"" Life A Bit Sweeter: Baby Steps: Financially Preparing for Selah

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Baby Steps: Financially Preparing for Selah

So....while I'm waiting to be matched with our daughter, we've got plenty to do here on the home front to make for an easier transition.   I'm looking forward to sharing some of it as the months progress.  One area that is important is in our finances.   Before signing up for the class, one of our objectives was to start budgeting by early Spring as if little miss muffet is already here.  That includes childcare (for the few days I won't be able to be with her), diapers, clothing, food, etc.

To help activate this goal, I recently enrolled in Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University and LOVE IT!  I'm taking the online class so that I don't have to be away from home...it's basketball season in our house and the kids' schedules are bananas!  I'm looking forward to taking Dave's Baby Steps towards Financial Peace.  If you haven't checked out the class before, take a look at the clip below:

Click Here to go to the video!

....and here are the baby steps....ya can't skip around....gotta go through the process honey! 

  • Step 1: $1,000 in an emergency fund.
  • Step 2: Pay off all debt except the house utilizing the debt snowball.
  • Step 3: Three to six months of savings in a fully funded emergency fund.
  • Step 4: Invest 15% of your household income into Roth IRAs and pre-tax retirement plans.
  • Step 5: College Funding
  • Step 6: Pay off your home early.
  • Step 7: Build wealth and give.
Yep.....taking 'baby steps' sounds right in line with my life!


Alysa said...

You can do it! The key is controlling your money instead of letting your money control you. Its hard work but the result in the end is freedom. You can't really appreciate what control debt has over your life until you get free from it. Good for you! Budgetting is so important, especially in adoption.

Michelle said...

Thanks so much Alyssa! Hoping your amended homestudy comes in soon so that you send in your I-600A. Exciting!!!!

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