For the past few years, I’ve been volunteering at my church to coordinate Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University course. It’s a 9-week course that helps people get out of debt and get into strong financial shape. We just started a new session and our class is focused on Baby Step 1 (save $1,000 in an emergency fund).
This step can sometimes feel daunting when you’re just starting out, but it’s a very important one. When you have money in the bank, it keeps you from going further into debt when emergencies happen.
A few of the class participants inquired how to get through Baby Step 1 fast so they can get right into Baby Step 2 (eliminating all of their non-mortgage debt). I developed a list of 10 suggestions that worked well for me in the past and sent them an email so they could get after it. Here they are:
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After interviewing dozens of 30-something millionaires and accomplished multi-millionaires, it is fair to say I’m a little bit interested in the inner workings of a millionaire.
Well today, I have a very special guest who’s going to share the results from the largest and most comprehensive study of millionaires ever done.
Author and National Speaker, Chris Hogan, is joining me today to talk about his new book Everyday Millionaires: How Ordinary People Built Extraordinary Wealth—And How You Can Too.
Who wants to become a millionaire with me?!
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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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When I read the Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey in 2011, I knew going through all of the 7 baby steps could take quite a while. The book’s structure of saving money, paying off debt and investing was simple and easy to understand, but it definitely had some years attached to it. This was not a “get rich quick book” for sure. Nevertheless, I was intrigued and inspired to follow Dave’s 7 steps and see where it took me and my new family.
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One random day five years ago, I was eating lunch at home and messing around on this new thing called an “iPad”.
Because I’m a money nerd, I went to the iTunes store, searched for personal finance and I found Dave Ramsey’s app. Before that $5 footlong lunch, I knew nothing about Dave Ramsey. By the time I finished my meal, I was absolutely hooked on his brand of no-nonsense debt elimination advice.
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