- 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 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,651,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Control Your Cash: Making Money Make Sense Paperback – June 1, 2010
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an excellent guide for people who are new to personal finance and are trying to get their financial lives in order, as well as people who already think they know... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bill
Simple. Readable. Informative. This has changed my entire outlook on the way I approach my finances and (by extension) my life.Published on March 9, 2013 by Josh Szepietowski
Not an easy task to mix humor with personal finance, and do it effectively, but Greg & Betty have done just that. Read morePublished on April 27, 2012 by Jack
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 morePublished on March 18, 2011 by Crowlegs
"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 morePublished on January 6, 2011 by Cleveland Roosevelt Investments
Control Your Cash is an anomaly among personal finance books: it's genuinely funny and well-written but full of solid information. Read morePublished on August 2, 2010 by Matthew Amster-Burton
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It was a pleasure to review this book, Control Your Cash, and I give it two thumbs up. Read more