48-Hour Giveaway: Financial Peace University (25 Winners)

If you’ve read this blog for even a short while, you probably know that I’m a Dave Ramsey fan. Truth be told, my husband was a fan first and he tried for months to get me to listen to “this Dave guy”, as I called him. :)

Here’s what I wrote almost three years ago about how Dave Ramsey changed our lives:

During the last year of law school, we discovered this guy named Dave Ramsey. Jesse started listening to his radio show and kept coming to me all pumped about what he was learning.

I really wasn’t too excited. After all, I stubbornly thought, weren’t we pretty smart when it came to finances? Did we really need some guru with a radio show to tell us what to do? I mean, c’mon, we were debt-free, we were living on a budget, we were living beneath our means, and we were giving–even on a very small budget. What more could some guy on the radio really teach us about money?

I stalled and made up excuses. But Jesse persisted in encouraging me to listen to Dave Ramsey. So I finally gave in and said I’d go through Financial Peace University with him. I figured it wouldn’t hurt anything. And maybe, I’d learn something new.

Boy, was I ever stubborn and proud.

After the first week of Financial Peace University, I understood why Jesse was excited about this guy! Dave really knew his stuff, he thought a lot like us, and he was a great communicator. And believe it or not, I was getting a little hooked.

As we went through the next 13 weeks of classes, I learned all sorts of stuff I realized I had no clue about when it came to finances. Things like the various pros and cons of different kinds of insurance, what exactly mutual funds are, and how to wisely prepare for retirement.

But more than the typical financial terminology, I had a complete paradigm shift when it came to money.

I’d always thought it was great to live beneath your means and it was good to give generously, but I’d never really thought extremely long-term concerning money. Nor, had I ever had a strong reason for practicing frugality other than that we had to—or else get ourselves buried beneath loads of debt.

Dave Ramsey gave us a vision. He inspired us to think big, plan ahead, and dream big dreams. Most of all, we were motivated to get our family in the best financial shape possible so that we could bless and help others by being generous givers.

When we were finished with Financial Peace University, we sat down and made some big goals. In fact, the goals were so big, they seemed impossible to us at the time. But we decided to aim for the stars. After all, we figured that even if we didn’t hit them, we’d likely make more traction than if we hadn’t aimed at all!

One of the seemingly-impossible goals we made at that time was to buy a house debt-free within five years of finishing law school. It felt so far-fetched that we didn’t even have the courage to tell anyone else about it. However, we thought that if we really scrimped and saved, we might be able to squeeze out enough extra from our budget to buy a small, very basic fixer-upper home at an incredible deal within five years.

With Dave’s inspiration and the blessing of God, we went on to pay cash for our first house — in half the time we thought it would take! We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Dave for how he challenged us and motivated us to dream big dreams, set audacious goals, and work with gazelle-like intensity toward them.

And that’s why I’m so excited to be sharing this giveaway today for 25 Financial Peace University memberships. This recently re-done program (it’s now only nine weeks, instead of 13 weeks) has changed and is changing hundreds of thousands of lives around the country — and the world.

Dave walks you through all the basics you need to know to pay off debt, get on a budget, get on the same page financially with your spouse, save for college and retirement, invest your money wisely, and be in a place to give generously. He makes it fun, engaging, and doable. While the investment of $89 for the membership might seem expensive, I promise it is worth every penny — and then some.

Your Financial Peace University membership gives you free lifetime access to any FPU 9-week class, plus the following items:

  • Member Workbook
    Bring this to class each week. This workbook is packed with good stuff and will soon become a close companion.
  • Envelope System
    This is Dave’s easy-to-use cash management system. Put money in. Take money out. Stay on budget!
  • Complete Guide to Money
    This book will track along with your workbook. You’ll read a little each week and learn a lot.
  • Audio CDs & Case
    Listen to Dave’s teaching over and over as you take the class and after!
  • Budget Forms Folder
    Wait! Don’t let the B-word scare you! This folder will give you a place to file away your forms.
  • Progress Poster
    Post this on your fridge or on your closet door as a fun reminder of where you are and where you need to go!
  • Free Lesson Tickets
    Pass these tickets to anyone you feel could benefit from FPU.
  • Access to FPU Central
    Sign in to FPU Central using your member ID to access powerful tools and resources plus two bonus lessons!

I can say without any hesitation that we wouldn’t be in the financial position we are today if it wasn’t for the things we’ve gleaned from Dave Ramsey. The principles he teaches really work — we’re living proof of that!

Would you like to win a free membership to Financial Peace University? Just click on the graphic below, type in your name and email address. 25 winners will be chosen and posted next Monday. This giveaway ends Thursday, December 6, at 11:59 pm, CST.

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  1. J says

    I so hope I win, my brother desperately needs this. I asked him to get the book but he says he can’t afford it. Sigh. He did a bankruptcy last year and hasn’t mended his ways yet.

  2. Becky says

    My husband and I just bought the kit last week. I can’t wait to start the class…. even though I’m surrounded by nay-sayers.

    I love hearing success stories like this. It motivates me to work harder on Step 2.

  3. Allie says

    For a while now, I have been thinking about getting FPU but felt the same way as you that we are in decent financial shape- no debt besides our mortgage. However, last month, I had an unexpected minor surgery that cost over $30,000. Even after insurance, with our deductible and co-pay our portion was nearly $7500. Plus, we had some property damage that resulted in about $7000 necessary repairs that were not covered by insurance. I think now may be the time to really give Dave a chance.

  4. shannon says

    We were on track with our budget until medical bills piled up from my neck surgery and now it would be very helpful to seek the assistance of Dave Ramsey’s program to help us get back into the right direction with our financial goals. I’ve always heard great things about Dave Ramsey. What a generous giveaway Crystal!

    • Alisha says

      Very generous. She’s awesome! I always come here for inspiration. Whenever we hit a grind, read some of her blog posts and “instantly” feel less “grindy.” lol.

  5. Alisha says

    OMG! This would be so awesome! I was able to buy his Total Money Makeover book through Amazon during one of the Black Friday lightning deals and we are going to start our Money Makeover January 1st (kind of as a symbolic first step towards Freedom). ;)

  6. Sara says

    This is awesome. I was inspired by you to check out “Total Money Makeover” from my library and it was great. It gave me tons of ideas and inspiration and I was gung ho for a while, but that has dwindled and I’ve even used my credit card for a couple of christmas purchases! (Hangs head in shame!) I looked in to the seminar when I was finished with the book, but the only way I’d be able to afford it is by putting it on the credit card. This would be awesome to win and I’d hopefully inspire myself and my husband more to get on the ball financially.

  7. says

    I am a huge Dave fan! I used to watch his show on Fox Business. Since he doesn’t do the show anymore, I listen to podcasts online. He is so inspirational. Whenever I feel like I’m in a rut, I listen to Dave and I feel so much better! Great giveaway!

  8. Rose Hand says

    I have the book and workbook and this is a wonderful program. Unfortunately, there are no classes in my area : (

  9. Dona says

    Would love to win this! While we read his books and follow his principals, my husband just wont stomach the cost of the class. Only way I could get him to go would likely be if we won a free ticket :( Great Giveaway..thanks Crystal!

  10. Beth S says

    Thanks for this giveaway! The timing is perfect – we are on baby step #2 in the Total Money Makeover!

  11. dEB says

    This is a wonderful give away. Financial peace. :) I am dreaming and hoping you will pick me. I have read the book and listen to him constantly on the radio. Either way anyone who wins this will be really lucky and will be life changing.

  12. Jessica says

    I desperately need this!! I have a friend who has been recommending it to me for the longest time, but I just cannot afford to purchase the materials. PLEASE PLEASE pick me!

  13. Katie says

    We learned about Dave Ramsey through your website & read The Total Money Makeover! We paid off our last debt in 2007 and my husband is going to graduate from seminary this summer, debt-free. We’re so blessed to be going into ministry without the burden of debt. My brother & sister-in-law paid off their last debt two weeks ago, and it’s been amazing to watch my little brother mature as he walked through the baby steps. Thank you for sharing and for ALL you do!

  14. Candice says

    This would be awesome to win! I have been wanting to do FPU for a while now, but we just can’t afford the materials. I have heard so many wonderful things about it!

  15. Amie says

    Like so many others, I really want to win this! I read about Dave Ramsey on this blog and then watched some of his videos online. I haven’t been gungho, but I’ve put aside $1000 in an e-fund and haven’t touched it, paid off 2 credit cards, replaced tires, a car battery, and a printer, paid medical expenses, and have been doing Christmas shopping debt-free. Most importantly, I came together with my husband to create a budget. We are finally attacking our debt together and my husband even said that he no longer dreads paying bills because they are finally getting smaller and smaller. I’d love to learn more.

  16. Sheila says

    We did Dave’s course years ago pre-kids but i wish we would have taken it more seriously & made goals for ourselves. We are in need of a tune-up badly.

  17. Megann says

    I have been looking into this for my husband and I as he is in the Army. I cant even begin to tell you how much this would help us. Thank you for offering this.

  18. Monica says

    Thank you so much for offering this! I’d love, love, love to win this. My husband and are I just getting into Total Money Makeover.

  19. Andrea says

    Wow what super giveaway! I would love to win this, my husband has been unemployed twice in the past year, our financial situation is grim. Although we get through it, this would be such a blessing.

  20. Catharine P says

    My mom has been bragging on this class for a while. Just missed the last one at our church :( Our family would LOVE this opportunity to learn and make better decisions for our family’s finances. Thanks so much!!

  21. says

    I hope and pray we win this. My husband and I feel the constant weight of debt on our shoulders. It seems like when we pay off one thing there is a new bill waiting in the wings to take the spot. I would eventually like to stay home with my daughter, but there is no possible way. Fantastic giveaway and perfect for the new year!

  22. Megan says

    Thank you so much for offering this! It would be great to win this! i took his class about 7 years ago, and loved it, i just couldn’t ever get my husband to commit to doing any of his suggestions! now after he has been laid off almost a year with his employer fighting his unemployment, every step of the way, so never receiving a check, filing bankruptcy, and me changing jobs, this would be great to win this! thanks again! i love your blog, and have learned alot!

  23. Seana Ankers says

    I hope and pray that I win! This will make a huge difference to us! I’ve been wanting to get it all, but it just isn’t in the budget at all…