Day 3 of 21: Debt is Dumb!

I’ve been a personal finance “hobbyist” since I first saw Suze Orman on TV a few years ago, and discovered that you don’t have to have money to be involved in your finances.

Seriously though, I got involved in my retirement planning, and household budgeting. We paid off our cars early and “burned the candle at both ends” to pay down our home mortgage (something we’re grateful now as most of our neighbors are upside down in their mortgages).

In my research of personal finance, I’ve studied the PF theories of two “gurus” of personal finance; Dave Ramsey and Suze Orman.

Dave Ramsey’s philosophy is a bit more stringent. He doesn’t believe in debt. He says never take more than a 15 year mortgage, and never, EVER use a credit card. I especially like his book “The Total Money Makeover,” which I downloaded as an ebook from Audible.com.

Suze Orman’s philosophy is a little more relaxed in that student loan debt is “acceptable” debt, and that a credit card used for job search expenses is OK. I found her philosophy and strategy very helpful in my first few years on my own. I especially like her book “Money For the Young, Fabulous and Broke!”

I find my own personal finance philosophy right in-between these two–shunning credit cards, but accepting mortgages and student loan debts. Mr. Ramsey encourages parents to pay for their children’s college, I’m of the opinion that they appreciate it more when they put themselves through.

I encourage you to check out the library or iTunes and their Web sites for some good ideas and information. Dave Ramsey has a daily podcast available for free from iTunes. I especially enjoy the Friday shows where he invites callers to call and scream “I’m Debt Free!” with him on the air when they’ve paid off their last debt.

Happy learning!

This is part 3 of 21 of “21 days of financial literacy” for April, which is Financial Literacy Month.

  • Stephanie @ Faithful Follower Of Christ

    I love Dave Ramsey! I got The Total Money Makeover last December. I would say it changed my financial life! I just wrote a post on making my final “bad debt” payment a few days ago! Check it out if you’d like: http://faithfulfollowerofchrist.blogspot.com/2009/04/bad-debt-is-going-going-gone.html

  • JessicaW

    Stephanie! Thanks for visiting and congrats on your last payment! I hope you enjoy PennywiseFamily! :-)

  • Owner

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  • JessicaW

    Thansk for the feedback “Owner” :) I’ll take a look at that. Tomorrow I’m planning to write about mint.com which is something I use and I’ve turned a few others on to. It’s online though, so I understand it scares a few folks. :)