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Elton John occupies a special place in Melissa Thomas’ heart. Ever since her thirteen-year-old self stumbled upon one of his cassette tapes she’s been on a mission to meet the legend in person. Who knew her love for the Rocket Man would play a pivotal role in helping her pay off debt years later.
I get it.
New Edition – still – makes my heart sing. I can probably recite the words to “Candy Girl” in my sleep. So I understand an enduring connection to a childhood musical love. I even had a chance to say hi to Ronnie in person – we had breakfast at the same airport breakfast spot the morning after their concert in Atlanta.
My husband talked me out of bugging him for a morning photo. It was 6 o’clock in the morning. I should have ignored WonderMan! I still regret not getting a photo with Ronnie.
So I get it.
However, Melissa let her affinity for seeing Elton John live spur her own to pay off debt – $43,000 in credit cards, student loans, and cars – after a particularly unpleasant reality check that we talk about on this episode of the Midday Money Show.
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Topics Covered on this Episode
We talked about:
- How she and her husband came together to pay off debt
- How Elton John served as a muse to pay off debt
- How reaching financial rock bottom helped turn the family finances around
- Practical tips for getting used to budgeting for the first time
- Figuring out your why and using that to help you stay focused when a spouse is not yet on board
“My number one reason for becoming debt free was to have money to go see Elton John” ~ Melissa Thomas