Jason Butler wants you to know that you can still have fun and live your life while you are in debt.
Jason graduated from Savannah State University in 2008 with around $25,000 in debt, but due to a variety of factors, which we discuss in the interview, his debt increased to over $72,000 by 2015.
His most recent debt report from the end of December 2018 has his total debt down to just over $66,000.
In 2013 Jason started The Butler Journal, and starting blogging about his debt repayment and side hustles to help him become more accountable with his finances.
He decided he wouldn’t let this huge debt control his life. He would try his best to pay it down over time, but since he knew that would take a while, he made a point to try to enjoy his life as well.
In 2019 The Butler Journal rebranded as My Money Chronicles, and Jason is working on some great things for 2019 at mymoneychronicles.com.
Jason has had a few setbacks over the years, but what I admire about him is that he keeps trying different side hustles, writing about them and helping others find ways to pay down their debts and make extra money with their own side hustles.
Jason is not alone with his large student debt. As of 2018, the total student debt amount in the US was $1.5 Trillion.
Jason joined me from Atlanta, Georgia to tell his personal finance story