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Focused on becoming debt free
Focused on becoming debt free
Name: Martin Lilienthal Jr.
Age: 43
Hometown: Wallingford, Conn.

We focused on finding every available extra dollar and put it to our car loan and paid off the $9,691.09 balance by January 2010.

After that, every extra dollar we could find, every raise we received, every time we negotiated a lower bill on items such as insurance or phone service -- that money went to pay down the debt on our house.

On June 1, 2011, we made the last payment and became debt free.

Tali Yahalom @Money - Last updated February 17 2012: 5:17 PM ET
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