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The Simple Dollar: How One Man Wiped Out His Debts and Achieved the Life of His Dreams Kindle Edition
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In this case, I think the book might be worth five stars to those who:
* are fairly young and unknowledgeable about personal finances;
* find inspiration in personal stories related by a peer (or age cohort);
* prefer to have a hard copy of text instead of reading information readily accessed on the Web;
* or those who do not use the Internet at all.
But there are others for whom the book would not rate more than a single star, such as those who:
* have some background in managing their money and have read other books on debt reduction;
* read personal finance blogs such as this author's and the blog of one of his endorsers and do not feel the need for a hard copy of the material;
* might have trouble relating to a young man who has, so far, faced only a young man's problems. "Over the years" is, in reality, only a few years for this writer. Some might find this off-putting.
I am not certain that there are more people in the former category than in the latter, so simply on content, style, and utility, I'll give this three stars.
For myself, however, I tip clearly toward the latter group. I read personal finance blogs to find new information and, in terms of getting out of debt, there is simply nothing new to say. Do it. If you need tips on how to do so and if you are Web-literate enough to be reading this review, you can use search engines.
But there are constantly new nuggets about frugality to be gleaned. That's why I look at personal finance blogs, including this writer's.Read more ›
Regarding this book -- take a moment before purchasing to look at the table of contents. The first chapter is about reducing debt (or ideally becoming debt free) and while fairly basic, is helpful. Good, solid financial advice. The remainder of the book really leans more toward life improvement, knowing yourself, following your dreams, etc. but the tie-in is that most of these things can't be accomplished if you are drowning in debt. For example: You can't take that new job with a startup company that doesn't pay much initially if you need the monthly paycheck from the job you are currently in. It gives an excellent explanation of the difference between frugal and cheap. Frugal is aligning your spending with what you truly value and gives you pleasure - it's not negative, just smart.
These are only two examples of what is contained in this book, but it is loaded with all kinds of thought provoking data and suggestions for anyone willing to open their mind and question the status quo. It intertwines financial health with quality of life and I found it to be an excellent guide for all ages.
A definite winner though not a financial how-to book as expected.
The following paragraph appears three times VERBATIM in the book before chapter five (of a nineteen chapter work):
"It's easy to be resistant to the idea of setting goals. It requires introspection, commitment, and facing your fears. Yet, without clear, written goals with discrete follow-ups, it is substantially harder to achieve significant gains in life. Without them, it's likely nothing will change in your life."
I understand repeating yourself to make a point, but in this case, it appears to be bad editing, and there are several other examples of the same repeated sentences and phrases throughout the book. There are a fair number of typos too, but I'm sure there are typos in this review, so I'm not going to bust him for that.
Hamm has good if fairly typical and conventional things to say, but the way the book is written makes it almost excruciating for the reader to muddle through it. He intersperses solid financial advice with a bunch of squishy personal-development crap and at times it seems like he is writing purely for length rather than to entertain, inform, or persuade the reader. If he were to revise it by whittling out about 150 pages of unnecessary wordiness, reiteration, and irrelevant bloviating, it might be a book I would recommend to others, but as it stands now, not so much.
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Fascinating story of getting out of debt with lots of tips. Fan of his blog too.Published 9 months ago by Laura
Each year I re-read a few of my favorite personal finance books for inspiration and this is one of my go-to reads. A longtime fan of Trent Hamm and The Simple Dollar.Published 11 months ago by Kelly C
I appreciate the usefulness of the book. Is a good reference too.Published 14 months ago by dorthahardman
It was written fairly well but the information was old news. I already knew the techniques that the author was describing.Published on January 29, 2014 by Meredith Schoen
I read this book on my Kindle. I chose this book because I enjoy reading how other people have gotten out of debt, or walked away from a career they didn't love, etc. Read morePublished on December 15, 2013 by thebigreader
I know I should read more books on finances, managing debt, etc. - but it's sooo boring to deal with in real life on a daily basis and then read about it too! Read morePublished on December 8, 2013 by Susan Johnson
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