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The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness (2003)

by Dave Ramsey

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Great ideas for beating financial psychology. Simplistic if you are rational and are immune to psychological / emotional forces. Think this is a GREAT first book to get you on your feet and can get more sophisticated books once you are ready. ( )
  rumurphy | Oct 9, 2013 |
Dave Ramsey's down to earth, no-nonsense approach to personal finance is unique in the credit-crave American society. To follow his "Total Money Makeover" needs a strong mind and deep commitment, which are some the elements needed for someone who are in adverse financial shape. But financial fitness is not just for those who "screwed up" already; in fact, I would recommend anyone at college level (at their late teens and early twenties) learn how to handle their personal finance BEFORE they run into any major crises.

This audio book is read by the author. Although the content is solid throughout, at times I feel the "tone" of delivery is a bit harsh. Also, this book seems to deal with the knowledge or principles level, but lacks a more hands-on guidance. Yet, I do agree that if one understands the foundational principles of personal finance (or financial fitness), the hands-on, step-by-step stage would come a lot easier. ( )
  Simple.life | Sep 15, 2013 |
Some really helpful tips. It's encouraging to hear stories about others overcoming their debt. It definitely inspired me to tackle a few things in my own life using Ramsey's plan. ( )
  bookworm12 | Jul 18, 2013 |
Dave Ramsey takes a pretty no-nonsense approach to money and debt, and I like it! ( )
  dukefan86 | May 29, 2013 |
Dave Ramsey presents a straight-forward, tough-to-follow financial path to security and success with money. Not everything he says will apply to you (yet, or ever), but pursuing the 7 Baby Steps to Financial Peace can't hurt. His writing (and speaking) style is common-sensical, frank and conservative Evangelical.
The Bible verses are a way to motivate those who are interested, but if you're in the least offended by "preachy" Christianity, you might just want to go to Dave's website and look at the Get Started page. Frankly, all of the Baby Steps are listed on his website, free of charge. However, certain finer points of each step as well as success stories to motivate you, can be found in The Total Money Makeover.
Good roadmap; just be prepared to adjust the steps to your life situation (a dorm-dwelling college student won't have the same problems as a single mom with 2 children). ( )
  mhairimclynn | Oct 12, 2012 |
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The bedrock of his system is simple: work hard, pay what you owe and stay out of debt. His main commandment is "Pay cash." He first exhorts the reader to take "baby steps," which are designed to build on each other: first, save $1,000 as an emergency fund; then, pay off all debts from smallest to largest; save a larger three-to-six-month emergency fund; finally, start to save for college and pay off your home mortgage. Ramsey understands the difficulty in putting these steps into action, and therefore packs his book with personal testimonials from everyday people who have used his system and have become debt free, with obvious struggles.
 
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0785289089, Hardcover)

The success stories speak for themselves in this book from money maestro Dave Ramsey. Instead of promising the normal dose of quick fixes, Ramsey offers a bold, no-nonsense approach to money matters, providing not only the how-to but also a grounded and uplifting hope for getting out of debt and achieving total financial health.

Ramsey debunks the many myths of money (exposing the dangers of cash advance, rent-to-own, debt consolidation) and attacks the illusions and downright deceptions of the American dream, which encourages nothing but overspending and massive amounts of debt. "Don't even consider keeping up with the Joneses," Ramsey declares in his typically candid style. "They're broke!"

The Total Money Makeover isn't theory. It works every single time. It works because it is simple. It works because it gets to the heart of the money problems: you.

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A strategy for changing attitudes about personal finances covers such topics as getting out of debt, the dangers of cash advances, and keeping spending within income limits.

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