Houston Texans were happy to fill the Reliant Arena today to see Dave Ramsey Live! A church from the Woodlands area brought 300 of their members out to see the show. How amazing is that? Our family makes no secret about being fans of Dave Ramsey. Because we buckled down and got with the Financial Peace University plan our family is officially “WEIRD” and “DEBT FREE” except for the house. Which means that we are now on baby step 6.
No credit card payments, no loans of ANY kind and best of all no car payments! When we were finally free of debt it was “weird.” There was this feeling of, “shouldn’t our money be going to all these different lenders?” It took a few months to adjust. When you have been paying the same bills month after month and year after year it becomes part of your routine. You are forming a habit and who wants that? Cars, loans, rent to own items and credit cards can take a long time to pay off.
For us that burden is finally gone. My husband and I believe that it is now our service to share Financial Peace University with others because of the impact it has made on our lives. Some times people will get excited about the steps but because it takes a while to work through these steps they give up. I could easily compare it to fad diets or weight loss gimmicks. People get on a health kick but if they don’t see the results quickly enough they quit. The will to be disciplined is a mental process. You have to be willing to do the work for as long as it takes. The speed at which you complete the steps is up to you!
The live show was a hefty 5 hours long but it is well worth it to see Dave Ramsey live! He is a great motivator. As a coordinator of the FPU class my husband and I have heard this before several times. It’s the energy of the audience who haven’t heard about the plan yet that gets us excited again. After all we aren’t to the 7th step yet. We started working the steps in September 2009. It’s been 2 years and we are still staying in the game until we finish ALL the steps.
One thing about the plan is it really sticks and you begin to weigh every single purchase. The live event has several breaks and there are refreshments for sale for the audience. One bottled water was $4.25! People were refilling their bottles at the water fountain. You have thousands of people trying to manage their money yet the arena charges ridiculous amounts for food and drink. That was a HUGE topic of conversation among audience members.
My husband had purchased 10 tickets to give away. We were unable to find 4 takers but we did find 6! It is my hope that those 6 people will change their family trees forever. It’s a process but it can and has been done by many. Regardless of whether or not people like Dave Ramsey his plan WORKS! It’s a simple plan but it takes commitment to pull it off.
Read more about our journey: Working The Dave Ramsey Plan Baby Step 6