Getting Out of Debt and Into a Home: Use the New Year to Get Your Finances Back on Track

By Michael Brough

| Photographs By Robin Jerstad


After debt slammed the door on Daniel Rendon’s plans to buy a home, he snapped into action.

The husband and father of three owed $40,000 in credit card debt, student loans and a car note, so the bank turned him down. In response, his family slashed expenses such as eating out, used tax returns to take care of student loans and paid off the car early. 

The result? They qualified for a mortgage loan and recently closed on the house they’d been renting. 

If you’re struggling with debt, make a New Year’s resolution to confront it head-on.

Create a plan and stick to it. Make a budget and don’t buy things that aren’t in the budget. For Rendon’s family, that meant skipping a vacation to have fun at home. Let the USAA Debt Manager help.

Pay off your highest interest rate debts first. Talk with creditors to find out if you’re past due on any bills. Address those before they damage your credit.

Reach out for help. Visit the National Foundation for Credit Counseling at for financial education and tools. 

Get a personalized plan to help you pay off debt.

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