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As with anything, take what you need from it... leave the rest.

  • Jul 17, 2009
You won't find anything Earth shattering in this book. It's a very formulaic approach to paying off your debt and saving for retirement and college. On a personal note, my husband and I are pretty lucky, we don't have any credit card debt. We only have one little credit card that we pay off every two weeks. We have other debt, of course, but well... let's just say that we learned our lesson early in our marriage - did you know that bars in Hawaii take credit cards? Or that you shouldn't finance home improvements on a money pit house on a credit card? Yeah. We, of course, have other debt.

But.. I think this book did teach me a few things about how to figure out how to invest for retirement (I appear to be doing half of it, yay!) and college for the kids (not so much).

I won't be doing anything crazy like selling my cars, we'd only break even on them and frankly, I am not willing to give those up. Plus let's assume you don't have the cash to buy a beater car to drive. You sell your car. Then what? I was disturbed that he left some parts out of this first baby step. As I said, I'm just not willing to give up my minivan and I'd be risking my life if I even suggested selling my husband's PT Cruiser.

BUT I think if someone has gotten themselves in serious hot water, this is a great book to help them "go drastic" and get themselves out. I'll be putting some of his ideas into place in our lives to better fit who we are - and I figure if we go for it, we can probably be debt free (except for the house) in a few years, which is completely acceptable to me.

The only part of the book I didn't like is the scripture and god references. I think it was necessary, but everyone is entitled to write/believe as they wish.

As with any finance book, take what you need/want from it. I took away a lot of good from it and will leave some on the table for others to pick through :)

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Radio talk-show host and bestselling author Ramsey (Financial Peace) is less a financial analyst and more of a preacher, which explains both his popularity and the appeal of this book, which just might gain a wide audience. 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. The key is what Ramsey calls "Gazelle intensity," which is to live a financial life the way a gazelle saves itself from an attacking cheetah-"outmaneuver the enemy and run for your life." While Ramsey provides some helpful charts and graphs so readers can keep track of their efforts to follow his steps, 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.
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ISBN-10: 0785263268
ISBN-13: 978-0785263265
Author: Dave Ramsey
Genre: Business & Investing
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
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