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4 Myths About Leading an FPU Group During the Summer

We all know summer is one of the greatest seasons of the year. But summer activities can add up quickly: Think outdoor concerts, barbecues, and water parks. Plus, don’t forget about that long-awaited beach vacation. In the midst of all these activities, it’s easy to forget about your finances.

If you’re a Financial Peace University (FPU) member, or if you’ve led a group before, you know the importance of keeping a zero-based budget all year. So while you’re busy budgeting to make sure you have enough for everyday expenses and those fun summer activities, your loved ones may be overspending their way to broke! That’s why we need more Financial Peace University coordinators to host groups now, even in the summer. People need your help!

You may think summer is an off-season when it comes to leading Financial Peace University, but we’re here to shine some light on four myths about hosting a summer FPU group. Because guess what? No one can take a vacation from their finances.

Myth #1. No one will sign up—they’re all going on vacation!

We get it. The kids are out of school, and parents have been saving up vacation days to take the perfect family trip. So that means no one is going to sign up for your Financial Peace University group, right?

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While it’s true that groups meet weekly for nine weeks to go through the lessons together, it’s not the end of the world if someone has to miss a lesson.

One of the best parts about Financial Peace University is the fact that you can watch it anytime, anywhere. Your group members can still go on vacation, catch up on the latest lesson poolside, and be ready to meet back up with the rest of the group when they get home.

Myth #2. It’s all about the numbers.

We love measuring things, don’t we? Often, we get our identities mixed up with the number on the scale, the number of followers on social media, or even the number in our bank account. But guess what? Your worth and impact as a coordinator doesn’t stem from the number of people signing up for your group!

And here’s more good news: Some coordinators have the best groups and the highest attendance during the summer. Plus, there are some great perks to leading in the summer:

  • Most activities are on pause for the summer. That means you won’t have to compete for people’s time and attention!
  • If you do have fewer group members, you get to have deeper conversations along with more opportunities for accountability!
  • If you want to lead a group in your church, most churches schedule less weeknight activities in the summer. That means you’ll have the best seat in the house, and you can probably promote your group from the pulpit!

Summer is actually the perfect time to direct your attention and efforts to those searching for financial help.

Myth #3. Leading a summer group will take away from family time!

If you’ve had a chance to read Smart Money Smart Kids by Dave Ramsey and his daughter Rachel Cruze, you’ve already heard this truth bomb: More is caught than taught.

When it comes to showing your kids the importance of keeping a budget, giving every dollar a job, and living like no one else (so later you can live—and give—like no one else), you are their best example. When you start to live out the financial truths shared in your Financial Peace University group, your kids will catch on—and maybe even your neighbors, friends, and loved ones will too!

Plus, who says you can’t bring the kids to group with you? Many families plan their group around a fun activity for the kids!

Here are some ideas to make your summer group more kid-friendly:

  • Hit up a park and let the kids play while your group takes over the park pavilion.
  • Have everyone pitch in to hire a sitter for the lesson portion of the group.
  • Host a group at your home and let the kids watch a fun movie while you lead.

Myth #4. No one wants to learn about money in the summer.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Debt is normal. Be weird.

As someone who has been through Financial Peace University, you know the incredible life-change that comes from following the Baby Steps.

Let’s get real: People are hurting. Right now, there are people in your community who are broke and broken—and ready for a change! Are you the one who will bring them hope this summer?

By leading an FPU group this summer, you will help families in your community learn how to pay off debt, build their savings, create a budget, and establish smart money habits that will continue for the rest of the year.

So now that we’ve shattered these summer-group myths, you’re probably ready to get started. You can lead your best Financial Peace University group yet . . . this summer. Take the first step today. Get started.

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Ramsey Solutions has been committed to helping people regain control of their money, build wealth, grow their leadership skills, and enhance their lives through personal development since 1992. Millions of people have used our financial advice through 22 books (including 12 national bestsellers) published by Ramsey Press, as well as two syndicated radio shows and 10 podcasts, which have over 17 million weekly listeners.