Dear Dave: I'm 26, single, and I've been working your Total Money Makeover plan to pay off my debt. Right now, I have just $25,000 left to pay off, including my car. Recently, I was offered a chance to move to Singapore for the next six months as part of my job. I won't have any real expenses while I'm there, but I'm worried about the effect it might have on me getting out of debt. How can I make all of this balance out?
Why does there have to be a balance here? In my mind, this whole situation is a fantastic catalyst for helping you get out of debt even faster than before.
Think about it. You're single, and you've got no strings attached. This is a wonderful opportunity to travel and make more money and save more money than ever before. You'll be able to accelerate your financial plan and have a great cultural experience, too!
Now, I'm not up for this idea if you're going over there just to hang out and goof off. But if you're committed to the plan and to getting out of debt, then this is something you absolutely must do. You could even go ahead and sell the car now. You'll be rid of insurance payments, buying tags, and all that stuff. Plus, it'll just sit there losing value while you're gone, anyway.
I'm not hearing anything negative in this entire situation. Go for it, Jared.