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Control Your Cash: Making Money Make Sense Paperback – June 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Mill City Press, Inc. (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936107880
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936107889
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,236,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well the good news is (I know it sounds absurd), it'll be hard to put this book down.
cicely
Because it's about time someone wrote a book about personal finance that's easy to understand AND written in laymen's terms.
JMac
Really unusal for me because I often find this type of book to be full of cliches and about as colorful as an funeral.
Alphonse J. Valenti

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alphonse J. Valenti on 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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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Derek Clark on June 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
Control Your Cash: Making Money Make Sense by Greg McFarlane and Betty Kincaid was an interesting read. Basically it is a personal finance book that covers all of the basic topics: cars, credit cards, houses, investing, budgeting, taxes, etc.

Cons

I'll get right to it, I liked about 90% of it and there were lots of good points. Much of it was review for me, but there are lots of things that could help people who are new to learning personal finance. Unfortunately, there are 2 things that really stood out to me that I did not agree with. The first was talking about which credit card you should get. While the information presented was fine, I think the best credit card is the one that is cut into tiny pieces and cancelled. While some people are disciplined enough to make good use out of credit cards, far too many people aren't.

The second part that I disagreed with had to do with cars. While it suggests that you shouldn't over spend on cars, i.e. get the Honda instead of the Acura, or Toyota instead of the Lexus, it turns around and suggests buying a new car for the peace of mind. Buying a new car is one of the biggest mistakes you can make in my mind. They lose such a huge amount of value that it is more than worth the risk of breaking down to buy used. New cars lose 70% of their value in the first 4 years. Go ahead and get a 2-4 year old car and let somebody else take that hit.

Pros

Now for the good, and there was plenty of it. The main idea focused throughout the book was getting rid of liabilities and gaining assets. That is a good principle to follow, and it something everyone needs to work on. Also, there are quite a few chapters that do a good job explaining some of the basics of personal finance.
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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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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AdamJayP on 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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