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Course offers hope to area families

Lessons seek to establish long-term financial success

Published: Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 3:00 p.m. CDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — More than one and a half million families have positively changed their financial future through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU).

Updated in summer 2012, the now nine-week course provides families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success. The course meets once a week where a different lesson is taught by Dave on DVD followed by a small-group discussion.

Lessons include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing.

FPU will be held in Morris at:

• Living Water Church of the Nazarene, 508 West Illinois Ave., Morris. The classes will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013. Contact Steven Cook at (815) 942-2000 for more information or to register.

• First Christian Church, 455 West Southmor Road, Morris. The classes will begin at 8:50 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. Contact Denise Visco at (815) 942-3454 for more information or to register.

Since its inception in 1994 FPU has helped more than 1.6 million families positively change their financial future. Through common-sense principles and small-group accountability, FPU gives people the tools they need to change their behavior and succeed financially. On average families who complete FPU pay off $5,300 and save $2,700 in the first 90 days. Following the class nearly 94 percent of those families budget regularly.

“FPU will not only transform the way you handle money, but also your marriage and other areas of your life,” says Ramsey. “This isn’t a boring financial class. We make learning about money fun and easy to understand so people in every situation can benefit from the information.”

Ramsey knows first-hand the pain that financial stress can cause. After creating a net worth of more than a million dollars by age 26, he quickly lost it all. Since then Ramsey has helped families and individuals across the country learn how to get control of their finances and avoid debt so they don’t have to experience the same pain he did.

FPU lessons also include guest speakers Rachel Cruze, speaker and daughter of Dave Ramsey; Jon Acuff, author of Wall Street Journal best-seller Quitter and popular blog Stuff Christians Like; and Chris Hogan, counselor and speaker for the Dave Ramsey organization.

The revised FPU will be offered through churches and community centers. After purchasing a membership each participant receives a workbook, Dave Ramsey’s Complete Guide to Money, an envelope system and an audio CD library.

Participants will also have access to budgeting forms and MP3s of all the lessons. For more information or to purchase a membership, go to www.daveramsey.com.

About Dave Ramsey

Dave Ramsey is America’s trusted voice on money and business. He’s authored four New York Times best-selling books: Financial Peace, More Than Enough, The Total Money Makeover and EntreLeadership. The Dave Ramsey Show is heard by more than 6 million listeners each week on more than 500 radio stations and iHeartRadio. Follow Dave on Twitter at @DaveRamsey and on the web at daveramsey.com.

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