Currently, the infamous Ramsey leads the competition with about 50 percent of the American population supporting his claim as 2012’s best personal finance guru, with last year’s “12 Days of Finance” winner, Robert Kiyosaki, fighting to keep his title with about 45 percent of the votes. Also competing in the poll are Suze Orman, David Bach, Ramit Sethi, Clark Howard, J.D. Roth, Jean Chatsky, Philip Taylor, Farnoosh Torabi, Ric Edelman, and Liz Weston.
No finance expert list is complete without acclaimed financial counseling specialist, Dave Ramsey. He is most widely known for his Christian-based finance advice given through The Dave Ramsey Show, a nationally-syndicated radio segment which reaches millions of listeners eager for advice on their personal finance dilemmas.
Since The Dave Ramsey Show presents an ongoing stream of Dave Ramsey’s financial advice, those encumbered with debt can look to Dave’s bestselling book The Total Money Makeover, for a details account of this infamous get-out-of-debt “baby steps,” which include:
1. Saving $1,000 as an emergency fund
2. Using the “debt snowball” (smallest to largest debt) to eliminate existing debt
3. Saving enough to sustain expenses for 3-6 months
4. Investing 15 percent of household income into Roth IRAs and pre-tax retirement accounts
5. Paying into a college fund for children
6. Paying off your mortgage early
7. Building wealth and giving back to others
In his book The Total Money Makeover, Dave says, “We buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like.”
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