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The Top 10 Free Debt Payoff Trackers

Paying off debt is hard. Just a few months into our debt payoff process I was struggling to keep going. It just felt like throwing money into a hole and the hole never looked any smaller.

I needed something to be able to see that my efforts were making a difference, something to show me that I was actually getting somewhere.

They say necessity is the mother of invention, and I for sure had a need that I couldn't find a solution for, so I made it myself. That's how these printable tracking charts were born.

I didn't know why they worked, but they just plain did.

They gave me a satisfaction with paying off debt like nothing else did.

They inspired me to really consider whether I wanted to spend a little money on some non-needed thing, or put it toward debt so I could color another line in.

Most of the time, I chose the line.

And I've heard from countless other people that they get that same satisfaction from coloring in their charts.

"These charts are so great to motivate me to pay off my debt while having fun coloring in my progress." - Molly

"I am a very visual person so being able to see the blocks colored (one by one as it may be) encourages me to keep going and I can also see how far I've come! We all need a little encouragement on our debt free journey and I love this one!" - Tiffany

"Every time i get to color another square, i get sooooo happy! Thank you for creating such a motivating tool to help in my debt free journey." - Michelle

Over 150,000 people from over 140 countries around the world have now used these charts (those numbers still blow my mind), and there are some very clear winners in the bunch. 

The Top 10 FREE Debt Payoff Tracking Charts:

Debt Free Land Game Chart

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This Candyland style game reigns supreme. In total, over 190,000 of this style of chart has been downloaded for FREE and helped people all over the world pay off their debts.

This was the first one I made that was like a game and it took off like a shot to the top of the list! If the original debt-free charts made it satisfying to watch your progress this game added a layer of fun!

Each space is 1/100th of your total debt payoff goal and a fun bonus with these game charts is that they include 25% 50% and 75% mile stone markers to build in celebrations along the way.

Perfect for tracking your overall debt payoff journey, or you can use this for each individual small debt and color in the spaces even faster. 

Credit Card Classic Chart

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This classic credit card word fill chart helps you to see your progress. And when you see your progress, and see how far you’ve already come, you stay motivated to finish the job.

"Paying credit card debts is already daunting and exhausting. When I discovered this chart and it says FREE, I immediately download this and printed. This is life-changing. Seeing my payment progress makes me thrill." - Ma Leona

I Paid Off My Credit Card Game Chart

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Adding even more fun to your debt payoff journey, these Candyland styled game charts are just plain fun to fill-in. Turning your debt-free journey into a game brings out the kid in us and helps us compete against our own selves and nobody else.

I Saved My Starter Emergency Fund Game Chart

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If you’ve struggled to get your first emergency fund going this chart will really help you. Not only does it make it fun, but each Little space feels very doable. Perfect for that very first step into taking control of your finances.

"Love the lay out! Love the whole thing. I'm already saving more than I ever have, I think it's because I love watching the colors grow along the path as I keep working at it!" - Justine

Starter Emergency Fund Classic Chart

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The bold words on the classic word feel charts are what makes them so powerful.

Post this chart up on your refrigerator, or somewhere you’ll see it constantly, and you’ll be more motivated to reach your goal, because goals that remain visible are much easier to stay focused on.

Debt Free Chart Classic Chart

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The classic Debt Free Chart. This is the chart that started it all.

I needed to be able to see my progress and all I could find online back in 2007 was a thermometer. BORING!. So I made this chart for myself, and it worked like gangbusters! Then I got up the courage to share it with the world, and personal finance was forever changed because finally visual people like me finally had a tool to help us stay motivated. It’s just something about those big bold words that makes the small decisions a lot easier to make.

Perfect for your overall debt payoff goal, or your individual small debts to pay off. This chart you can’t miss even from across the room, which is why it’s so powerful.

Student Loan Classic Chart

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See your progress on those pesky student loans and stay motivated to get them out of your life. While this may not be the first that you pay off, it could be one of the most satisfying.

Print out one sheet for each individual student loan and knock them off one at a time.

"I highly recommend the student loan chart if you're a visual person, it makes a huge difference (at least for me)! I finally had the urge to pay off my loans and this keeps me on track and motivated. Thank you for this!" - Kaitlyn

I Paid Off My Student Loan Game Chart

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It can be easy to lose steam when you finally get to the point of paying off your student loans. This chart makes a game out of the process and will help you stay motivated to win! 

"I love this debt tracker! It not only helps to keep me accountable, but it also motivates me to keep me going! Get this visual tracker to help you stay on track." Valary A.

Debtris Game Chart

 

The nostalgia is strong with this one! Whether you grew up playing the original Tetris in the 80s, or later versions, the game is undoubtedly one of the most iconic ever, and that makes this Debtris chart one of the most satisfying ways to track your debt payoff.

With 200 pieces you’ll get to color in even more often as you pay off your debts. 

"Every month when I fill in more of the Debtris shapes, I feel so happy and motivated to keep going! I have other charts from this website as well and they are just brilliant. They really spur me on to keep going and get this debt paid off. Thank you!" - Sam

I Paid Off My Car Loan Game Chart

This design fits perfectly for paying off your car. It's a race to debt freedom! Make a game out of paying off your car and I bet you'll be surprised at how fast you get it done!

"I love this because I feel like the visual is actually helping to motivate me to pay off my debt faster instead of just serving as a way to keep track." - Holly

 

How to use these FREE debt payoff charts:

  1. Go to the Free Charts in the Shop to select the charts you want, then checkout. The download links will be emailed to you within about 30 minutes.

  2. Download and print your chart at home 

  3. Divide your debt by the number of lines, spaces, or pieces (Here’s a handy calculator)

  4. Fill in the numbers where indicated.

  5. Color in the lines, spaces, or pieces as your debt balance goes down. 

For more in depth instructions see the how to article HERE.

All charts are 8.5x11" high resolution PDF files, that you can download right away and print easily.

If you'd like to print at a different size (like to fit inside your planner), see this blog post for how to do t

So there you have it, the Top 10 FREE Debt Payoff Trackers and how they can help you stay motivated to reach your Debt Free Goals!

Please come get your free charts!

 

 

About Heidi Nash & Debt Free Charts



When Heidi and her husband Bob were getting out from under a mountain of debt, she wanted something to help her see her progress visually. She created her first chart for herself and shared it in a forum (pre-social media) and she was thrilled to learn the charts helped other people stay motivated too. She is most known for creating over 50 totally free charts for getting out of debt, and so far over 150,000 people in 143 countries around the world have used her charts (map shows actual locations of customers), impacting more people than she ever dreamed. To read more about that map, click here.


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Amazing way to start a new year in a new way

I started off with checkbook registers as a child. I had microsoft money when I went to "grow up" with my first computer in the past before they discontinued it. It makes me sad as I did like that despite never using it for any budgeting purposes persay but having all my bills in it for a 12 month view made it pretty easy to "visually budget". I've tried quicken for pc and for mac and it's okay until they force me to upgrade to the next year version. I've tried simple excel worksheets and complex ones. NOTHING seems to keep me motivated now that I'm getting serious about getting out of debt. I started this at the beginning of 2021. I downloaded several of Ms. Nash's bundles and separate sheets and what I've found that works for me is a mixture of them all (despite some being pretty much the same thing but slightly different). Going back to what first worked... I incorporated all her forms with a simple checkbook register (but printed on computer paper instead of the tiny book) and it's all in a binder. I went fancy with the heavy duty "better" binder from staples and pre-printed monthly dividers. I've colored in nearly all the monthly quotes which definitely make me think and make things more fun. I bought colorful erasable pens and what I've found by pulling out this book which is mostly Ms. Nash's charts, I'm actually looking forward to having some "color time" while updating bills/income/etc and I spend more time paying attention to the numbers than I ever had before. I second guess purchases to make myself not have to "write" as much down AND.... I'VE GOT MY HUSBAND ON BOARD!!! By putting it on paper with all my "silly colorful charts", my husband is looking at them and pulling the book out on his own to look at how things are going. In our 8 years of marriage and 10 years of being together, honestly, I've always handled the money stuff and he just expected things to work out. When stress of "how is this going to end up" when I started my Dave Ramsey journey a few years ago, it definitely doesn't work well when only one is on board. Finally, this method has brought us together. Granted, he DOESNT write anything at all down, but he's very interested in seeing how we made the goals and what we're looking like through the month. We are dreaming of the future for the first time! SO EXCITED!

I love the Debt Free Chart

Amazing Tool...Easy to use, keeps you accountable, you see the results and you want to keep going. I do recommend using this chart.

Exactly what I needed - 30 day challenge

Sometimes you need a short time based goal to kick you into gear and get you to focus on a 30 day challenge, 1 day at a time. This pack is exactly what you need. And I needed. Sometimes it’s just easier to focus on a 30 day goal to keep you going into long term changes. This pack is perfect, love it.

Create a habit!

I love these charts! They say it takes 30 days to create a habit, well this chart will keep me on track for that! So excited.

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