e+f)
Debt 7:    
       
   (g)
                    
(a+b+c+d+e+f+g)
Debt 8:
(debt to payoff last)
 
        
        
  (h)
                    
(a+b+c+d+e+f+g+h)
Totals
 
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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. Applying this increased amount toward your remaining balance on each debt can shave off years of payments.

To see how the roll-down principle and accelerator payments work, visit our interactive debt calculators. The debt calculators will show you how much you will pay for your debts over time and the effect of different interest rates and payoff schedules.

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