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In this back-to-basics personal finance guide from the host of the "Money Girl" blog and podcast on the Quick and Dirty Tips network, Adams walks her readers through the ins and outs of money sanity and practical solvency, while helping them create a richer life--both financially and emotionally. She addresses major money issues and strategies, such as changing your money mindset by addressing overspending and its psychological roots, and understanding investing concepts and mortgages; she also offers help with creating a financial plan, comparing banks, utilizing online financial tools, paying for education, saving more money, and planning for retirement. Adams's peppy tone and highly organized, sensible advice deliver a clear-cut plan for financial literacy. Though there's not much new, the Money Girl brand is powerful and should find an appreciative audience. (Jan.) (c)
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Money Girl's Smart Moves to Grow Rich won the prestigious 2011 Excellence In Financial Literacy Education (EIFLE) Award for innovation, dedication, and a commitment to financial education.
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Laura Adams has written an excellent book for those who want to take control of their financial lives. It's loaded with good, comprehensive advice on everything from credit cards to taxes to retirement planning. The author does a great job of rendering often complicated concepts into clear, understandable prose. Whatever your financial goals, Money Girl's Smart Moves to Grow Rich will help.  -- Fred Brock, former New York Times columnist and author of the bestselling Retire on Less Than You Think

Adams walks her readers through the ins and outs of money sanity and practical solvency, while helping them create a richer life – both financially and emotionally… (her) peppy tone and highly organized, sensible advice deliver a clear-cut plan for financial literacy. --Publishers Weekly



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Product Details

  • Series: Quick & Dirty Tips
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (December 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312662629
  • ASIN: B0057DCTDQ
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #657,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laura D. Adams is a personal finance expert and award-winning author of multiple books, including "Money Girl's Smart Moves to Grow Rich" (St. Martin's Press). She's frequently quoted in the media and has been featured in FOX News, NBC News, USA Today, US News and World Report, Consumer Reports, Time, Huffington Post, Sirius XM, and many other radio, print, and online outlets.

Laura works as a writer, speaker, spokesperson, and host of the top-rated Money Girl Podcast. The show's been downloaded over 40 million times and can be heard each week at and on iTunes. Laura's on a mission to make money simple and easy to understand. She received her MBA from the University of Florida and lives in central Florida with her husband and their yellow Lab.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Griffin on December 28, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
If you're struggling with how to get your finances in order--or how to keep them from falling apart in the first place, you'll enjoy Money Girl's Smart Moves to Grow Rich. She makes no assumptions--she starts with the basics and helps beginners learn about the terms, attitudes and behaviors that make for smart financial decisions.

It' snice to read things that are basic--rather than trying to decipher a book that talks over your head. The chapters are clear and self-descriptive--from choosing a 401-K to setting up a budget to managing unexpected expenses--so it's easy to zoom in on what you're looking for.

This book may be too elementary for advanced financial wizards--but they probably have it all figured out already, right?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Daniel R Walton on December 23, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
Most people wake up stressed about money, bills and thier pants size(that's another book). We know what we need to do or do we? The real question is why we do not take action. Common fears are related to needing more time and more information. Well the time is now my friends and the information you need to start your way to a more informed and productive relationship with money is in this book.
Laura Adams has done it! She has fashioned a book suited for the Baby Boomer and Cyberpunk alike. You need solid well informed information on retirement and planning it is here. If your so tech savey that you do not respect anything unless it has dot something behind it Laura has the pedigree and the links you crave.
I personally like the fundamentals, just like my old basketball coach,and Laura aka Money Girl covers them with style. She sets you up with that firm foundation of understanding yourself and your current net worth. She coveres all that you need to take those first steps with confidence. This is very important in my mind. Getting this right makes the rest of your plans fall into place.
Next she gets you up to speed on the things that often are taken for granted, like bank accounts. Face it banks are getting down right Scrooge-like so you better start opening your eyes.
You want to get out of Debt see chapter 5 ( also don't forget the free ebook Laura put out here on Amazon)
Real Estate,Taxes and paying for that rug rats education, Laura covers it.
She is a real person, in the real world and she is with you via her books and podcast and blogs.
The Journey is long for sure but with a great start and the support of Money Girl you will be well on your way.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nikki W on January 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
New Year's Resolution: get your financial life in order. Great. Basic knowledge? Check. Friends and family with well-meaning but inaccurate advice? Check. Priority? No check. What I needed, it turns out, is the gentle hand up that she gives in this book.

Best part for me personally? Her initial chapter on "What's your mind money-set." I was able to read it out loud and start "the talk" with the husband on our relationship with money. Her tone and approach is much better than anything I've found this year in trying to broach that difficult subject.

Important to know:
1) Her tone is that of a really smart friend that knows the latest and cares: positive attitude without any games or guilt.
2) The advice is solid and current - even as a research junkie (and with a degree in a related field), it would take me weeks to find and validate the information, websites and tips she has. I'd rather read hers, and spend the time making changes to my finances (whoa, stop the procrastination?).
3) The writing is well organized. The book serves either as "read to learn" end to end, or as a reference for only the topics that interest you.
4) The title is a bit of a misnomer - the goal is to become financially solid and make the most of the money you have and earn, "getting rich" the old fashioned way. Of course, it's the way to go, but if you are looking for a get-rich quick book, you are definitely reading the wrong reviews.
5) If you are in a hurry, read the summary with the 20 tips at the end, and then go back and selectively go to the chapters about the ones you have trouble implementing or need to know more about. Skim and learn the tips (in the boxes) throughout.

I've got a shelf of unread books on various financial topics, but this is the one with the underlines, the bent corners, the tape flags - and that gets read.... Highly recommend!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jowi on January 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
My husband and I are at a point in our lives where our finances could go either way (prosper or go broke), especially during this economic climate. Laura Adam's book is exactly what I was searching for -- a complete and detailed, but interesting-to-read book on financial scenarios from A to Z. The book is very-well outlined so I can go back and search for a specific topic to refresh my memory on how to best make a financial decision that arises. I am definitely keeping this book as a reference tool. What I especially found to be really insightful was how the book begins with a discussion on how we view money. This is so impacting, yet almost-always overlooked. How we view money determines how successful (or not) we will be in handling our finances. Adam's gives straightforward points on this and she's right on. I'm definitely giving this book to my best friend who is trying to make some financial decisions right now. I highly recommend this book for young people starting careers or those entering retirement.
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