You have put in the work, and now it’s time to save, save, save!
Baby step 3 is saving 3-6 months expenses. Once this step is complete, the other steps can be combined and executed somewhat simultaneously.
Baby step 4 is upping your investments to 15%, that is in addition to any employer contributions. An example account would be a 401k or a Roth IRA. Dave recommends getting someone to assist you with your investing that you trust, and that doesn’t just tell you what to do with your money, but actually teaches you about investing. He has a recommendations for people via his website, listed under smartvestors.
Step 5 is saving for college for your kiddos. There are a lot of options for this, we have a ESA. But you can also use a Education IRA or 529 plan.
Step 6 is paying off your home early. He has a really neat mortgage calculator on his website that you can play with. It will tell you when your mortgage will be paid in full, depending on how much extra you want to throw at it. I love plugging in different numbers to see how fast we could be completely debt free ( I know, I’m a nerd!).
Step 7 is to build wealth and give! This is my ultimate goal. What could you do without any debt? Turn the interest you owe, into interest you make. I believe you can do it! Just think of how many lives you could bless!
Now for some fun! Check out this video by Sarah on how Dave Ramsey ruined her life!