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Zero Down Your Debt: Reclaim Your Income and Build a Life You'll Love (Budget Workbook, Debt Free, Save Money, Reduce Financial Stress) Paperback – January 10, 2017
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- Cameron Huddleston, award-winning personal finance journalist
"Greg and Holly Johnson are experts when it comes to getting out of debt and creating the right mindset to manage your money. This book is a must read for millennial families looking to budget in the 21st century."
- Robert Farrington, Founder of The College Investor
"Zero Down Your Debt covers the Johnson's inspirational journey to paying off over $50,000 of debt. But the most impactful words are sprinkled throughout the book in the action items. A good book inspires you to take action but this book gives you the answer to "how do I take action?" Holly and Greg have truly figured out the key to financial success and created a transformational read."
- LaTisha Styles, Finance Expert
"Holly and Greg Johnson's Zero Down Your Debt is a must read for anyone and everyone who has ever had debt. This great read will help you manage a better budget, get your money in order, and whip you into financial shape. Debt can be a big obstacle in life, but by reading Zero Down Your Debt, you'll be able to destroy your debt in no time."
- Michelle Schroeder-Gardner, Award-Winning Personal Finance Expert and Writer at MakingSenseofCents.com
" I've been a fan of Holly and Greg's work for years, and they provide actionable and real-life advice that applies to my life in multiple ways. I'm excited that their book is out and I know that it will help millions of families out there take hold of their finances. Personal finance isn't always fun but Holly and Greg have great personalities that come out in their writing and make reading more enjoyable!"
- Harry Campbell, Founder & Owner of The Rideshare Guy
"Debt is one of the biggest factors holding people back from creating wealth. In this book, Holly and Greg provide the exact tools they used to get out of debt and teach how taking control of their finances allowed them to have adventure-filled lives! It's filled with practical action steps for real people on modest incomes who are willing to live within their means to achieve their dreams. I'm thrilled this book can help others do the same!"
~Sophia Bera, CFP®
"Debt freedom is not a myth from which fairy tales are made of. Debt freedom is not an out of reach goal that can only be obtained by a select group of special and unique individuals. Debt freedom is a very real and a very attainable objective that you have the ability to reach. Zero Down Your Debt is the definitive resource that will help you do just that. Greg and Holly share their heart and their personal journey to debt freedom in a very practical way that will propel you forward and allow you to achieve debt freedom in your own life. Anyone who commits to following the advice outlined in these pages will revolutionize their financial situation for the better, and allow the stresses that come along with being buried in debt to begin to fade away."
- Talaat and Tai McNeely, Personal Finance Educators and Founders of HisandHerMoney.com
"A budget isn’t a bad thing – it’s your ticket to the debt-free life and, maybe, your ticket into a lifestyle that YOU choose. That’s how Holly Porter Johnson and her husband were able to pay off $50,000 worth of debt, leave jobs that were physically and emotionally exhausting, and create a new life: self-employed, debt-free and able to spend more time with their children.
Not everyone wants to be his own boss, but how many people would give anything just to be able to control their cash? Whether you’re living paycheck to paycheck or merely wondering where your money goes each month, “Zero Down Your Debt” provides a step-by-step plan on taking back the reins.
What indebted people DON’T need is an ivory-tower economist wagging a judgmental finger. What they DO need is someone like Johnson, who writes from a place of understanding. She uses their own experience (working brutally long hours, overspending, running up debts, not saving for emergencies) to illustrate how she and her husband changed their money habits and, ultimately, their lives. If you’ve always been afraid of budgets, Zero Down Your Debt will give you a new way of looking at money management. As the author says, “A zero-sum budget is the key to getting what you want out of life.” Quite literally, the book gives consumers the tools to change their lives."
- Donna Freedman, personal finance writer and author of “Your Playbook For Tough Times: Living Large On Small Change, For The Short Term Or The Long Haul”
"Zero Down Your Debt is real world and something you can implement right away! Holly and Greg don't teach from theory, but rather from their own experiences with managing money, life, and everything in between. Instead of wondering where you will end up, this book will show you how to get there."
- Chris Peach, Founder of the Award Winning Blog, Money Peach
"Holly and Greg have written a manifesto for debt abolishers everywhere. Are you ready to change your life today? Devote a few hours now to the easy steps in this book and the rest of your life to financial freedom. I can't imagine a better rate of return on your time!"
- Joe Saul-Sehy, Host of the award-winning Stacking Benjamins podcast
About the Author
Holly Porter Johnson is an award-winning writer who focuses on frugality, budgeting, and credit as the cornerstones of her career. Greg Johnson is an entrepreneur who turned his love of budgeting and digital media into an online empire. Together, the power couple blogs about money at ClubThrifty.com, travels the world, and enjoys the good life with their two kids.
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I really liked the book. This book is probably best for those climbing out of debt. If you're already out of debt, building wealth and way ahead in your financial journey then buy this book for a friend or relative that is struggling. The book guides you from beginning to end on how to get out of debt. After reading this book I went through my budget and reexamined it.
I found even more stuff to cut, stuff I didn't care about. My favorite parts were: "Everywhere you turn, someone wants your money. You're constantly bombarded with advertising and messaging. On top of that, there's a ton of social pressure around spending." (p. 155)
"Businesses love when you compete with the Jonseses because it increases their profits. The media wants you to spend because advertisers pay their bills. Politicians encourage spending because it stimulates the economy. Even the Joneses want you to compete, so they can justify their own spending habits." (p. 156)
"When you hear arguments against paying off your mortgage early, it helps to follow the money. Remember who benefits. When you pay off your home loan early, nobody makes a commission. Nobody can sell you a new loan, or a new retirement product, or a new whatever. The bank earns way less money in interest. It doesn't benefit anyone...except for you." (p. 176)
I found myself nodding with the wisdom of the authors. The truth is if you want your family to win & have freedom you have to put your family first, and that means saying no to the rest of the world.
Thanks to the encouragement of this book...I went back reexamined my budget and expenses, cancelled several memberships that I didn't care about and unsubscribed from a bunch of email newsletters that sent constant sales pitches. I also unsubscribed from lifestyle & fashion bloggers on social media that encouraged over-consumerism.
Overall I enjoyed the positive message of this book which is that being debt-free brings options and financial freedom, to enjoy your life and not worry about what others are doing, and that there's more to this life than being a workaholic and paying bills.
In conjunction with this book I also bought a home budget workbook by a different author.
I needed something that I could read, underline, highlight, smack against my head, something to help me understand credit and budgeting, while it does not teach you everything you need to know it puts a heck of a lot of good information in your head, skills, and definitely set you on the path to the right way. I E retiring for real, saving up for a home, for a vacation, for education for yourself or your children, basically helping you do the adult thing moneywise.
I loved how easy the book was to read and understand.
I think this book would be fabulous for people of any age or financial bracket/background. It should definitely be a gift that is given to high school/college kids. Especially if they are receiving credit card offers, buying a car for the first time, working regularly, etc. etc. it is that easy to screw up your credit and be like “dang why don’t I ever have any money? Like ever“
This book helped me figure out all of my debt, how to analyze my debt, how to focus on what’s important and what’s not, this book never make me feel bad or talk down to me. I feel like this book was written by somebody – a husband and wife team – that understand the struggles of your working class citizens.
I mean quite honestly I’m going to read and appreciate and get more out of a book from somebody who knows what it’s like to scrap and save versus somebody who’s had it good longer than they have been alive. LOL you know what I mean
I hope there’s husband and wife team Holly and Greg put out a book about building credit.
Go into some detail. Because there are people who have no credit whatsoever and they cannot even get a prepaid credit card LOL or people who are like me less than $10,000 in debt but are struggling to figure out how to fix their bad credit.
Hopefully Holly and or Greg read this.
Again, I am very happy and impressed with this book it’s definitely dogeared – I know, I know, many of my fellow bibliophile friends are cringing right now, underlined/highlighted, and loved. I have not loved a book this much since twilight and the hunger games came out ;)
The majority of this book is strategy for your debt. There’s also some psychology behind getting/staying out of debt, but you can skip those parts if that’s not your thing. Anyway, I like how the authors explain everything in this book – it feels down-to-earth and it’s easy to keep reading. Sometimes you need to hear good advice in a certain way for it to stick.