Debt is such a bad word - kinda like saying stupid. I tell my kids all the time "don't say that word!"
I have analyzed our debt situation, and have a few goals:
House: Refinanced 2008, not going to worry about putting extra on it to pay it off until the following other things get done -
My Car: will be paid off in March '10
Husbands Truck: will be paid off in April '10
Boat: currently at a not-so-lovely interest rate, when car and truck get paid off, will refi at the credit union and then work our butts off to pay it off in a couple of years or less if we can manage
Computer: relatively new, old one crashed, balance is about 1000, will pay off with tax return
Currently our budget is very tight, it drives us nuts sometimes, but, we don't mind too much because we know that 2 of our cars will be paid off very, very soon, and when that happens, that will be 650 of new 'wiggle room' to put more into savings and into eliminating the boat debt. We also never use credit cards, and haven't used them in about 3 years now. If you ever me whip out a vise, it's the debit card, not the credit card. We agreed a long time ago that we would rather pay cash than put it on a visa/mc/discover, etc. My husband was looking at our home one day and was making mention of how other homes are so modernly decorated with beautiful carpet and fancy furnishings, my comment was "yeah, but I wonder what their credit card bill looks like." Enough said there -
I am a decent budgeter, and am relatively creative in how to save a few bucks, but even I have moments of weakness that can be difficult to get under control from time to time. When things get hairy, I just have to take a step back, look at the big picture, then pull the 'ol bootstraps up and get to work again.