Friday, March 2, 2012

Book Review - Financial Peace Revisited....

Good morning!

It's been a while since I've done a book review but since this one goes along with the ongoing Thrifty Living Series, I thought it would be a good time to share my thoughts.

For any one who is searching for financial books, Dave Ramsey is no stranger. I've heard him many times on the radio and have read about his advice on several of the blogs I follow so I thought it was time for me to read one of his books myself.

While all of the chapters weren't applicable to us, Dave's straight shooting choice of words were appreciated by both my husband and myself! Here are some basic points he covered:

1. You must cut back on your lifestyle.

2. Pay your tithe first and yourself second. 10% recommended in both cases.

3. Do not go into debt for anything.

4. Do not make financial decisions based on how someone else views your choices.

5. Build an emergency fund of 3-6 months of expenses.

6. Plan for the unexpected because it WILL happen.

7. Create a "sinking fund" savings account for large purchases.

8. Let compound interest work for you and not against you.

9. Reduce risk by diversifying where your money is.

10. Disciplined savings wins out over mutual funds, stocks, bonds, commodities, etc.

11. Fully fund Roth IRA's.

12. Make sure adequate insurances are in place.

13. Participate in 401(k) programs and take advantage of employer matching funds.

14. Pay off your house if applicable.

15. Give and keep on giving.

Overall, we agreed with most of what Financial Peace said. We live very similar to the items listed above. There was one point in particular I found distasteful and it was when Dave referred to salesmen in a rather unflattering way and seemed to encourage an attitude that I would rather not take upon myself. In my personal opinion, I never want my character to be brought into question! Even if it could save us some money....

I'd love to hear your thoughts on the Dave Ramsey plan. Have you read any of his books? Listened to his radio program? Do you adhere to any of his teachings?

Have a good weekend!

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