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The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Dave Ramsey

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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.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.


"Winning at money is 80 percent behavior and 20 percent head knowledge." So states Ramsey, author and radio show host, offering a comprehensive plan to get out of debt and achieve financial fitness. Our current financial position represents the sum total of the decisions we've made to this point, he tells us, and we must take personal responsibility for our financial problems. His seven-step plan includes paying off all debts except the home mortgage at an accelerated speed, creating a financial safety net that covers three to six months' expenses, investing 15 percent of income in a retirement fund, and saving for children's college expenses. He effectively shows how regular people can rid themselves of debt and grow their wealth using current income. While many of Ramsey's concepts are not new, his simple approach and client testimonials will resonate with a broad range of library patrons. This is important information in a society buried in debt, with unprecedented numbers of people facing bankruptcy. Mary Whaley
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Dave Ramsey Will Help You Become Financially Fit 29 février 2004
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I enjoy discussions about my finances about as much as I enjoy talking about my weight. I certainly need to work on both, but I'd prefer to avoid the topics if at all possible, thank you very much. Can I get an "amen"?
Dave Ramsey, radio talk show host, author and all-around financial guru, is no stranger to this ostrich routine. After his own bankruptcy he came to the conclusion that the key to financial (and physical) fitness isn't knowing all the tricks of the money trade; it's being honest with yourself. "If I can control the guy in the mirror, I can be skinny and rich," he says in his new book THE TOTAL MONEY MAKEOVER.
In other words, you have to get your head out of the sand. Okay, I have to get my head out of the sand.
Leaving the skinny to other books, Ramsey is a prophet to those who want to be rich but would settle for being financially stable. It's clear that this is a large group, given the popularity of Ramsey's radio show and books. After reading THE TOTAL MONEY MAKEOVER, I can see why they flock to him for advice.
Ramsey's principles are simple and straightforward. Pay cash. Pay off debts from smallest to largest. Create an emergency fund. He provides easy-to-understand answers to many seemingly complex questions about budgeting, retirement funds, saving for college education, and more.
Large pullout quotes scattered throughout the book offer bite-sized financial advice and factoids in Ramsey's typically direct manner:
"A new $28,000 car will lose about $17,000 of value in the first four years you own it. To get the same result, you could toss a $100 bill out the window once a week during your commute."
"Looking to spend $100 per month on life insurance? You could pay $7 a month toward term insurance and invest the remaining $93. But go with a cash-value policy if you'd rather have someone else earn interest on your investments."
"49% of Americans could cover less than one months' expenses if they lost their income."
"If your mortgage payment is $900 and the interest portion is $830, you will pay that year around $10,000 in interest. What a great tax deduction! Right? Otherwise, you'd pay $3,000 in taxes on that $10,000. But who in their right mind would chose to trade $10,000 for $3,000?"
All of this advice is helpful and eye opening, but what Ramsey really excels at is presenting inspirational tales of those who were once, but are no longer, in financial disarray. Their stories make up at least a third of the book, and the cumulative effect is that of a published pep rally designed to get people pumped up about saving money. And it works.
This is a must-read book for anyone whose looking for a little basic financial information and a whole lot of courage to finally put away the ostrich suit.
--- Reviewed by Lisa Ann Cockrel
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Generally good advice, if you're really in a financial hole 4 février 2010
Par T. Scarillo - Publié sur
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"The Total Money Makeover" by Dave Ramsey, is the 3rd Edition of his popular book outlining personal finance advice and his "Baby Steps" method of righting your financial ship. I'm assuming that if you actively searched here under his name, you already know who Ramsey is - he and Suze Orman are probably the two most prominent personal-finance show hosts in the US. They have somewhat different styles - both can be pretty blunt to their callers when needed, but Ramsey tends to lean toward advising people to take more-drastic measures to get their debt down (`beans and rice, rice and beans' and his mantra of `Live like no one else, so you can someday Live like no one else') as opposed to Orman's "People first, then money, then things". She's a bit more empathic, but maybe he's a bit more hard-line because, at least from what I've seen (and I've watched both for several years), his audience generally seems to get themselves into bigger financial messes in the first place. If you think you've got it bad, tune into his show (on Fox Business Channel on cable) and you'll hear some REALLY bad stories of situations people have gotten themselves into, that will probably make you feel better about your own finances. Many of the `true stories' contained in the book are of people who got themselves in trouble by: 1) getting married/divorced too young, to/from someone who was as equally inept at handling money; 2) having lots of kids at a very early age (they're expensive, big surprise); and 3) appearing to have no education beyond high school, or majoring in something that is unlikely to yield a living income.

That said, the Ramsey book is a somewhat easy read - it runs around 250 pages, but the print is actually larger than I'd have expected, and the language is pretty colloquial, so it reads pretty quickly and is easy for even the financial newbie to grasp (I read it in around 4 or 5 sittings). The book is a codification of a lot of the advice you'll hear on his show on an ongoing basis if you watch regularly. His strong points are that he's no-nonsense in cutting to the bottom line, and debunking commonly-held `myths' of personal finance. If you're a loyal, diligent watcher of the show, though, this book may be redundant if you've been paying close attention, but for new initiates, it's an informative, if limited-in-scope, read that might provide a jumping off point for further reading. If you're totally behind the 8-ball financially, though, by all means get and read the book, because you've got to start somewhere, but if you've got your act together, and are facing more-advanced issues (such as trusts, estate planning, elder care issues, etc), then really you'd be better off reading Orman's books, which are more substantial and confront the more esoteric/complicated issues of personal finance. I've noticed from watching both, that Ramsey seems to specialize in getting people `back to zero and then on the right path' when they've really dug themselves into a hole (i.e. to get out of debt in the first place) - his advice is basically pretty on-the-mark and keeps it simple (if you're not averse to Bible verses sprinkled in there). I am an accountant, and while I can't say I agree with everything he says (he seems a little TOO wrapped up in the `pay cash for everything' mindset, to the point where I think he's not being realistic about effective ways to use credit in today's world, but I also think his recommendation of a 6-month emergency fund is not enough, given today's rotten economy - you really need 9 mos to a year), the bulk of the info he provides is pretty good (such as the "Debt Snowball" method of attacking your debt), if you can do the most important thing in following it: you need to impose self-discipline to break bad-spending habits. His methods require almost crash-financial-diet measures (such as taking on extra jobs, ceasing any and all unnecessary spending to the point of maybe not having much fun, selling your possessions, etc.), but if you can stick to it, it will probably yield results. There are some simple-to-use worksheets in the book, which you can copy and fill out, to start getting the lay of your finances and create a plan to address problems.

I DO have to say, though, that there were at least two ideas in the book that I heartily disagree with, to the point where I think they're maybe outright bad advice: 1) he says that if you're paying down your debt, you should stop contributing to your 401k plan altogether, even if you're being matched 100% up to a certain amount, in the interest of the psychology of paying the debt - this is questionable advice, because the match is free money that probably works out to an earnings rate far in excess of your interest rates on your debt - on the other hand, if you have oppressive debt, you might be better off paying the debt off, so you need to work the math in `real dollars' on that before you leap; and 2) on pgs. 39-40, he basically dismisses the `worth' of a good FICO score (saying it's an "I Love Debt Score"), and says that ideally you should have NO score - that sounds good on paper, but it's simply not workable in real life, as no bank will loan you money without one, for any purpose - and his entire philosophy is predicated on paying cash for everything, which is much easier said than done (unless you get a 15 year mortgage, which he recommends, but surprise - you'll need a high FICO AND down payment for that). Contrary to what he'd have you believe, it IS possible to have a very high FICO without incurring tons of debt. The FICO stance is where Ramsey and Orman diverge markedly (she preaches the virtues of having a high score, earned by prudent use of credit). And i won't even get into the fact that many prospective employers today WILL check your credit score before offering you a job, and jobs aren't easy to get nowadays in this economy. Nuff said.....

So, in my opinion: if you're REALLY in a hole financially and need to right the ship, then get one of Ramsey's books (this one is a good start); if you've got your act together, and have succeeded in getting out of dire financial straits, check out Suze Orman's books.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Straight talk and a proven plan from this radio star! 29 août 2003
Par "kchthomas" - Publié sur
If you're thinking about passing on this latest book from financial guru Dave Ramsey because you've already read his first New York Times bestseller Financial Peace, think again. Financial Peace is "what to do." Total Money Makeover is a step-by-step, nuts and bolts "how to do" kind of book. Dave takes the seven key principles of a healthy financial plan from Financial Peave and gives them a shot of adrenaline and a ton of muscle! He walks with you through each of the seven "baby steps" and shows you exactly how to accomplish each one. Along the way Dave shares dozens of stories from people who are working on or have completed their own Total Money Makeover. The result is a book that could replace all others on personal finance. Reader beware: If you're looking for the next "get rich quick" book from a guy with a calculator and no experience, this is not the book for you. But if you want an uplifting and encouraging book that will show you exactly how to build true wealth and will give you loads of stories from people who have done just that, pick this book up today! Dave knocks it out of the park with Total Money Makeover, and your personal finances could be doing the same very soon.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Putting responsibility where it belongs 12 février 2008
Par Jon B - Publié sur
Dave Ramsey is not interested in your excuses. His Total Money Makeover begins with planting the responsibility squarely on your own shoulders for rescuing yourself from the debt addiction most Americans carry. He doesn't ever try to make it sound easier than it is, but the book does outline in wonderful detail the steps to go from paycheck to paycheck worry over bills to saving and retiring without financial worries. As Ramsey puts it "If you'll live like no one else today, you can live like no one else tomorrow". The book is so compelling I read it in a day, something rare for me. You will go from building an emergency fund to paying your debts, increasing your emergency fund, paying for new acquisitions with cash, establishing savings, investing, building college funds and finally paying off your home and retirement. Dave Ramsey has truly thought of it all. As he points out, there are a whole lot of broke financial experts, he himself has been a self made millionaire twice. His words will work if you follow them.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Must-read for people with major problems and for those with little debt 15 août 2005
Par Jessica Lux - Publié sur
Finally, a book that speaks to everyone, from those who are complete financial disasters to those who pay their bills on time, but overpend and need to reduce their debt load. Too many books about debt focus only on paying your bills on time and reducing your interest rates, while ignoring the people who have too much debt and are too smart about it, never paying a late fee and keeping it all at low interest.

I have never heard Ramsey's radio show, but this book was a huge wake-up call for me. It is motivational and it will get you pumped to get intense about reducing your debt load and living only with the cash you have today. The strategies are excellent, the advice is solid, and people have turned their lives around under Ramsey's guidance. There are a lot of testimonials in this book, perhaps a few too many, but I enjoyed seeing the success stories and seeing the different kinds of people who turned to Ramsey's method.

This book has wide appeal and everyone should check it out once to give their finances a good sanity check.
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