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Did you know that the number one cause of divorce in America is money fights and money problems? So many of us come to the altar with our own debts from college, and when combined we have to face how to deal with these debts. One of the best ways to ensure that you are on the same page financially is to attend Financial Peace University- a program by Dave Ramsey that will help you get right with your money and pay off your debts.

If you've never heard of Dave Ramsey, allow me to introduce you! My hubby and I are currently going through FPU- I've talked about this a little over on the Life section of the blog. Here's a little background on Dave from his website:

“Starting from nothing, by the time I was 26 I had a net worth of a little over a million dollars. I was making $250,000 a year—that's more than $20,000 a month net taxable income. I was really having fun. But 98% truth is a lie, and that 2% can cause big problems, especially with $4 million in real estate. I had a lot of debt—a lot of short-term debt—and I'm the idiot who signed up for the trip.

The short version of the story is that debt caused us, over the course of two and a half years of fighting it, to lose everything. We didn't tell anyone what was going on, but if we had to do it again, we would learn from the wisdom of others who have been through it. We soon learned that we were not the only ones at the bottom. Barbie and Ken (you know, the couple who appear to be perfect—perfect clothes, perfect car, perfect house) are broke, and I don't take financial advice from broke people anymore.”

You can listen to Dave's show everyday from 1 to 4 on Nashville's local station 99.7 or go here to find where to listen in your area. Dave has helped people all across the country get rid of all their debt! It takes discipline, but can you imagine how amazing it would be to pocket every penny of your salary except what you spend on utilities and insurance? E and I plan to be debt free (besides our house) by early next year, and if all goes according to plan, completely debt free in 5 years with a paid-off house. Can you imagine? Completely debt free at 30?

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Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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  • Brittany

    My hubby and I went through FPU before we got married, and it has made such a tremendous difference in how we approach things, compared to stories we've heard from others. We aren't afraid to approach each other with financial issues, or to tell the other "no" when it comes to spending money that's not in the budget. So many people told us "our biggest fight in our marriage has been over money." We wanted to just take the bull by the horns before that was even an issue, and to look at our future and know we won't be tied to our school debt forever (and be able to SVAE money!), is not only relieving, but something to look forward to. We are accomplishing great things together, financially, and it's made our marriage that much better. I totally agree with you – everyone should take this class!

  • Katie

    My husband and I did FPU earlier this year in preparation for the wedding. We became debt free 2 weeks before our wedding! It was the most amazing feeling! It was wonderful to get on the same page financially before we even got married. It made one less thing to worry about or fight over during our first year of marriage. I would definitely, definitely recommend this class to all engaged couples! The class facilitators are not paid, and the $99 covers all of your educational materials. It is so worth the investment! Also, the class is not just about becoming debt free. Dave talks a lot about it because the quickest way to increase your bank account is to lose the debt. But he also teaches a ton of other important things like what a Roth IRA is, how to save for your children's college, what type of insurance is best, how to create an effective budget, etc. Seriously, this is a must do!

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