Dave Ramsey-like YNAB class?

I am leading a Financial Peace University class starting in January, but I got to thinking... there are just a lot of people out there who aren't going to be interested in a class with religious content that meets at a church.

It seems like you could do almost the same thing with YNAB - use the online videos or even just make it an "in real life" version of the class workshops.

Has anyone done this? Is it already a thing? 

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  • I see the why, because YNAB can be used be DR followers. Although I think the baby steps he proposes be totally integrated in a YNAB class (or multiple classes).

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  • Dave Ramsey is more of a philosophy, and it tackles a bunch of other things like Insurance, Retirement, Investing. YNAB is more of a tool and a mindset, and can be used quite effectively even if you don't buy in to the Ramsey philosophy, so that's why I was thinking there could be some use in a "live, in-person" version of the classes and workshops.

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  • I totally plan to apply Dave Ramsey principles to my YNAB usage, but I think through this new forum there can at least be a support group of users who subscribe to that philosophy. 

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  • I've been told I should lead a DR class at our church (DH & I took it when we first got married). I'd rather lead a YNAB class. I seem to remember a "YNAB Works" study guide/DVD curriculum thing announced a few years back, but I don't think it was popular enough for them to keep it updated. I'd like to do an FPU with an extra couple of weeks for YNAB added in, I think.  I like your idea of the online videos or even a "broadcast" of a live class.

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      • Troy Miller
      • Budgeter, FPU Leader, Programmer, Dad, Husband
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      Rebecca I'm leading an FPU class in January, and I plan to include a brief demonstration of YNAB. Now that there is almost no price differential between EveryDollar and YNAB, I imagine most of them will probably go with that, being in a Dave Ramsey class and all, but the main thing I want to do is show them that either way, they can have a simple tool that will actually HELP them budget properly rather than be added frustration and work.

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  • I just love to hear folks talking about teaching YNAB classes. ❤️

    We don't have that YNAB Works guide anymore, but you could run a class around a series of our recorded workshop intros. Jesse's brand new book could function as a study guide.

    If you're planning to teach a YNAB class, please do drop us a line at [email protected] - we can offer support and we'd love to hear how it goes!

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      • Troy Miller
      • Budgeter, FPU Leader, Programmer, Dad, Husband
      • yort
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      Jen I'm already scheduled to do an FPU class starting in January, but I was thinking maybe after that I would see if there was any interest locally. If I do, I'll definitely keep you in the loop!

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      • pink_calrinet
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      @Jen  ohh that's sucks.  I loved the YNAB works guide.  It was a great thing to have, even for a long time YNABer like me.  That guide helped me get back on track multiple times.

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      • Jen
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      pink_calrinet I just pulled out my copy and looked through it -- it is a gem, and I'll pass along your feedback about that! I wonder if there's still a demand for a hard copy these days?

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      • Pink_Clarinet_cc86054d1
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      Jen i like having a hard and electronic copy of all things i deem important.  i can't tell you how many times at home, work, and school that has saved me.

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  • I would personally love to do this. YNAB workshops are great, but I think having a group that could regularly and repeatedly work through things together would be really helpful to a lot of people. I live in a college town, so I would especially love to help college students get a handle on budgeting. 

    It would be especially awesome if YNAB had offers to promote these kinds of classes happening. Book discount, maybe? 

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  • I did the FPU at our church a few years ago, and remember being frustrated at how difficult the provided budget was to work with (maybe that's changed since then?)  I think a YNAB class would be better!

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    • eloquentz
    • Numbers Wizard (Accountant), Acoustic Artist (Musician) and Jill of all Trades (Wife & Mother)
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    I would love something like that.  FPU isn't available to order for Canadians, yet the ideas are solid.  (I haven't done it, just read the books).  I don't agree with everything of Ramsey's approach, but the idea of spending money you have is the key.

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