Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University
The goal of Financial Peace University is not just to give you information but to bring about a total transformation in how you handle your money! Financial management is only 20% knowledge and 80% behavior. With Dave Ramsey's help anyone can break the bad habits that rob people of true financial success.
Financial Peace University is Dave Ramsey's 8-week course designed to help you understand how money really works in simple, easy-to understand language. Each week, you will meet with your class to watch a video lesson and participate in discussion groups that will change how you think about money. Not only do you learn from Dave Ramsey, but you also learn from your fellow classmates! Sign up now for the upcoming class starting February 2, 2016. Classes are 1 to 2 hours in length. Sign up by emailing email@example.com or call 405-789-7900 ext. 2245. The cost to attend is $99. This covers the official course materials.
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About Dave Ramsey
Dave Ramsey is America's trusted voice on money and business, and CEO of Ramsey Solutions. He has authored five New York Times best-selling books. The Dave Ramsey Show is heard by more than 11 million listeners each week on more than 550 radio stations and digital outlets. Dave's latest project, EveryDollar, provides a free online budget tool. Follow Dave on Twitter at @DaveRamsey and on the web at DaveRamsey.com.
We have two daughters, and we've started thinking about financial planning for college. What are the differences between an Education Savings Account and a 529 plan?
I'm glad you're thinking ahead and planning for the future. Here's a quick overview of the two.
The Education Savings Account (ESA) is limited to $2,000 per year, per child. It has complete flexibility, meaning you can invest it in whatever you like and you can move it--roll it over--to another one if you don't like that mutual fund, as an example. I use that example because I recommend using good growth stock mutual funds and that you do this for the first $2,000 invested per year.
There are several types of 529 plans, and there's only one that I would recommend. It's the kind that has complete flexibility, where you control the investments. Some states have 529 plans that are prepaid tuition, and I never recommend those. You don't want the state managing anything for you, because you won't get anywhere near the returns you'd get if you managed it yourself. Other types of 529s lock you into a certain kind of investment the whole time, or they move the investment based on the age of your kid. I don't want anybody doing that crap. I want you controlling your money.
Most of the 529s vary somewhat from state to state, but the majority have flexibility that allows you to control the investment while contributing up to $10,000 a year. Both those and the ESAs grow completely tax-free on the growth as long as they're used for higher education. They can also be transferred to a sibling if the kid doesn't go to school, so a little brother or sister can use the money. If they get scholarships, make sure you keep up with the value of these. You'll be allowed to withdraw that amount and refund yourself for the scholarship amount without penalty or taxes on the amount withdrawn.
In short, both the ESA and 529 are fine ways to save for college. Just make sure if you're doing a 529 that you choose the kind you control from top to bottom!
In your opinion, what causes overspending?
Overspending is, 100 percent of the time, a choice. It's a decision. Most of the time it's linked to immaturity, although there can be other issues at play.
People who habitually overspend are saying that they're unwilling to act like a mature adult, and delay pleasure in order to win with money. This kind of thing is made even worse, because we live in a culture fueled by extreme debt marketing. And when things like credit card offers are constantly in the face of immature people, those two things can combine to make a real mess.
Good question, Kristin!