Where Financial Peace gave you the solid saving and investing principles, this book puts those principles into practice. You'll be exercising your financial strength every day and quickly freeing yourself of worry, stress, and debt. And that's a beautiful feeling.
©2003 Dave Ramsey; (P)2003 Thomas Nelson Publishers
"The strength of this book is that it is a straightforward motivational tool. He provides the brutally direct truth about the hard work it takes to become free of debt, and his directness is a great part of the book's charm." (Publishers Weekly)
I have business degrees from Wharton (BS) and Stanford (MBA), but like most Americans from middle class backgrounds, I never got much training in personal finance and always felt bewildered by it. I recently listed to The Total Money Makeover for the third time and it clicked. The first two times, I was still in school and had no income, so felt powerless to act on its lessons. Now, with a steady income (and some monstrous student loans) the lessons are relevant, actionable, and empowering.
Before, I always felt at a loss when it came to budgeting. After re-listening to The Total Money Makeover, I got a second savings account to hold my emergency fund and long-term savings, making it easier to separate between current accounts and short-term savings. Now, I have an Excel spreadsheet with a separate column for each upcoming pay check. I know how much of each paycheck will get immediately transferred into long-term savings (e.g. for a wedding in the fall), how much will go to short-term savings (e.g. for next month's rent), and how much disposable income I have in my current checking account.
Furthermore, I have a better plan for paying down my debts. If I were to approach this according to the pure net present value financial principles taught in school, I would start with my big student loan (highest interest rate), then my smaller student loan, then my car loan (lowest interest rate). After listening to Ramsey, I'm going to do it in the opposite order. Although that will cost me some in NPV, it means I can pay off my car loan in a few months (freeing up $250 per month in cash flow), and can pay off my smaller student loan in a few years. My larger student loan is the size and duration of a mortgage, and I'll treat it like it's one. If I tried to pay it off first, I wouldn't see any impact on my cash flow for probably 14 years, making it discouraging to try to find extra dollars to put towards paying down debt. Trying this the Ramsey way, I already feel like I'm making progress and am motivated to do more.
Dave Ramsey is an inspiring speaker. Although his message may come across as simple, in my opinion it does a far better job taking into account human nature than any of the sophisticated financial and economic models I spent so much money learning. I can't recommend this book enough.
Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...
Even if you might not adhere to Dave's plan exactly, the idea of slavery to debt and freedom from it are very motivational. I feel like the examples he uses are real life people and he doesn't use terms or language that is reserved for finance professionals. It really is a good, practical plan for getting out of debt via hard work and perseverance. Even though his plan is not the best "mathematically", the point of getting some quick wins by paying off the lowest balance without regard to interest rate is a legitimate point. Honestly, you can hear most of the content of this book in his daily podcasts. I do recommend this book to people.
Mr. Ramsey makes quite a bold statement when he says you should invest in a 12% "Growth Stock" Mutual Fund rather then take the 7% Prepay option (when it comes to financing college). He fails to inform the listener about 2 threats to your investment. In first line, a Mutual Fund comes with a range of various expenses that will dramatically impact your real rate of return, referred to as the Expense Ratio. Second, there is absolutely no guaruantee that you will receive 12% in any given year, not to mention, 4 years in a row (average college duration)! If you are already stuggling financially, pick the guaranteed 7% saved by paying for college in advance.
Overall the audible is decent; focuses on the -mentality- of money management but lacks the -technical/factual information- needed for effective longer term plans.
this book is really targeted at people with lots of debt and financial problems. Although there are some good tips for everyone, the main focus is on how to get out of debt.
The narration/reading of this book made me wonder if it was written in all capitals and italics. While I appreciated the information/ideas shared by the author, I didn't appreciate him yelling at me. I understand he's trying to motivate, but the intensity of his voice was just too much.
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Great book! He gives you clear instructions on how to get out of debt. Good motivation for people who don't know where to start. Well worth the credit!
The content seems good but I am only 31 minutes in and already tearing the earplugs out! Don't Preach at me. Just tell me. He goes over every point relentlessly and in such a condescending manner. I don't know if I can keep listening!
Yes I would review it for my friend, where most of people share the same problems with debts and credit cards. and the total money makeover is a global plan that suite almost all countries in the world.
The most memorable moments is the emergency plan strategy that any one have to prepare a plan the guaranteeing for him 3 month to 6 month of backup salary if any thing happen such as a down-term in the economy and the turnover in jobs.
if it about the narration I like Dave ramsy and his style in reading
Not at all, because some parts I needed to stop and think in what I listened and the solution that Dave Ramsy has Provided.
Fear is the mind Killer, so Face Your Fear
I have. I am a financial advisor and every high school kid, anyone who wants to be out of debt, and anyone without 6 months savings should read this book. It teaches real money mangement.
The step by step process to financial stability.
He is truly passionate about what he does and is a motivating leader. I do not always agree with him, but he is right when it comes to managing money.
this is a must read and top ten book of all time for me.
I would give a B-. Gets to the point, gives good metaphors and easy to follow.
Metaphors used to describe steps or missteps are very memorable and applicable to most people.
Voice and diction were probably best compared to what I have listened. Would expect good performance from professional speaker. Have heard some "funny" start/stops or paragraph breaks on other books. Probably start of new session or after break. Did not hear in Ramsey's performance, however this book is shorter than most. 3+ hours
No crying, definitely a few laughs. Mostly found myself quoting excerpts to others.
Religious overtones and bible quotes throughout book. However quotes in nature of "Saving" money and neither borrowing or lending; giving money OK. People describe me as Agnostic and this did not bother me. All in all good book, great performance. Enjoy
"Thank you Dave Ramsey"
This is a quick update to those in need of hope. I wrote a review back in June last year and now wish i could give this book more than 5 stars!!! We are now debt free, thanks to Dave's principles layed out clearly in this book.
"Some good advice"
Some very good advice but with a condescending tone which is probably what some us need to get our finances in order. The author seems to be anti OPM which some may think is important for wealth building.
"Good sound advice"
It's what many people need to hear. No rocket science. Just straight talking. Short and to the point. The tough talking could feel a little OTT for some but it is not unbearable; I found it entertaining and used appropriately to stress points. Will pay for itself many times over
"Good Sound System...."
...but Dave Ramsey's narration i found annoying. It's all well and good that he performed in such a way as to make the listener feel like he was talking to one personally, but given the choice I'd rather he just read the text up without the drama...
Whatever the case, I would definitely recommend to anyone needing a good sound financial system....
"A Common Sense Approach to Handling Money."
I've listened to this book a few times now and Dave is clearly passionate about teaching others that it is possible to live a debt free life. I used to think that I was quite good with my money (not that I had much) but this tough, common sense guide revealed to me that I could have done so much better. Although, no longer in my youth Dave also makes it clear that it's not too late to start.
It was really helpful practical guide to personal finance really accessible and potentially life transforming. Give it a go I did and loved it
"A must - Educational, engaging and fun"
I have hear about Dame Ramsey before and now listened to this rather short book and I was really satisfied. Dave's voice, ideas, processes to get better with money are life changing, so motivational, definitely must listen for everyone. I strongly recommend, I have enjoyed every minute of it!
So easy to follow.
Personal stories, Dave himself.
Don't only listen but put in action ;-)
It took me a while to get over the slightly aggressive American tone - I guess passion would be a better word than agressive. But the concept is simple and makes perfect sense.
"Helped us get in shape"
I found out about Dave Ramsey about seven months ago (December 2012) and from the first podcast I downloaded for his radio talk show, I knew this guy was different. He is genuine, honest, informed and tells it like it is. My husband and I had debt of about $28,000 which we werent too concerned about but had tried to pay off and somehow no matter what we did it just never seemed to go away. We enrolled for FPU online around March 2013 and wow, what a class!!! We decided to pay off all our debt but for some reason stalled. I then went ahead and bought this book (audio) about a month after we'd completed FPU, something about the way he explained debt and just how restrictive it was clicked deeper. I was on a coach on the way to work, by the time we arrived I had a tear in my eye and knew that I knew that I knew that we were paying our debt off that day. Fortunately we had the money to clear all our debt and just went ahead and did it. I cannot describe the feeling. Walking around debt free is totally liberating. I would never have done it if it werent for FPU or this book. For some reason we thought earning 0.5% in a savings account would beat the 7-10% interest rates we were paying on the debt. We just hadnt done the Maths. We have now changed our habits and are already living like no one lese so later we get to live like no else.
Thank you Dave Ramsey and may God bless and your wonderful family for the wonderful work you are doing to enlighten those of us who had somehow gotten degrees in D.U.M.B.
"Just Buy it"
gr8 book, lot of things you already know but arranged in 'baby steps' for secure debt free future.would highly recommend
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