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First Generation White Collar: A practical guide on how to get ahead and not just get by with your money Paperback – December 30, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 114 pages
  • Publisher: Moshire Press (December 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061539082X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615390826
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,480,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

L. Marie Joseph (www.lmariejoseph.com) is a personal finance blogger whose work has been mentioned in CNNMoney, MSN Money, US News & World Report, and Forbes Woman. She has educated several college graduates in breaking the barrier from getting by with money to getting ahead with money. Mrs. Joseph has been a recognized authority in personal finance and personal development. Marie has directly impacted the lives of many minorities nationwide in wealth building.

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L. Marie Joseph has educated several college graduates in breaking the barrier from getting by with money to getting ahead with money. Mrs. Joseph has been a recognized authority in personal finance and personal development. Marie has directly impacted the lives of many minorities nationwide in wealth building.

She is a personal finance blogger whose work has been mentioned in MSN Money, CNNMoney, U.S. News & World Report, The Vanguard Group, and Forbes Woman and various personal finance blogs and radio programs. Being a college graduate herself, she knows firsthand experiences of the obstacles and challenges most graduates face when dealing with an above average income for the first time. She learned how to manage her money and get ahead financially instead of just getting by paycheck to paycheck.

Marie started focusing on investing and saving more of her income rather than spending and consuming. You can visit the book website at http://firstgenerationwhitecollar.com

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L. Marie Joseph has her ducks in a row.
Grady Harp
In essence, once students graduate from college, by continuing to live like they're still in college, they can build wealth foundations that will serve them for life.
Charles A Peters
I think most readers, including me, appreciate that.
J. Steve Miller

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
L. Marie Joseph has her ducks in a row. Given the rather ominous economic situation not only in this country but throughout the world, Joseph takes all of the information of our economy dilemma, distills it in an opening preface, and then sets about informing young new white collar generation members how to avoid falling into the pit that is our current anathema - debt, financial instability and lack of training in money management.

What makes this brief book so very useful is Joseph's manner of writing. Not setting herself up as a spanking professor, she instead takes each step of planning in a sequence that is not only reasonable but also practical. Her subtitle for this book in many ways says it all - 'A practical guide on how to get ahead and not just get by with your money.' She begins with warnings about the use of credit cards, the use of which generally leads to living beyond our means, about paying off student loans, saving money from each paycheck, living simply, making (and keeping) a budget, and then gives very solid helpful information on investments such as portfolio types and buying a house and car.

Yes, we all should know this information but we all have slipped into the danger zone Joseph is trying to teach our young white collar workers to avoid. The book does not stop there: for those of us who have learned her lessons the hard way there is much information here for reparative work! Grady Harp, January 11
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sybil s on January 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book has a lot of good advice, but it looks like it was slapped together hurriedly in Word, and printed with no proofreading whatsoever. I'm about halfway through, and I've seen multiple instances of typos (sometimes making the meaning of a sentence all-but-incomprehensible) and sentence fragments. I'm not sure I'd give the author three stars out of five on writing skills, and the editor at Moshire Press responsible for this book should be ashamed.

That being said, the book contains a lot of good advice, especially for the target audience. The power of compound interest is massive, and the earlier you start investing, the better off financially you'll be. I'm pretty sure this information is available elsewhere, better stated, but if you're looking for a quick read with a lot of good advice, this book will work.
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By Tshell on July 22, 2011
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This is a great book to get your kids on the right path of handing money correct. Will help your family break the chain of credit, that has a stranglehold on America.
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I am on page 23 of this book and there is a TYPO/SPELLING ERROR ON EVERY PAGE! I want to say that the content of the book is reliable, but I'm not sure I can trust any source that is this poorly edited. If this book wasn't already out of print I would write to Moshire Press to complain.
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L. Marie Joseph's First Generation White Collar tackles the issue so many have to deal with every day: balancing life without the cumbersome manacles of debt to deride our first steps from student life to income earning adults, foraging into financial independence.

This easy to read guide gives young college graduates a step by step guidance in managing their potential incomes. She examines how financial freedom can lead to misconceptions on how money "well earned" can easily be misspent on luxuries that increase our maligned preconceived notions of "living well". Joseph narrows down her guide with 8 Chapters, all indicative of "saving equals wealth" analogies. Here are some chapters that reinforce her methods.

Chapter 1: Debt -Paying Off Debt :
The mountain of credit cards and loans debts that deplete one's financial resources quickly: plus a focus housing & consumer debts

Chapter 2: Saving
Capacity of putting aside money and investing in a Savings account. The discipline associated with how money can be stretched with a few dollars in the bank.

Chapter 3: Investing
Venues into Mutual Funds : watching out for extra unnecessary user fees and educative research into which companies offer the best mutual funds.

Chapter 4: Get Smart about Spending
Tips on how to maximize the dollar by using one's commons sense. Don't spend what you don't have and asking for deals to get the best for your money.

L Marie Joseph outlines the essential steps to take to ensure financial stability in life but just as she extols the virtues of wealth, she also emphasizes the importance of "Giving Back", best noted as "paying it forward".

This guide gives us a peak into what to look out for against the money pits.
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