Baby Steps 4-7 Explained: The Dave Ramsey Method

If you didn’t see my previous post that explained Dave Ramsey’s first three baby steps, you’ll want to click over to read that post first. The first three steps are all about saving for emergencies, digging out of debt, and gaining a security net of a fully funded emergency fund. The last four steps are all about looking at the long-term financial future, and steps 4, 5, and 6 are completed concurrently.

Baby Steps 1-3 Explained: The Dave Ramsey Method

If you’re into personal finance, you’ve probably heard the name Dave Ramsey a time or two along your financial journey. I was introduced to Dave Ramsey’s Baby Steps when I was 19, and those steps definitely saved me from making a lot of mistakes during my undergrad and grad school years. Although a bit extreme at times, what I learned from these steps are the reason I maintain a mostly debt free lifestyle today. This post briefly explains my own experience with each of these steps and what it takes to accomplish them. This is part one of a two part post, so be sure to click the “see next post” button for the remaining baby steps!

The Emergency Fund: What Is It and Why Should I Have One?

It’s not a matter of if an emergency will happen, but when. Murphy’s law (if something can go wrong, it will) will strike. Instead of taking on additional debt to be able to swing these expected, yet unexpected events, an emergency fund can help see you through these stresses. You can build this “buffer” from your budget by either reducing your discretionary expenses or increasing your income.

An emergency fund is money you have set aside in a savings account to help you cover those emergency situations that happen in life.