Financial Peace

Next Class Starts: Monday, August 29th, 2016 at 6:30pm. Please register by August 25th, 2016 by calling the office. 

We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University (FPU) is that plan!

Financial Peace teaches God’s ways of handling money. Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, Financial Peace presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you’ve dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more!

Who Should Take Financial Peace?

You should.  Whether you’re just starting out in life, or you’ve lived long enough to have experienced some of the costly pitfalls of handling your finances without a plan, this course is for you.  It is “Money 101” that everyone should have under their belt.

When Does It Start?

Financial Peace is one of Champion Church’s Focus Groups held on Monday nights @ 6:30 PM.  It repeats throughout the year, so sign-up now to get in on the current course.

Here’s What You’ll Learn:

(Financial Peace classes meet for around an hour and a half each week for nine weeks)

  • Lesson 1

    Super Saving
    Common Sense for Your Dollars and Cents

    Dave explains the Seven Baby Steps that will guide you throughout Financial Peace University. You will also learn the three key reasons why you should save money—and why you must start now!

  • Lesson 2

    Relating With Money
    Nerds and Free Spirits Unite!

    Learn why it’s important for spouses to communicate and work together toward success. Also, singles will learn the importance of teamwork, and parents will find out how to teach their kids about money.

  • Lesson 3

    Cash Flow Planning
    The Nuts and Bolts of Budgeting

    Unlock the secret of developing a monthly spending plan that really works. Learn how to live on less than you make, pay your bills, allow for entertainment, AND still have money left over at the end of the month.

  • Lesson 4

    Dumping Debt
    Breaking the Chains of Debt

    It’s time to debunk some common debt myths! Dave reveals the truth about credit lies and gives you a plan to walk out of debt with confidence.

  • Lesson 5

    Buyer Beware
    The Power of Marketing on Your Buying Decisions

    Dave draws on decades of experience to reveal the power and influence that marketing has on your everyday buying decisions.

  • Lesson 6

    The Role of Insurance
    Protecting Your Health, Family and Finances

    In this lesson, Dave walks you through the world of insurance, carefully explaining what you need—and what you need to avoid.

  • Lesson 7

    Retirement and College Planning
    Mastering the Alphabet Soup of Investing

    Dave walks you through the maze of retirement options and helps you figure out your best retirement plan. You will also learn how to plan for college so your kids can graduate debt free!

  • Lesson 8

    Real Estate and Mortgages
    Keeping the American Dream From Becoming a Nightmare

    Dave draws on over 20 years of real estate experience to teach you how to win when buying or selling your home, and the ins and outs of mortgages.

  • Lesson 9

    The Great Misunderstanding
    Unleashing the Power of Generous Giving

    Learn how generous giving can completely revolutionize your attitude and improve your finances, business and relationships.

Get Out of Debt with the Debt Snowball Plan 

from daveramsey.com, FINANCIAL PEACE

Myth: I should pay off the debt with the highest interest rate first to get out of debt quickly.

Truth: You should pay off the smallest debt first to create the greatest momentum in your debt snowball.

The math seems to lean more toward paying the highest interest debts first, but what I have learned is that personal finance is 20% head knowledge and 80% behavior.You need some quick wins in order to stay pumped enough to get out of debt completely. When you start knocking off the easier debts, you will start tosee results and you will start to win in debt reduction.

Debt Snowball Plan

The principle is to stop everything except minimum payments and focus on one thing at a time. Otherwise, nothing gets accomplished because all your effort is diluted. First accumulate $1,000 cash as an emergency fund. Then begin intensely getting rid of all debt (except the house) using my debt snowball plan. List your debts in order with the smallest payoff or balance first. Do not be concerned with interest rates or terms unless two debts have similar payoffs, then list the higher interest rate debt first. Paying the little debts off first gives you quick feedback, and you are more likely to stay with the plan.

Build Momentum

Redo this each time you pay off a debt, so you can see how close you are getting to freedom. Keep the old papers to wallpaper the bathroom in your new debt-free house. The New Payment is found by adding all the payments on the debts listed above that item to the payment you are working on, so you have compounding payments which will get you out of debt very quickly. Payments Remaining is the number of payments remaining when you get down the snowball to that item. Cumulative Payments is the total payments needed, including the snowball, to pay off that item. In other words, this is your running total for Payments Remaining.

Debt Free!

You attack the smallest debt first, still maintaining minimum payments on everything else. Do what is necessary to focus your attention. Keep stepping up to the next larger bill. After the credit debt is taken care of, you are ready for the next Baby Step in your Total Money Makeover.

I have been broke. I know how scared I felt, and I know how fast I wanted to get out of debt. I know how you feel, and I have learned that what really works is unbelievably fierce, focused intensity.