I finished this book in a day, couldn't put it down and have read it again and again. it's my daily inspiration to being where I wanna be in 15 years.
I got the Total Money Makeover because of my premarital counciling. I had been listening to Dave for a couple years before, but didn't get anything out of his radio show. I was reluctant to read this book and I only did because it was for my wife, as she put it, "If you love me, you will read it." So being a sucker, i read it.
I lived paycheck to paycheck for all of my adult life, spending every dime I made so I didn't feel obligated to give all my money to my family who adults only misbehaved with their money. I went into our marriage with several thousands of dollars in debt, and my wife had some too, most of her were University costs.
In our first year, we paid off almost $30k making just over $70k, while we lived in a tiny and cheap apartment. My family was concerned for us, make fun of us, and offer to pay for meals and other things for us. They didn't understand we were saving and now, on Oct. 4 2016, we hit our 8 year anniversary, and we have 3 kids, and are debt free, except for the house, which we hope to pay off 6 years early. We still do a budget, have budget committee meetings, and we have not had any arguments over money. I would be lying if I told you it was easy because I'm what Dave calls the free spirit, and I enjoy buying things.
This book is a paradigm shift. It might not be right for all, but it has worked wonders for my wife, family, and myself. I don't want to go back to how I was, and I don't want my family to miss meals like I did as a kid, then later as an adult. Change your family tree, and GOD bless.
just started the program and we are excited to be wealthy. my husband and i were flipping houses with small profit and almost debt free for all of 6 months before the debt came back. ready to feel that freedom and keep it!
starting my total money make over. and I am so excited! I have doubled if not tripled my monthly savings! I feel great! my mind is at ease at night. and I owe it to Dave and this book for motivation and know how to show it to me!!
I didn't like the personal stories though. just felt out of place.