When it comes to debt, you’d think that most people would do whatever it takes to get out of the red.
Yet according to a 2013 poll from Credit Karma and Harris Interactive, 72% of people report that, if given a choice, they’d rather hold onto debt than gain weight.
In fact, 43% of those polled agreed with this statement: “How much I weigh is more important than how much debt I have.”
We were curious to see if those results would still hold up, so we asked people from across the country about what they’d sacrifice for one year if, at the end, they’d be totally debt-free.
From sweets and social media to cars and comic books, here’s what financial freedom is worth to them.
To Be Debt-Free, I’d Give Up … My Weekends
“My husband and I currently have $72,000 of mortgage, student loan and medical debt—and I’m working around the clock to knock that number down.
During the week I’m a fitness instructor, in addition to caring for my 3-year-old daughter. On Saturdays and Sundays I work at a restaurant to bring in more cash.
My hope is that this situation will be temporary—but I’d gladly continue working seven days a week for a full year if it means I’d be debt-free by the end of it!
At that point I’d go back to enjoying my weekends again—I’d love to go camping again—because the quality time I’d spend with my husband and daughter would be fuller and far less stressful.”
—Jessie Grider, 25, a fitness instructor in Red Wing, Minn.