Dave’s Smart Money Tour: A Review

February 26, 2015

Last week Jonathan and I attended Dave Ramsey and Chris Hogan’s newest Live Event – The Smart Money Tour.


This is our review of the event.

Overall, I would rate the event a 10/10 and it not only met our expectations, it exceeded them.


1. Foundational and Fresh

We brought a couple of friends with us, each of us at different places in the Dave Ramsey Baby Steps.

Of course, they more or less revolved around those 7 Baby Steps, which could have seemed boring for us since we’ve read the book, coördinated Financial Peace University, etc.

But they repackaged and condensed the timeless principles alongside new stories and partially a new voice – Chris Hogan.

I will get to him in a moment though.

They did an outstanding job of keeping the old and new fans engaged and inspired throughout the entire event. Below are some nuggets from Jonathan’s Tweet fest.


2. Free Budgeting Software

This may have been the MOST exciting news of the night.

Dave’s team has spent the past few years and a couple million dollars creating budgeting software called Everydollar with an app for your smart phone.

Best part?



We’ve been proudly sharing our love of YNAB – You Need a Budget software for over a year now…but this may change our tune.

Free is always better, amirite or amirite?

It launches next month but everyone who attended Smart Money Event received a code to use it EARLY. Boom.

Expect a review on that once it’s up and running. I would love to do a side by side analysis of Dave’s software vs. YNAB.

3. Chris Hogan

This guy is on fire right now.

He’s hilarious, animated, inspiring, and made me cry at least four times with the stories he tells.

Dave was smart to bring this guy on the tour with him. Not that Dave himself isn’t awesome…but it’s great to see him bringing other voices to the Baby Steps and his timeless financial lessons.

Chris also has a new website that I am pumped to use. It’s for retirement forecasting, which can be both motivational and terrifying at the same time.

4. Free Will Kit!

Dave gone and read my mind!

Did you know 78% of people die without a will? That’s CRAZY since 100% of us will die someday.

Now that we have Josie, it’s time to update our life insurance beneficiaries and create a will to navigate those funds in the result of our untimely death. Lord willing it won’t be necessary anytime soon but I will have peace of mind knowing we have a plan for her financially if something, God forbid, should happen to us both.

Below is Josie getting excited about us making a will!


5. Inspiring and Upbeat

The entire event was just a lot of fun!

There were giveaways. A live debt-free scream on stage. And most of all, content that was relevant to all, presented in a way that gave hope.

It wasn’t dry. It wasn’t ordinary. It wasn’t hum drum. It was anything BUT those things. Which isn’t always what you expect when going to a financial seminar.

I love how Dave and his team strive to make learning about money fun and encouraging! Really, it’s what sets him a part in this area.

Overall, I highly recommend this event to others! It’s only happening a few more weeks but keep it in mind if it comes to a city near you in the future!

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  • Reply Sunflower Sojourn March 1, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    This sounds great! Wish I had a smart-phone to use that budgeting software!

  • Reply D in H-Town March 10, 2015 at 6:49 am

    Is the Smart Money Tour a repackaged version of the Total Money Makeover Live Event? I attended a TMM live event several years ago, but I don’t ever see these events listed on his website anymore. We have a Smart Money Tour event here in the Houston area tomorrow evening that I’ve convinced a few of my co-workers to attend. I’m hoping they’ll get out of it, what I got out of the TMM event. Thanks!

  • Reply Erik April 12, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Did you have any issues with bringing your little one? We are wanting to attend a SM tour but are worried about bringing our 3 month old.

    • Reply Amanda April 14, 2016 at 3:58 pm

      No bringing our daughter was super easy! Especially at 3 months. 13 months? Probably hire a sitter but at that little age, no problem!

  • Reply LaStacia Knoll September 12, 2016 at 12:54 am

    About how long did the event last? The one i’m going to starts at 6:30 and we’re trying to make plans for a sitter. And i imagine we’ll want to arrive early since it’s general admission.

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