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Right on the Money!: Taking Control of Your Personal Finances Paperback – June 13, 2000

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Villard (June 13, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812992598
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812992595
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #573,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Farrell, host of the PBS radio show Sound Money and a contributing editor to Business Week, offers a nonthreatening, easily digestible approach to personal finance that is solid if not unique. Writing in a breezy style, Farrell draws on the problems of real-life families, including his own, to introduce the basics of paying for college, buying a car, budgeting, etc. Contrary to similar guides, Farrell focuses on managing money for family needs over the long haul, and includes only a brief overview of the "hot" topic of investing. He addresses such key concerns as whether parents should have college accounts in their children's names, what to avoid when buying a used car and how far in advance to budget. Farrell's advice is sensible, low-key and comforting. For example, in the chapter on budgeting, he advises, "Don't try to do too much in any one sitting. Set up a regular once-a-week meeting where both of you come together for a defined period of time to work over the budget. Afterward, do something together you both enjoy. Reward yourselfAand remind each other why you got together in the first place." In all, Farrell delivers a good primer, especially for people who would prefer to do anything but consider the consequences of their spending. (June)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


"It sometimes seems that managing our hard-earned dollars threatens to become a full-time occupation. We worry about the choices we're making, and it's clear that many people are unsure about their decisions. Have you ever asked:
"How much of my retirement portfolio should go into stocks?"
"Should I invest in technology stocks?"
"Why do I keep slipping back into credit card debt?"
"How will I ever afford to send my kids to college, save for my retirement, and still pay the monthly bills and daily expenses?" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Chris Farrell is senior economics contributor for Marketplace, American Public Media's nationally syndicated public radio programs. He is economics commentator for Minnesota Public Radio. An award winning journalist, Chris is a regular contributor to Next Avenue, Money.com, Bloomberg Businessweek and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Most importantly, Chris is the father of two sons, both wonderful young men.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark Spearson on June 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
For a young man who does not know much about personal finances, this book has been great. It told me all the things that everyone is supposed to know, but I didn't. I am young and inexpierienced in handling my finances, and this book appealed to me because I do not think it was written to appeal to the know it all Wall Street audience. This book is already helping me get my finances together, and hopefully will see more from Chris Farrell in the future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Kaye on August 23, 2008
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I admit that I am a big Chris Farrell fan - I listen to him on APR's Marketplace Money and I read his blog. He has good, solid advice on personal finance and investing and I trust his opinions. I would have given this book 5 stars, except that I thought it was too "beginner" for me and I was looking for more advanced information. Also, having been written in 2000, some of the information is a bit dated. (I'm hoping he'll write a new book with current data for more advanced investors?!)

However, it's a good beginner book. It covers lots of the important basic topics:

Buying a Car
Buying a House
College Savings
Retirement Savings
Credit Cards
Kids and Money

Each chapter has a section for references at the end where readers can go to learn more information on the topic.

Overall, I think that if you are new to budgeting and personal finance, this is a great book to read. It has good, solid advice. Just keep in mind that for any of the details (like IRA Contribution limits), you will need to do additional research to get up-to-date numbers.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I totally disagree with these other reviewers. This book puts the "personal" back in personal finance. Other books are like automotive manuals - look up the problem and find the answer. This book has great narrative and puts a human face on the problem
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