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Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance In Your Twenties and Thirties Paperback – March 17, 2009
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With a focus on instilling financial literacy in young people of all backgrounds and incomes, Beth was selected by President Obama as a member of the President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans, a bipartisan committee dedicated to increasing the financial know-how of kids of all ages.
As a member of the President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability from 2010 to 2013, and chair of the Council's Money as You Grow working group, Beth spearheaded the creation of the national initiative Money as You Grow, which offers families an online, interactive tool to teach kids 20 essential, age-appropriate lessons about money. More than one million people have visited the site since its White House launch.
Beth has contributed to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, O: The Oprah Magazine, Parade, and Reader's Digest; has been a columnist at Money, Glamour, and Redbook magazines; and has regular columns on The Huffington Post (40 million visitors per month) and Mint.com (16 million subscribers).
As a content advisor for Sesame Workshop's first-ever financial education initiative For Me, for You, for Later, Beth was delighted to offer on-air money advice to Elmo in a program viewed by more than one million families. Last year, at the White House Call to Action on College Opportunity led by the President and First Lady, Khan Academy was asked to address the complex college admissions process, and Beth was invited to create and star in videos to help families of all income levels navigate the issue of college affordability.
Beth has been a commentator on CNN, MSNBC, NBC's Today show, ABC's Good Morning America, and CBS's Early Show, and has been a regular contributor to the national public radio programs The Takeaway and Marketplace, on which she discussed teens and money with her daughter in the "Beth and Becca" segment, as well as parents and money with her father Beth appeared several times on Oprah, and was the featured financial correspondent on the PBS program Your Life, Your Money, for which she was also script consultant.
She is a regular lecturer on financial literacy, consumer finance, and related public policy issues at universities including Brown, Harvard, Yale, Howard, MIT, SUNY Westchester Community College, and New Jersey Institute of Technology, at which she spoke with Cory Booker about financial literacy and young people. Beth has also spoken at corporations and conferences including the White House Urban Economic Forum, National Journal LIVE, Campus Progress National Youth Conference, the American Savings Education Council, MTV, PepsiCo, and the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).
Beth has worked extensively with the Federal Trade Commission's "Project Credit Smarts" campus outreach campaign and other organizations to promote credit card awareness. She was a member of the Center for Strategic and International Studies' National Commission on Retirement Policy, and has testified before a U.S. Senate policy committee on young people's attitudes toward Social Security. She is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, the New York Financial Writers' Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Beth is a graduate of Brown University.
Visit Beth at bethkobliner.com, follow her on Twitter (@BethKobliner) and like her on Facebook (facebook.com/getafinanciallife).
Top Customer Reviews
Unfortunately, I haven't learnt a whole lot about personal finance since reading this book. I've read numerous books on personal finance after this one. All of them tend to say more or less the same things as this book, but they haven't said it as well.
Bottomline, if you understand the basics of personal finance (such as the principles of compounding, the importance of investing early in a 401(k), why it's bad to have credit card debt, etc.), you can probably afford to skip this book. Otherwise, it's a must have.
Together, my husband and I read it and developed a road map for what we thought we needed to accomplish. It gave us the basics to get our financial life on track, including paying off all the credit card debt (we carry none at all), getting a mortgage, buying a new car, and starting retirement plans. Now that we arethinking about insurance, starting a family, planning for college funds, etc., this was the first place I thought to turn for well-seasoned advice.
This book covers a lot of topics in an accessible format, but I acknowledge that for someone who is already aware of their finances and has some knowledge, it may be repetitive. But I always find myself wanting to go back to it when I have questions--so today I'm buying the updated edition, and letting a financially challeneged friend keep the other one.
How about a book for someone who knows that the best time to invest is when you are young, but is intimidated by the purposefully complicated langauge of the financial world? That would be this book. It is written very comprehensively, occasionally so much so that it feels a little "dumbed down", but that is okay.
Get a financial life starts with the basics of the basics. Setting up a checking account and an emergency savings fund, and avoiding bank fees while you do it. I couldn't help but to think, if you are in your thirties and don't have a checking account yet, you need more help than this book could provide...but anyway, this book then goes on to cover credit cards, auto insurance, health insurance, 401k plans vs. IRAs and Roth IRA's, mutual funds. It does it in a way which is not so dry to read that you feel like falling asleep, and not so demanding that you know you will never be able to accomplish your finacial goals without spending your life huddled over a calculator.
I would gladly loan this book to anyone who is going to be on their own for the first time. You HAVE TO know this stuff if you are going to make it in the real world.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've been reading the book in my spare time trying to get a better grip on my financial situation, and it has provided some really useful tips! Read morePublished 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
Helped me get my financial life in order. It helped me prioritize my finances, pay off my school loans, and pick the perfect cashback card for me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I purchased this book to review as a suitable gift for my college-age nieces and nephews. I think it is the best financial book out there for twenty-somethings. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Boxmaker
I need to red this over and over again to really nail it down. Such an awesome book I recommend it to everyone I know...Published 3 months ago by Taya
Bought copies for all my kids. Talks about things I wish I had learned in school and took me a lifetime to figure out... mostly the hard way.Published 4 months ago by Jon H. Duey