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Financial Peace University helps local families

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - With lay-offs and financial set-backs, it's no surprise the economy is in bad shape, but one local church is trying to teach people to help themselves during these tough times.

The building block in Financial Peace University is, "If you're going to succeed with your money, you have to have a plan," said Clark Webster.

Clark and his wife Hanna started teaching the class after reading one of Dave Ramsey's books. He told News Leader Nine, "Every time you go through it, you learn more about it and it reinforces what you're doing at home so that's the best part of leading it."

After taking the class, and eventually teaching it, the Webster's say the results have not only helped their finances, but strengthened their family, "One side effect that surprised me was our marriage improved. We didn't realize how much we were not communicating until the class."

The class also helped the Baxter family who had moved to Columbus, but still owned a home in South Carolina.  Shannon said, "We were trying to figure out ways to cut cost and try to live smarter so this fit the bill." His wife Aimee added, "As a result of double rent and double mortgage we had increasing debt."

Shannon said the two had an appointment with a bankruptcy counselor before the class financially saved them, "It's for anybody. I think Dave Ramsey even says that. Through the course he says it's not just for people in dire straits, but for those with savings that want to know how to save better."

The Hicks's family income was fine, until Jonathan lost his job, then they worked towards finding financial peace, as well.

"We live better on one income than two," said Jonathan Hicks. His wife Amanda added, "He's still looking for a job right now and at this point once he gets a job it's going to help us knock out debt even quicker."

St. Mark United Methodist Church starts their next Financial Peace University course on August 23rd. You can find more courses online or around Columbus by visiting

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