Skip to comments.Dave Says Baby Step 3 the Key
Posted on 05/02/2012 3:46:17 PM PDT by Kaslin
Im about to complete Baby Step 3. Ive been very intense about following your plan, but I was wondering if theres ever any kind of frustration or letdown after youve come this far.
Youre right. The beginning three Baby Steps are very intense. First, you get $1,000 in the bank$500 if you make less than $20,000 a yearfor a beginner emergency fund as fast as you can. Then, pay off all your debts, except the house, from smallest to largest, and after that you finish out your emergency fund with three to six months of expenses. This is a real whirlwind of activity, because everything should be wrapped up in an aggressive, weve-got-to-get-this-done kind of attitude.
I guess if theres a letdown it could come from the feeling that once youre out of debt except for your house, things should kick into overdrive and youll become instantaneously wealthy. That just isnt realistic. But it does remove a ton of stress from your life, and youll experience a sense of freedom that youve never felt before.
As for frustrations, theyll be fewer because a huge cause of stress and frustration will disappear after you gain control of your money and get out of debt. You may feel like things arent moving fast enough, but things never seem to move fast enough when youre intense and really into what youre doing!
Our son is 21, and hes embarking on a career as a professional soccer player. Hell only be making about $30,000 a year, and we want to know how we can help him manage this money and not get caught up in the idea that he has to live a glamorous lifestyle.
Glamorous isnt the word Id use to describe a $30,000-a-year job, even for a 21-year-old. I think the biggest thing here is to make sure he develops some emotional maturity and uses basic, common-sense guidelines to help keep things in perspective. If he makes a habit right now of budgeting and living on less than he makes, hes going to have a lot easier time later on if he starts raking in the big bucks.
Help him prepare his heart for two things. First, that a career as a professional athlete will probably be a short run. Enjoy it, be smart, then prepare to move on to the next part of your life, and develop a different career track.
The second thing is that even if he beats the odds and ends up making a ton of money, hes got to view the money as a responsibility and a privilege. This is when the common sense and maturity really come into play. You cant run out and buy a bunch of houses and cars and expect even big money to last for long!
And once you are out of debt, it becomes far easier to build cash, as the difference between paying 18% on a credit card and earning say 5% in a mutual fund makes more of a difference than most would believe.
The guy reminds me of Sonny Bloch. Dave Ramsey gives good advice to help people (especially the simple minded) hang on to some of their money, and then tells them to spend it with his advertisers. You can bet that one of these days he will be doing the perp walk.
At one time he was running adds for a used Jaguar dealer in Jackson Ms. !!
Didn't he used to date Suzie Orman? Or was it Rachel Maddow? I forget.
In 2004, Ramsey's column was dropped from The Tennessean and four other newspapers owned by Gannett Co. after it was discovered that the identities of those seeking help were duplicated or falsified in several of his columns"
I think it is more likely that Suzie Orman is dating Rachel Maddow.
"The guy on the opposite side of the Bison antiquus whose atlatl dart overshot and hit KM in the anterior lower abdomen..."
Don’t understand the hate some freepers have for Dave.