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The Total Money Makeover Summary – Dave Ramsey

Arthur Worsley
by Arthur Worsley
M.A. Psychology, Oxford. McKinsey Alum. Founder & Editor at TAoL.
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The Total Money Makeover (2003)
A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness

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The Total Money Makeover is the über-practical, 7-step sequal to Financial Peace Revisited that maps out the EXACT sequence of baby steps you need to break free of debt and earn your way to freedom - by personal finance guru, radio host and businessman, Dave Ramsey. (223 pages)

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The Total Money Makeover Summary

This The Total Money Makeover publisher’s blurb comes from the Nelson Books classic edition…

“IF YOU WILL LIVE LIKE NO ONE ELSE, LATER YOU CAN LIVE LIKE NO ONE ELSE.

Build up your money muscles with America’s favorite finance coach.

Okay, folks, do you want to turn those fat and flabby muscles into a well toned budget? Do you want to transform your sad and skinny little bank account into a bulked-up cash machine? Then get with the program, people. There’s one sure way to whip your finances into shape, and that’s with The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition.

By now, you’ve heard all the nutty get-rich-quick schemes, the fiscal diet fads that leave you with a lot of kooky ideas but not a penny in your pocket. Hey, if you’re tired of the lies and sick of the false promises, then take a look at this — it’s the simples, most straightforward game plan for completely making over your money habits. AM its based on results, nor pie-in-the-sky fantasies.

With The Total Money Makeover you’ll be able to:

  • Design a surefire plan for paying off all debt — cars, houses, everything
  • Recognise the 10 most dangerous money myths (these will kill you)
  • Secure a big, fat nest egg for emergencies and retirement!

Where Financial Peace gave you the solid saving and investing principles, this book puts those principles into practice. You’ll be exercising your financial strength every day and quickly freeing yourself of worry, stress, and debt — and that’s a beautiful feeling.

In the 10 years since it first released, millions of ordinary people have experienced their own Total Money Makeover. What are you walling for?”

The Total Money Makeover Contents

The Total Money Makeover has 13 main chapters…

  1. The Total Money Makeover Challenge
  2. Denial: I’m Not That Out of Shape
  3. Debt Myths: Debt Is (Not) a Tool
  4. Money Myths: The (Non)Secrets of the Rich
  5. Two More Hurdles: Ignorance and Keeping Up with the Joneses
  6. Save $1,000 Fast: Walk Before You Run
  7. The Debt Snowball: Lose Weight Fast, Really
  8. Finish the Emergency Fund: Kick Murphy Out
  9. Maximize Retirement: Investing Be Financially Healthy for Life
  10. College Funding: Make Sure the Kids Are Fit Too
  11. Pay Off the Home Mortgage: Be Ultra-Fit
  12. Build Wealth Like Crazy: Become the Mr. Universe of Money
  13. Live Like No One Else

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1. The Richest Man in Babylon - George S. Clason (FREE Summary)
The Richest Man in Babylon is THE classic parable on how to acquire money, how to not lose money and how to make money multiply - by serial entrepreneur and author, George S. Clason.
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2. Financial Peace Revisited - Dave Ramsey (FREE Summary)
Financial Peace Revisited is an approachable, practical guide to getting out of debt and unlocking your financial freedom no matter who you are or where you're starting from - by personal finance guru, radio host and businessman, Dave Ramsey.
Published 1992 // 352 pages // Rated 4.3 over 13,800 reviews on Goodreads
Books Like The Millionaire Next Door: Rich Dad Poor Dad
3. Rich Dad Poor Dad - Robert Kiyosaki (FREE Summary)
Rich Dad Poor Dad is one of the few must-read handbooks for anyone who's serious about earning their financial freedom - by businessman, investor and best-selling author, Robert Kiyosaki.
Published 1997 // 195 pages // Rated 4.1 over 472,500 reviews on Goodreads
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Rich Dad's Guide to Financial Freedom
Rich Dad's Cashflow Quadrant is the practical sequel to Rich Dad Poor Dad that'll show you EXACTLY how to take control of your cashflow and build massive wealth - by businessman, investor and best-selling author, Robert Kiyosaki.
Published 1998 // 376 pages // Rated 4.1 over 47,600 reviews on Goodreads
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The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy
The Millionaire Next Door is a fascinating study of the work and personal habits of America's surprisingly abundant blue-collar millionaires and PAW's (prodigious accumulator's of wealth) - by marketing professor, author and business theorist, Thomas J. Stanley.
Published 1995 // 258 pages // Rated 4.0 over 91,500 reviews on Goodreads

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Arthur Worsley
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