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Product Details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Olsen & Olsen Financial; 1st edition (November 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985886307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985886301
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 7.9 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Derek shares clear systems and processes for being as intentional about success in your finances as you would expect in business." -Dan Miller, creative thinker at 48Days.net and author of 48 Days to the Work You Love 48days.com
 
"Derek takes a practical, funny, real-life approach to fixing your budgeting woes once and for all."  -Joshua Fields Millburn theminimalists.com
 
"Derek knows what he's talking about when it comes to both finances and life! I am so impressed with what he's put together."  -Kent Julian liveitforward.com

"Give yourself the gift of The Four-week Financial Turnaround. In a straightforward fashion, Derek Olsen guides you through a personal finance transformation."  -Connie Williams, author of THiNking Consciously Rocks!

"Derek has lived, breathed, and endured the financial turmoil through a short sale. He has first hand knowledge of what it takes to overcome financial demise."  -Cindy Cook

"As a result of getting my hands on this fantastic budgeting workbook, my wife and I have been able to work out a budget that fits us really well"  -Joshua Gordon

From the Author

Where are you now financially? Where would you like to be? This book can help you get there.This workbook allows you to look at your financial decisions from all angles. Four weeks, sixteen worksheets, one awesome monthly budget.

Start by asking "why?""Why am I spending my money this way?" Then ask, "What are the results?"  Dig deeper and ask, "What are the positive and negative consequences?"  Finally, "What changes do I need to make, how do I make them and what will the new results be?"
You have what it takes.
  You are in control, you can change your financial future by changing your decisions.

More About the Author

Connect with Derek at www.derekandcarrie.com or on Twitter @derekcolsen

Derek's love for helping others with stewardship, personal finance, money management and marriage pours out through his ideas, products, and speaking programs.

Author of the #1 best selling book The Four Week Financial Turnaround, Co-Host of the Better Conversations podcast, Co-Host - TV Talk Shark Tank, Kaufmann Fastrac graduate, Toastmasters Competent Communicator, and author of From Your Head to Your Hands a book on self-publishing and book marketing.

Derek grew up in the Oklahoma City area and earned a B.S. degree in business management from Oklahoma State University. After graduation, Derek spent six years as a territorial sales manager in both the Oklahoma City and Kansas City markets.

Derek made the leap to full-time author, blogger, podcast, speaker in 2011 and hasn't looked back. Happily married to Carrie since October of 2010, Derek calls Kansas City home.

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Derek Olsen has written a helpful, easy-to-understand guide for getting a handle on your money, getting out of debt, and creating a financial plan for the future.
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I like the straight forward easy to understand approach of this book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By tkdreviewer on November 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
I think this book is a great tool for anyone, even if you have a system that's working for you. It's probably more immediately practical for someone who needs help organizing their finances (although I learned things and I have a budget that works well for me).

If you're in financial crisis, GET THIS BOOK. Here's why I think so:

1. Derek takes the time to explain why his steps are beneficial to you. It's a good balance of explanation and strong suggestions and action. I appreciated how he explained why naming all the dollars of your cash on hand is necessary (and if you don't do it, you might grossly over/under-estimate).

2. So many reviewers have mentioned this, but I also like that he asks us to do the difficult work of self-examination and think about why were are in the situation we're in. One favorite example of that is asking us why there is a difference between the way we ARE spending our money and the way we WANT TO be spending our money. YES! Let's figure it out and own that.

3. Also helpful are his charts. I like to FILL STUFF IN. It makes me feel like I'm making progress. You will have to get on line, look up your bank account, and come to terms with reality. So helpful. If you have debt, you are going to write down ALL THE PAYMENTS and the amounts. You are done just ballparking and guessing (and maybe guessing incorrectly). Reality is our friend.

4. If you are married, you are going to have to go through this material with your spouse. But of course you want to do that - your spouse is spending the money also.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kent A. Sanders on November 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
Derek Olsen has written a helpful, easy-to-understand guide for getting a handle on your money, getting out of debt, and creating a financial plan for the future. This is an ideal guide for single adults, families with kids at home, or anyone else seeking to get their financial house in order. The book is well-organized and well-written, and certainly worth the investment of time it takes to go through it.

A couple of features set the book apart from others covering similar ground:

1) It's not simply a book to read--it's a workbook with lots of exercises and practical steps to take you through the 4-week process. Derek focuses on the action steps needed, and makes it clear how to proceed from week to week.

2) The book helps you think through why you spend money the way you do. What is the real root of your money difficulties? Derek's book is a fantastic resource for helping you deal with the real issues that govern your use of money.

Anyone who has listened to Dave Ramsey or read his material (or attended Financial Peace University) will find similar principles in Derek's workbook. If you need a refresher course or have gotten off track, Derek's workbook can help. Sometimes it's good to get a little different perspective! If you like Dave Ramsey's material, The Four Week Financial Turnaround is a great companion peace that will put hands and feet on many of the same principles.

One thing I would add is that Derek's principles and ideas are easily adapted to budgeting software. I personally use YNAB software and love it, and would never consider going back to a paper budget again. But whatever system you use, the book will be a big help to get you where you want to go.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sheryl on December 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
I highly recommend this book. I am working through it now and find it a very refreshing way to look at your finances. I am no stranger to these types of books as I am always looking to improve myself. What I think makes this book different is that Derek encourages you to look at your past, but don't stay stuck there, and figure out the "why" of your spending habits. Then he encourages you to celebrate the milestone. So often we stay stuck in the past or beat ourselves up for doing the wrong thing that when we change that habit, we forget to give ourselves a little pat on the back. Then he calls us to set goals and take ACTION steps. I love action! Without it we get nowhere and that is exactly where you will be if you don't give this book a try!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Melissa M. Crawford on November 25, 2012
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I have both read a Dave Ramsey book and attended one of his seminars... but I have never fully applied everything I learned. This workbook seems to be the fire I have needed to get me motivated to make some changes. I appreciate how Derek breaks everything down into bite-size chunks and walks me through the process without making me feel like an idiot, but rather by giving me great advice and principles and equipping me for making better choices.

My 2 favorite aspects of the book are Getting to the Root Cause & Celebrating Your Milestones. Long-term change isn't possible without dealing with root issues! And Derek kindly prods in all the necessary spots. And in budgeting I have a tendency to focus on what I've done wrong or how far I have to go, but this book has lots of celebrating built into the journey.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Hubbard on November 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
My wife and I went through most of the steps and worksheets in this book. It has helped us tremendously in gaining confidence in our financial decisions. Proper money management is about so much more than "spend less". In the past, we have been indecisive with our financial decisions resulting in a lack of confidence with regards to how we manage our finances. With simple worksheets, and sound financial advice, Derek walked us through the steps necessary to building a strong financial future. The instruction in these steps removed any reason for my wife and I to be indecisive about our financial decisions!
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