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Spend Well, Live Rich (previously published as 7 Money Mantras for a Richer Life): How to Get What You Want with the Money You Have Paperback – December 28, 2004
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“When it comes to advice on money, you can’t beat Big Mama.”
–Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Refreshing in its honesty and reliable in its guidance . . . a charming, inspirational and authoritative primer on money management.”
From the Inside Flap
The 7 Money Mantras are:
1. If it's on your ass, it's not an asset!
2. Is this a need or is it a want?
3. Sweat the small stuff.
4. Cash is better than credit.
5. Keep it simple.
6. Priorities lead to prosperity.
7. Enough is enough.
Michelle Singletary is a syndicated columnist for "The Washington Post whose popular personal finance column appears in more than 120 newspapers. She's also a mother of three children who understands what it's like to live on a budget. In a plainspoken, sassy, no-nonsense voice, Michelle provides answers to the financial issues that confront almost every household: how to teach children the value of money; how to address money issues in a relationship or marriage; household saving tips; getting the best loans; and much more.
"This book is about saving enough money to have choices," she writes. "It's about feeling free to be cheap if you can't afford to buy a ton of gifts at Christmas. It's about eliminating wasteful spend-ing so you can begin to save and invest. It's full of uncommon commonsense lessonsand guidance on the way people should use their money."
With humor and down-home financial wisdom, Michelle Singletary offers practical and realistic advice that will help you live well with the money you have.
Michelle Singletary on . . .
Romance and Money
"It's okay to say: 'Honey, I love you and everything, but if you need money, ask your mama.'"
"We are minimizing our financial potential by making minimum credit-card payments."
"If you want to save money, keep your car until you're on a first-name basis with the local tow-truck drivers."
Leasing a Car
"You, too, can drive a car you can't afford and then have to give it back. It's crazy."
"Generosity isn't about how much you spend. It's about how much thought you put into the gift."
"I once bought a stick-shift car because it was $1,000 cheaper than the automatic in the same model. There was just one little problem. I couldn't drive a stick-shift. But at least I saved $1,000!"
"From the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
A waste of money if you've bought, "Seven Money Mantras..."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed it. Makes you think about a lot of things for the future.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Good book and also could be a teaching text for both young and old alike. I am a senior citizen and it still taught me.Published on March 15, 2014 by Curtis
THIS BOOK IS SIMPLE AND PRACTICAL. THESE ARE THINGS YOU CAN DO NOW TO SAVE AND LIVE WELL. IT'S A MUST READ FOR YOUNG ADULTS AND TEENS.Published on December 6, 2013 by msshoefetish
Funny,sometimes hilarious!!!! Would recommend this book especially for newly-weds and those going through financial crises.Published on March 28, 2010 by Ellen J. Agard
This book appears to be the same as the earlier book "7 Money Mantras...". Read the reviews for that book as well - they are favorable, not like the ones here as of 5/6/06. Read morePublished on May 6, 2006 by pmm_kens