- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 1 edition (September 17, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1595555277
- ISBN-13: 978-1595555274
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4,320 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness Hardcover – September 17, 2013
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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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"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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Top Customer Reviews
Who is this book for? Everyone can benefit from it, but it is great for married couples and those in their late 20s, 30s, and early 40s. Young adults could benefit tremendously from it, but I'm worried it might not be exciting or fun enough to hold their attention. It's not really meant for retirees.
--- The Good ---
* He says financial freedom is 80% behavior and 20% knowledge which is so important, and he emphasizes this by pointing out there are a lot of broke finance professors.
* There are many real-life success stories of real people which shows his method works, and they also provide inspiration.
* He lays out his seven Baby Steps and makes them simple to understand. He points out that living right financially is not complicated. It may be difficult, but it's not complicated.
* I really liked the quote, "If you worked for a company called YOU Inc. and you managed money at YOU Inc. the way you manage your own money now, would you fire you?"
* The book includes helpful budget forms and worksheet in the back of the book.
* He isn't all gloom and doom. He wants you to have fun and even approves of buying a $30,000 watch, but only after you reach step seven and can afford it.
--- The Not-So-Good ---
* He doesn't go into a lot of detail on how to increase your income. Dave Ramsey is rich because he is a business owner who can make money from his radio show, books, seminars, programs, etc.Read more ›
Two years ago, my husband and I were a little over $36,000 in debt including credit cards, cars, and student loans. Today, we are completely debt-free, saving an emergency fund like Ramsey strongly advocates in the book, and we will be able to purchase a home on a 15-year fixed rate mortgage (also something he advocates in the book).
The philosophy is incredibly simple, and a few other reviewers have already listed his "baby steps," so I won't rehash that again. "Baby steps" actually came from the Bill Murray flick "What About Bob?", in case you're wondering. Not only are the steps easy to follow, but you'll want to channel Homer Simpson and have a "Doh!" moment when you read it. On his widely syndicated talk radio show, Ramsey uses the opening line, "Teaching you the same advice your grandmother would, only we keep our teeth in." That line is in deference to the fact that he realizes he is teaching people common sense money management.
If you're in love with your FICO score or looking for a financial expert to help you improve your credit, Ramsey's book is the wrong one for you. Be forewarned that he cares NOTHING about a credit score. The only debt that he "allows" you to keep is a mortgage, and he's not crazy about that. If you're looking for a way to get out of debt, stay out of debt, and learn to make the most of your hard-earned wages (possibly become a millionaire in the process), then you need to read this book. It may change your life; it changed mine.
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."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a good basic book, obviously it is a bestseller. To me it is a little overfilled with examples of various people who have achieved success with the program (like... Read morePublished 2 hours ago by Colin J. NEILL
Should be required reading for all of our teachers and politicians.Published 9 hours ago by C. Eberhardt
Mr. Ramsey has changed my life forever. I will say however, that the only way (in my opinion) to truly grasp his message throughout the rest of your life is to either listen to his... Read morePublished 11 hours ago by Jason
Okay, so probably the best way to start a budget austerity program is not to run out and buy a book on the subject. But this book turns out to be worth spending the money. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Joyce A. Dunn
Excellent book. It's helping me get a lot of financial things in order.Published 2 days ago by Felix Garcia