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The difference is the level of detail. Financial coaching is the most detailed and comprehensive service we offer. Our coaches will help you develop a plan specific to your financial situation. FPU offers weekly accountability and encouragement, plus you will learn more about budgeting, debt elimination, investing, insurance and giving.TOP
We have a small team of in-house coaches that work directly for Dave and a network of coaches across the country that have been trained by our team, but are independent business owners. All of our coaches will give you financial guidance based on the principles that Dave teaches.TOP
Debt consolidation is dangerous because you only treat the symptom of the problem. The habits—and the debt—are still there. You just moved the debt! You will pay about the same amount, which doesn't really help you eliminate debt faster. Most people take on more debt after consolidating or end up in bankruptcy because they didn't change their behavior.
Bankruptcy is listed in the top five life-altering, negative events that one can go through. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, which is total bankruptcy, stays on your credit report for 10 years. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, more like a payment plan, stays on your credit report for seven years.
Bankruptcy, however, is for life. Loan applications and many job applications ask if you have ever filed for bankruptcy. Ever. Avoid it if at all possible.TOP
Financial coaching is the most hands-on service we offer. Our coaches will help you develop and implement a plan specific to your unique situation. You may be facing a crisis, such as bankruptcy, foreclosure or harassing creditors. Or maybe you need help building wealth or starting your small business. Even if you just have some general questions about money management, financial coaching could be right for you.
Our coaches are trained to handle a wide variety of situations. They will offer detailed advice and a specific plan to make your money work for you!TOP
Financial coaching gives you a high level of detail and individual attention. As you progress from reading one of Dave's books to Financial Peace University to financial coaching, the increasing cost reflects the increasing scope of resources devoted to you. Although financial coaching can be expensive, it is a necessity for some. For others, however, it is a luxury. You will have to decide where to draw the line.
If coaching is a necessity, then you also have to compare it to: 1) the costs of bankruptcy, which can be $500–$2,000 in legal fees alone, or 2) the cost of credit counseling, which at $30–$50 per month for four years would cost around $2,000. Our fees are a bargain compared to these options, plus you'll have a plan to change your financial future! Many couples also find that addressing their financial situation reduces the stress on their marriage.TOP
We do not want to become your creditor, so we do not divide the fee into payments. As a result, we request the payment in full up front by either a debit card or bank draft. Remember, financial coaching is the most detailed service we offer; that's why it's the most costly. Other less-expensive options are available, such as daveramsey.com, Dave's books, and Financial Peace University, but coaching is focused on your unique situation.TOP
Our policy requires both spouses to attend the coaching session. From experience, we've learned that coaching only one spouse does not work. This must be a team effort. If your spouse is not on board, sit down with them in a non-distracting environment and communicate how much you want them to participate in the finances. Do not let this be a time to nag, yell, scream, etc. Tell them that attending financial coaching, or even Financial Peace University, can be your Christmas, birthday or anniversary gift this year.TOP
The answers to many financial questions are available for free in the Ask Dave section of the website.
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To succeed, you'll need to consider these three questions:
In other words, are you willing to change, and will you be faithful to your commitment to change?
To get the best results, you will make a time commitment both in and out of the coaching office.
We can show you options and guide you, but you will have to take action. We can't do it for you.