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The Real Food Rookie Version of Dave Ramsey’s Money Principles

Dave Ramsey bookHave you heard these Dave Ramsey “sayings” that he nails home every chance he gets? Here’s my Real Food Rookie version:

Dave Ramsey’s Money Principle #1:

  • Implement the Debt Snowball – Attack one debt at a time, the smallest first. When that’s done, attack the next smallest debt. Soon you’ll have gained the momentum you need to keep it going.

Kitchen Kop’s Real Food Rookie Principle #1:

  • Implement the Health Snowball – Start with one thing at a time so you’re not overwhelmed. Change that one thing in your kitchen or in your diet (healthy fats are a great place to start!), and when you’ve got that down, and are feeling better with more energy, move to the next goal. Soon you’ll have gained the momentum needed to keep you motivated for each next step! (Need more help? Get my Real Food for Rookies class or my Real Food Ingredient Guide.)

Dave Ramsey’s Money Principle #2:

  • “Live like no one else so later you can live like no one else.” Drive beaters without car payments, don’t spend money you don’t have, live within your means, save your money. Then later when you’ve built up wealth, you can live like no one else. You won’t be too buried in debt to have peace in your life.

Kitchen Kop’s Real Food Rookie Principle #2:

  • “Live like no one else so later you can live like no one else.” Don’t load up on sugar any old time you feel like it. (A good reminder for myself, too.) Cook most of your food at home. Don’t eat out for convenience sake. Don’t keep processed foods around. Then later when you’re in your 50’s or 60’s and haven’t been to the doctor in years, or you’re in your 70’s, 80’s and 90’s and still on the floor wrestling with your grand kids, or out walking each morning pain-free, you’ll be living like no one else.

Dave Ramsey’s Money Principle #3:

  • Don’t be “normal”. Many may mock you for being “weird”, but remember that “normal” is broke and in debt.

Kitchen Kop’s Real Food Rookie Principle #3:

  • Don’t be “normal”. Many may mock you for being “weird”, but remember that “normal” is sick and tired.

Dave Ramsey’s Money Principle #4:

  • Don’t take advice from broke people.

Kitchen Kop’s Real Food Rookie Principle #4:

Dave Ramsey’s Money Principle #5:

  • “The Borrower is slave to the lender.” (From the book of Proverbs.) Debt does not create peace in your life.

Kitchen Kop’s Real Food Rookie Principle #5:

  • The Truth will set you free.” (From the Gospel of John.) The truth about real food and health can set you free to enjoy the life you’ve been given.

Dave Ramsey’s Money Principle #6:

  • “Your most powerful wealth-building tool is your income. If you give all your money away every month to those you owe, you can’t get ahead.”

Kitchen Kop’s Real Food Rookie Principle #6:

  • Your most powerful health-building tool is your brain. If you let others continue to think for you, instead of finding the truth yourself, you can’t be well.

Can you think of more Dave Ramsey sayings that could apply to Real Food? Now, just in case you’re thinking, “There are no guarantees that eating better will keep us in good health.” You’re right, but read the Eight excuses for not eating Real Food for a lot more about that.

If common sense money advice is interesting to you, be sure to watch the VIDEOS BELOW.

An extra blurb on giving:

As my regular readers know, I’m all about common sense, which is why I like to listen to Dave Ramsey. I also love how he teaches people to give, something Kent and I feel strongly about and were blessed to have learned the value of years ago. If you don’t mind shedding a tear or two, check out a video I posted at my other blog that I came across when researching for this post: An Amazing Video About Giving. I was going to say that I wish we could write those kind of checks or help someone in huge ways like that…but then I realized that if someone is really struggling, $100 or even $10 or $20 can seem like that much to them. We can all help others in some way. And you know what? You’ll never be the same. Because that’s why we’re here.

In this first video, Dave talks kind of fast but he gives a good overview of his basic money advice:

In this next video, Dave Ramsey does an interesting interview right here in Grand Rapids last year – he talks about the economy and tells people to chill out, it’s NOT as bad as the media makes it out to be.



  1. It has been my personal passion the last 3 years to move my family
    into a stronger healthier lifestyle. Everything I knew about health was
    so wrong. I have many health problems to deal with like hyperthyroid
    and adrenal fatigue which are the two biggest. Im only 31 but I am certain
    that I’m an overcomer! Thanks for posting the videos and for your blog 😉
    Keep up the good work.

  2. Not a fan of his eating plan…rice and beans…but most everything else is good. :)

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