• The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: Dave Ramsey Edition

    This week, my morning roundups are going to focus exclusively on specific personal finance writers. I’ve searched around the blogosphere researching these writers and the takes that others have on them and found a number of good ones. Today I’m taking a peek at Dave Ramsey, author of several personal finance books and the host …

  • Debt Repayment 101: A Perfect Candidate For The Ol’ Debt Snowball

    Brad’s looking at his debt and wondering where to start: My wife and I are trying to decide what to do with our “extra” income each month: pay down our home equity ($18K at 9.13%), pay down our other debt (student loans of $6K at 7.14% and $13K at 3.75%; car loan of $8K at …

  • Review: Financial Peace Revisited

    In the past, I reviewed Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover and, surprisingly to me, I quite liked it. It laid out a simple, straightforward plan for getting people on a reasonably strong financial path, and it’s wonderfully constructed to give the person following the plan a lot of psychological reward for following through. To …

  • Is Dave Ramsey Making Up Stuff About The Stock Market? The Simple Dollar Cracks The Numbers

    I’ve heard many times that Dave Ramsey makes some very broad generalizations about the broad stock market when convincing listeners of his radio show to invest their money in a broad index fund. I never really paid much attention to this, mostly because if you don’t speak in some degree of generalization, it’s very difficult …

  • Dave Ramsey vs. Suze Orman: Which Plan For Dealing With Debts Is Best?

    Recently, AllFinancialMatters posed the following question: which method of getting out of debt works better, Suze Orman‘s or Dave Ramsey‘s? Here are the compared plans: Here’s Dave Ramsey’s Snowball Method for paying off credit cards: Step 1 – Make a list of all your credit cards, ranked in order from the highest balance to the …

  • Digging Through The Comments: Readers Of The Simple Dollar Speak Out

    Occasionally, I like to highlight comments about various articles on The Simple Dollar for several reasons. One, it lets me highlight some of my best readers and let them know that I really value their comments. Two, it lets everyone else know how integral comments are to The Simple Dollar. And three, after sifting through …

  • Deconstructing Dave Ramsey

    This week, The Simple Dollar is deconstructing five top personal finance and investing pundits and asking the big questions about their track record and their message. Quite often, I find myself listening to streaming audio of Dave Ramsey’s radio show on weekday afternoons (I usually listen via NewsTalk AM 1270). His message is very similar …

  • I Think I Figured Out Why People Love Dave Ramsey

    For the longest time, I didn’t really “get” why people loved Dave Ramsey. I knew that Dave had a pretty serious following (due to some interesting comments and emails), but I didn’t understand the passion, even when I was reading and reviewing The Total Money Makeover. I found the book to be quite enthusiastic, but …

  • Review: The Total Money Makeover

    This week, The Simple Dollar is conducting a detailed review of radio host Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover. This book is basically a distillation of the “Dave Ramsey philosophy” into the form of a self-help book that, in terms of language, has more in common with books like Joel Osteen’s Your Best Life Now …

  • The “Debt Snowball” Concept: How I Made It Work For Me

    I’m a sometimes listener to Dave Ramsey’s radio show (it’s not consistenly on the air in my area) and I’ve recently read Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover. In both, Ramsey advocates a concept that he calls the “debt snowball.” Here’s how it works. First, make a list of all of the debts you have, with …

  • The Total Money Makeover: Buy or Don’t Buy?

    This week, The Simple Dollar is conducting a detailed review of radio host Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover. This book is basically a printed distillation of Dave’s “financial preacher man” style on his radio show. Is there serious meat to be found here, or is it a bunch a fluff around a few small …

  • The Total Money Makeover: Building Wealth

    This week, The Simple Dollar is conducting a detailed review of radio host Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover. This book is basically a printed distillation of Dave’s “financial preacher man” style on his radio show. Is there serious meat to be found here, or is it a bunch a fluff around a few small …

  • The Total Money Makeover: The First Steps

    This week, The Simple Dollar is conducting a detailed review of radio host Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover. This book is basically a printed distillation of Dave’s “financial preacher man” style on his radio show. Is there serious meat to be found here, or is it a bunch a fluff around a few small …

  • The Total Money Makeover: Hurdles

    This week, The Simple Dollar is conducting a detailed review of radio host Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover. This book is basically a printed distillation of Dave’s “financial preacher man” style on his radio show. Is there serious meat to be found here, or is it a bunch a fluff around a few small …

  • The Total Money Makeover: Overview

    This week, The Simple Dollar is conducting a detailed review of radio host Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover. This book is basically a printed distillation of Dave’s “financial preacher man” style on his radio show. Is there serious meat to be found here, or is it a bunch a fluff around a few small …