Financial Peace University – Why I Coach It (Even Though I Don’t Believe in All of Dave Ramsey’s Principles)

When Nicole and I got married, we were young, in love and … in debt.

I had a luxury lease car, a mortgage balance more than the value of my home and nearly $30,000 in student loans.

Nicole only had a $20,000 car loan. Yeah, I married up.

Needless to say, we were prime candidates for Financial Peace University (FPU). This course was developed by Dave Ramsey, the best-selling author of the Total Money Makeover. The goal of FPU is to learn how to “dump debt, budget, build wealth and give like never before.”

Dave’s book, the course and daily radio show encouraged Nicole and I to live on a monthly budget for the last 7 years, pay off all of our debt and even eliminate our mortgage by age 35.

I’m very grateful for everything I learned from Dave and his team. For that reason, I wanted to give back and pay it forward to others by coordinating Financial Peace University classes … even though I didn’t exactly agree with all of Dave’s teachings.

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How to Craft the Perfect Money Date – with Elle Martinez

On this podcast, we often talk about the importance of a true financial partnership with your spouse. When you’re on the same page about money, your marriage feels balanced. You have less stress, fewer money fights and it just feels better.

But we do we get there?  

Where do we start if we’re feeling off-balance?

Today, I’ve invited my good friend Elle Martinez to join us on the show again. This is our first repeat guest so you know she’s awesome.

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Why I Did A 401k Rollover After Leaving My Job (and How I Did It)

In 2014, my wife Nicole and I both started new careers. She moved from corporate recruiting into the role of Stay-at-Home Mom when our son Calvin was born. I moved to a new marketing agency to advance my career in account management.

After Nicole and I partnered together to pay off all of our debt, this single income life was something we were prepared for. It wasn’t an easy financial change, but it was completely worth it in our opinion.

With those new role changes we not only left old jobs behind, but we also left old 401k accounts behind as well. Since we both had been at our previous jobs for a while, the idea of rolling over our 401k accounts was new to us. We heard that we were definitely “supposed to” do the rollover immediately, but we didn’t really know why.

Following the “supposed to” advice, I decided to move forward with rolling over both of our 401k accounts into IRAs.

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Building a Million Dollar Blog in Your 20’s – with Michelle Schroeder-Gardner

In 2011, Michelle Schroeder-Gardner started a blog called Making Sense of Cents as a fun hobby. After finding some early financial success with sponsored posts and affiliate marketing, she decided her little blog could actually become a viable business. 

Fast forward to today, Michelle now makes over $1.5 million per year from her blog and continues to see massive success with her overall online-based business. Not only has she gone from $0 to $1.5 million incredibly fast, but she’s done it all in her 20’s.

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How to Consistently Save $85,000 Per Year – with Jamila Souffrant

When a goal-oriented person discovers the excitement and allure of financial independence, there is little that can stop them from reaching this huge milestone.

The intensity and results are multiplied when you have a married couple with a combined six-figure income working toward the same goal. This is a recipe for skyrocketing the net worth and savings.

To demonstrate this type of savings superpower, I’ve invited Jamila Souffrant on the show today. In 2016, she and her husband partnered together to save over $85,000 in just 12 short months.

And then … they did it again in 2017.  

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How Do I Find the Best Financial Advisor?

Our question of the month comes in from Ryan from Pittsburgh. He wants to know how to find the best financial advisor:


Ryan:

Hey Andy,

I’ve been listening to your show for the past few months. I like the way that you and Nicole partner together to meet your financial goals. It’s inspiring me and my wife (who is also coincidently also named Nicole) to do the same.

We’ve been following the Dave Ramsey baby steps and recently paid off our last debt. When we got focused, it really only took us about 2 years to pay off our $60,000 in debt. We both had car loans, student loans and a little bit of credit card debt.

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The Life-Changing Benefits of Complete Debt Freedom

Recently, my family became completely debt free.

No student loans, credit card debt, personal loans, car payments and, yes …  no mortgage.

After 7 years of educating myself, diligent planning and partnership with my wife, we officially do not owe a single dollar to anyone. (We do have a late fee for Moana at the library. Does that count?)

We’re incredibly excited about our young family’s future and the opportunities that our debt freedom has opened up for us.

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