Dave Ramsey is a personal money management expert, popular national radio personality and the author of three New York Times bestsellers – The Total Money Makeover, Financial Peace Revisited and More Than Enough. In them, Dave Ramsey exemplifies his life’s work of teaching others how to be financially responsible, so they can acquire enough wealth to take care of loved ones, live prosperously into old age, and give generously to others.
Dave Ramsey knows first-hand what financial peace means in his own life, having lived living a true rags-to-riches to rags-to-riches story. By age 26 he had established a $4,000,000 real estate portfolio, only to lose it by age 30. Dave Ramsey has since rebuilt his financial life and now devotes himself full-time to helping ordinary people understand the forces behind their financial distress and how to set things right - financially, emotionally and spiritually.
Dave Ramsey offers life-changing financial advice as host of a nationally syndicated radio program, "The Dave Ramsey Show," which is heard by three million listeners each week on more than 300 radio stations throughout the United States. Dave Ramsey's syndicated column, “Dave Says” currently has a circulation of more than 5,000,000 in publications worldwide.
Dave Ramsey is the creator of Financial Peace University (FPU), a 13-week program that helps people dump debt, get control of their money and learn new behaviors with money that are founded on commitment and accountability. More than 260,000 families have attended FPU classes at their workplace, church, military base, nonprofit organization or community group. The average family pays off $5,300 in debt and saves $2,700 in the first 91 days after beginning FPU and is completely our of debt – except for their mortgage – in just 18 to 24 months.
Dave Ramsey created a group of products in an effort to teach children about money before they have a chance to make mistakes. Financial Peace for the Next Generation is an all-inclusive school curriculum that is currently in more than 1,500 schools across the country. Financial Peace Jr. is an instructional kit designed to help parents teach their young children about working, saving and giving their money. Through Dave Ramsey's entertaining children's book series, The Super Red Racer, Careless at the Carnival, The Big Birthday Surprise, My Fantastic Fieldtrip, A Special Thank You and Battle of the Chores, children learn about working, saving, giving and spending money.
Dave Ramsey earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Real Estate from the University of Tennessee. A frequent speaker around the country at large-scale live events, Dave Ramsey is a passionate and inspiring presenter who is at ease on both sides of the mic. More than 500,000 people have attended Dave Ramsey's live events.
Dave Ramsey resides with his wife, Sharon, and their three children, Denise, Rachel, and Daniel, in Nashville, Tennessee.
Human beings have a 100 percent mortality rate, okay? No one is getting out of this thing alive. You need a will and a full estate plan with specific instructions.
As your money situation improves, you’ll be able to buy more new things. The price of “new” will become a smaller and smaller percentage of your financial world.
Timeshares are a horrid, inconvenient product. My sentiment would be, “I’m out of here!”
I know this probably sounds mean, but I’m just not a big romantic when it comes to people who are deeply in debt.
But the IRS is a different animal altogether. They have virtually unlimited power to collect; so put them at the top of the list and get them paid off as fast as you can!
Having a college fund set aside by your parents is really nice, if they can afford that kind of thing. But you can go to school by getting good grades, applying for scholarships, working your tail off and choosing a school you can afford. In short, college funding is not a necessity.
Taking on a pile of debt to have a high credit score or increase your current score is just plain stupid!
Credit card companies don’t care about the circumstances. They want their money, period. Never take personal responsibility for company expenses.
Just because it’s family doesn’t make it jump over onto your plate! Let me say it again: You don’t inherit debt. Don’t let creditors, or anyone else, tell you differently.
One way or another, the house always wins. That’s how they’re able to build those giant, billion dollar places called casinos. Did you know that some of those companies are so big and expansive that they’re publicly traded entities?
Allowing kids the emotional dignity of making some decisions for themselves is vitally important. You just have to make sure this liberty is supervised and comes with parental warnings and protections.
I don’t always make financial decisions based exclusively on math. Many times I do things based on changing money behaviors—stuff like paying off debts from smallest to largest because it actually works. Personal finance is 80 percent behavior, and only 20 percent head knowledge.
I’ve been telling people not to use credit cards for 20 years and, believe it or not, even I get offers in the mail. The more mailing lists you get on, the more your mailbox will fill up with junk mail. If you have magazine subscriptions and things like that, your contact information is circulating all over the place.
The truth is, mom and dad shouldn’t have co-signed for their child's student loans in the first place. There’s only one reason lenders want a co-signer, and that’s because they’re afraid the person taking out the loan won’t be able to pay back what’s owed.
Both state and federal taxes come with ridiculous penalties and interest rates, and the authorities at either level have virtually unlimited power at their disposal to screw with your life if something bad happens.
Never, ever put your emergency fund into things where risk and volatility are factors. An emergency fund isn’t an investment. It’s there to help protect things that are investments and your life.
I hate to break this to you, but overspending is not an emergency. If you budget a set amount in one category and you go over that amount, you’ve got to have something you reduce or cut out completely to stay within your budget for the month.
Many times in life we try to accomplish too many things at once. One problem with this is often it diminishes our ability to focus. When you spend all your time nickel-and-diming everything, the result is that nothing gets done very well.
Rule number 1: It’s not an emergency. Christmas is not an emergency, it happens every year. Don’t use this as an excuse to overspend and buy things you can’t afford.
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