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  • 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: #1,266,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lots of good information, presented in a logical and fun way!
Crowlegs
It was an easy read, and the main point it emphasized of selling liabilities and buying assets is a good one.
Derek Clark
Another good book in the same vein is I Will Teach You To Be Rich.
Matthew Amster-Burton

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3 of 3 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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2 of 2 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Amster-Burton on August 2, 2010
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JMac on July 28, 2010
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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Derek Clark on June 22, 2010
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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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By Jack on April 27, 2012
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Not an easy task to mix humor with personal finance, and do it effectively, but Greg & Betty have done just that. This book is legitimately fun to read, and definitely not only for beginners. The way that they're able to break down difficult concepts quite easily, by using real world analogies, while incorporating humor, make it easy for the reader to create mental links and learn everything with relative ease.

Brilliant book - useful for everyone. Even if you're already rich, buy it for Greg's humor.
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