Have you considered adding a side hustle to help you break up with debt?
Well, in today’s video, we’ll learn how Melanie Lockert used a side hustle to break up with debt.
If you don’t know Melanie, she’s the personality behind the award-winning blog, DearDebt.com, where she chronicled her journey out of $81,000 in student loan debt. Through her blog, she inspires readers to break up with debt by writing their very own breakup letter to debt.
In 2015, Melanie (and her journey out of debt) was named one of the top five most inspiring personal finance stories of the year by Yahoo! Finance. She currently works as a freelance writer and event planner. Melanie and her work have appeared in Business Insider, The Huffington Post, Yahoo! Finance, INC, and more.
After graduating from college with $23,000 in student loans, Melanie had the opportunity to attend her dream school, NYU, to earn her master’s degree. There, she incurred $58,000 more in student loans for a total of $81,000.
Upon struggling to find a stable, decent-paying job after graduating from NYU, Melanie made some extreme changes in her life to pay off her student loans. In December 2015, Melanie made her last payment and became 100% debt-free.
She is also the author of a brand-new book, “Dear Debt: A Story About Breaking Up with Debt” which shares her journey and her advice for those in the process of breaking up with debt.
In the interview with Melanie, she shares:
- What drove her to rid herself of her student loans
- How she cut her expenses and started side hustling to bring in extra income
- How her side hustling has led to an unexpected career path
- Her best advice for how to find a side hustle that’s right for you, and
- What to do if you want to get out of debt but feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start
Melanie has an inspiring story that I think anyone struggling with debt needs to hear, and she shares it all in this interview. So here is my interview with Melanie Lockert from deardebt.com. Enjoy!
Thanks again to Melanie for sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly about getting out of debt with us!
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I hope you pick up her book, “Dear Debt: A Story About Breaking Up with Debt.” I know it will help you break up with debt once and for all.
I encourage you to check out Melanie’s blog at DearDebt.com and consider writing your own Dear Debt letter to break up with debt.
For others that have got out of debt check out these articles.
How Alice and Scott Paid Off $200,000 of Student Loans in Less Than 7 Years
From Credit Card Debt to Loving Her Money with Sarah Li Cain
How Lauren Greutman, The Recovering Spender, Paid Off $40,000 of Debt
Now I’d love to hear about you!
What did you learn from Melanie’s story? Have you started a side hustle yet so you can break up with debt? Please share in the comments below.
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