Dave Ramsey Helps You Slash Debt And Build Wealth

Dave Ramsey is a radio personality and motivational speaker who helps people get out of debt and build wealth. He has also written several self help books that teach people how to manage their finances.

Background of Dave Ramsey

Dave Ramsey was born on September 3, 1960 in Tennessee. He earned a degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee and by the age of 26, he had acquired real estate holdings worth over $4 million. He eventually lost it all and had to file for bankruptcy.

Ramsey then began to attend lectures and workshops on managing finances and overcoming financial problems. He shared what he learned with others by starting a counseling practice. Eventually he devised a plan for financial freedom that he taught his clients, and organized the material into his first book.

Financial Self Help Books by Dave Ramsey

"Financial Peace: Restoring Financial Hope to You and Your Family" was the first book written by Dave Ramsey. It was published in 1997 and is available as a book and audio book. In this book, Ramsey offers self help advice for getting out of debt. Rather than taking the usual approach of telling readers how to save and invest, he tackles behavioral issues with spending. He advises readers to avoid credit cards, give to charities, and follow his step-by-step plan for getting out of debt.

"The Financial Peace Planner: A Step-by-Step Guide to Restoring Your Family's Financial Health" was published in 1998 and is now an ebook, book, and audio book. This book offers readers actionable steps to take to dig out from a mountain of debt and learn to live within their means. The method Ramsey developed was also taught as a 12 week class, and shared in workshops, lectures, and private counseling sessions. Once couples become debt-free they are encouraged to live within their means and pay cash so they can avoid debt in the future.

"How to Have More than Enough: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Abundance" was published in 2000 and is available as a paperback today. In this book, Dave Ramsey goes beyond getting out of debt, and teaches readers how to build wealth. It covers topics such as creating prosperity, teaching children how to handle money, and money and marriage.

"More than Enough: The Ten Keys to Changing Your Financial Destiny" was published in 2002 and is available as a paperback. In it, Ramsey explains his ten keys to financial peace, including discipline, patience, giving, goals, and values. By applying his steps, couples, singles, and even children can build wealth and live a debt-free life.

"Financial Peace Revisited" was published in 2002 and is available as an audio book and book. This book contains the same advice Dave Ramsey presented in his original "Financial Peace" book but also has additional chapters that dwell on how financial matters affect family matters. He offers solid advice on working hard, saving money, controlling spending, and avoiding debt. He also offers advice targeted towards singles, couples, and parents on the subject of agreeing on financial matters within the family.

"The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness" was published in 2003 and is a book, ebook, and audio book. This book shows readers how to get out of debt quickly, how to avoid debt in the future, and how to build wealth. Dave Ramsey offers practical advice such as always paying cash, establishing an emergency fund, investing, and paying off a mortgage. He shows how average people can accumulate wealth and live a life of financial peace by simply following his advice.

"The Total Money Makeover Workbook" was published in 2004 and is a book and ebook. In this workbook, Dave Ramsey provides readers with a plan for getting out of debt and breaking bad financial habits. The book includes questionnaires and worksheets as well as inspiring stories of people who have followed Ramsey's plan and changed their financial futures.

"The Money Answer Book" was published in 2005 and is available as an ebook and book. Dave Ramsey offers financial advice in this book question and answer style. He selected the most often asked questions from callers to his radio show and provided thorough answers to them in this book. He covers everything from budget planning to charitable giving.

"Priceless: Straight-Shooting, No-Frills Financial Wisdom" was published in 2006 and is available as a book suitable for gift giving. It is accompanied with stylish graphics and contains nuggets of helpful financial information on a wide variety of topics.

"EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches" was published in 2011 and is available as an ebook, book, and audio book. This book by Dave Ramsey is targeted to business leaders and entrepreneurs. He teaches readers how to set and reach goals, how to handle money, how to inspire teamwork, and how to love what you do.

• "The Super Red Racer: Junior Discovers Work," "The Big Birthday Surprise: Junior Discovers Giving," "Careless At The Carnival: Junior Discovers Spending," "A Special Thank You: Junior Discovers Integrity," "My Fantastic Fieldtrip: Junior Discovers Saving," and "Battle of the Chores: Junior Discovers Debt," are children's books by Dave Ramsey. Each one is designed to teach an important money lesson to kids. Ramsey explains to parents that it is very important to teach kids how to save and grow money while they are young so they will be able to enjoy lives of financial peace when they are older rather than struggle with debt.

The Dave Ramsey Show and More

In addition to teaching financial stewardship through his books, Ramsey also hosts a radio talk show. The show runs daily, Monday through Friday, for three hours, and is also available as Podcasts. During the show he discusses financial matters and takes calls from listeners. Some call in with testimonials of their progress while following his advice and others call in for help with their particular problems. The Dave Ramsey Show has been named one of the top ten most listened to talk radio shows.

Dave also offers classes through his Financial Peace University. The classes can be taken online or in person. Ramsey has trained counselors in various cities who are authorized to teach his step by step plan for financial peace.

In addition, Ramsey presents events at cities around the United States. You can see him deliver his teachings in an auditorium setting or simulcasts through local churches. Ramsey got his start counseling couples at his local church and he continues the spiritual influence by working with church groups to help their members gain financial peace. Millions of people have attended his classes in some form or another.

Dave also provides a wealth of information on his website for those just starting on the path to financial peace. He explains the baby steps needed to start and has budgeting forms available to download.

Dave Ramsey's financial self help books have sold in the millions of copies and helped countless people gain control of their finances. He doesn't offer a get rich quick plan or false promises. Instead he provides his fans with actionable steps they can take to get out of debt and build wealth for the future as long as they are willing to work hard and be disciplined.

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