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How to Stop a Financial Train Wreck

How do you stop a financial train wreck?

It’s one thing to avoid money mistakes, but what do you do when you’re in the thick of it? Here’s how to stop a financial train wreck in the making. Start your journey to financial independence by getting rid of any credit card debt with the free, 7-Step Credit Card Debt Slasher.

Stopping a financial train wreck isn’t easy

We received the following email from a listener:

My credit card debt has swallowed me up. I was doing okay as a registered nurse until I left during COVID because I needed a mental health break. I eventually fell behind on credit card payments, and my interest rates went to 28%+. I’m working again but not earning what I was, and it’s been hard. My partner and I are looking for a home right now. I’m not going to lie; it feels a bit hopeless.

On episode 348 of the podcast, we discussed how to avoid the debt depression spiral. But what do you do if a financial train wreck is already in the making?

Today on Queer Money®, we share 5 ways to stop a financial train wreck, challenging you to start with a dinero detox and get honest with yourself about your money situation. We discuss how to perform financial triage, describing how to identify where your money is going, reduce your expenses and increase your income.

Listen in for insight on making consistent progress toward your money goals and learn how to break big financial problems into small, manageable pieces—and put the breaks on a financial train wreck!

Listen to our tips to stop a financial train wreck

Topics Covered

  • 5 steps to help you stop a financial train wreck
  • Why we suggest a dinero detox to take a break from spending and reflect on your financial situation
  • Why it’s crucial to be honest with yourself re: your money issues
  • Free tools to help you improve your credit score
  • What it means to do a simple financial snapshot of your current situation
  • How to do a detailed spending analysis to identify where your money is going
  • The easiest ways to reduce your spending on groceries and entertainment
  • Our top 3 strategies to increase your income
  • How to break big financial problems into small, manageable pieces
  • Being consistent as you work your way toward financial goals


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We’re David and John Auten-Schneider, the Debt Free Guys ( and hosts of the Queer Money® podcast. We help queer people (and allies) live fabulously not fabulously broke by helping them 1) pay off credit card debt, 2) become part- or full-time entrepreneurs and 3) save and invest for retirement.

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