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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio Trade (October 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591846439
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591846437
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This funny, pragmatic guide will have you laughing all the way to the bank." -- Publisher's Weekly

"O'Connor uses humor to great effect." This book, "will resound with readers seeking not only cost savings, but a reduction of the stress around financial changes." -- Kirkus Reviews

 "The $1,000 Challenge" as one of A "hilarious and savvy guide. You should definitely check out this new book from Brian J. O'Connor." -- Go Banking Rates, "The 5 Personal Finance Books You Absolutely Need to Read This Fall"

“I laughed out loud reading this book. Brian O’Connor does the nearly impossible by making a personal finance book funny as well as
incredibly educational.”
—Liz Weston MSN Money columnist and author of The 10 Commandments of Money

“Brian O’Connor keeps you entertained while demonstrating simple and effective ways to cut costs in every area. And he’ll keep you
laughing all the way.”
—Mary Hunt founder, Debt-Proof Living, and author of 7 Money Rules for Life

“Finally, a book to help with the family finances that doesn’t feel like you’re being chewed out by a coach! This is a hip, fun, hilarious, but ultimately helpful guide to family finances by a real human being.”
—W. Bruce Cameron author of A Dog’s Journey and A Dog’s Purpose

About the Author

Brian J. O’Connor is a syndicated columnist for the Detroit News. For the “Grand Experiment” series he was honored with a 2010 Best in Business award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers and the Christopher J. Welles Memorial Prize awarded by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He lives outside of Detroit.
 
Visit www.funnymoneyblog.com

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This was a quick read, fun book with practical ideas.
Helen Fizell
Of course saving money is serious business however a good dose of humor helps us to not take ourselves and our mistakes too seriously but to correct them.
Walter D. Cromer
Yet it's also a very candid look at how to get control of your finances before they get control of you.
Susan Shapiro

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Susan Shapiro on November 5, 2013
Format: Paperback
"The $1000 Challenge," the first book by Detroit News columnist Brian O'Connor, is a funny and engaging read. Yet it's also a very candid look at how to get control of your finances before they get control of you. Along with relating to the author's economic issues, there was a lot of wisdom to be learned. I took notes - and plan to go through my monthly bills tomorrow to see what money is being wasted. A powerful, helpful and impressive debut.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jim061211 on December 12, 2013
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O'Connor is not your typical financial reporter. He is living in the Everyman trenches, and he writes about how Everyman can squeeze by month to month, saving money in surprising places, from pot-luck lunch at the office to renting videos at the library. And he does it with joie de vivre and a many a chuckle.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Helen Fizell on December 22, 2013
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I love a great challenge when it comes to working out a sensible budget. This was a "fun" book with excellent ideas about how to shave off unnecessary expenditures. Suggestions for couponing, comparing insurance options, and grocery buying tips are helpful. This was a quick read, fun book with practical ideas.
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I received this book last night from Amazon. Even though I have just read up to page 34 I wanted to post this review to say that after reading Brian J. O'Connor's advice on car insurance last night I pulled out my policies on my two cars today and I was able to save $1,166.20 a year on my premiums. When I ordered The $1,000 Challenge I wasn't sure how much our family could save because we have already been squeezing the budget pretty tight . I liked Mr. O'Connor's advice about treating yourself to a Latte once in awhile and not being so strict that it doesn't make sense because it affects your enjoyment of life. At the same time, the author shares from his own experiences on how he lost money and did not realize it until he began his $1,000 Challenge. I am very excited about this savings and looking forward to continuing to read this book and saving even more money. I really like the authors humor and in fact when I used the "Look Inside" feature that Amazon offers to read some pages of the book before purchasing, Mr. O'Connor's humor sold me on buying the book. Of course saving money is serious business however a good dose of humor helps us to not take ourselves and our mistakes too seriously but to correct them. Thank you Mr. Biran J. O'Connor!!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Teri on October 31, 2013
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Who says deep digging into personal finance has to be drudgery? Brian O’Connor — “Mr. Funny Money” — mines invaluable gold nuggets on his own personal financial experiment, and leaves you smarter, empowered, and laughing all the way.
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