The Tamaqua Salvation Army recently hosted a free preview of Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University course they will be starting in May. The Salvation Army will sponsor a 13 week series of classes. The sessions are designed to help participants free themselves from debt and become more responsible financially.

Classes will begin May 13 and then be held Thursdays, at 6 p.m., through Aug. 12 at the Salvation Army building located at 105 W. Broad St. Topics range from ways to save, eliminating debt, real estate and mortgages, mutual funds and more. Program Coordinator Dina Depos stated, "The average family pays off $5,300 in debt and saves $2,700 in the first 91 days of Financial Peace University."

Dina added, "More than one million families world-wide have already benefited from this life-changing program that teaches financial responsibility with easy baby steps, helps eliminate debt using the debt snowball, offers accountability and continued support with lifetime membership, trains participants to spend every dollar on paper with the zero-based budget planner, empowers people struggling with financial hardships by establishing a plan to take control of their money, and includes a Financial Peace University lifetime membership and kit." Financial assistance for the course is also available for low income families. For more information call coordinator Depos at (570) 668-0410.