Sign In

For Suspension of fresh subscription in certain schemes of NIMF, kindly refer to ADDENDUM

 Content Editor

The Total Money Makeover

By Dave Ramsey

The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness

About the Author:
Dave Ramsey is America's trusted voice on money and business.
He's authored five New York Times best-selling books: Financial Peace, More Than Enough, The Total Money Makeover, Entre Leadership and Smart Money Smart Kids.
"The Dave Ramsey Show" is heard by more than 8.5 million listeners each week on more than 550 radio stations, "The Dave Ramsey Show" channel on iHeartRadio, and a 24-hour online streaming video channel.
Ramsey Solutions offers a suite of products and services to help people get control of their finances and other aspects of their lives.

10 key learnings from this book
The challenge

Winning at money is 80% behaviour and 20% knowledge, but the challenge is you – the guy in the mirror. The book points at you and the series of sacrifices you need to make in order to win at your money game.


90% of the problem is realising that there is a problem. A focussed life and death type approach is required to reset your patterns of spending and the biggest obstacle is denial.

Example – Myth which you have been believing for long - debt consolidation is saving you money because of less interest you are paying – but the truth is that debt consolidation is dangerous because you are only treating the symptom, but not the problem.

The “Now” Myth

One of the most compelling human needs is to want it NOW – like that kid in the grocery store who cries and screams that he wants his stuff NOW; but we must realise that this is a sign of immaturity as well.

And the solution to this craving is provided by “Debt” – Debt is the means to achieve and believe that if you want it, you can have it right now. This prompts a person to buy things which they cannot afford.

Money Myths

Two money Myths are – Risk denial which means that total safety is possible and Easy wealth, a belief that making money is easy. These myths are one of the reasons why millions of people get attracted to Lottery tickets.

Few more enemies and Hurdles

a) Ignorance -We must understand that ignorance is not a lack of intelligence but a lack of know-how that can be learned.

b) Keeping up with your standard of living – Peer pressure, cultural expectations, and our own beliefs that we need to keep up with our wealthy friends or neighbours.

Save $1000 fast

Just like starting a fitness regime, you need to start walking before you can run. The first step is to save $1000 and keep it aside as an emergency fund.
Also, every month you need to budget and follow a process- Basically, income minus outgo should equal zero every month.

The Debt Snowball effect

Just the way that you can’t lose weight quickly, cutting debt may not happen all at once. You need to start – start slowly but surely and start cutting down your debt. List your debts in order, with the smallest payoff or balance first.

Finish your Emergency Fund

A fully-funded emergency fund covers three to six months of expenses. You start the emergency fund with $1,000, but a fully-funded emergency fund will usually range from $5,000 to $25,000, assuming that it’s a typical family that can make it on $3,000 per month.

Maximise Retirement Savings – Be Healthy For a lifetime

Simple maintenance will keep your money muscles maintained. You need to keep investing month on month, as an extremely disciplined approach towards your retirement fund. This simple discipline works, and the magic of compounding will take care of your wealth creation too.

College Funding – Make sure your kids understand financial fitness too

Understand the Purpose of a College Education Before You Fund It. Let’s understand this is again a form of debt and this cannot be in the wrong direction. Both as a parent and as a child, you need to understand and be extremely clear about this.


The information provided in this synopsis, write up or podcast is designed to provide helpful information on the subjects discussed. The information provided in this synopsis, writeup or podcast does not infringe any copyright or intellectual property right of any third party. The information provided in this synopsis, write up or podcast should not be copied as it contain intellectual property rights of the publisher and author.


Get the app