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Control Your Cash: Making Money Make Sense [Kindle Edition]

Betty Kincaid , Greg McFarlane
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“A 14% credit card rate! What a deal!”
“Where it says ‘adjustable’ here on my mortgage — that means ‘fixed’, right?”
“Work until I retire, then collect Social Security. That’s my wealth plan.”

If you’ve ever wondered how your money works, where it goes or how it grows, stop wondering. Control Your Cash: Making Money Make Sense deconstructs personal finance so that everyone but the hopelessly inept can understand it. Inside, you’ll learn:
-how to get your bank accounts, credit cards and other financial instruments to work for you, and not the other way around
-the right way to buy a car (i.e. with the salesman cursing your name as you drive away)
-where and how to invest, and what all those symbols, charts and graphs mean
-how to turn expenses into income, and stop living paycheck-to-paycheck
-whom the tax system is stacked against (hint: it’s most of us) and how to use that to your advantage
-the very key to wealth itself. In fact, the authors thought it was so important they put it on the cover so you can read it even if you’re too cheap to buy the book: Buy assets, sell liabilities.

Finally, a book that explains personal finance not only in layman’s terms, but in detail. If you can read, and have any capacity for self-discipline, invest a few bucks in Control Your Cash now and reap big financial rewards for the rest of your life.

A lifelong entrepreneur, Betty Kincaid is a real estate investor and the former president of the Women’s Council of Realtors. She divides her time among Las Vegas, Maui, Costa Rica, and other places.

Greg McFarlane owns and operates McFarlane Media, an advertising firm based in Las Vegas. His company writes radio and TV commercial scripts, billboards, sales kits and long-form videos for Fortune 500 companies and other clients.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2248 KB
  • Print Length: 329 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1936107880
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Mill City Press; 1 edition (May 17, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003NUQP94
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #396,806 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Control Your Cash...And Have Fun Doing It. June 8, 2010
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I bought the Kindle version of Control Your Cash and strange as it sounds, haven't been able to put it down. Really unusal for me because I often find this type of book to be full of cliches and about as colorful as an funeral. The writing is crisp, funny, and really informative. Concepts are introduced and explained, and the authors don't make any assumptions about their readers. They don't see them as dumb, or brilliant. They have targeted this book really well - toward people who want to learn and will take enough time to read a book like this. It's not easy to make this subject matter fun without belittling it, but they have somehow managed to do it. Highly recommended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very readable. May 12, 2013
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Usually books of this nature are either full of jargon or condescending (or both). This manages to be neither while still breaking down the information to a (mostly) non-technical and usable level. Sure there are some "thick" parts which you may end up reading twice through if you've never dealt with the topic before (like the section on corporate balance sheets), but I don't think it took away from the book at all. On the other hand the formatting for the Kindle almost seemed like an after thought - which is weird for a book designed for e-reading. For example - the sections/chapters of the book could have been linked as chapters in a table of contents for jumping to a section for re-reading (or after clicking a footnote and wanting to get back to where you were). One small technical complaint for an otherwise very good book. Something that would likely have been fixed by a regular publisher, and that hopefully they fixed in future books. Your mileage may vary, but likely won't. If you don't already know personal finance inside and out, this is a good place to start. Even if you do, this seemed to me like a good refresher.
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I am not a fan of "get rich quick" schemes and the popular idea of "just wish for it and it will appear." Fortunately, this is NOT one of those books. From the beginning of Control Your Cash, it is clear that each individual must be responsible for their financial well-being. Wealth won't be magically bestowed upon anyone just because they dream for it to happen, nor will they get wealthy by looking for the easy way to do things. Financial freedom is born of hard work and DISCIPLINE.

Once one gets past the harsh reality that success isn't a right, Control Your Cash becomes an important overview of the mysterious world of personal finance. I wouldn't say that any of the information was particularly earth-shattering, but it did present all the basics in a succinct and easy-to-understand manner. Some of the lessons are so simple that it felt like a slap in the face; it was a good kind of slap, though, because it woke me up from the habitual stupor in which I had been living my life. I realized that it's time for action. Knowing the right things to do won't matter if I don't actually make some changes. Control Your Cash is exactly the type of book that pushes for that change.

While I wouldn't expect every reader to follow every suggestion in the book, I can't imagine that there is anyone who won't learn something of value. Control Your Cash explains bank accounts, investments, taxes, car buying, and more. It really is the perfect finance manual and I highly recommend it for anyone who isn't already 100% satisfied with their personal wealth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What your financial wizards won't tell you... June 10, 2010
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In plain english, this book covers a large area of the finance world that our country is sorely uneducated on today. From buying a car to investing wisely (in more than just the Stock Market), there are words of no-nonsense wisdom in every page. I am already leveraging the advise to adjust my car insurance and health insurance and will see $1000's of dollars in savings from these to choices alone in the next 6 months. Those savings will fuel our business growth and brings us closer to the American dream of Financial Freedom. I highly recommend this book to anyone who feels lost in the world of Money!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About time July 28, 2010
By JMac
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Why did I title my review "About time"? Because it's about time someone wrote a book about personal finance that's easy to understand AND written in laymen's terms.
Here's a quote from the Control Your Cash blog:
"So we wrote a book that explains every aspect of personal finance to the neophyte. We're not looking for morons to read our book. We're looking for people who aren't intimidated by words like "neophyte", and who know plenty about the world around them, but who admit that they don't know enough about money. The book assumes you don't have a handle on the jargon and the complex concepts that a regular Wall Street Journal reader understands, and also assumes that you're not a retard. We know you don't have time to plow through condescending "tips" ("buy things on sale"), but could probably use a little elucidation instead of guessing your way through your finances. Sound too good to be true?"
Yes, I quoted the author's blog to make a review. I did it because they are better writers than I am. And they're telling the truth. This is a great book; simple, lucid and to the point.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Readable, funny, and useful August 2, 2010
Control Your Cash is an anomaly among personal finance books: it's genuinely funny and well-written but full of solid information. I didn't agree with everything in the book (the section on homebuying made me want to debate the author), but it's all well-argued and never talks down to the reader. Another good book in the same vein is I Will Teach You To Be Rich.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish I had been taught this in high school
Simple. Readable. Informative. This has changed my entire outlook on the way I approach my finances and (by extension) my life.
Published 19 months ago by Josh Szepietowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant & Hilarious
Not an easy task to mix humor with personal finance, and do it effectively, but Greg & Betty have done just that. Read more
Published on April 27, 2012 by Jack
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful and entertaining
The authors cover diverse personal finance topics including taxes, credit, budgeting and entrepreneurship both clearly and humorously, making an otherwise dry topic much more... Read more
Published on March 18, 2011 by Crowlegs
5.0 out of 5 stars If You Only Read One Financial Book All Year, This Should Be It
"Of all the financial disasters of the last few years--the subprime mortgage crisis, the monster budget deficit, the stock market losing half its value, centuries-old investment... Read more
Published on January 6, 2011 by Cleveland Roosevelt Investments
5.0 out of 5 stars A musst read book
I write blog and book reviews for The Kindle Blog Report.

It was a pleasure to review this book, Control Your Cash, and I give it two thumbs up. Read more
Published on July 18, 2010 by B. A. Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars you know you need to know
You may hate the thought of the chore of having to learn the stuff but you know that in order to succeed - nay, survive - you need this information. Read more
Published on July 13, 2010 by cicely
4.0 out of 5 stars Pros and Cons
Control Your Cash: Making Money Make Sense by Greg McFarlane and Betty Kincaid was an interesting read. Read more
Published on June 22, 2010 by Derek Clark
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