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**You Have To Believe You Can Win!**



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sacrifice determination you can be intentional about your character work at the queue gotta be on the same page they we're calling to let you know we're debt-free how's that everything you have done really really good and you're not gonna quit then a huge witness for us to be able to share that it was time to get serious intentionality people this is your show America yes I know it 22 what I know now our lives would be better oh that's changing the world now you don't just listen to the show you live it that is dumb cash is king and the paid off home mortgage has taken the place of the BMW has the status symbol of choice open phones this hour at Triple Eight eight two five five two two five that's triple eight eight two five five two two five well front and center in the news cycle right now 100 million Capital One customers were hacked everything you need to know about data breaches but we're afraid acts can ask a Capital One finance corporate now it's late Monday the more than 100 million people had had their personal information act the hacker got information including credit score's balances zip codes email addresses dates of birth self-reported income payments histories fragments of transaction data and the social security numbers of about a hundred and forty thousand customers and about 80 thousand bank account numbers from credit card customers I in bank said will offer free credit monitoring services to those affected consumers and small businesses who applied for credit cards from 2005 through 2019 or most at risk the hack affected about 100 million people in the US the company couldn't say for sure whether the data leaked was used for fraud but said it was unlikely first heard about the hack on July 19 waited until July 29 to inform customers as a sock hop from law enforcement to catch the alleged perpetrator which has been done by the way Capital One's offered $125 to anyone whose data was hacked or free credit monitoring for 10 years our privacy experts say credit monitoring only looks for changes on the credit report indicating that someone is using your personal information to open new accounts in your name but it does not prevent someone from taking it alone in your name such security precautions are unlikely to help people protect against a hack like the one Capital One announced Monday exposure of data that can't be changed such as social security numbers are the hallmarks of a particularly severe data reach so we've got an inside source at the ad agency for Capital One and you know their slogan is what's in your wallet they're gonna change it too we want to let everyone know what's in your wallet or possibly we could be the side at bar another one they're experimenting with they're gonna focus group this what's in your wallet oh wait everyone already knows that's another possible slogan for them it could change it to that fun picking on Capital One they're an easy target to pick on so by the way let me hit let you know how much of my data they got none because I don't do business with people like Capital One to start with and I certainly wasn't applying for a small business loan or credit card people like Capital One to start with and if you've been listening to me you wouldn't either so you wouldn't been vulnerable to putting up with this crap oh wait we already know what's in your wallet so this article has a couple of good points so it says check your accounts check to see if your accounts have been affected if you are a capital and customer and know the difference between a credit freeze and a lock a freeze means a consumer cannot take out a new loan or a credit card without unfreezing the report first it also prevents a hacker from taking out a loan in your name false it only prevents a hacker from taking out a loan in your name if the lending institution checks your credit only to intend credit card applications actually have the credit checked they issue them to dead people and dogs eight out of ten times if you're breathing or not or if it's you or not or if it's a shredded application tape back together or not they will issue the card eight out of ten times without checking and freezing will not help you with that mine's frozen to my account has been frozen which has a big zero on it anyway but that's my credit score zero I don't have a credit score because I don't know FICO and I'll worship at the altar of the great FICO FICO you are our provider thank you great FICO no we don't do that stuff here so anyway the only that problem but everything's frozen but it still doesn't keep you from someone from opening a loan only if the credit institution making the loan is smart enough to actually do a credit check and they don't always do that kinda seems like common sense but they don't number three sign up for an additional fraud protection we we do recommend we've always recommended Zander insurances identity theft protection I carry it on me I carry it on all my family all my all my team here I have got it as a employee benefit and what the difference is and what they said is correct earlier in the article indicating you know credit monitoring doesn't help because they can take out a loan all credit monitoring does this go oh we're monitoring the fact that you just got your identity stolen and that's all it shows up at least tells you so you can go do something about it the better ID theft protection companies like Zander assign a caseworker to the problem to help you go fix it and get rid of all the crap out of your life which $125 won't even touch the hassle see you're not liable if someone opens an account in your name fraudulently because it's not you that did it but you have to go prove six ways from Sunday that it wasn't you and so there's police reports and affidavits and notarized documents and all this garbage you have to go through and it's a you know you lose 600 hours on an identity theft 600 hours getting hurt getting your life back if your identity gets stolen like this so I'm you know go ahead and get with Zander insurance and get this stuff in place so someone else does all that work because it's just a matter of time before someone has your numbers you don't have to do business with a company like Capital One to get your number stolen I mean it's there's been hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of millions of these things know the difference between a hack and a breach a breach is when a company doesn't really matter much on that I don't know why you need to know the difference but a breach is just when there's a vulnerability and the you know we left the door open but nobody stole anything you know a hack is where a you know a robber kicked in the door went in took all your stuff okay that's a hack and this girl I read a couple articles about this girl that was the hacker I don't know anything about it another one I read about this morning when I saw a page something she used to work for him is on web services which they're having a happy day now knowing that their former employee is a cyber a domestic cyber terrorist because let me just tell you when you do this it costs people regular people and companies this is at least a hundred million dollar theft and everybody's acting like oh she thinks she's an anarchist let me tell you what I think she is she's a freaking criminal that I'll be put under the jail and not be let out for food she's not an anarchist she's a cyber terrorist a domestic cyber terrorist it's not cute you're from Seattle it's not funny you're not vogue you're not cutting-edge progressive you're not resistance you're a criminal a world-class criminal the FBI came to your house criminal go to jail do not pass go do not collect $200 criminal this is not cute it's a hundred million dollar minimum expense that she has extracted on society because she's pissed off at the world and has some skills put her in jail so that we can let the rest these cutesy little hacker butts that think they can do this crap get away with it put her in jail she's a criminal was that unclear I sure hope not Capital One what's in your wallet oh wait everyone already knows this is the Dave Ramsey show are you ready to be the voice of change in a family's life you see it every day the people you care about are struggling financially living paycheck to paycheck driving cars and living in homes they can't afford you know there's hope for them you know you can make a difference with financial coach master training everything you need is at your fingertips I want you to have the spirit and the awareness to know that you can help anybody opportunity to have the impact on people's lives and on your own life that's unbelievable you're gonna come in and really be able to guide people and help them start moving in the right direction if they apply this information that does work you're gonna know this process better than anyone else out there what we want to do is help people to make better 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and use the promo code Ramsey hello America and welcome to the Dave Ramsey show I'm George Gamal thanks for joining us here on our video channel in our brand new headquarters it's the first day that we are broadcasting live and we are so so excited I know you're all excited in the YouTube chat there I've already seen all of your comments and here's the deal you've got to bear with us today this is all new for all of us so if something goes wrong you don't need to complain about on the YouTube chat our team is already freaking out about it trying to get it fixed for you but here's the deal we're gonna have a great time today and it feels so amazing over here the energy is electric all over this building our team has been in here for just over a week and we are just so overwhelmed and grateful for this place it is six stories over 200,000 square feet multiple radio studios right here on the glass for you all to watch and we are so excited to show you mourn I can I can only tease a little bit we're gonna be giving you a full tour very very soon for now here's what you need to do go engage us in the YouTube chat if you're watching on Facebook you can engage there as well we've got three hours of hope-filled practical wisdom coming your way America that's what this show is all about nothing has changed in that department we are still trying to make sure that you guys are living like no one else so good news for you more of the Dave Ramsey show is coming up is with us to start the segment off in Illinois hi Scott welcome to the Dave Ramsey show hi Dave thanks for taking my call sure what's up so my own baby sets – we've got roughly a hundred and ninety five thousand dollars in that total about twenty of that is car nine of that is IRS and the remaining of student loans we're fortunate enough to make around one hundred and forty thousand dollars a year a plan to pay that off in 25 months my question is whether or not I should sell my car which is about 19,000 of the car debt in order for a smaller car to make the process go a little quicker okay how big star locked in as your income do you see during the 25 months much change in your income it's only gonna go up from there I know but I'm just gonna go up a lot or gonna go up a little I don't I don't think it's gonna go up a vehicle fluctuate maybe another $25 okay which you don't have in your calculations no okay and so what do you guys do for a living we both work for the state government Social Services and my wife is an author as a side business okay so that decide you're not gonna get big pushes on state government raises are you got side hustles either one of the other than the author thing yeah I I detail colonies I do – and I am writing a book also that I'm hoping to make some money cool so that's the that's the extra push on money you were talking about okay good right on the income side of the equation so the rule of thumb we generally use is if your car is keeping you from getting out of debt in two years or if the total of your vehicles added up in value equals more than half your annual income which yours both of these the answer is no I mean you know they're not it's not keeping you from getting out of debt in two years you got a twenty five month schedule that's likely gonna be come a 20 month schedule as you hustle and grind and create income so you're inside the two-year mark it's less than half your annual income do you like the car oh yeah I love it okay what is it what kind of car than app it's an Audi s4 oh yeah nice vehicle very nice Oh kind of cool I'd keep it okay it doesn't solve your problem sue I'm saying yeah yeah if we could sell something and get a hundred ninety five thousand or get a hundred and twenty thousand dollars for it or something yeah we might be looking at that you know but you don't have that laying around oh so how old are you guys I am 13 my wife is 32 okay good you're good great shape I mean time you're 35 you're gonna be out of debt your emergency phone in place and you'll be on your way you're doing a good job congratulations very very proud of you good work samantha is in colorado welcome to the Dave Ramsey show Samantha thank you so much how can I help I am a new listener and I want your advice on retirement contributions and this is I've only been able to contribute starting in the last year now that I'm out of graduate school so intrinsically and how do i how do I do some catch-up on this and then how to balance employer contributions and personal contributions don't you okay and do you have any debt payment so no how old are you 32 good single nope just newlywed actually no fun okay so what's your household income household income is about 350 it varies Wow good for you what you guys do for a living I'm a research scientist and husband is in sales oh good okay you guys are killing it well what we recommend is that baby step one you save $1,000 you've done that too is your debt free other than the house you've done that three is you have an emergency fund of three to six months of expenses do you have that done yeah okay good then we may be step four we call it we put 15% of your household income into retirement savings and so that's 45 $52,000 roughly in your situation okay if I did that in my head quick enough anyway fifteen percent of three and fifty thousand okay now then how do we decide back to your question where to do that first and what order what's the mutt what's the best what's the next best is on we call it rock paper scissors except there's only one direction that wins okay so my employer our kind of working some I know that you do document that fifteen percent my employer actually puts in audit and automatic not a mastered automatic contribution of 4.2% God is not that's not in our equation though we're talking about you you would put into a clean out of your household yes you put in fifty the extra fourteen just gravy on the biscuit in your case a lot of gravy on the biscuit that's awesome you know a gravy filled biscuit but the so the so you have a 401 K you have a Roth um see it's 401 and 403 B and then yes and I are labeled in to doctor to doctor Ross yeah okay where are they age what are they advertised what you talked about a Roth is four oh four or three days and after tax I know a 401 is my employer is what my employer puts into and then the fourth one D is what I can contribute to okay all right but if you they're gonna put that in whether you contribute or not do they have an additional match to what you actually contribute yeah okay I think we're probably gonna end up doing all of it but here's the order okay take a match first which you get the match does your husband get the match in his place either way no his income doesn't have that option okay do they have a 401 K at all okay well you're gonna max yours out he's gonna max his out that's gonna get you to about 40 grand you can do a couple of backdoor Roth IRAs into some good mutual funds as well that's probably gonna get you up to about fifteen percent so matches first but it doesn't apply with you all because what match you get you get regardless it's not really a match you just get it then the second best thing in Rock Paper Scissors is Roth and so we want all of this to be in Roth that can be put as much of it in Roth as it can be whether if you if they offer Roth at your work or at his work take it okay and certainly then do some backdoor Ross now do you know what a backdoor Roth is yes not that we did we contributed up to the max last year and I are raised and then did the backdoor okay then you if you've maxed out your 401ks I'm maxed out your Ross I think you're at 15% of 350 okay yeah I didn't know if I should do more than that don't know no that's where we're gonna start and and then that's baby step four we're gonna shut down at fifteen percent of your household income and then baby step five is kids college if we got kids you need to save for um we don't but we did start a 529 already you can't start a 529 for someone that does exist it's in our name and then employment will change it once we have two children you can't transfer a 529 from an adult to the child and you can go sibling to sibling but you can't go adult to child double-check me I could be wrong but I don't think I am sometimes I mess up I do I've been known to when I do it's kind of embarrassing cuz there's like 15 million people pointing out that I did but check don't so double check me but I'm pretty sure unless this last law change did that and I don't think it did um but look at that so anyway 529 is baby step 5 when you have kids you don't have to worry by today baby step 6 is pay off the house so I'm taking any other found money and you should have some in this wonderful income household of yours and start throwing at my house get the house paid off when that's paid off then it's just max out everything and you know save what you can invest what you can wherever you want to you know it's going to be non retirement wealth building but there's certainly nothing wrong with that and what Sharon and I have done there because our incomes have done similar things over the years they became ridiculously wonderful you know we've maxed out everything and then we just save up money and you know we are investing in mutual funds or we're buying real estate that we pay cash for and I'm a love real estate so I've got way too much in the real not too much most of mine is in real estate other than my retirement investing and so I've got a lot in the stock market and mutual funds a lot but I've got more in real estate but that's just because that's my personal slant on it what I love so hey thanks we appreciate you joining us open phones at triple eight eight two five five two two five by the way backdoor Roth is for someone that makes more than $200,000 household income you're not allowed to do a Roth IRA so you open an after-tax IRA and roll it 20 seconds later into a Roth it's completely legal it's a loophole in the law but people do it every day I've done them for years on me and Sharron and so you can put the max in there six thousand bucks seven thousand if you're over fifty this is the Dave Ramsey show yo the today's question is asked a good question about me what is one thing that I will go back and change about myself and what is one thing I would never change I'm gonna keep it 100 with you keep it laughing so if I could rewind about let's say 10 15 years ago I will go back to that beginning stage time of really graduating high school going off to college gone off to this real world and I changed I changed who I was to please others to impress others to gain the credibility from young ladies and from young gods I wanted to be popular I wanted to be well-known and so I changed everything that my parents taught me you know the Bible says that were fearfully and wonderfully made and I honestly didn't feel as if I was fearfully and wonderfully made because I felt as if I wasn't popular so I did things that made me popular but didn't add to who I was and who God assigned me to be I became this guy that was well-known that was respected they say on that the ladies loved that the brothers liked but enemy in the back of my car and to be honest with you it kind of distant me away from my relationship with Jesus Christ if I can go back and speak to that 19 20 year-old self that's one thing I would say change how you view yourself for the sake of pleasing other people you're fearfully and wonderfully made young men that God has some great things in store for you don't change that now what is one thing I wouldn't change about Who I am right now me I honestly love Who I am and who I am becoming you know one thing that I feel as if there are a lot of people they do what I did ten years ago change I remember it I go into different environments and different coaches and people say hey you should dress like this you should look like this used to talk like that I've even been told I can't come into certain things because of how and Who I am and you know what I would never change who I am tebab says it God took his time and formed us in our mother's womb he knitted us he knew we were gonna be the skin in color he knew we was gonna have this grammar problem he knew that you're gonna be lazy in certain areas he knew you're gonna be flawed in a lot of areas but he also knew that you want to be strong in a lot of areas he also knows why you were made and what you're going to accomplish when you change that you're pretty much changing God's plan for your life and I ain't trying to be spiritual but y'all know me I'm a spiritual man I'm a preacher and I would never change who I am to please others now watch this will I respect their environment that I'm going in absolutely both the character of Anthony O'Neal would never change for your food got a question for you cuz I'm gonna be honest with yourself what is one thing you wouldn't change right now about yourself that you just love that you're passionate about you wouldn't change comment below I'm gonna know because we all should be confident and some things about us now let me end with this just because I saw it wouldn't change it doesn't mean that I wouldn't improve I'm always improving I'm always growing so be firm in what you are and who you are but always be willing to improve so you can go to where you want to go and accomplish the goals that you want to accomplish is your boy Anthony O'Neal thank you so much for rockin with me and you know what keep it real with you i'ma pray for you today all right peace out the student loan crisis in America is out of control so many of you are so overwhelmed with what you owe on your student loans that you can't even imagine ever getting out of debt even if you're in over your head I got some great news high interest rate student loans are the only debt I recommend you consolidate and 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coming up hanging out on the couch here and watching Ken show and I encourage you to do so as well now obviously I'm biased towards the Dave Ramsey show but we would love for you to check out Ken's show if you have questions about your career your purpose what you're doing with your life that is what Ken is all about so I encourage you go check it out Ken Coleman calm and very soon you'll be able to visit us and watch this live lisa is with us in Arizona hi Lisa welcome to the Dave Ramsey show well thanks it's great to talk to you YouTube what's up I'm an odd situation I've been a stay-at-home mom for 12 years and finalizing a divorce and in the divorce I'm not getting anything but I am getting the house so the net proceeds from the house will be all mine that's about $300,000 mm-hmm and I have some ideas on how to allocate that and I thought I'd cross it by you so I don't have any debt leaving this divorce good mm-hmm and is there any damn is there any debt in the marriage there is but that's part of our divorce settlement is that I mean it's so little we're good at we're good about not having debt so okay but your name your name is on it but he's being told to pay it in the divorce the debt my name is not on it no I mean it sort of but not sort I hit either is or it isn't did you sign for the debt no okay this is not a sorta I mean if you saw because the mortgage right but we're sewing now oh I got you okay yeah the other debts though you do not have your name owned at all correct good okay I'm back with you then so you're getting three and a 50,000 bucks in your house um almost 50 okay kids at home yes I have so I have two young kids and so in this set in the divorce I will be getting my monthly expenses will be short by $3,000 because his support will not beat what I spend now so I my idea was that I would use some of the money from the house to make this deficit some to put into emergency fund and some to put into retirement okay and how old are the kids I have a 12 year old and a six year old okay and and what is the amount of the our monthly support mm oh yeah okay and so you could figure your budgets for part five yeah okay and you're gonna rent a house I'm currently renting a house yet and that is included in your $5,000 budget yeah hmm I the only thing I don't like about your plan is that I don't like a deficit like this that doesn't have an end to it there's no school oh okay you know what I mean you're going back to school I'm gonna try to go back to school I mean I didn't sign up yet because I want to cross this Bayou but yeah but obviously have to get work so that would be part of it I don't make a whole lot of money to be able to work for so long I got you I got you so so you're thinking of going back to school to study what I don't know be a nurse I'm not sure yet I got you okay how fresh is all this divorce it's it's we just submitted though I mean it's now okay so you just come to agreement on these terms recently correct okay I'm sorry so very painful time all right so here's the thing I don't want you to have a $3,000 burn rate and burn through the only money you've got mm-hmm so we need an end to this and you don't have to decide today but you just need to give yourself a deadline that says I'm going back to school study something and start my career by X okay yeah two years whatever something like that right and if you got an undergrad already yeah okay so if you went back into a two-year nursing program or something as an example okay that would be you know then we've got 36,000 $72,000 that's gonna burn for two years at your $3,000 burn rate mm-hmm okay you can't keep going along on that with a three only three on fifty grand so no I wouldn't put any into retirement until you've made the transition into your new career mmm okay just let it sit there this is this money is to help you with your encore you know when the curtain goes down curtain comes back up and take a bow your encore oh this is it baby this is it this is your encore this is your the last act is the best act and this is so whatever it is you wanted to you get to do it now and the good news is you've got the money to take care of your family and fund your education if you don't get anything out of this but that with us three and fifty thousand I'll be okay because you're gonna be okay for the rest of your life if you get yourself in a position to produce an income but that's what that's what we've got to get to and I just don't want this money to burn up because in the process of emotionally healing from as much pain as you've been through you delay too much your encore I know yeah it's easy emergency money I think that's in critical because I think the whole thing is emergency money I mean that's really what I'm saying it's it's an emergency to temporarily feed the deficit the burn rate it's an emergency for you to get back into school and then you've got a portion of it that is truly for rainy days but I mean you can carve that up but if you said okay two years is my deal that I need a seventy two thousand dollar account over here that's my burn account I've got over here I've got to have a thirty thousand dollars from my emergency fund and you know that leaves me one hundred fifty thousand to get through school what you should be able to do and come out with some money I'd like for you to come out school and have a hundred grand left it sounds like you can yeah I think I counted it yeah and at that point at that point I would think about investing but you might as you go through I mean you're right now in the worst of the pain so it's them even though we're having a really good conversation and you're obviously very bright and very articulate your brain is working as poorly right now as it's going to I mean it's just been survival no no I know your your interest you're just hanging on it's everything's a raw nerve and so you know you'll be thinking clearer in four months is what I'm saying and but when I get this money and they put it in my do I you know park it in a market in a money market at a bank okay then don't touch it for the demo except for the deficit I mean you don't need to go buy something to feel better be careful guard yourself no I don't I don't have you got are you are you in a good church but you're handsome I'm not in the church okay have you got someone in your life that will get in your face if you start doing stupid stuff oh yeah be disciplined that's why we're not dead no I said have you got someone in your life that will get in your face do you have someone from an accountability standpoint that you can use right now just to make sure I don't think you're going to I don't hear any of this but if anybody's gonna screw up big time it's when they're right here you know yeah you're at a vulnerable time and I'm trying to put a wall around you to protect you and sometimes protect you from you a little bit and that's all I'm saying so if you got a really good girlfriend or a mom it's a little bossy or something like that this is a good time to have them know what's going on and just go aiya promise if it's over a $10,000 expense to talk to this person of wisdom first and that's your accountability person part person the person of wisdom the person of wisdom loves you with all their heart but will tell you the cold unvarnished truth because they love you they will not say oh yeah that's smart and then go home and go that's a dumbest thing I've heard no they will just tell you that's stupid don't do that you're hurting your brains are not working don't do that don't do that don't do that I have an idea too that you might start a business I don't know I'm gonna send you a copy of Christy Wright's book just in case it's called business boutique equipping women to make money doing what they love and you've got a little capital if you want to start a little small thing you've always had a dream of that that might be cheaper than nursing school and it might make you more money I don't know it's whatever you want to do with your life I'm not trying to tell you have to the four months from now you might be able to breathe a little bit more and that might make a lot more sense for you so hey thanks for the call open phones a triple eight eight two five five two two five you jump in we'll talk about your life and your money may I tell you going through a divorce is hard going through the illness of a loved one it's hard going through the loss of a loved one is hard and if you're not very careful we all have a tendency to buy things to make ourselves feel better be careful when you're in those painful times retail therapy is not a cute joke it's a stupid idea this is the Dave Ramsey show hey folks I'm Ken Coleman let me ask you a question do you dread going into work on Mondays you're not alone a recent Gallup poll found that nearly 70% of Americans hate their jobs life is way too short to walk through the week like a zombie we all want to live a life of meaning and I'm here to help you are dreaming you can see it you can taste you're frustrated what do you want to do ten years from now where do you want to be I get that's really a big fear the failure to get that job it's a simple dude because you're not where you want to be you're not who you want America's premier experts on the career on getting a job on finding your passion I intend to start my own business and I'm just looking for someone to tell me that I'm not crazy on the surface Donna that makes me excited not concerned you're living for the weekend right now yeah we got to fix that the response to the podcast the response to the Sirius XM show response when he does talks around America is absolutely over-the-top find out what you're good at find out what you'll have to do most because the world needs you to do it somebody out there needs you to be you I was not where I needed to be you became my coach and your colors became my coach getting very very close to my sweet spot it is a journey it's not a sprint it's a marathon I went in for the interview and they offered me the job there on the spot they sent it out they figured out what you didn't believe about yourself every one at time sure exit scene we've helped thousands of people get out of their timeshares forever when you go to a timeshare presentation they sell you on this promise that you're going to get the vacation of your dreams unfortunately that's not always the case the time shirt didn't deliver what they promise in the presentation whatsoever booking the vacations that I wanted was absolutely impossible but I can't rent it I can't sell it I can't do anything with it getting somebody out of timeshare contract is not easy it definitely takes some time in the meeting without your eggs at team they were very upfront it was low pressure you do not have to worry about it once it's in their hands you're done with it at I'm sure exit team we guarantee we will 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just wanted to give you a little tease for our debt free scream wall thank you for joining us America this is the Dave Ramsey show Roger is on the line in Colorado Roger welcome to the Dave Ramsey show Dave thank you for taking my call sure what's up I've got a two-part question regarding tithing the first part is I give help out a relative with a couple hundred bucks every month can that be considered tithing and then the second part is I'm not associated with a church so instead could I do two for example st. Jude you certainly can give to anyone and that's certainly a wonderful thing to do outrageous generosity is the hallmark of people who build wealth and enjoy wealth and have the best mental health around their wealth the wealth doesn't become a toxic thing and so outrageous generosity is always encouraged the word tithe typically is applying to a biblical situation and it's it the word in Hebrew when you look it up in the Hebrew and the Old Testament literally means tenth one tenth of your income and the primary people that discuss tithing from a religious standpoint from a biblical standpoint would be Orthodox Jewish and evangelical Christians not even all evangelical Christians but the vast majority of evangelical Christians teach to give a tenth of your income to your local church and because the local church represents the Old Testament storehouse which took care of the Levites that passed Oriole tribe of Israel took care of the pastors and took care of the widows and the orphans and the local church is supposed to do that and a lot of times does does a great job at that and so as an evangelical Christian I give a tenth of my net income not net of taxes but my net profits from our business and for many other sources of income to my local church now it sounds like you're not involved in a local church and so it may not have to do with your faith walk it just may have more to do with so it's just a matter of a technical definition of the term you know so if you say hey right because I'm not involved I'm still gonna give ten percent of my income that's fine you could give 11 percent of your income you could give eight percent of your income it's fine but the definition of a tithe is local church local synagogue if you're a Jewish and it's a tenth of your income now again it's okay whatever you do outrageous generosity is a wonderful thing and it is building your character and turning you into a better human every day that you do it which is why those of us that are people of faith have have it as a part of the rhythm of our life we want it to be spiritual experience to grow us and you know that's not gonna change with you it's just the the format is going to change does that make sense yes very much yeah so you can give whatever you want to give there's no limitation on it but again it's just a technical definition is that okay yep thank you for the call man we appreciate you joining us open phones at triple eight eight two five five two two five and four my brothers and sisters in Christ out there my fellow faith walkers out there you know you can get real caught up in the legalistic aspects of giving sometimes and sometimes you can get too caught up in not observing some of the principles of giving as a part of your faith wall Dallas Willard as book the spirit of the disciplines says the tithe is one of the spiritual disciplines of our lives for those of us that are there are people of faith and so regular church attending evangelical Christian you know that kind of a thing or as I said Orthodox Jewish Christian Orthodox Jewish same thing so if it's a part of the rhythm of your life it makes you into who you're supposed to be and that's the purpose for it it is not a thing where you're earning God's favor he doesn't love tithers more than non-tithers he's crazy about all of you even if you don't think he's there he's crazy about all of you that's not the point and so it's not that you know and I think you're gonna be hard-pressed to scripturally prove that you know tithing causes you it causes God to give you money that's not what happens but I tell you what does happen regardless of whether you're doing that you know when you give with the right heart you are a grateful person a generous person and grateful and generous people are highly attractive people they're fun to be around you want to be with them not because they're gonna give you stuff I don't mean that but they're just those that are the ones that are smiling they're happy and they have a tendency to have opportunities come to them for those reasons because they don't look like they were weaned on a pickle you know and this one you know scowl on their face all the time and so generosity changes who you are it makes you more attractive and when you're attractive you know what that means it means you attract things and so that's what ends up happening that's why givers have a tendency to prosper because givers have a tendency to be better people over time rather than selfish jerks right so this is true for all of us and and but that those of us that are people of faith that's it gets sometimes a toxic spirit over it and everybody's all twisted up like I had one coach one financial counselor told me one time he would not help someone with their money problems if they would not tithe I'm like yeah somehow I don't see God doing that wait I am NOT going to be your God unless you tithe it doesn't is just nowhere in scripture that says that none whatsoever so no I'm just gonna help you I don't care whether you agree with me I don't care and I don't put up with people they don't like me if you're gonna be mad at me all the time I just block you can't believe Dave Ramsey is so thin-skinned he blocks everybody on Twitter it's not thin-skinned it's just if you hate me what's your point you're too stupid to not follow me I can help you with that block you know that's what amounts to so you know if you don't want to do stuff it's okay you don't have to do it I'm not gonna make you do it but it's not it you know so you just kind of get in there and figure out all right what's a toxic view of this and what's a proper wise kind generous grateful view of this really good question thank you for joining us angie is next and she's in Connecticut hi Angie welcome today Ramsey show how you thank you so much for taking my call sure what's up hello I'm a brand-new listener and I've been listening to you for about yes I have a month and I've already downloaded the dollar app so I'm excited about that got that ready to go for tomorrow actually August right first so I'm just trying to wrap my head around your your program so for years baby Obama baby step one right so baby step number four says to at that point in time is when you want to be able to put into retirement but I've already had funding or distributions with my employer because I've already been here 13 years we have a 403b with a match and there are these tax deferred right right so what I'm trying to understand is if removing it well okay I guess right now to stop it at the process temporarily stop adding to it to get out of debt right so currently right now it's tax deferred so in doing so it is following your program and stopping it I will then in my head this is where I'm thinking it's like the the net is going to actually my net will be left I don't know there's no there's no key the covers no tax rate you know in excess of 100% so if you stopped putting $1,000 in a tax-deferred account here a 25% tax bracket it changes your equation by $250 not about $1,250 so you would net of taxes come home with not a thousand but with 750 if you're if you're in a 25% tax bracket so no there's no taxes no tax rate that isn't more than a hundred percent not yet anyway there may be some day but not yet I'm not sure how they're gonna figure out how tax you more than hundred percent but who knows something's left wingers might figure it out so but now you just temporarily stopped it it's just a matter of focus focus exceeds the power of tax deferral focus exceeds the power of compound interest on the short term and so on the short term we're gonna get out of debt because that's your most powerful wealth building – hey thanks for calling in thanks to James child's our producer Kelly Daniel our Associate Producer and phone screener I'm Dave Ramsey your host and this is the show [Applause] hey folks the fall is right around the corner and that 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to have you with us here today in Durham 52 degrees our gametime temperature as the Bulls get ready for Game two of this four-game series against the Charlotte Knights the wet sucks deep right toward the wall goes bounced right up in the chat and the boos have a one nothing lead baseball's a game of failure guys who hit 300 failed 70% of the time and go to the Hall of Fame so they are considered a heroes and the best so ever played in the game I think a lot of people who have a lot of debt have a really difficult time a high fail rate trying to get through debt because it's a long-term commitment so here to do a debt-free screen I am I love it I love it how much have you paid off I paid off one hundred and seventy six thousand dollars in six and a half years Wow is it your house it is consumer debt and my house way to code I've never been as confident in myself as a person that I have been since I made that last payment dock and mortgage it just gives me a whole different outlook I'm not chasing life anymore and kind of leading my own life part of my responsibility here today to thank the others because the other debt-free screamer all the other debt priests because I've been in my car screaming with them that's right with them high-fiving them and that's what's helped to keep me motivated so that's one of the reasons I'm here because when you're looking at a board that says you owe 151 thousand dollars Wow and you only make 50 the math just doesn't work on how you're gonna get there but created a couple of new businesses started a website we started a camp for kids who want to follow in all of our footsteps on the sports broadcasting side it's not all about generating revenue but it's about generating I don't know good revenue a feel good revenue because I don't just want to make money with what I sell for the goals I want my partner's my clients to feel like they're being treated really well and they're not getting taking the cleaners so that type of feel good work it takes a special person to win and especially in baseball baseball is the ultimate team sport but on the other hand it's the ultimate individual sport and that's that's what it comes down to with your finances for Patrick it was like a huge weight just was lifted you have your team goals but you have your individual goals and you know the ones that make it to the top the ones that make it to the big leagues and you know have successful big league careers those are the ones putting in the effort the attention to detail and that's what it takes for finances kathan my fiancee she's just the best just the absolute best when did I first bring up Dave Ramsey and Dave Ramsey will even laugh at this first date first date and I remember I told her that one of my goals in the next year and a half was to pay off my home Patrick Raleigh North Carolina one hundred and seventy six thousand dollars paid off in six and a half years making 43 up to 105 count it down brother bottom of the ninth inning financial Series game 7 3 1 in favor of crushing debt leading financial freedom bases loaded two outs on the mound is chase the indomitable closer these the Mariano Rivera of debts but the bases are loaded for financial freedom and the freedom of third he like freedom at second mortgage freedom at first penis steps into the box here's the pitch a swing and a line drive down the left-field line this is fair coming in is Honda freedom to score he like freedom rounding third base he's gonna score to tie the game here comes the game when you run around for third base the throw home from Ocwen mortgage sits on the play that may get him the slide the tag he's safe he's safe he's dead free hey folks I am here with James and Kelly for the first time in their control room how does it feel Kelly it's different but it's it's good I got to stare you through the glass for a moment there in the show how is that going for you awkward not gonna lie a little awkward how about you James I love it there's a little growing pains here and there but it's great yeah oh you so far you've done how many shows now well last week so I guess this is show 5 and we're working out the kinks as we go yeah start to get it started to get it to did where it feels right yeah and I feel a renewed energy from our team from Dave I think we've just been waiting for this for such a long time that it feels so good to finally be here yeah he's kind of like a little kid like he's during the breaks he goes out and like looks at stuff in the lobby and like he's really excited and that makes us excited and you guys did so much planning just to get to this point of what the gear is gonna be and all that is that feel good to have that behind you oh it does it's just now getting it all figuring out how it all works that's part of it now these guys are the heroes pan over to the engineers these guys give it up for him they've been working 14-hour days for many days in a row to get all this up and running so that we can give you guys the hope that we give every day and good news more of it is coming up sacrifice determination you can be a about your character you gotta be on the same page they were calling to let you know we're debt-free house and everything you have done really really good and you're not gonna quit it's been a huge witness for us to be able to share that it was time to get serious intentionality people this is your show America at 22 what I know now our life would be better as the show that's changing the world just listen to the show you live it Ramsey solutions broadcasting from the dollar car rental studios it's the Dave Ramsey show or that is dumb cash is king and the paid off home mortgage has taken the place of the BMW as the status symbol of choice I am Dave Ramsey your host thank you for joining us open phones a triple eight eight two five five two two five and the B and the paid off home mortgage has taken the place of the BMW as the status symbol of choice when we did the study of 10,000 millionaires we found that the typical millionaire pays off their home in ten point two years they get out of debt so this is why we tell you not to take out a mortgage of more than 15 year fixed where the payment is more than 1/4 of your take-home pay this is why we tell you this now I know it's summertime and I know some of your going to open houses and you get house fever and let me tell you what house fever is it's when your brain quits freakin working and you get these little you know your adrenaline starts going in you know your your endorphins are released your eyes are dilated you go crazy that's what happens and then you go buy something that indicates that you're crazy a house you can't afford because it's summertime and you got a house fever if you got house for you take a cold shower or six of them do whatever you've got to do to get rid of house fever house fever will kill you let me just tell you there are people out there who will spread the disease of house fever – you know who spreads the disease of house fever brokers who want to sell you a house because they want a commission they don't caring about you now that's not all brokers but there's types of brokers out there that way mortgage lenders who want you to get a loan and they'll tell you anything and they use fear tactics – houses are going up fast if you don't get a house here – I gotta get out god you're not gonna get Al's oh no and people get this thing like a beagle chasing a rabbit man that's good means you got house fever is what that means it's don't you're getting rain do something dumb you gonna pay too much for the house you're gonna put nothing down get you an adjustable rate mortgage being debt the rest of your life and then wonder why you're broke all because you were a beagle chasing a rabbit with house fever stop it stop it calm your butt down you need to get a house the house doesn't need to get you I don't mind you getting the house and I don't yell at people for mortgages it's one of the few things I don't yell at them for but I want you to get the stupid thing paid off because that's an indicator you're gonna be one of our everyday millionaires and how you gonna get paid off a bigger down payment and a shorter payment term and you focus on getting paid off you get to your baby step six and you kick this thing but that's what's going on so if you get one of those real estate agents it's trying to get you buy a house that you can't afford or you get one of those mortgage brokers is getting you to buy a house you can't afford at a time you can't afford it because you still got Sallie Mae hanging around you got to buy an extra bedroom for her you need to get out of debt have your emergency fund in place then have your down payment now first-time homebuyers you know we don't tell you you have to do anything on that you have to do 15-year fixed and you have to do more house payment no more than forth your take-home pay we got all that but first-time homebuyers we know most of you are not gonna put down 20% if you do it's great and why do we tell you to put down 20% 20% down this because it saves you on PMI PMI stands for private mortgage insurance if you don't put down 20% they make you buy insurance that gives them money in the event they have to foreclose on you and you didn't have enough down payment to cover them it's foreclosure insurance that pays the lender and you buy it and it's 75 bucks per hundred thousand per month so if you borrow you know two hundred thousand dollars one hundred and fifty dollars a month on your payment if you don't put down 20% just to buy insurance foreclosure insurance that pays the mortgage company in the event they have to foreclose on you that's private mortgage insurance that's what it is and you never do an FHA loan too expensive you never do a VA loan even more expensive bad loans you're gonna do a Fannie Mae conventional loan now then you save up and you save up and you save it but how do you save up well you're out of debt you don't have any payments because you're a baby step three be if you don't have any payments you don't have any debt payments at all in your own tight budget and your thing is save up for house payment you'll be amazed how fast you can save up calm your butt down slow down I don't want you to be a renter reading I'm wasting money I'm wasting money I'm Bert I just feel like I'm burning money you have house fever when you talk like that I don't want you to be a renter for 50 years but I do want you to be a renter for the next year while you get your freakin act together so that this house is a blessing and not a curse that's what we're doing so if you want to work with an agent to buy a house in a hot market that understands what I just did in the last 10 minutes you just go to Dave Ramsey comm slash agents or just the front page of this of Dave Ramsey calm look on our LPS endorsed local providers for real estate agents these are high 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doing has your best interests at heart and has built a large book of business by doing the right thing for the customer helping you making sure your own baby steps 3b you're putting a good down payment down I'd like for it to be 20% I just explained to you why it doesn't affect me I'm not getting any of the money I don't care what you do I don't own a PMI company I don't own an anti PMI company I'm a teacher I'm teaching you that this crap is expensive so it's better to put down a good strong down payment of 20% or more but sometimes on your first home you're 27 years old you're just getting going you know you may buy a home with 10% down you may have PMI for a few years till you get that thing paid down and get it draw get the PMI dropped that's okay I'm not gonna be mad at you about that but don't take out more than a 15 year that means you got house fever don't take out anything other than a fixed-rate that means you got house fever and don't work with some real stage and then the flip they're doing because you'll have enough backbone to look at your mother's bridge partner and say no no I instead once you get some I actually knows what the flip they're doing and has your best interest at heart we vet them they're called endorsed local providers check them out at Dave Ramsey comm so a big part of winning with money is actually having cash in the bank because you guys this helps you avoid debt last episode we talked about how terrible debt is and if debt is not gonna be part of our lives saving is our only option because if you think about it saving and debt are kind of opposites because with debt you pay interests with saving you earn interest with debt you owe with saving you own with debt you're taking on risk savings lowers your risk debt steals your future savings secures it so they're opposites you guys so what our goal is is to save for $1,000 emergency funds this is kind of your starter emergency fund then you're gonna work to get completely debt-free everything but your house using the debt snowball and then after you're debt-free then go and save three to six months of expenses so this is what we call your fully funded emergency fund can we just take a deep breath I mean really could you imagine having no payments and three to six months of expenses saved in the bank like if anything were to happen you're taking care of you don't owe anyone anything and you have a ton of savings like this puts you in an incredible place not just financially but emotionally as well and why this is so important is because actually a top financial fear for most women is the lack of security so you want to make sure you have that safety net and oh another way to have a great safety net is to make sure you have term life insurance so no matter what baby step that you're on you need to make sure that you have it and if you already have it then go and reevaluate your life insurance needs because you can save a lot of money by ditching your whole life 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and you never have to worry about contracts activation fees or data overage fees you can't wrap your talk USA risk free today at pure talk us a.com and enter the promo code Dave to receive 50% off your first month hey folks we are heading into August which means it's time for the kids to go back to school and for you to get back to your money goals and out of that vacation mode we had a good summer but it's time to refocus and that's why we have our back to school sale to help you out we've got some of our best selling tools and books and resources for you and some great deals up to 69 percent off you can get the Total Money Makeover our best-selling book for $12.99 the adventure pack $45.99 and our best selling money bundle for $43.99 get it all Dave Ramsey comm / store thanks for joining us America we're glad you're here open phones a triple eight eight two five five two two five alex is on the line in California welcome to the Dave Ramsey show Alex hi Dave thanks for taking the call certainly how can I help so I've been pretty lucky I make a pretty good wage as an engineer and I got some inheritance within the last few years it's been coming in from different estate sales and I've been getting a serious with my girlfriend but my girlfriend is in a lot of debt so she's got about a hundred thousand in student loan debt from private university in a field that doesn't pay well which what's her feel and arts okay so she spent a hundred grand to get a degree in art from a private university yeah okay and and she's got some other debts and right now she's unemployed I think she's been paralyzed by the debt you know I've just been listening to stories from different callers and I just hear the echo from from that you know okay so you that you feel like her hope is gone and like there's no sense in walking because I can't climb Everest right yeah no you don't think she's lazy I mean I I hope not oh yeah she has worked since I've been dating everyone dating for like four years and and I'm 28 now we're kind of getting to that point where things are either gonna get more serious or you know blessed again I guess so I don't know I just kind of looking advice in that range okay all right well I think I would just have you know a loving conversation whether it sounds like we're all pretty serious and yeah hey I'm worried about you yeah I don't listen to your bright you you know you've got all this potential and you seem to have been paralyzed by this debt and doing nothing about it and it's not gonna fix itself if your career is not what you thought it was going to be then you you know I'll walk with you well coach I'll be your biggest cheerleader on getting a different career but doing nothing is probably not a plan yeah can you not have that conversation yet I have I have and it's you know it is a hard conversation and she's very upset about it and I think that's to me is what shows that she does care and it's such like a hard topic to talk about you know it's so emotional no well the thing is you just got to do something about it I mean she has to do something about it and so um you know that there's there's more anxiety more stress in feeling stuck and sitting than there is in being overwhelmed while you're running and so we find people that their anxiety goes down that it helps people that are struggling with depression when they go to work um even even if it's just an you know if there's not something emotionally you feel like doing but just as an act of will as an act of personal strength intestinal fortitude I get up and I drag my butt out to the car I start the car and I go to work and there's something about that that is helpful to the human psyche even if it's not making a big dent today you're at least in action you're in motion and you're heading in the right direction sitting and you know it's like you're paralyzed a deer in the headlights sitting in the road waiting to be run over by an 18-wheeler is not a good plan and so I yeah you know if I'm in your shoes my son is actually about your age okay okay if he and I were sitting on the back porch having this exact conversation my advice to him father to son would be you lovingly have to help her solve this because not solving it as a deal-breaker yeah for the relationship you told me that earlier you just didn't use those exact words didn't you yeah yeah yeah so I'm just making you say that out loud to yourself and you don't have to threaten her that's not what I'm that's not the spirit I want you have a spirit of help and you want to help her be kind but it's a it's a kind act to help her get off the couch yeah baby doll you've got to go do something you know you're not gonna make it sitting here brooding and fearful and sucking your thumb it's it's a it's a human nature thing to do we all have been terrified most of us have at some point in our lives to where you feel that way I remember that feeling where I was just completely like crap no matter what I do it's wrong my life looks like a country song you know I mean it's just like awful and so you you just it just takes the wind out of your sails and proverbs says Hope deferred makes the heart sick that's what we're talking about okay Hope deferred she doesn't have hope yeah she feels stuck it feels overwhelmed it can't it's a hopeless situation but here's the rest of that proverb when desire comes it is the tree of life and that's what I was talking about earlier when you can go okay in spite of this I'm gonna have I'm gonna manifest with intestinal fortitude down in my guts the desire to get up and go do something just to keep from getting run over because I'm sitting in the middle of the interstate something's got to change even if I just crawl over to the edge in aller there a minute but at least there's some motion right and so you don't expect her to go get a new career making $200,000 an hour in the next 20 minutes that is not what I expect normal should you but I do expect to see her deal with this otherwise what you're gonna have five years from now is you're gonna be married to a 35 year old depressed lady yeah and you're gonna deal with that for the next 20 years does this where this is heading is clinical depression if she doesn't deal with it for her sake because it's a human nature thing I mean I feel sorry for I'm so sorry she's there but the bad news is she's got heard thousands in debt the great news is she's young smart and pretty and she can go do a whole lot of things and she didn't have to do anything with art she couldn't or she couldn't do something with art I don't care I don't care what she does but doing nothing I do care about and that's what you're saying and so give yourself a couple of more tough conversations to see if you see any movement at all because it it's not things are either getting better or they're getting worse and nothing does status quo nothing stays the same relationships get better they get worse jobs get better they get worse your money gets better it gets worse your physical body is getting better getting worse everything no one nothing stays exactly where it was there's its impossibility and so it sounds like while you've been dating her that this has gone downhill and you've got to help return it for her sake and for the sake of the relationship going forward that's a dad talking okay and you can do this and if I can help some way I will I mean if you if you want to go through Financial Peace University or something I mean take her to that that anything but it's gonna involve her her getting over this paralysis and engaging again and it's just hard to do when you're hurting and scared and hopeless Hope deferred makes the heart sick hey thanks for the call open phones at triple eight eight two five five two two five that's a tough one I remember when we were at the very bottom in 1988 it was August and I was sitting in early one morning the kids were tiny Rachael was about four months old Denis was a toddler I was so scared I couldn't breathe and I open my Bible and it hit Romans and it said from Romans five and said rejoice in your suffering and I want sure thanks that's a big help because suffering produces perseverance and perseverance produces character which produces hope but hope is a gift of God perseverance have precedes the hope this is the Dave Ramsey show [Applause] hey guys George Campbell here and I am out of the office and downtown and here's why when rat the Rams the office is easy to be in a bubble and be around people who think just like I do when it comes to money so I thought let's get around some normal people and see what they think when it comes to finances we are taking it to the street let's do it what is the biggest mistake you've made with money week's mistake I've made with money is buying a car that I shouldn't report that's a tough one I think gambling in Vegas how much did you lose total in Vegas I think I lost about $700 so I lost $400 but stay away from Vegas people that's the lesson learned here right at the door yeah College no just kidding no n-no maybe I'm not you've got some student loan debt yes trying to pay it off right now how much are we talking Oh God I don't even know maybe buying things that I didn't need at a time like when I was at university I used to get Starbucks every day okay and that kind of adds up over time now I think that the probably the biggest mistake is it's probably investing sooner and just passing a lot of my early 20s but looking a bit further now trying to forecast a bit longer term if we've done that younger we've probably been a different situation all right I think we have a scooter guy here Missy if they want to talk to me nope they won't search what is the biggest mistake you've made with money spending it on alcohol not as honest he was what's the biggest mistake you've made with money definitely the credit cards and rolling things over there was one case many years ago where we we refinanced a mortgage and that was just a mistake definitely paying for food all the time I think I lose most of the money that I made with food raising your credit cards too high and then having to try and pay him back down how about you car I think car payments are things that I would not I would have bought a cheaper car what's the biggest mistake you made with money buying a vehicle too early I would say yeah but you soon as mine was paid off I bought a brand new one okay everyone we've all heard the phrase pre-tax and post tax what does it mean well I want you to think of your 401k the traditional one if you have a traditional 401k here's the deal the money is pulled out of your check and put into that account before your money ever gets deposited with post tax what it means is the money that you're investing is actually coming post tax it means that money is being counted towards your income whenever you start to file your taxes for the end of the year the goal is this though with pre-tax a 401 K you're gonna pay taxes on that money when you pull it out at age 59 and a half you're gonna have to pay taxes on a traditional 401k however with post tax options like a Roth IRA or Roth 401k you've already paid the taxes now this money is growing for you tax-free so I want you to understand that difference and above all make sure you're doing something I would love for you to grab every post tax opportunity that you have available to you whether that's a Roth 401k or regular Roth IRA whenever you hear Roth you're thinking tax-free and after post tax dollars so have your mind focused on that and understand it's imperative to have a game plan you have to understand what tools are available to you and how those tools work hey folks the fall is right around the corner and that means school will be starting back up how many of you watching this you know that you need some form of continuing education to make it to the future that you desire my friends at Liberty 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we have a new segment from me and you're gonna see me in a different shirt because we filmed it the other day and what we did we went around the building and started giving you guys a little behind the scenes and some tour segments we also talked to some of our team members about what they think of the new headquarters how they're feeling and the excitement around it also I want to preface that so you don't go on the YouTube chat and say did George have an outfit change I did not but you're gonna get some behind the scenes coming up so enjoy that [Applause] Bianca is with us in Nevada hi Bianca welcome to the Dave Ramsey show better than I deserve how can I help my truck park plaster repair equal the price as the car you should probably replace it yes I do my own ranging so it never really gets to that point well there reaches a point though that all you're doing is wrenching I mean the thing is just at the end of its life so how many miles on the truck well hundred thousand okay and so do you have any money saved at all to the radiator and okay alright so what's your income ninety thousand why do you have no money saved at ninety thousand I'm on babysat – and I just spend my name is on to a truck I got you okay save your thousand dollar emergency fund it baby step one and then you're working your baby step two how much debt have you got okay alright so when will you be done with the debt why would it take two years to pay off twenty thousand if you make ninety building my house so you told me to just add that and then spread it to three two years of said of one gotcha okay I think I do remember your call now all right I think I remember let's working through that together all right well I mean your truck is probably worth less than a thousand dollars agreed um repaired new book says 4500 really okay could you get a better car for five thousand dollars than that car well I am off grid and I need a truck to haul water well I mean truck did you not get a better baby so it needs to have a back seat could you ever get a better truck than that one for $5,000 I've been able to find it I've been looking for the like a month and a half okay I'm good time well I mean you you have the option to continue drench it but you're just telling me that the thing is eating money and it's got 400,000 miles on it so if you can continue to have it be reliable and it's not eating your lunch then it's okay to move on through it and continue to mess with it if you want to all right Matthew is on the line Matthews in Colorado hi Matthew welcome the Dave Ramsey show hey Dave how you doing there better than I deserve how can I help ya so um my wife and I are just starting out I'm only 22 years old and we just paid off all of our debts credit cards things like that it wasn't too out of control I sold a lot of a lot of stuff to pay it off but now what board we're looking at right now is um she'd like to start cosmetology school and we're eligible for the Pell Grant but that would still leave about ten thousand dollars in student loans that we potentially need to take out as she pursues that and not my only concern is that um I currently have any other debt I have is a is a loan it's going to be about five to six hundred ollars a month it's going to be coming out here in the next month or two I think you're familiar with the military academy loans and so my concern is that were on some minimal income at the moment and as a way to meet you heart attack in the mill here I took some military loan yeah which is which is why like I said I've sold sold and down I'm ready to how much do you owe on that so when I took the loan I used it to buy a new car like a knucklehead and then I I put the rest in a Roth IRA so so it's 30 mm doesn't start coming out until the 10th of this next month will be the first payment then what's your household income so so at the moment we're both just kind of starting to get on our feet here at the moment I'm making about $1,700 a month with a pay increase in the next month or two is what it's looking like and she's pulling in about a thousand dollars a month okay well I would like for her to go to cosmetology cosmetology school when you all can afford to pay cash for it I would never in a thousand years tell somebody take a student loan out yeah ever yeah yeah I mean I just know me you know my only concern is you know it's just she doesn't know she doesn't have a college degree and because I didn't survive the Academy I am I'm in position where I don't have to go to school for about a semester but a college degree using you all to fail or not fail throughout the scope of your life if you choose as a part of your career path to get some additional education as you go along I think that's fine but you pay cash for it you know you do not rationalize your butt off and get yourself listen you've just been working to get out of debt you feel trapped right now by this stupid Academy loan and then you call up and say I want to do more of that because it's so much fun no it's not fun no I'm being sarcastic okay no we don't you know so no I mean you can't just decide to go do something and pay for it with a loan every time you do that it's you're gonna be broke your whole life and so what you do is you lay down and say okay what has to be true now we got a work extra we're gonna be tight on the budget we've got to take care of this stupid Academy loan and we got to come up with an additional ten thousand dollars which if we save eight hundred bucks a month for a year that's ten thousand dollars yeah as opposed to and someone else a honey mushroom yeah okay as opposed to borrowing the money which puts you right back in a mess and other thing you want to do with cosmetology school like any other school any other academic any other trade school thing is you shop you look at the different schools that are available and the different costs that are available and you know when you're through you're gonna be cutting hair if you're going to cosmetology and no one it's gonna come up to the booth to get their a haircut and go oh I can't I can't use you because that's I don't like that I don't like where you went to school you know yeah it's been a long time since Dave had a haircut okay Ellen here but back when I got haircuts I never asked a single person where they got their haircutting license so you go to the place that's the least expensive and that gets you the basic education to be able to function in that world and you don't overpay for it in other words that's part of the equation might be that you find something that you don't need an extra ten for you just need an extra for four or something I don't know but I'm always always shopping education is a funny thing people don't shop it somehow they feel like the one place that they found is the big deal and it's just not so hope that helps you man thanks for the call open phones at triple eight eight two five five two two five Nicole is next hi Nicole welcome to Dave Ramsey show hi there thank you so much for taking my call sure what's up so I have been just having trouble making a decision I would like to leave my current wrestle like super overwhelming job as a claims adjuster and maybe transition to real estate but just having trouble really making a decision due to some of the other life circumstances and kind of looking just for advice okay so what's super overwhelming about claims adjusting well it's not so much of that it's that February first I think you talked to my husband about it once but February 1st of 2017 we found out our son had passed away at daycare and I got that phone call sitting in the same cube I sit in today with the same work in front of me you know essentially the same thing and I can't imagine it just kind of it replays the date a little too much and as we get closer to August which is his birthday month yeah I just start falling apart I would too I'd be a basket case I understand oh my 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you leave them with difficult decisions to make if you haven't made them ahead of time it's just maturity all right up next is Blake in South Carolina hey Blake welcome to the Dave Ramsey show hey Dave thank you I appreciate the opportunity how are you today better than I deserve what's up so I heard you talking about house fever and I have a very simple question did I get house fever or did I get a Dave a bruise deal and we can go with the details from there well I mean uh you know the guidelines that we lay out I could rattle off sir no okay are you debt were you debt-free before you bought the house I'm not debt-free okay you bought a house while you still had debt yes sir okay we don't teach people to do that okay all right there we go easy enough we want you to be debt-free because we don't want Sallie Mae to have to have our own bedroom we don't want the stress and add it on top of the house and so we tell folks to be debt-free have their emergency fund in place and have their down payment in place above that andrew is with us on line four hi Andrew in Massachusetts how are you hey Dave I'm good how are you better than I deserve what's up um this one say thanks for taking my call first of all should I appreciate that sure I don't know I have a I've got a single question hello hello okay I've got a school question for you okay so I did a two-year program at a community college cash flow cash flows my first year there and I got a loan for my second year and transferred I graduated in business and I transferred over to state school so I did I did one semester there and during this time like my dad took over a business that he's been working out for thirty years automobile business and I'm working there and I got my appraisers license in the state of Massachusetts so I'm working as the damage appraiser and I'm just wondering I'm thinking about staying with this company and eventually taking it over I've talked to my dad and he's probably gonna work for another 10 to 12 years and sell it over to me mm-hmm and I'm just wondering if I should continue going to school or not mm-hmm okay well the actual completion of the degree won't matter but what does matter is the knowledge base okay if you're going to run a business and you've had more classes on accounting more classes on marketing more classes on statistical analysis more classes the standard business classes on Finance and so on the better decisions you're going to make you're better tools and your belt to do your job running the business later today I would not worry about it today you're not in a panic I would take the income that you've got you've got a good career started there let's go make some money let's get these debts paid off that you do have and then if you want to save up and do some work in the evenings and try to complete your degree and in the process put some of those tools in your belt that you maybe don't have today it'll be helpful to you but there's plenty of people run very successful businesses with less education than you've currently got right you also but the other part of this is you want to commit if you're in in anything but particularly in business and it's true in medicine and law other things you want to commit to being a lifelong learner a reader you need to read business books really Dersch it bucks and you know our books on entrepreneurship and you need to constantly be reading and growing and college doesn't doesn't you know when you got school if you stop learning then in just a few years you're irrelevant so you have that you have to keep reading and growing and learning all the time you have to keep adding to your knowledge base as you go if you keep doing that you'll be fine and then if you wanted to go back and you know finish up your finish up your bachelor's you're probably not that far out from finishing it that's a fine thing to do and you know some of the classwork that you do to get that would be valuable to you and running the business I have a four year degrees all I have I got a master's and but I'm a lifelong learner in addition to that and so I probably got several PhDs in terms of the amount of information I have ingested in the 35 40 years I've been doing business and so that's what you're looking at you're trying to learn trying to grow and trying to add to it but the you know my basic four year degree is fair it was very helpful for that matter still very helpful a lot of those basic things basic accounting understanding and GAAP principles and you know finance principles or things I use on the air here every day my job is to not make them sound like gobbledygook instead put the cookies on a shelf where everybody can reach them but I'm using the concepts and the critical thinking skills that you know that we were taught in our academic education so education is valuable is it mandatory where you slap your fist on the table say you're not gonna be successful as you go back right now no no I think you're gonna make some money and get your you know get get a little nest egg put back get yourself out of debt get your emergency fund in place and if you want to save up and pay for classwork and do some evening work as you go you're gonna be fine and learn the business from your dad learn the business from other people in the business learn best practices get involved in stuff like on trade leadership some of the other things that people have out there where you're growing and learning as a leader and those things you'll be just fine you'll be just fine lots of people with high school education or even less have been very successful in business there's a lot more to it than simply getting a degree so good question man appreciate you joining us open phones a triple eight eight two five five two two five appreciate you guys hanging out with us thanks for being here this is your show it is a show all about you that puts this particular in the books are links to James child's our 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your family church or business Christian health care ministries one eight hundred seven nine one six two two five CH ministries dot org what is our motivation for the way we spend our money are we trying to impress others are we trying to impress ourselves are we trying to live up to some big you know dream or what other people think that we should have but what about starting to look and see what do you really want to do my name is Derek ham this is my wife Latrice ham we're currently in Tampa Florida so when we started this journey we had a hundred and twenty six thousand dollars in debt but it took us around 26 months to pay it off and it was it was hard sometimes we had to make a lot of sacrifices we had to get very resourceful we had to do a lot of self-reflection we had to learn how to say no this really helped us to grow into into what our family should be I am what we're both engineers for the government I worked in an RF engineering and she worked more networking for me growing up I was good with saving money but I was also good with spending all the money I saved it was definitely not a good way to live and a good way to plan for the future but it was a fun at the time I always worked hard and tried to save money but unfortunately my parents didn't really know how to manage their own money so I kind of had to learn on my own as soon as we got married we we bought two cars at the same time so we had credit card bills we had a car to card notes and we had student loans that was a majority of what we had to pay off how long marriage I can't maybe a year to into the marriage when we realize we we weren't doing it right once I started actually seeing the numbers that's when I was like oh we got to do better our turning point was when we got home from a Christmas vacation Derick needed new tires on this truck why are we stressing out about getting new tires this makes no sense and so that's what I knew like the buck stops here we have got to get our finances in order we have got to face the music she comes around wanting to do date the the course the class that was offered at our church I gotta say I was probably the best thing that was the best thing that ever happened to it yeah he did not want to go he was he was like well you could just take notes for me I grew up in a household where they operated separately it was a his-and-hers and I said no we're not gonna do that's gonna be our money we started putting putting the buzzer together and actually seeing what we had coming in and what was going out it really started expanding the way we thought as far as you know what we what was really important and what we needed to do versus what we what we wanted to do right now 78% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck that means if you look around your own neighborhood eight out of ten families on your street cannot cover a basic emergency they might not be able to afford their mortgage payment they're not keeping their own money 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gonna quit it's been a huge witness for us to be able to share that it was time to get serious intentionality people this is your show America I know at 22 what I know now our life would be better as the show that's changing the world now you don't just listen to the show you live it from the headquarters of Ramsey solutions broadcasting from the dollar car rental studios it's the Dave Ramsey show where dead is dumb cash is king in the paid off Home Mortgage has taken the place of the BMW as the status symbol of choice I'm Dave Ramsey your host thank you for joining us open phones at triple eight eight two five five two two five that's triple eight eight two five five two two five Dan starts off this hour in Colorado hi Dan welcome to the Dave Ramsey show hey Dave thanks for taking my call sure what's up home I'm 58 almost 59 I've had a rollercoaster life financially on my own business 21 years did really well then really bad sugar duck finally closed in 2016 probably should have done it five years earlier took a year off and by some miracle got a job at 56 in 2017 and now I'm doing pretty decent make about 80 90 kg air my wife has makes about 54 we paid off a lot of our credit card debt that has simulated from the business and everything else probably about 40k in the last two and a half years good for you yeah well it was 92 K but now we're faced with with some decisions some of those credit card loans when they're given out cheap paper at $2.99 fixed you know 10 years ago we use those as sv loans so SBA instead of the SBA loans and what happened is we still have some of that 2.99 fixed left maybe about 5,000 then I was on a disabled vets I was able to lock in a 3 to 5 refi in 2012 and I still owe about 206 on that the problem is my retirement only 40,000 and now I'm faced with investing it making more than the 3.25 or the 299 that I have left over in debt or should I go ahead and pay that off because right now I'm looking at 82 before I pay off and women you met you make a hundred and forty five thousand dollars a year why would you be at eighty two paying off your house it's only two hundred thousand I was forced to refine and listen what do you you only owe $200,000 you make one hundred and forty five thousand right that's not eighty two now we actually know nineteen eighty two is when we pay it off I'm sorry by when I'm aged 82 no that's ridiculous you're not let your hear me two hundred thousand dollars and you make a hundred and forty five why would you wait why would you wait until age eighty two to pay that off well first I wanted to get my credit card debt thank you well know at the time was no now a day right today you do not have an eighty two-year-old projection on paying off your home from today you only have two hundred and eleven thousand dollars in debt to your name and you make a hundred and forty five fifty thousand dollars a year out of a hundred and forty five as you living on ninety and that puts you out of that in four years with everything by the time your cell D right would you do that no I'm just saying I'm just saying that don't don't don't throw out the dramatic eighty two-year-old because that's just dumb that's not even true so now let's go back and what what we teach is what's called we call the baby steps baby step one save a thousand dollars to is be out of debt everything but your house you've got five thousand dollars you knock that in the head right now get that done as soon as possible you have any money in savings at all that's not retirement yeah we started saving up at six months we have seven thousand and write a check today and pay off write a check today and pay off the credit card and cut it up even though it's two points you haven't not gonna borrow money on a credit card to build wealth today stop this stop playing with his dad gum debt it is not your in its not been your friend it's still not your friend the faster you get rid of the debt the faster you build wealth so next step is write cheque today pay off the credit card then the next step is to have an emergency fund of three to six months of expenses we call that baby step three baby step three is three to six months of expenses I want you to rebuild your savings as quickly as you can for a rainy day fund you guys have seen some rainy days you know there's a need for that have that in place in your all's house that's probably 20,000 bucks and ones just safe okay it's not gonna be very high-performing and but you're gonna do really really fast cuz you make really good money and you're gonna be on a budget now where you make every dollar behave because you're 56 and you have about a 14 year horizon to get everything done and in place well I'm 59 now almost okay then you've got an 11 year horizon till you're 70 okay so we've got to get to rockin on this stuff so you're gonna get these first two or three little things done very quickly then baby step 4 is I want you to start saving 15 percent of your income that's $20,000 a year into retirement plans until we get the house paid off above that I want you to attack this house and get it paid off but you need to be on beans and rice right now you don't be running around all over the world traveling you don't need to be eating out every night you too need to be on a written budget the two of you are in agreement we've got some catching up to do because here's what I want you to do if you will save twenty to thirty thousand dollars a year for ten years you're gonna have about six or eight hundred thousand dollars and your house will have been paid off years before that say 140 is your aunt 145 s your income minus twenty thousand going into retirement okay that leaves us a hundred and twenty-two thousand dollars to live and pay big chunks on the house let's take 50 and throw it at the house a year above putting your money into retirement fifty a year in four years you're not even 65 years old your house is paid for you'll have at that point about two hundred thousand dollars in retirement and you've got five more years till you're 70 to put another three or four hundred thousand side and it'll double again so that's where you're headed if you follow the baby steps that we teach but you're not going to build wealth in the short term by borrowing on your house to invest in others not paying off the house so that I can invest more that has not been a formula that's worked for anyone hold on the line I'll send you a copy the book the Total Money Makeover it will show you exactly what to do step by step it show you these baby steps I'm talking about pay off your credit card that they immediately build that emergency fund of 20,000 as fast as you can then start putting 15% into retirement and everything else on the house the house is gone when the house is gone you come back and you load retirement up and even more and use all of your income to build wealth and you guys have got to stop spending you don't have time to 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John I can't wait to see this place come to life and see how you guys help our team out in so many ways it's delighted to serve thank you for joining us America Blake is with us in Indiana hi Blake welcome to the Dave Ramsey show hi Dave thanks for taking my call sure what's up well I started a business back in 2017 with a partner and I was the only one who personally guaranteed all the loans for the business and the business has since failed and I've actually retained a bankruptcy attorney but I discovered you about three weeks ago and after listening to you I'm wondering if I can dig myself out of this without bankruptcy okay how much your dad and what kind of dad have you got left over from the business so there's about a hundred I've got a hundred and thirty thousand dollars in debt total fifty-five thousand without his credit cards that I personally guaranteed for the business we were a car dealership so I've got sixteen thousand left over to my floorplan lender I've got ten thousand and an equipment lease and probably another five thousand left over to miscellaneous vendors and then I personally have an auto loan and wha-what do you own your car twenty-five thousand or do on your boat eighteen thousand and what's your income now seventy thousand okay are you married no okay single all right yep well in in a bankruptcy you're not going to keep the boat in the car unless you keep the debt right and so both of those are gone in either scenario right you sell them and you get rid of debt or you give them up in bankruptcy and you get rid of that whichever whichever whichever direction you go okay right the how long are you behind on the credit cards I quit paying on saying other than the truck in the boat in September so my floorplan lenders already secured a judgment against me American Express has just filed a lawsuit against me and so to discover perfect okay that's good all right um well you might make it out of this I mean you sell the boat and sell the car and your own beans and rice and let's just pretend that each one of those that you went to the floorplan lender and you said I don't have $16,000 I have saved up $4,000 and I'll give you that if you want to take that a settlement mm-hmm and let's just say you went through and you settled all of this for a quarter on the dollar well that'd be somewhere around thirty thousand bucks it'd take you and you could probably do that in making seventy thousand as a single guy you probably do that in a year if you got rid of the boat in the car sure um he you know could you come up with fifty thousand because some up wouldn't take a quarter on the dollar yeah but it's probably I think a little longer to here it may take longer than a year to negotiate with all these people right right and the emotional stress and the amount of emotional abuse that you take through the process is unbelievable yeah I've kind of dealt with a little of that already yeah they're just they just are ridiculous and so what I what I did I actually had a three million dollars worth of debt and I had worked it all the way down to three hundred and seventy eight thousand before I filed I almost may I also know then what I know now so it probably has more to do with whether or not you have enough emotional and spiritual gas left in your tank to fight like a maniac for one year really hard yeah if you could suck it up and do that for one year and you just argue with morons which is what you're going to be doing it's not negotiating it's arguing with morons and go and listen I have four thousand dollars well we'll take seven thousand dollars maybe you didn't understand what is English your second language I mean I said or thousand dollars that's all I have these are the conversations you're gonna have over and over and over again I mean you're thinking to yourself or your parents cousins I mean what can't you understand it sentence you know and you just have you just kind of have to have fun with it and you just beat the snot out of them because in a bankruptcy here's what they're gonna get this is zero right so anything you give them is a bonus sure and you're not lying to them you don't have a hundred thousand dollars sitting in an account or you would have not have called me you would have paid the bills exactly so you're saying I have five thousand dollars who wants it first okay you know and settle each one of these I would recommend that if I was going to work really hard on the first two I would get rid of the equipment lease and the floor plan people American Express is all bark and no bite they're so full of crap you can tell they're lying if their mouths moving there's a horrible company and their collections people break federal law on a daily basis they're just outrageous yeah and so you have to learn to just hang up the phone and have a conversation another day if you feel your blood pressure moving up just go they're getting to me this they're winning this argument I need to get off the phone this is a simple conversation I have this much money do you want it okay as settlement in full you have to get it in writing and never give them electronic access to your checking account because they lie they will clean you out right but if you can afford you know how many different credit cards are there in the 55 there's probably eight or nine okay and so let's say there's ten creditors with the floor plan and the lease right yep and so there's 10 people we have to get to come to terms with 10 battles I have to win and then I win the war right and if you've got any that are super small that are like a thousand dollars hey yeah yeah there's several of those just pay it and get it out of your life yeah but if it hadn't been paid since September you've still got to get in writing what the balance is or they'll come back and have tripled it with collections fees and stuff right right with the law of them they've quit adding fees on to them at this point these are all going to lawsuits I mean if you had but they're not gonna go if they're small ones they're not going to lawsuit the American Express bill must be large there's two American Express cards ones 13,000 ones 11,000 if they're north of 10 they will eventually go to a lawsuit but there's not a lot they can do with that most the time they take it – take it – same thing with your floodplain company they take it to you no judgment lien and it just sits there then if you're wrong by house or everyone sell a house or something like that it's hard some of them will go so far as to garnish wages but almost never okay now the equipment equipment lease in the floor plan are more likely to do that than credit cards credit cards are just you know they just yep yep yep yep yep they're just like a barking faced dog they drive you nuts and so and you're really not dealing with intelligent life there this is some of the dumbest humans on the planet when you're dealing the credit card collector sure and you've already discovered that an American Express I'm sure and several others yeah yeah and discover discovers just they're moronic yeah and so you just have to keep going listen number one we're not going to have an abusive conversation there you're gonna listen to a dial tone number two there's some basic tenets of the conversation here's what I've got I don't have anymore you using a technique is not gonna make me grow money I don't have money this is what I have do you want it bad if it is it listen one more time and then I'm gonna hang up do you want the money and then just hang up and call back you know I've days later and do it again you know and it's just you just if you can do all that I think you can get out of this I don't think you're bankrupt but it may drive you to the edge of insanity before you get it's just you have to turn into a game because it's such a ludicrous series of conversations I mean the way they treat us and we're not we don't even know the money we're negotiating on behalf of the customer we're calling it trying to settle something for some widow or something one of our coaches here you know and they're like trying to yell it does we're like listen you're an idiot I'm not talking to you if you're gonna yell always hang up the phone on them you know right and they call you at our receptionist and stuff I mean there's it's just crazy so it's a weird little world that they all live in you're trying to do the right thing give them some money I think you can work your way through this if you got enough gas left in your tank okay okay awesome you need some help you call me back I'll be happy to it's what I'm here for I'll be anyway I can't been there myself had those exact same conversations on my own behalf one reasons I hate American Express so bad unbelievable yeah they told my wife one time why would you stay with a man who won't pay his bills she called me crying because she was kind of thinking the same thing this is the Dave Ramsey show [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] now we actually had to put what we've been preaching the practice and we were making so many extra payments the interest wasn't racking up and so we were actually paying a lot quicker than we thought we would have it done which actually pushed our date from like I think was June June or May June to like February because because we making so we was so aggressive on it this class taught us that really you can live in this world without owing any man any debt it gave us the the opportunity to dream again this was huge and so for us to fight through this it just makes us feel like hey we could do anything we could do anything a lot of people go on diets or try to do quick fixes with that with their finances but then they're back into you know using credit cards and back in the day and this this kind of talk taught us how to have a life change that that has really freed us as far as what we want to do for our band also since we've been debt-free we were we've been able to be foster parents we were able to actually foster a young kid and and important to his life and we were also able to we we were trying to have another baby in order to have another baby we had to do IVF and and since since then we were able to do it and not go into debt doing it and and we were blessed to have another child now we can actually create a legacy for our children whereas before we didn't think in those kind of terms when you think about freedom right we thought we were free all right we really did but getting out of debt this whole journey of becoming debt-free has taught us what true financial freedom feels like I don't want I don't want to have to owe anybody money I want to make my own decisions I don't want to have to you know say I got to pay this bill I got to do this you know I owe this these guys just started getting a little upset that you bet you owe money I believe what the Bible says I believe that you know we are the head and not the tail we are above and not beneath we are Linder and not a borrower right so we say these things we pray these things all the time what was missing was us actually doing the work whether I have $50,000 if I have a hundred and fifty thousand dollars it is all in how you manage it because I believe what God said and his word was true and so I was going to stick to it my part and I saw that he did show up and bless us tremendously on one change my answer see Issa huskiness that I mean that was inspirational they're gonna be the glory yeah getting your money in order can feel a little overwhelming that's why Dave created the baby steps they break it down for you and show you exactly what to do next baby step two is where you get rid of all of your debts one at a time using the debt snowball in the debt snowball you list your debts smallest to largest by amount owed pay minimum payments on all of the debts except for the smallest one and attack it with a vengeance I mean go ninja crazy on it once it's gone take the money you were putting towards that debt plus any extra money you can find and attack the next stat on the list once it's gone take that combined payment and go on to the next step knock them out one by one the point of the debt snowball is behavior modification when you ditch the small debt first you see progress that will get you fired up soon the second debt will follow and then the next when you see that the plan is working you'll stick to it by sticking to it you'll eventually succeed in becoming debts one of the things that makes the Dave Ramsey show unique from other shows is that we genuinely care about our listeners that's why we're intentional about choosing advertisers that we know will serve our listeners wealth blinds.com is no exception for years I've been telling you how amazing these guys are blinds.com offers high quality window treatments at unbelievable prices and their customer service is unbeatable they make buying measuring and installing 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of fun we'll see you in August well the kids are about that back to school it means it's time for you to get your vacation mode off and get back on your money goals you can save up to 69 percent on life changing books right now Dave Ramsey comm and some of the tools to help you get your money back on track you get our number one best-selling book the Total Money Makeover only $12.99 right now our number one best selling kids bundle The Adventure Pack for only forty five ninety-nine it's for teaching your kids how to handle money it's the whole thing you can also get our best-selling money bundle the starter special for just forty three ninety-nine back-to-school sale ends this week online at Dave Ramsey comm or call customer care at triple eight 22-piece the Ramsey concierto help you out there triple eight two two seven three two two three rachel is next in California hi Rachel welcome to the Dave Ramsey show hello Dave thanks so much for taking my call sure what's up I got married about a year ago my husband and I are both in our 50s we are we don't have any debt which is great we just paid off his car so that's all there and we're and I know we need to have an emergency fund so we're can putting money aside for that great Iowa 401k that I contribute 10% to and the company kicks in six so I think that's a good place to have money my husband has a pension through the state but we're just trying to figure out because we're those well he's under the company a long time so he's got the pension thing is a good thing I'm just behind on the savings and the retirement thing I've probably been doing it five years now so we're trying to figure out the best way to really argument our retirement because we do want to retire one day and we're fortunate we don't have debt at our age we also don't have a house so that that you know it's neither here nor there but I've heard you mention Roth IRAs and because I already have a 401 K I'm curious about the advantage of that and then how do we how do we keep building that wealth because we have a fast-track to 70 right very good good for you well you you're gonna be fine good news is you're paying attention and you're you're right on your way to doing this so I would follow the baby steps that we teach number you know you're on baby step three building your emergency fund when you finish that what is your household income our annual income is about four hundred and hundred and eighty thousand dollars okay great okay we recommend that you put in baby step for 15 percent of your income aside for retirement that would be close to thirty thousand dollars in your case okay okay and so close twenty five hundred bucks a month now where does it go we call it rock paper scissors in a sense the best place to put it is up to a match and you said you have a match thank you okay up to the match how much is your match percent okay so take six percent of your income and that's going to come off that thirty thousand we're trying to get to okay so that's the first thing we do does he have a 401k available at the state he probably does he doesn't actually he has this not put anything in the pension no they they do they take his money and they put it aside and then okay how much are they what percentage are they taking I don't know okay I think when I looked at his paycheck I think that he's contributing seven percent that's probably when I look that might be right but just look at it and find out read about it you can probably find some of the stuff in the state of California so he works for up if I easy enough to find it and find out what the deal is okay so we're going to set aside 15 percent of our income as our goal so we're going to take fifteen percent times 180 so it's gonna be close to thirty thousand bucks and we're going to working our way towards that so we're gonna take your match whatever portion he is taking out of his that's gonna be a portion of it add that together and we're still not to thirty thousand then what we're gonna do we're gonna do a couple of Roth IRAs here and you can do seven thousand dollars each that's fourteen thousand more towards our thirty that we're trying to get to but that's still not going to get you all the way up to what you need to be doing so then you're gonna put some more in above the match in your 401k to get there you see what doing yes your 401k do they have a Roth option on the 401k it's a good question I'm not sure I'm not gonna be staying with the company very much longer so this will be something for you to think about as I move to a new company but I will pay attention to that in the next company ok cool good well then yeah if you have a Roth available do Roth take the match first then do all the Roth you can do and then do traditional and traditional would be a regular 401k or 403b that does not have a Roth okay that is not have a match beyond the match so that's your order of rock-paper-scissors is match to Roth to traditional ok I'm going to keep going up that ladder until you get the thirty thousand bucks and you save thirty thousand bucks then above the thirty thousand out of your wonderful income that's you still get 150 left to live on and start saving to pay cash for a house because I want you to pay cash for a house as you move into retirement sometime yeah and that's that's one thing we talked about too was I want a house and when I heard your your show a little bit earlier about getting you know house excited and stuff I thought oh that's me these days and I need to cool my debts and do these other things first because well you don't have to say that you know I've saved over pay cash for a house but if you want to save up a downpayment and you know do the 15-year fixed and all that that I was talking about when you were hearing me do all that then that's okay too but we still you want to have a point that say okay sixty-five years old this house gotta be paid for I got fifteen years pay it off or less yeah okay so if you bought a house that's what you got to do and the faster you get that paid off the fat more you can build wealth but if you save thirty thousand dollars a year in good growth stock mutual funds for twenty years you'll have two million dollars okay figure that for twenty years that's why I say you're okay okay I I thought we were but like I just I wanted to check because I'm not using it as financial advisor I'm just using you know fine I've been reading a lot and obviously a lot of stuff that you have I haven't done your Total Money Makeover but I was thinking I'm just getting the book from me and my husband decision read it well I'll send you a copy you hold on I have Kelley pick up and I'll send you a copy of it as a gift we appreciate you being a listener check in with one of the smart investor pros they can help you organize this stuff we're not in the investment business but those are the people as you know from listening that we and that we endorse and so you know you just click smart Wester it drops down a list of them that we have approved and then you choose from among them and you know you'll be moving in the right direction so hey thanks for the call we appreciate you joining us Linda's on Instagram my sisters fighting in stage alcoholism I'm trusting God but realistically I know this can very well take her life and soon she's aware but there's so much damage they're saying she can't recover how can I help her prepare financially for the end of her life she doesn't want her kids inheriting all of her debt your children do not inherit your debt debt is not passed generationally if your children did not sign for the debt they're not liable for the debt now the estate is liable in your estate basically when you pass away is your net worth it's what you own – what if she is a typical person that has battled alcoholism for many years she probably doesn't have any assets she probably only has debt and so if you live in an apartment with 200 ollars where the furniture and you have $80,000 for the credit card debt and you die the credit card companies getting nothing because there's nothing for them to get and that's not passed to your children okay they have to collect it from the estate but now if mom owns a thirty thousand dollar CD that's gonna go to settle her debts if she owns a piece of ground that the value that ground has to be offset against those debts or you have to sell the ground and use it to offset the debts anything she owns at her death will stand good for any debts she has now personal items nobody messes with tiny stuff okay but she's got $100,000 for the antiques that's not gonna pass to her children if she's got $80,000 and credit card debt unless they pay the credit card debt okay so that's one way that the estate has to stand for itself so anything you own will stand good for what you owe and that's how that works this is the Dave Ramsey show [Laughter] [Laughter] leaders are not born it's a decision 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own new nook in the Baker Street Cafe which I'm so excited to show you as they put the finishing touches on it but it's been a great first day here I want to thank you all for watching and hope you enjoyed our brand new headquarters we've got so much more in a brand new show tomorrow we'll see you then our scripture of the day first John 1:9 if we confess our sins he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness James Joyce said mistakes are the portals of discovery there you go love that open phones this hours we talk about your life and your money that's what this shows about the number here is triple eight eight two five five two two five Maureen is with us in Florida hi marine welcome to the Dave Ramsey show hi Dave thanks for taking my call sure what's up I I have super questions first question is last year my husband and I were of what should enough I nots to be debt free including our home as well so thanks to you and we had had a whole life policy unfortunately have we paid into no considering now the words totally debt-free we wanted to know if we should cash it in to use the money it's towards savings and toward investing or should we just leave it because I know you had said before if you couldn't get a other policy that we should hold on to it my husband is not qualified to get the other policy okay so you if you cash in you have no insurance right like no right no life insurance correct and what's the face value of the policy the face value I believe is one hundred and twenty five thousand okay and how old are you guys I'm forty eight my husband's going to be fifty okay 60 or 50 he's 50 I'm sorry zero okay and so why is he uninsurable um due to high blood pressure he's had submission to the VA I guess I guess I think when he tried to apply for the life insurance they must have looked into that he has a VA disability check that he gets as well so I think that might have contributed to it yes it would okay alright okay and so how much money do you all have in savings and in nest egg right now in savings as we have about twenty thousand okay you don't have a nest egg at all no no 401ks or retirement of gun no mm-hmm you keep the life insurance in place then okay yeah because you need the life insurance if something happened to him you're not okay financially right and if something happened to you if he's counting on your income you're not oh he's not okay financially now if we fast forward and you keep doing as wise as you've been doing you said you even got the house paid off as I right we did yes yeah and what's your household income varies my husband the truck driver I'm a teacher so it could be anywhere between 70 80 sometimes a bit more than that so okay all right well yeah I think if you keep doing what you've been doing and you say you know five years from now ten years from now and you look up and you're you know your 401ks are loaded up and you you know you've gotten some serious money in there cuz you got no house payment now I mean you'reyou're just game on on investing right yeah so sit down with a smart Wester Pro and make sure you're taking advantage of Roth IRAs and 401ks and that you've got all this investing going because your own baby step seven is where you are which you ought to be able to kick your wealth building into high gear at that point because with no payments it's easy to build wealth so I'm a lot easier anyway so I think you look up and you know if you got a half a million dollars set aside you're 55 and you have no house payment and he dies you're okay right for sure but if you you know so like keep it keep it you're gonna keep it another four or five years I think okay okay okay I have another really quick question if you have time okay okay I've worked at a job for over 20 years making about close to $18 an hour right now I just recently went on a job interview for a bigger position which would be closer to my house travel time would be cut in half also as far as tolls and gas and things like that a better position but unfortunately starting off it does start off at a little bit less money and I don't know I don't know I mean I kind of know what to do I don't want to take the less money but I think the opportunity would be great plus travel time is cut in half okay so what would you be making a year starting off well let me say right now I I'm about like I said almost $18 an hour 90 bucks I'd only be maybe about 1516 dollars an hour okay and how fast are you going to get back up to a year old oh if this is a great opportunity your income ought to be coming up how fast are you gonna be back up well they said in three months they could give me a review to see but I think it would take over a year in order to get back to where I'm at okay and what five years from today where are you making the most money probably where I'm at right now where I'm staying it really I think possibly so the upside potential is better where you are now I think possibly because the thing of it is my and my job where I'm at now they consistently do give raises the other place doesn't well it could be possibly three and three months and then you figure from three months from there the nope has been another year you know another another maybe like 50 cents and then another 50 cent so it's going to take me a some time to get back to where I feel where I'm at now okay is the environment that much better I mean obviously the commutes better the commute is better it'd be pretty much almost about the same kind of stress level if that makes any sense I say probably it'll be more stress for less money I guess in the beginning of that I think we look for I think we look for a third option and that is one that's close that pays more than you're making now and then it becomes a no-brainer right yeah so either these people come up to 18 with promises of raise in the future or you need to look for a third option okay what you're telling me is you don't mind the place you are but you do hate the commute and the cost of the tolls and if you didn't have the commuting cost the tolls you probably okay alright so if you can pick up that job and move it over closer to your house you'd probably just have been happy right it's like if this new job with since it's so close to my home if they would have been if they would have offered me what I'm even starting at where I'm at right now started me at that price yeah I would have taken the job yeah well just don't tell them that right because you're not gonna take it otherwise I mean you you know and you're looking for somebody that will match what you've got but is closer to home and you know you just got to work that through and decide so hold on I'll send you a copy of our best career book at the moment that we got here it's called the proximity principle by Ken Coleman and it's absolutely incredible and it'll help you get through some of these decisions that you're looking at good question all right Amelia is up or Amalia is up in Texas hi Amelia how are you good how are you doing better than I deserve what's up I have a question for you I'm sorry I'm so nervous right now and I but I got a letter in the mail from the IRS saying that I owe and I guess you could say from back taxes I had a couple trouble with the IRS and the previous years but I was wondering if I should use my emergency funds for whenever I get the letter of how much I should be paying I'm sure that the amount that they say you owe is correct I'm looking more into detail with that just because you know once you establish that it's correct you do whatever you need to do and put it at the top of your debts no bomb paid as fast as you can how much money is owed to the IRS approximately um I'm assuming it's gonna be around 1700 just because that's what I've always paid my previous year so you're consistently 1,700 off just around and so in Georgia I was paying the state and federal taxes and because I was making too much over there I was either paying 17 to 2000 okay but you need to adjust your withholding then to where you're not you're not having enough withheld is what you're telling me right no yeah we need to get your jet you're withholding adjusted so that you don't get in trouble there but yeah you put the IRS at the top of an eye of a debt snowball it's the first thing you do you want to get the KGB I mean the IRS out of your life as soon as possible you don't want to hang with those guys they got unlimited power or their interest rates are ridiculous and their penalties are worse it's just people you don't mess with so hey thank you for the call that puts this our that I Ramsey show in the books we'll be back with you before you know it in the meantime remember there's ultimately only one way to financial peace and that's to walk daily with the Prince of Peace Christ Jesus [Applause] student loan crisis in America it is out of control so many of you are so overwhelmed 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How This Single Mom Fought Her Way To Debt Freedom

**How This Single Mom Fought Her Way To Debt Freedom**



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On this episode of The His & Her Money Show, Danesca, a single mother and woman of faith, shares her story of debt freedom. The consumer debt of $38,833.09 included credit card bills, a car payment and medical bills she incurred due to Hyperthyroidism. Danesca paid it all off in only 16 months.

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hiden ESCA welcome to the hizzoner money show are you doing well super glad to have you on the show today because you have recently accomplished a major goal in that you have become debt-free and so we're super excited that you're on so you can share your story with the audience but before we start talking about your story can you just say hello to everybody that's tuned in and let them know what you are all about hi everyone my name is anezka and I'm basically just going to share my story my journey with you I'm all about being a woman of faith so that's definitely something you guys are gonna hear today awesome so let's talk about the debts specifically okay let's talk about let us know how much debt you were in talk about the type of debt it was and how long it took for you to get rid of it okay so I had a total of thirty eight thousand eight hundred and thirty three dollars and nine cents of that the type of data was was well at first I just had two things to pay off and that was credit card bills and the other one was my car payment but when I then I incurred ten thousand ten thousand two hundred more dollars worth for that when I started adjusting my bills and what I did was I went with a high deductible because in my health insurance because I was a healthy female and my children were healthy and we would only spend the co-payment for our physicals every year we would we were just bending spending a lot of money on our insurance premiums for no reason so I decided to go with the high deductible and man that backfired so I ended up paying ten thousand two hundred and two and medical bills Wow so after you made the adjustments on a medical situation arose yes yes ended up finding out that I had hyperthyroidism the same year that I cut down my premiums and was paying the minimum on my health insurance premium and landed me in the hospital twice because it produced like tachycardia in my heart because my metabolism was too fast and my sitting heart rate was 165 beats per minute and I was just sitting so they had to regulate my heart rate and I was so upset because I'm like this is money like it's horrible that you think that way you want to care about your home but I knew I had to pay for these visits right so you ended up your total went over what 40 and we cannot forget the nice so how long did it take for you to get through from start to finish out of your life so it takes 16 months Wow months yes but I included my children in the process what I did was I knew I was gonna start being very frugal and that I had to cut some stuff out when I sat down and I looked at all the things I were spending not being wise with my money and I sat them down and were like no one Samara Mommy has to change a lot of habits and I want to include you guys in this journey because I might need your help saying no it's a thing and so I told them about the process and they became my accountability partners in the beginning all they hated me because I didn't get name-brand foods so instead of Oreo cookies I'm going to have these I'm not spending money on name-brand sneakers and we're going to thrift stores and they're like mommy we hate the smell of this place oh wow you got a deal with for now is just a sacrifice until we get over it and then towards like the end of the day my children they were keeping me accountable because then I started getting tired of this journey and I was like you know what I want to buy something like I want to do something with it and then whenever I will go to the store and like try to grab something my kids will be like mom but do you need that is that something that you need or do you want to buy a house and I'm like yeah so take us back to what even caused you to want to attempt to get out of debt because I think a lot of people are comfortable with their debt because it's just for you know for better for worse it's kind of the norm in society to have this type of debt of that type of debt but for you you at some point came to the conclusion that you want it different talk to us about the process of even get into the thought that you wanted to become debt-free alright so this basically this is where I share my faith so I am a woman of that and I share my beliefs with people and I don't think any other any other thing can be better than to share about that so God spoke to me and I know a lot of people don't um don't have this type of relationship with God but I had a dream and in the dream I was no longer going to be with my company and I've been with my company for 12 years and in the dream I'm trying to clock in to work and my badge wouldn't let me clock in and I'm like what's wrong with his badge why can't I swipe in and I just see a big pair of scissors cut my badge off in the dream so I wake up and I'm like what is what was that so at the time I was reading this book from Priscilla Xiuying priscilla shirer called discerning the voice of god and she talks about like if you feel like God is speaking to you ask and you but you're kind of confused ask God for confirmation so I excited said God if this dream was from you please confirm it and three other times he confirmed it in a dream that I was no longer gonna be with my company so that that really struck me the I came from a group home and so I've been in shelters because of my mom's you know lack of taking care of us right now we're restored we're good so that's in the past but I don't want my kids to ever suffer lacking anything or being homeless or so I said okay well I need to sit down I need to look at my finances and I need to see where I am financially and that's when I was like oh my god like so the first thing I did was actually I didn't even want to start paying off that my whole thing was you need to save because you don't got you don't have anything to show for this so I just started saving checks like one check would be for my bills and just saving the rest when check would be for the bill saving the rest save save save then I started listening to Dave Ramsey and I bought his book financial peace and I was like oh god I'm supposed to pay because even if I was to lose my job and I have all this money in savings I still have a lot of debt that's under my name that I'm gonna be worried about if I don't have a job and so I was like you know what if I really want peace I'm going to have to pay off his debt so I went from saving to reading his book and just tackling debt so I would do the same thing with my debt so instead of saving it I will pay my bills with one check paying off them with the other check pay my bills with one check pay off those without a check and my kids were included with that as well and we wouldn't buy anything like we would I would say no to go to birthday parties and people wouldn't like me I'm not gonna go and if I did go it was because those friends were really special or family members and even in those times like I would say birthday bags and I would tell the kids pick a toy from your mom day you're not playing with and put it in this bag like because that's what we could afford right now so I took that literal and I really but one thing that I that God had to work with me on and this is I want to share this because people talk about you know not sacrificing stuff that they not sacrificing the amount of money to get rid of their dad so I lost my job one month before I knew like I had to pay off like $12,000 $12,000 and but I already had the money say because I would save my income tax instead of paying off the debt with the income tax I had two income tax checks that I saved and I was really like struggling with like using my income tax money to just pay off the $12,000 and I had just lost my job and I'm like god I'm playing like a war with Jesus I'm like I don't want to I want to save this money because I don't know how long it's gonna take me to fight another job and God was just really like telling me trust me and this trust me you've been faithful you've been tithing trust me and paying off the amount you have left and I took that twelve thousand dollars that I had in income tax six thousand from each time and I just paid off the rest of my debt so yeah now you talk of this journey as you reference your your children a couple times you did this as a single parent yes so talk about the nuances one was it was it a scary undertaking even in the beginning when you consider the fact you know everything's on me I have children take care of a dog to take care of talk about the the uniqueness that or some of the things that you faced as a single parent trying to get out of debt because there are some single parents listening right now so talk to us talk to them about you know the considerations that you had to make the strategies that you had to use being that you were not just a single person but a single parent yes okay so there was a there's a lot of things that play into being a parent so I like to have my kids involved and um the YMCA they're both in sports they're both in basketball they're in church and I have them in Bible study as well so one of the things that I had to do and they did not like me was cut off the cable and they were like my why are you cutting off the game like that like our source of like you know just being sane and just being quiet for a few minutes and I'm like because we're gonna do different activities we're not gonna be home sitting on our behinds we're gonna go out there we didn't do different things so I looked into sponsorship programs at the Y and you have to prove how much you're making and they ask you for your your bills as well so they ask you for how much making your bills and everything and I showed them how much I was making so I was able to get them sponsored at the Y for free for groceries coupons coupons coupons coupons come on that was my best friend every time I think oh sorry my kids were included in that then I would tell them whatever okay so you don't like the Aldi's Oreos because they're not the ruins so help me find coupons that's gonna get me this pack of Oreos for less than what it's worth and they will help me we will go through the through the newspapers or I also have a BJ's membership I don't think the whole thing I split half with a friend and we do BJ's coupons plus manufacturer coupons so use your resources there's so many resources out there so they did got sponsored for sports I did other activities in church with them they were included in my couponing and like to be honest it changed their mindset too because they learned a lot they were like man mom like they started looking at prices instead of looking at what they wanted they were like oh we can't get this because it's how much we have oh we could get this because this is how much we have so it taught them to get what they needed because there's so much we got instead of what they wanted so so I'm sorry I did not get a lot of people ask me about alimony or if I had child support I did not have child support no financial assistance I did not get alimony any of that because me and my ex he needs to just get his life situated and that's a whole other ha the radio show that I don't want to get into but no I did this with the only finances that Wow I mean that is super super amazing kudos to you now it sounds like you got to the point where you were all in from from a mentality standpoint so how did you how did you get there so fast because at one point you know you were accumulating debt and there was no big deal then you had this sudden switch and for some people it's not an easy like thing to change your mindset around money so help everybody understand how you were able to just like flip the switch and you were like coupons and YMCA the no more Oreos like they're from a mentality standpoint um well for me it was like really looking at my dad and looking at how the interest makes an increase and by me making the minimum payments I wasn't getting anywhere and that it was gonna take me a longer time to get there and so I just felt this urge of my heart like I need to do this fast and get this out of the way because I'm not gonna be paying a lot more so I did a lot of research about interest rates I was just googling like how much do I really pay if I have this my mom and dad these interest rates and I was just like oh no I'm gonna be I think I'm gonna end up paying fifty or sixty thousand dollars versus the amount that I really have so I even called my bank and at the time I had two separate credit cards one for five thousand and something the other one for four thousand is something and I said you know what because I did some research because I'm like one when you're debt free according to people that buy like statistics and research that your credit score is decrease and I didn't really care about my credit score but I was like my goal is to get a house for the kids being debt-free and but I probably won't get a good deal with a low credit score so I looked into it and they said like a percentage of your credit score is based off of the amount you owe so if you're maxed out on your credit card your credit score goes really low because you're maxed out and they want you to be at a certain amount of debt not too much so I they said to bring it below there five percent or 25 percent and I was like well I'm gonna see if I could get a 0-0 percent interest rate with my bank I've been using their credit cards for a long time I haven't been late I just have been paying the minimum so let me give them a call so I gave him a call and I said you know I wanted to merge all my credit cards to your account but I wanted to see if I'm eligible for a 0% APR and they ran everything and they say oh you're and I said okay well I want a credit increases because I need this to be under 35% so nine at nine thousand eight hundred and something I haven't written down here my credit cards below nine thousand six hundred and thirty two dollars and 81 cents everybody counts I got a fifteen thousand dollar credit increase even though I'm not using the money because my my thing is to tackle it and get out of it I didn't even know that my credit score was gonna shoot like my credit score right now is eight ten it's time to get your life insurance together with legal in general America as one of the nation's leaders in low-cost high quality life insurance to over 1.3 million families we know how to protect you for nearly seven decades we've been the first and only carrier to add ten more years of security to our policies for a total of forty years of life insurance coverage if you need basic protection until retirement that deal is perfect legal and general America makes understanding and applying for life insurance easy our agents are standing by to help you determine the best coverage to fit your family's needs visit his at her money.com /lg a to get started on your journey toward financial wellness now you talked about again your daughters or your children they were like when you were making these changes you see it a couple times oh they hated me okay so for some parents you know that experience or that you know kind of pushback from their kids will kind of make them say okay maybe maybe this isn't the time but you didn't give up right so in that moment whether you're a single parent or marry couple with kids and your kids are like what mom but dad how did you maintain and not you know acquiesce to their you know complaints well for the most part I always focus there back to our end goal like we're gonna get a house do you want to stay in this apartment forever or do you want do you want to have your own room or do you want to have like a basketball court outside in the yard like I don't mind the community that I live in is nice but I don't want to be complacent so I will always focus them back on what's the goal what is the goal and it's using credit good or is using credit bad you know I showed them about credit and I showed them about debit and I showed them about you know when you use your credit card I'm like if I buy this after use the credit card and I if I use the credit card I have to pay interest and then I had to explain that to them they're like what's interest like what is them like okay let's say I give you five dollars right I might give you five dollars but because that's not your money as my money you have to pay it back to me with more money because I'm charging you interest so instead of five dollars you have to give me eight or ten dollars depending on the type of interest rate that there is and he was like oh and I'm and he was like so what's debit and then I explained to them Oh debit is your own money that you make and you're using it wisely to get out of debt but at the end of the day like I didn't share the gym with them during my debt free journey inside of me I was like animal I might not be working soon so I have to make sure I stick to this and I would also like do like little hacks to this is a good tip so they really like Ritz crackers right but the rest crackers in my store is like maybe three something or to something depending on the price for the family pack and the Pena was sorry for me so all these has it for 85 cents so I'm like why am i spending almost $3.00 it's women 85 cents here so when they finish their risk factors the pack I will open up the end looks just like it it just feels a little bit different I would put it right right in there and they will eat it and there was they would say like it's kind of different but I'm late so I just eat is crackers cheese and crackers but you know little things like that like they don't they've got accustomed to it they didn't know the difference but I wasn't hurting them or doing anything I loved it so what did happen you you left up the story with your job you you find it out that you know things are about to change how did you bounce back how did you persevere through the job loss really I'm struggling with that to be honest like it's hard not not to be working especially if you were always working I've been working since I was fifteen years old never once if anything I've always went from one job to a better job so I got to my company which was in the healthcare field and I did 12 years and I went from a volunteer to management so I work from the bottom up to get there and just to be like separated like that like even though I knew was coming I cried I cried a lot but to be honest God gave me the strength to get through it and I went to to two months without being on social media not looking at anything just like really praying and asking God like where do I need to be right now wait where do you want me right now and what do you need to teach me because obviously I'm applying for jobs and not one door is opening so weird what do you want me to learn through this lesson and just really being throwing him learning how to trust him and know that says in Psalms 46:10 be still and know that I am God I will be exalted in the heavens that would be as also a mother earth so I'm just really trusting God through my weakness because this is a big to me this is my weakness like trusting God with him opening a door and not me working for it but and then I 2nd Corinthians 12:9 like my strengths is sufficient for you something Paul because pause I take this door and away from you my god take this away from me I don't like this and God is like no don't worry about it you've learned how to be frugal you have some savings and you're gonna continue in this path until it's time and I don't know what God is doing but I know he's doing something good to me what's wrong you know I want to talk about because this is such a real situation you know the mean where and and you were warned God warned you through a dream but some people they're not gonna they're just gonna catch a pink slip or catch your email or catch a meeting with their supervisor and find out that their job is coming to an end how or why is it so important because this is the path this is this is how your story played out why is it so important to not find safety in our nine-to-five jobs and why is it important for because what you did whether you realize it or not is you gave yourself power to be okay because right now somebody else in your company that got the pink slip their stress level is much different than yours because they didn't go on the path to eliminating their debt and freeing themselves up so talk about how to have the right mindset about jobs and job security and how debt freedom financial freedom should play a part okay so I would definitely say that when we're when whatever is given to us in this earth it's all gonna be like when you pass away it's all gonna go away like you own even though you own your house you really don't own it because guess what if you were to pass away tomorrow and that house has to go up sister go up for sale is no longer your home so I really believe that everything on this earth is lent to us because when we pass away it's all gonna we don't take it with us so look for the peace and things that are eternal for example when God okay so if God doesn't speak to you and you lose your job then be good stewards of the finances that God has placed in your hands so I wasn't being the steward I had a lot of that and I was saving thinking thinking that the minimum just make barely making the minimum payments was going to help me but no be a good Stewart pay off your debts have some savings so that you can have some peace if God forbid something was to happen to you and I knew that having too many bills was not going to help me I would be real stressed out right now if I had all this if I had $38,000 look for that and I didn't have a job and I didn't have money to save and I wasn't working towards it you're not gonna have peace you're not gonna sleep at night okay you need to have peace just in case so just be good stewards of your finances and administer it wisely that's what I would Southern as you were going through the process of getting out of debt what we're like family and friends saying were they supportive where they cheering you or would they question you like what are you doing like how did that play a part well I did have a lot of supportive family members and friends like I told them that I wanted to do I remember when I sat in my sister's house and I told her like I'm gonna tackle this I'm like I'm seriously gonna do this like she knew about my savings and she I told her I'm gonna start saving I'm gonna and I was like you know why I need to talk with my dad because what good is it to save and the more distance that they have the more conviction I feel like I need to like really do this and she's like um well you gotta start saying no because I'm like I was this really social butterfly like there's a party I'm there if there's a birthday I'm their baby shower I'm there and so I had her I had her like support and her best friend also was like well you're gonna take the classes I saw her yes I know for the classes she was like well I have the book and the work by god the workbook at home how about you skip paying for the class and you start with just the book in the workbook and it was like okay so I didn't like seriously and I even paid for the class and just reading the book doing the workbook but really applying those principles to my life and then I had other friends that didn't like me anymore because they were like what do you mean you're not coming I will get my envelopes open envelopes my gas money I don't know so I did the envelope system so I would look at how much I have for gas money and how much I have for spending and I don't have it so if I didn't have I would say no and too bad so sad for whoever didn't understand I'm sorry you're not gonna help me pay my bills so bad so there were people that were for it and people that were against it and if they're truly your friends they're gonna love you no matter what if they're not your friends then their God is gonna move remove them from your path nothing you know you did a whole lot of fighting and scraping and cutting and saving and explaining yourself to a lot of people but then the day arrived where you are able to make the very last payment on your debt and I'm sure that there are people listening who are on their journey and they're wondering what that feels like what it looked like so can you kind of describe that day for everybody for me like oh my gosh I could definitely feel I died when I thought when I paint when I took $12,000 $12,000 $12,000 but it was of course income tax return money from both from 2018 and then 2019 when I got some I saved them but when I take those $12,000 and I paid up the rest of my debt I literally felt like a big heaviness like come off of me like breathe like that's not a worry and then to sit down and tell my kids like The Frugal is like it's still not over because I'm still applying these principles especially not that I'm not working but that there's no dead there were like like there was so excited they were so happy this is like so much happiness there's peace because I can sleep at night knowing that I don't have all those extra bills to worry about I don't have a car payment or worry about I don't have insurance premium to worry about I just have my rent my cell phone though in my life is like a relief oh man that's all so that's awesome so I'm curious what did you learn about yourself that you didn't know prior to going on journey well to begin with I didn't know how much that I had like I knew I was using my credit cards and you I had a car payment I knew and why did I have any has to go to those at the time but then I got a spittle it's gonna hit you something's gonna happen during your journey and I would just say prepare for it because something might happen so just be ready for it but the good thing is that you have I've learned new principles like how to the power over perches like Dave Ramsey talks about his book like I don't need it like I've learned that I was an impulse buyer as well like even though I didn't make big shopping sprees but it's like if I didn't need to use my credit card or go out to chick-fil-a like why was I using the creek like why was I doing these things like I was just being very irresponsible with my finances and I really saw that my finance was really taking over me I had no control over it and then once I started to sit down and really analyze everything I was like well no no getting your nails done no getting your feedback like you better do your own nails it was the old me hair products because my hair is curly for women you know especially if you're going natural those things are expensive like and I was trying every everything why was i spending so much money on things that didn't matter so I learned how to control myself have self-control I learned how to say no to people and I try to please them I'm sorry I don't got it too bad so sad and say no to my children and thing and then they started saying no to me like mom you don't need that so I learned so much during this journey and I'm just grateful to be here today and just say I'm debt free how important was it for you to learn how to budget and how difficult or easy of a task was it for you to figure out it was pretty easy to figure it out but to apply it when I first was hard like I was like okay this is my budget this is how much I can use this is how much I can spend but to really in the beginning I think it took me like two months to really adjust to it and I go over and I go back to the bank and take my money out because I was in the envelope system it took me like two months like to say I can't really use this money because this is your budget why are you going back to the bank so I was being intentional I had to be ruined since you know on leaving my depakote home and training myself to really use the cash that I really have don't use your debit card because that's something that I needed to learn like self control but what was the question again did I go off or what I just wanted to know about how how the whole budgeting process was for you and you answered it well I'm also curious or could you kind of expound on why you chose to involve your kids and is that something that you would recommend for others to do if they are going on this journey and they have children you know because sometimes you can be like you know this is this is adult business you know a cute should stay in a kid's place you know all these type of mindsets but you chose to have them all the way in helping you knowing the progress stand posted on the journey so talk to us about that well for my children I felt like their lives were gonna change too not just my life but their lives were gonna change dramatically like my kids are used to the name-brand sneakers like I said Oreos in the Pisco cookies and I was like all of that is changing like everything is changing so I thought it was important for them to know that your life is about to change because we're gonna tackle this that I also wanted them like a big deal for me to was breaking generational patterns my mom never taught me how to budget so I downloaded the every dollar app and I showed them look you can put all your bills in here cuz one day you you guys are going to be grown in off to college and you guys are gonna need to learn how to budget so I showed them had my son is 13 my daughter is 10 so I showed them how simple it was just to plug in your money in here basically because I want them to be okay one day god forbid I die you know and I don't think they're gonna figure out their whole life you know if God forbid I die but at least they'll know that some principles that I've taught them like you can download that every dollar app if you need to work use the bare minimum save some money you know I wasn't taught this when I was little I was never taught how to budget I was never taught how I had to figure it out and I think God for resources and Dave's book and you know that every dollar app but I think it's important for us to instill what we learn in our children as well so that they don't get lost in the journey of life because life will happen great great advice so what would you say to somebody if they you know they've they've had thoughts about starting the journey to debt freedom but they I just don't think they can do it because of this situation or that situation or maybe they've started it and failed and just gave up all together how would you encourage that person I would tell you do it do it now today like you should have started yesterday mostly because like there's no peace oh my gosh this is I literally felt like a weight lifted off of me like I weighed 250 pounds in my way like my actual weight because it was such a burden and like if you're a single mom I want to speak to you like you can do this include your children make them excited I didn't do graphs because I get anxious and then I'm very competitive and I can't I'm very competitive and I'll try to just go crazy but if you ask you if that will work for you to like do it and include a minute and children are very like they can adapt to things quickly they they adapt really fast more than adults and I and I guess because I don't know they have this crazy faith like that anything is possible they haven't been down as much as adults that we take care of them so I would say include them and it's very important to do it because like who wouldn't know they would have kept me accountable and so me mom you don't need this like you told us this and now you're doing that like no sorry they were my accountability partners and it could if your courage and you feel like you can't do it they can be your soup awesome so I'm sure people loved your advice loved your story so if they want to keep up with you where you ad on the internet and social media so my instagram is danesco underscore seven and i have a youtube channel the name of the youtube channel is called waiting makes you go and I started that being like I talk about everything in my youtube divorce I talk about singleness don't settle I talk about my debt free journey I have what happened after I lost my job which I got everything but it's basically I'm waiting on the Lord and learning how to be ho in him no matter what circumstance you're in alright we'll be sure to have links to all of that in the show notes of this episode in Eska this has been incredible your story is super inspirational so thank you so much for taking time out of your schedule to share your journey with our audience today thank you for having me I appreciate it

FEEL your way to Debt FREEDOM

**FEEL your way to Debt FREEDOM**



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(sighing) – Hey, guys, it's Dana and
it's time to talk about money and in this video I wanted to talk about how to FEEL your way to debt freedom. (bell ringing) Now, actually in our family,
I am not the feelings person. I am more of the practical one and my husband is the
sensitive, feelings based, one in our relationship,
so kids always say, mommy is the mean one and
daddy is the nice one, sort of something along those lines. So, anyway, feelings. Getting in touch with your feelings. That is not something
that I'm fantastic at. However, this is not about
that kind of feeling, this is an acronym, FEEL is an acronym. I find at work everywhere I go, there are acronyms everywhere and sometimes I cannot stand them, because everything has been
shortened down into an acronym. However, I was listening to
the "Bigger Pockets" podcast which is one of the
podcasts that I listen to and they were talking about this acronym that they had come up with
and they were using it in regards to real estate investing and I think it's really
relevant to getting out of debt. I find that this acronym
helped with that as well, I think it's the exact
same thing you need to do to get out of debt, to pay off everything as fast as you can. All right, so I wanted to
share this acronym with you. FEEL, which is F, F stands for focus. In order to get out of debt,
you really need to focus on what it is you're doing on your goal, your why, why are you doing it? Just like anything you're
trying to accomplish, absolutely anything, if
you do not focus on it, it is not going to happen. You must focus on it, just
like when you were dating your spouse, most likely
when you were dating them, you were really focused on them and you were spending
all your time with them, your friends were probably yelling at you, hey, you never spend time with me anymore, that's 'cause you were
focused on that person and you ended up marrying them, right? And when you first have a baby, you're focused on your
newborn baby as you should be, so, things, in order to do well at things or to get them accomplished,
you need to focus on them, so, if you're trying to pay off debt, then you have to focus on it. Not obsess over it, but
focus on it as a goal, every single day, it's
something you have to have top of mind and whether
that means putting up some kind of board in your house, carrying a piece of paper
around in your wallet with you or just having conversations
everyday, listening to different podcasts
that relate to money, watching "Debt Free Dana" on YouTube, however it is, that you can,
you need to focus on it. Have it be something
you're thinking about. Correct? 'Cause otherwise you're
just gonna be like, yeah, whatever and it's
just gonna slip away and you're not gonna ever get there. So, the first is F for focus. Second is E and that is
for educate yourself. Educate yourself on best practices. Listen to others who have done it. Listen to people or read books
on how to get out of debt, what's the best plan,
something that has worked for millions and millions of people, you need to educate yourself
on how others have gotten to where you wanna get. Same thing with getting debt free. I followed Dave Ramsey's "Baby Steps" and that has worked for our family, it's worked for millions of others, but of course there are
other programs out there that you could follow, but just make sure that you are educating yourself on how others have done it. And I really like to listen to
a lot of different podcasts, I like to learn as much as I can and I try to read non-fiction books. I'm trying to learn from others
who have been successful. And who have done things that I wanna do. If I wanna be a black belt in karate, I have to train with a black belt. Someone who's gotten there, how have they done it,
I can't just read a book and suddenly become a
black belt in karate. Correct? So I need to learn from those who have done it, best practices. The third E is to execute. You have to execute on that plan. You have to follow the steps. If you don't, if you just
listen to a lot of podcasts, which I will raise my hand and say that for about a year, I was listening to the Dave Ramsey podcast, and we were not doing the steps. We just, we weren't doing it. We were not following
it and for some reason, it didn't even occur to me to follow it, I just was like, oh, this is entertaining, that's for other people,
and we didn't do it and then until one day, if
you see that video of mine out there one day, I realized, oh my gosh, we have, we have to do
this, this is for us. We have to actually do the steps. So, this is the same thing, if you know how to do something, because you've read the books, you've listened to
others, and you're like, oh, yeah, I know how to do that, but if you're not
actually doing it yourself then it's not going to happen. You have to execute it as prescribed, follow the steps as
you are being taught to and don't skip steps, don't
try to do it your own way, because your own way has not been working, otherwise you wouldn't be
looking for help elsewhere, correct? So, you need to execute on the steps. All right and then the very
last one is to learn, it's L, learn from your mistakes. Because you are going to make mistakes. Absolutely, you're gonna make mistakes. And when you make those mistakes, don't beat yourself up. Just try to learn from it
and then you can pivot, make certain shifts, try to change, try to correct things that you don't make that same mistake again. Obviously you don't want to continue to make the same mistake. You need to learn from that mistake and correct things that you can continue to move forward. And then just repeat,
repeat, repeat, repeat. Just continue to do, to do it. Just keep on the path and
I heard someone recently, doing their "Debt Free
Scream" Monday, Ramsey show, and they were saying that they believe that the key to getting out of debt, which I actually really agree with this, 'cause I would say the key is persistence. You have to continue to
keep your foot on that path, because I fully believe
the enemy is going to try to pull you off, drag
you off, push you off, and you have to try to stay on it, but they were saying it's
not necessarily persistence, but it is patience. Patience is the key, because
it is going to take time. Some amount of time and it's
very hard for many of us to have that patience
to stick with the plan, even when we fall down, get knocked off and we screw up, it's very
difficult to stay patient and to stick with it and
keep going, keep going, keep going 'til you reach the end goal. And eventually, you'll reach
it if you just don't give up and you have that patience for it. So, yes, patience is the key, right? Repeat, repeat, repeat,
keep following the steps and keep going, keep moving
forward towards your goal. All right, so that's the
FEEL acronym, like I said, I just really liked it, I
think that it's very relevant and I think that, that's
exactly how you get outta debt. That is the roadmap for debt freedom. If you can follow those
steps then you'll get there and then why do you wanna get out of debt? We wanna get out of debt so
that we don't have payments, so that all the money you're
earning, your income is yours to do what you want to do
with it, gives you choices, you can invest, you can save for whatever you wanna save for, you're not giving your hard
earned money to the bank or to someone else, so, owing
money definitely is a form of slavery and I just, it is
something within your spirit and so, I think when you get out of debt, it just gives you so many
more choices, options in life, freedom, literal freedom. So that is exactly why, so, all right. Hope that is helpful to you in some way. If it's your first time
here, be sure to subscribe, I'm here every single Tuesday,
talking all about money and we are a family of six,
living in the Philadelphia area and that's it, I'll talk
to you guys next week, bye.

MID-MONTH BUDGET CHECK-IN | ZERO BASED BUDGET (Dave Ramsey Style)

**MID-MONTH BUDGET CHECK-IN | ZERO BASED BUDGET (Dave Ramsey Style)**



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My Debt Story: How I Fell Back into $208,453.27 Debt Part 1

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First Budget on My Debt Free Journey

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Disclaimer: Honesty is awesome, so I share numbers and dollars in this post. I trust you’ll honor my honesty. Just so we’re clear, everything written here is based on my personal experiences + opinions. Not everything I say here will work for you, but I have faith that you’ll take the information presented and apply some of it to your own finances in a new and creative way.
my channel my name is Stacy flowers and I am a student of Dave's Ramsey's Financial Peace University in on a journeys have become a hundred percent debt-free my starting debt is two hundred and eight thousand four hundred and fifty three dollars and twenty seven cents I currently work part time earning anywhere between eight hundred and one thousand dollars and I am on baby step number one to save five hundred dollars in today's video I'm going to be going over a detailed a budget check in for my February 2018 budget so if you are interested in that please keep watching so the first thing that I want to do is pull up a calculator so that we can have that for our numbers and then I want to talk a little bit about the things that have impacted my budget so far so the number one thing that's having the biggest impact on my budget is income and so I started a journal entry page here and I just want to jot down my income to date so as mentioned in the original budget video my first paycheck plus some money that I'm counting as income was six hundred and eighty nine dollars and let's get that change I believe 86 cents yes in 86 cents on the 7th of February I also received a payment from my youtube channel for three hundred and twenty seven dollars and twenty one cents and then on the 8th of February I also received a generous donation of $100 and I received that donation from DME brown on YouTube and I just wanted to publicly thank you for that very generous donation his or her comment was hi Stacy I enjoy your budgeting videos very much can you list your PayPal me link in the description below your video for anyone who would like to contribute to your financial freedom journey you're such a positive attitude to your current financial situation I would like to help with the small boost and I just want to say thank you thank you thank you I appreciate that I appreciate you supporting my work I appreciate you watching my videos I appreciate you commenting and then also to the community that helped me to earn three hundred and twenty seven dollars and 21 cents it was all of you all collectively that made that happen so I deeply deeply appreciate that because it certainly has helped because I am on the 15th of this month and my turtle earnings so far for February six eighty nine point eighty six plus three twenty seven point twenty one plus one hundred is 111 one thousand sees me one hundred one thousand one hundred and seventeen dollars and seven cents so that is the amount of income that I am working with so far and we still have fifteen days left in this month so I'm super excited about where the month of February is going so now what I want to do is go down my budget and show you exactly what I've paid so far and where these dollars and cents have been going based on my original budget that I did at the beginning of the month and I will link that video so you can see my tides were eighty dollars based on my take-home pay for my part-time job this number will increase because I would like I am going to pay tithes off of the three 2721 earnings and when I paid tithes off that that will be an additional $32 but neither of these payments have come out yet because of the place where I allocated my tide payment the big expense that has come out for the month of February so far has been the five hundred and twenty five dollars for my rent I've also paid the thirty five dollars and 82 cents for my phone bill and I paid the hundred dollars towards my CTA Pass I have also paid the my groceries which I had a budget of $35 and I want to see how much I actually spent for my food budget and the pages that you see me flipping through those are my allocated spending pages but the reason why I'm looking at my cash flow is because it has a budgeted amount and a spent amount and I wanted to write it on this page so 3511 I've spent of my grocery budget which means I'm 11 cents over my grocery budget but still doing pretty good I'm pretty I'm pretty proud of that number based on my original cash flow plan I've paid my rent I paid my cell phone bill I paid transportation and I paid a little bit of groceries and so now I want to get into where I anticipate spending the 320 or how I plan on spending the 327 that I've earned from google adsense and the hundred dollar donation so if you're looking at my allocated spending page you can see that in my next pay period that's when I intend to pay my tithes and I just in this third category I created a category for the payment of 327 21 and so what I have coming out initially is the thirty two dollars and seventy cents and the missed payment here there's not a line for taxes but I wanted to make sure that I paid my taxes on the income that I have coming in because I will be taxed and taxes are currently passed new taxes are currently in my debt snowball so I don't want to fall behind and my 2018 taxes Oh after I take out my tithe and after I take out my 30% tax what I have left over to spend is one hundred and ninety six dollars and fourteen cents and today I'm actually going to make that payment onto my rent because if you remember in my previous budget video I learned that I am NOT current on my rent I'm actually always paying my rent during the month that I'm renting and that is the concept of being current and I want to be current so one of my primary goals was to do that and with this extra 196 14 plus the money that I anticipate putting when I get paid tomorrow on to my rant I will be much closer to my goal so let's see actually a little number so 525 minus 225 minus 196 14 that would mean that I'm a hundred dollars and 686 cents away from my total rent payment and I'm very excited about that because that I mean that really just allows me to be able to get in front of and as comment or survivor fan 30 to get out of the red so I anticipate putting the entire 196 14 towards my rent payment the hundred dollars generous donation that I received from the M Brown the way that that is allocated is I don't have anything for that hundred dollars coming out and my knee-jerk reaction was to just put that hundred dollars towards my rent and then I would only be six dollars and 86 cents over but the reality of my situation was that so that money was automatically paid through my paypal account and what I didn't know is that I had expenses coming through my PayPal account because again I'm trying to one I'm trying to have all my expenses come from one place so I'm very clear on how much money is going out but two I just didn't realize the expenses that I have so almost as soon as that money hit my PayPal account payments were going out that I was just not expecting so I'm gonna clear that up this month and that's another reason why I'm doing the budget check-in because I really now won't be overwhelmed at the end of the month trying to shift payments around to a card and blah blah blah I'll be able to put it exactly where it is so what actually came out of the hundred dollars that I received as a donation so far is fifteen dollars automatically was withdrawn for my paypal bill and I'm just going to check to see if I didn't know that I was on automatic debit there because I always call in to make the payment but maybe it's automatic maybe it's set up automatic debit if I have a balance in my PayPal account I don't know but I'm gonna follow up with that my podcasting fee was something that I forgot to consider in my earnest to get out of the red in February when I was talking about my budget so that fifteen dollars definitely came out and it's interesting because survivor fan 32 was watching the video and she was the one who pointed out that I forgot that particular payment and then two other expenses that really blew me away were and and well one didn't blow me away because survivor fan pointed it out she pointed out that I forgot to include my son's podcasting are not podcasting my son's iTunes subscription so that 1096 came out but I noticed that another 1096 came out and I was like livid because I'm like I don't if I didn't have this money what were you guys gonna do and the truth of the matter is is I realize is that when the money is not in my PayPal account these items just get declined and I think in I think I was mistaken these subscriptions for being off because the payments just weren't going through so I definitely thought that there was only one subscription for the iTunes but clearly there was too so I am I tried to dispute this charge but if I couldn't Apple was like not having it and they were like we can do this for next month so I was like all right fine so next month that will be taken off so unfortunately of the hundred are fortunately because I'm grateful but of the hundred dollars that was donated 15 – 15 – 10 69 oops $100 – 15 – 15 – ten point sixty nine – ten point 69 there's 48 dollars and sixty two cents leftover of which I'm going to put towards my rent and and it so yeah so that's that's where the budget is right now so that 48 60 – I'm going to put towards my rent leaving my overall leftover rent that I need to cover as 57 dollars and 38 cents so I wanted to do a budget check-in because I want you guys to be able to sooner see the difference between what I'm planning and how things are actually happening but I also want you guys to be able to see how I'm able to reconcile things and when I say reconcile I mean that like I'm still struggling a little bit with forgetting things that are coming out and my earnest to get things right I'm still of the mind that certain subscriptions are cut off when they are clearly active and so just different things like that but it is definitely getting better and it is getting better with your help in this community both monetarily because the Umbra was very generous but also just from a community perspective of commenting and watching and so I just want to say I deeply appreciate your support I am well on my way I am less than 50 dollars away from getting out of the red and I am super excited and super just humbled by the support and I'm just I'm just so grateful that you guys are supporting this journey and I hope that while you are watching this that you are beginning to transform your financial blueprint so that when it comes that time it'll be more than just one of us screaming I'm debt free so yeah that is it my midweek check-in if you have any questions please ask them down below I will do my budget report card on about February 27th February 28th and that's where you will get all the final numbers to see exactly where every dime went so thank you so much for watching I look forward to talking to you very soon [Applause]

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