By: Stella Katsipoutis
In May 2015, nine families set out on a quest to reduce debt, save money and compete for the $8,000 grand prize of VyStar’s Money Makeover Contest. After six months of using the valuable money-management skills they learned from their VyStar Money Coaches to improve their finances, one family’s accomplishments stood out among the rest: the Crosby family. By December 2015, when the winners of the Money Makeover Contest grand prize were announced, Edward and Donna Crosby had amazingly increased their savings by 300%, reduced their debt by 15%, and showed an overall financial improvement of 34%. Now that one year has passed after the Crosby’s financial transformation began, we caught up with our big winners to see how they’ve been doing since they took the big check home! Check out the fun Q&A we had with this awesome Money Makeover couple:
VYSTAR: It’s been a whole year since your Money Makeover journey began—and several months since you won the competition! How do you feel?
CROSBY’S: We feel more confident about our future knowing that we have a plan that works. The biggest thing that’s changed in our lives is our communication with each other and working toward our goals. We talk on a regular basis to evaluate where we are and where we still want to go. Our constant vigilance keeps us on track. The Money Makeover program has given us a clearer sense of security about our future.
VYSTAR: What have you been up to since your big win?
CROSBY’S: The prize money from VyStar gave us the opportunity to start up a Nar-Anon meeting for our community. We realized that there is a huge need for families in this area to get the support they need. Nar-Anon is a support group for families and loved ones of addicts. Someday, I would love to have a complete resource center for families and those in recovery to re-integrate back into the community and to educate all of us about drug addiction. There are a lot of assumptions about addicts that simply aren't true. Education is the key to helping them!
VYSTAR: Where do you see yourself in five years?
CROSBY’S: Five years from now we will be debt-free on everything but our mortgage and car. By using the plan VyStar created for us, we will just keep working until all the bills are gone. We also may be able to plan an early retirement!
VYSTAR: What are some words of wisdom you’d like to share with other VyStar members?
CROSBY’S: Take advantage the Money Makeover advice that VyStar offers. With practice and patience, you can do it! We had a goal, but we didn't know how to get there until VyStar helped us create a plan that works for us. Plan, prioritize, evaluate often, communicate and adjust as needed to get where you want to be.
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