DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - We're nearing the big announcement in the Wright Patt Credit Union Savings Race 5, but before we learn who won, the financial coaches are sharing their secrets.
It's been a long road for our five Savings Race teams.
They started this journey in October and their coaches say since then, they've worked hard to become financially fit.
Team Kayleigh was drowning in credit card debt, but coach Drea helped them drain it down.
"The Yake family found that they were putting a lot of money toward just paying credit card interest. So we had them consolidate down from 15 cards to just three which saved them a huge amount of money each month," said Coach Drea, Team Kayleigh.
In the meantime, team Brandon took on tips from Dave Ramsey, a financial guru. They used his tips to create electronic envelopes for their money.
"You have to be willing to take the advice that's given to you and use all the resources that are around you," said Coach Chastity.
Team Bailey took their coaches' advice to heart as well.
"Pretty much gave themselves an allowance. If they didn't have the money for a certain item, they just didn't spend it and that's how they got the main control over their financial situation," said Coach Ram, Team Bailey.
And Bailey was one of many of our students who caught on to a smart financial opportunity.
She took college courses while in high school for free! "She's really got only one year of college left before she's an RN."
Team Christy went to the extreme.
"They didn't have much to work with, their debt was already in line, they were already living within their means, but they started planning their groceries, their menus out and their groceries. Then they bought a grinder and they grind their own wheat," said Coach Andi, Team Christy.
Team Spencer may not have been grinding wheat, but they ground down their credit card debt and used that money to pay off other bills.
"They paid off $32,000 in debt with is something I never thought with such a large family they could accomplish," said Coach Ashley, Team Spencer.
Overall, the Savings Race laid down life lessons not only for the families, but for the coaches and hopefully our viewers too.
Five teams are competing for the grand prize of a $10,000 college scholarship.
We expect to announce a winner Tuesday, June 11.
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