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Why Didn't They Teach Me This in School?: 99 Personal Money Management Principles to Live By [Kindle Edition]

Cary Siegel
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Why do high schools and colleges require students to take courses in English, math and science, yet have absolutely no requirements for students to learn about personal money management? Why Didn't They Teach Me This in School? 99 Personal Money Management Lessons to Live By was initially developed by the author to pass on to his five children as they entered adulthood. As it developed, the author realized that personal money management skills were rarely taught in high schools, colleges and even in MBA programs. Unfortunately, books on the subject tend to be complicated, lengthy reads. The book includes eight important lessons focusing on 99 principles that will quickly and memorably enhance any individual's money management acumen. Unlike many of the personal money management books out there, this book is a quick, easily digested read that focuses more on the qualitative side than the quantitative side of personal money management. The principles are not from a text book. Rather, they are practical principles learned by the author as he navigated through his financial life. Many are unorthodox in order to be memorable and provoke deeper thought by the reader.


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About the Author

The author, Cary Siegel, is a retired business executive. After earning his MBA from the University of Chicago, he began his career in brand management with Kraft and went on to lead several companies in marketing and sales. He has been the lead speaker at over fifty sales meetings and marketing seminars, and was honored with over twenty awards during his career. Following the principles from this book (along with hard work) allowed him to retire at the age of forty-five.

Product Details

  • File Size: 462 KB
  • Print Length: 189 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 6, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C5UM9MA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,899 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book for everyone March 31, 2013
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This book was an easy read, and when I say "easy" it means it needs to fit in my schedule and offer sound information. The format allowed me to pick up and read intermittently and I appreciated the information presented in this way. The principles are right on in the values and money/lifestyle management I would like to pass on to my 22 year old (I wish the book was out about 5 or 6 years earlier, but it's actually never too late for this guide) and 11 year old (guess who had occasionally read this with me?).
When we were recently at a department store and checking out, the clerk asked me if I would like to apply for their store credit card and receive a certain percentage off my purchases for the day. I declined the offer, as I had completed the chapter about having only one credit card to be paid off monthly (no extra spending for me) and knowing the credit inquiry might reduce my credit score. None of the reasons for getting the new credit card was worth it and I was able to explain to my 11 year old why we were not taking advantage of this "opportunity." The book allows for good solid every day discussions and lessons. I highly recommend this book for everyone and a great gift as well.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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Read this book last night and it was a great easy read. I wish this book was available when I first went to college or just finished high school. It would have saved me thousands and provide a game plan to set me up for my 40's and 50's. I am giving this book to all of my nieces and nephews that are in high school. Practiced principal #33 today myself and saved $300 in less than 10 minutes. It works! Highly recommend to all of those parents out there with high school children.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book on Money Management March 16, 2013
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I finished this book in one sitting as it is easy to read and is so engaging. It positively and easily suggests great principles in money management. As a school counselor for over 25 years in the nationally leading Maryland Montgomery County Public Schools, I recommend this book highly to anyone in their twenties and thirties who is just beginning their professional life. This book would make a great graduation gift for both high school and college seniors. Each of the 99 principles are valuable concepts to follow through life. I wish I had learned these concepts at the start of my career.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good question August 31, 2013
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The title is a good question. Financial basics should be taught in school.
This is a good book for people in their twenties or even thirties who didn't get the basics, either because their parents didn't teach them or because they got in trouble early with credit card debt, or whatever reason.
I think the advice is pretty sound.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple Money Management January 22, 2014
By Richard
Format:Paperback
This book is not only great for those entering adulthood, but is ideal for anyone who is looking for a crash course in money management. Cary has a true gift for explaining financial matters and making complicated topics very simple and easy to understand. Buy this book, you won’t regret it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Book for High School Graduation Gift August 5, 2013
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This is an easy to read book with concise and practical information that I too have learned over my lifetime. I am happy to have a simple book with such complete advice to give to my children as they start out on their own. (Just in case I didn't teach them everything I have learned.)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every college graduate needs to read this book. March 20, 2013
By MojoC
Format:Paperback
This book very simply explains how to navigate through life in financial terms. We are a family who has practiced many of the author's principles, and are excited to pass copies to our college aged son & daughter as well as to a good many of their friends. It is a quick & easy read and we highly recommend this book and believe readers of any age would enjoy it too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Siegel has some good advice. But its important to keep in mind that he's writing from and for a specific demographic: white, middle SES, English-speaking American male (WASP), and in particular someone who's working in a typical office job. Many of the examples he uses assumes certain things about the readers' backgrounds and means, and have to be taken with a grain of salt. For example, not everyone works a 9-5 job in the financial industry, not everyone gets a bonus every 6mos/year, not everyone has clear paths for advancement in their jobs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
The advice is good, but simplistic, and obvious to all, but the most financially illiterate.
Published 6 days ago by Michael J. Jarvis
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for everyone in high school. They should have courses in...
This isa good book especially for high schoolers, I expected too much, like tools to really get into Personal finance. My rating is for those with no expertise in personal finance. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Wilbert J. Morell
1.0 out of 5 stars I have no idea how he liked it.
I bought it for my grandson; I have no idea how he liked it.
Published 1 month ago by eg groening
5.0 out of 5 stars This should be given to every youth before they reach ...
This should be given to every youth before they reach 15 along with some kind of workbook. Much too basic for adults.
Published 1 month ago by Ronna Rowlette, PhD
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Financial Management Book I Have Seen
As an adult, a parent, and an educator, I strongly recommend this book. The book is exceptionally well-organized, making it ideal for both a high school audience and an adult who... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Susan Anglada
5.0 out of 5 stars A great gift for High school kids.
I wish they did teach me this in school. It very clearly explains how to go about managing your money - and it isn't boring either. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Shirley Lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have Book In Every Household
This book is a must read for every high school and college kid! I'm so glad I found it. I'm encouraging my kids and my sister's kids to read and reread it, it's that good. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Fahim
5.0 out of 5 stars Great starting point for further in-depth discussions with parents
Must read for all high school or college grads. Great starting point for further in-depth discussions with parents, etc.
Published 2 months ago by Rebecca W Burdette
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Good purchase, no complaints.
Published 2 months ago by Allison Magill
5.0 out of 5 stars Yeah- why didn't they?!?!
This is a tremendously informative book. It is great for learning practical information we may have missed in our youth, and filled with great refresher information that we can use... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Fivesense
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Cary is a retired business executive who led several marketing and sales organizations. He has been the lead speaker at over 50 sales meetings and marketing seminars. Following the principles from his book (along with hard work) allowed him to retire at the age of forty-five. More informatioon regarding his book can be found at carysiegel.com or whydidnttheyteachmethisinschool.com


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