So many books on how to manage your finances are so technical and, well, just boring! Not Living the Savvy Life: The Savvy Woman's Guide to Smart Spending and Rich Living by Melissa Tosetti and Kevin Gibbons! Melissa actually puts money management into words women can relate to...like "wardrobe", "beauty", "food", "entertainment" and "home". I mean come on, what woman doesn't want to manage her money better so she feels free to invest in a beautiful, functional wardrobe or a well-designed home. Ok, so maybe you're not into fashion (though I think anyone reading this blog is). Some women aren't. But that is what is so great about this book. It teaches you how to save on areas that aren't as important to you so that you have more money to spend where it matters.
Maybe you are perfectly happy with a minimal wardrobe and pared down interior but are a food loving world explorer who wants to try every cuisine in the country or region it is indigenous to (really cool idea actually). You can do it! All it takes is saying no to what's not important so you can say yes to what is. Living the Savvy Life will help you put it all into perspective and show you how to discover your personal passions and financial priorities...there is an entire chapter entitled "What is Important to You" that includes a questionnaire for each basic area of your life. By taking some time and answering this questionnaire in full, honest detail you can determine exactly what is most important to you (not to your friends, not to society) at this time in your life. Once you know what is important to you, you can better decide how to spend your money.
The authors of LTSL know that the first step to being savvy is being organized. You will be aided in organizing your closet and pantry and will be given practical tips on setting up systems so you know what you have at all times. How to set up a bill paying system, checking account management system and manage credit card debt are all covered and of course, it wouldn't be a book on savvyness if it didn't include that little well-known concept of "pay yourself first" (retirement funds and savings accounts ladies!). And if you just really do want more information on how to grow your hedge fund, well, that's not actually covered by the authors but they tell you where to find sources that do cover such in-depth subjects in the "Favorite Resources" section! --Bobbie Michelle Harman, of Euro Chic http://eurochic.wordpress.com/2010/12/09/living-the-savvy-life/
From the Author
The average personal savings rate in the U.S. over the last 10 years was 1.7%. The average American family has an estimated $8,600 worth of unpaid credit card debt. They need guidelines for making the difficult financial decisions that impact their overall lives. Living the Savvy Life provides those guidelines.
Living the Savvy Life advocates spending on the things that are important to you and saving on the things that are not as important, rather than simply cutting back everywhere.
Living the Savvy Life recognizes that personal financial management involves balancing all the different aspects of your life and provides concrete, easy-to-implement advice for how to improve your overall financial health.
Living the Savvy Life provides habits and routines that are easy to start, easy to maintain and make managing your finances effortless.
Living the Savvy Life helps you design your own savvy life based on the philosophy of saving on the things that are not as important to you so you can afford to spend on the things that are important to you.