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Home Finances for Couples WORKBOOK. Family Money Fitness Program [Kindle Edition]

Leo Ostapiv , Cherry Marasigan
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Book Description

                  Wouldn't it be great if money is the one thing you never argue about?

Think of these exercises as a fitness program to improve the Financial Health of your relationship. Invest 45 minutes of your reading time to prevent money problems in the relationship and live in financial peace.

Aside from the exercises, you will also get examples, links to the articles from top personal finance bloggers, links to free home budget templates, and helpful money-saving mobile apps overview. I don't insist on doing all the exercises, but do as many as you can in the listed order.
Use them not only for financial improvement, but also for open and honest money talks with your loved one.

"Family Money Fitness Program" is a wonderful idea for engagement or wedding gift according to the feedback from the first readers.  It was inspired by Dave Ramsey's "Total money makeover", but it also adds valuable relationship advice, particularly for young couples and newlyweds. 

Moreover, it will motivate you to act in the following areas:
  • Organized living
  • Financial planning for couples
  • Money management for couples
  • Budgeting and saving money
  • Maintaining monthly budget
  • Marriage and money discussions
  • Earning more money
          It might be a light and intelligent engagement gift for your relationship ;)
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Editorial Reviews


"This a great read for an already married, considering getting married, or serious relationship couple" - Barbara Friedberg, founder of

"It is great for helping your family find a common language when it comes to money"- Anton Ivanov, founder of

From the Author

Given my 10 years of experience in corporate finance, 5 years in personal finance and an MBA, you would expect my wife and me to have a perfect money management system. However, during two years of marriage, there was a lot of miscommunication in discussing our money issues. For me, Home Finances for Couples offers a hope that, although we made some mistakes, it's not too late in our relationship.

I've been reading around 50 American and Canadian personal finance blogs over the last three months to extend my knowledge and understand the money issues arising in modern type of long-term relationships. Bloggers advise on personal wealth management, smart financial decisions, money and relationships, family budget, student loans, spending habits, savings, being frugal, investing, paying debt off, family values, financial freedom and sustainable life. In Home Finances for Couples Workbook, I provided links to top articles from those blogs.

I truly hope that money becomes one thing you never argue about with your loved one!

Product Details

  • File Size: 888 KB
  • Print Length: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Leo Ostapiv; 1 edition (December 13, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #781,294 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly edited print edition June 29, 2014
My husband and I are newlyweds and working on merging our finances together. So, we bought the print version of this book. It seems like this book was written as a kindle or e-book and not for print. Unfortunately, the author and editors never made the needed adjustments for print. He provides many useful links, but since this is an actual book, I can't click on them; I cannot type them into my internet browser because the actual http address is not included. For example, "Check the series of 10 blog posts call: How We Designed Our Budget." The font changes to indicate that there's a hyperlink there; it would have been nice to include the actual website address (www.

In terms of the content, I did like how the book is small and not intimidating-looking. He provides exercises for you to go through with your partner. It is a little bit basic, but a good starting point to have those difficult financial conversations with your spouse. I did NOT like how some of the content was "traditional" (to put it nicely) or "sexist" (to put it frankly). There's a section where he describes how women and men think differently about money: "Men have to earn more than women. This is a controversial statement, but I would still like to talk about it. You might call me 'old school,' but looking at my life and the other happy marriages around, I do endorse the above statement regarding low-income families and couples in debt." This kind of language really turned me off and discredited some of the good advice he actually had.

So, in summary, I would NOT recommend this book because of it's poor quality and, at times, bad advice. There are many other non-sexist finance books out there. Good luck!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read money book for couples! November 20, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is required reading for any serious or married couple. The exercises are fun and insightful. Ostapiv starts off by encouraging couples to write down their financial goals, rank them, and then compare. Great jumping off point for a family money talk. He adds in some important accounting concepts with a light touch. Another helpful recommendation was the idea to schedule a regular couples "money talk". The resources are too numerous to mention. The book is filled with exercises, advice, and inspiration. This a great read for an already married, considering getting married, or serious relationship couple.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very concise book October 13, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Have just read the book through on a single breadth. The workbook gives a lot of useful tips and exercises which we will certainly start doing after my spouse reads the book too. I really enjoyed the actionable way of presenting the material with much information given out as references to blogs posts and sites. The book is also accompanied by a review of useful software for managing personal and couples finance. I'm considering buying the full book after we work through the available exercises.

Thanks so much for the efforts!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great reading! September 29, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Excellent tool to start a discussion with your girlfriend/wife about finances, planning, future. Greta and useful ideas, exercises, and resources!!!
Recommend to both, those who just start a serious relationship and those couples who'v been together for some time!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for all Couples! October 24, 2014
The Home Finances for Couples Workbook is a must have for all couples who share financial saving, spending, and earning responsibilities! The workbook was concise and well laid out. The worksheets were incredibly helpful not only for actually figuring out financial information, but for providing a neutral ground for starting talks about financial decisions with your significant other. The information provided in the links were excellent for supporting and clarifying the worksheets and providing extra background knowledge. I highly recommend getting the ebook version so that you can click on the links right from your computer.
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More About the Author

Leo Ostapiv, CFO/Partner in the mobile development company Stanfy, Home Finances and Mobile Apps expert, the Author of the "Home Finances" series and the blog

Leo's home finances journey began by recording all his expenses in Microsoft Excel in 2008. The underlying reason was to discover why he had a decent salary, modest lifestyle and yet neither assets nor savings.

Leo got the bachelor's degree in Economics from Kyiv-Mohyla University (Ukraine) in 2003, and finished his self-financed MBA in 2011. Also, he passed all exams given by the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA), a global body for professional accountants, and qualified for their membership in 2009.

He is also an active member of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy Alumni Association.


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