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Product Details

  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; 1 edition (March 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761147489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761147480
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (463 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Don't let the breezy irreverent style of this book fool you. It contains serious advice on personal-finance decisions from budgeting and savings to spending and investing. Burton G Malkiel, author of A Random Walk Down Wall Street Ramit Sethi is a rising star in the world of personal finance writing ... singularly attuned to the sensibility of his generation ... San Francisco Chronicle --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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You don't have to be perfect to be rich. Or the smartest person in the room. Or a type-A personality. In fact, with Ramit Sethi's six-week program to financial independence, you can start with any amount of money, do just 85 percent of what he suggests, and succeed brilliantly through good times and bad.

As irreverent and entertaining as he is practical and wise, Sethi explains how to beat banks and credit cards at the fee game, automate your cash flow, negotiate for a raise, manage student loans, and enjoy your lattes and Manolo Blahniks by practicing conscious spending. It's how to master your money with the least amount of effort—and then get on with your life.



More About the Author

Ramit Sethi is New York Times best-selling author of I Will Teach You To Be Rich. His blog, iwillteachyoutoberich.com, hosts over 300,000 readers every month. He co-founded PBwiki and graduated from Stanford, where he studied technology and psychology. He lives in New York.

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It was a very easy to read (while being surprisingly funny) book about personal finances.
mikedaboy
This is a great book that has helped me to improve my personal financial situation, reducing my debt, automating my finances, and saving for the future.
Rene D Herrera
I'm telling all of my friends and family about this book, I know that it will at least get them thinking more about their finances.
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238 of 259 people found the following review helpful By Susan Roberts on March 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
First, here's what this book is not: It's not your parents' money management and investing book, although as a parent I wish I had done in my twenties what Ramit Sethi tells the twenty-somethings they should be doing right now.

Ramit starts with the premise that most people are so overwhelmed by the sheer amount of financial information available that they just shut down and do nothing. So Ramit tells you exactly what to do with your money and why. Want to know whether it's smarter to pay extra on your student loans or put that money into your 401(k) instead? Ramit will tell you. Want to know some specific financial companies that offer the low-cost index funds you should invest in through your Roth IRA? Ramit will tell you. Do you not even know what the heck an index fund is? Ramit will tell you!

Ramit also tells the truth about brown bagging your lunch and curbing your latte habit; and the truth is that these actions on their own are virtually pointless. Instead, you should go after the big wins, like getting the lowest interest rate and the best price on your next car because you have impeccable credit and negotiated "like an Indian" (negotiation scripts included).

Ramit maps out exactly how to get from where you are now to where you want to be financially, including how to create a personal money management system that practically manages itself. Ramit's system starts with a no-fee checking account and an online high-interest savings account. (He even tells you which online bank he uses.) He then walks you through setting up automatic bill payments and regularly scheduled transfers to your investment accounts. Throughout, he includes easy-to-understand charts, as well as short pieces by other personal finance bloggers.
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249 of 277 people found the following review helpful By Wealth Doctor on June 29, 2009
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I Will Teach You To Save Money, though a far less titillating title would be the more appropriate name for this book. 20 and 30 somethings are the intended audience for this book. And for them the book is delightfully irreverent and saucy in its language. You will not get rich by using the concepts in this book however you will gain basic financial literacy, which is the first step on the path to creating wealth. There are no new financial revelations in this book. If you already have a personal finance library you can pass on this book. If you don't already have one and are looking for a place to start, this book is a great way to go. I Will Teach You To Be Rich is not for people who have created a measure of wealth and are looking to increase it. For that you will have to look elsewhere.
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76 of 85 people found the following review helpful By TJSTOGY on July 28, 2011
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In two and a half years all of the "high yield interest bearing" accounts online have diminished. Author recommends you put your savings online at ING, which at writing had 3%+ interest bearing now has a measly 1%. He recommends you have a checking account with Scwab online, who at the time of writing was 3-5% interest, is now, get ready, 0.05%!! This was helpful 2.5 years ago, now is meaningless. You may as well put your savings in a credit union with a similar rate of return (around 0.5%) and you will have access to it immediately instead of waiting 3-5 days for a transfer in case of an emergency.
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Rob on January 28, 2013
Format: Paperback
Nowhere on the front cover does it mention that this book is about teaching 20 year olds the basics of financing. I'm closer to 40 and already know all this stuff, a waste of my time. I thought he was going to teach me to be rich (like the title states). Here is the books itinerary:

IN WEEK 1, you'll set up your credit cards and learn how to improve your credit history (and why that's so important).

IN WEEK 2, you'll set up the right bank accounts, including negotiating to get no-fee, high-interest accounts.

IN WEEK 3, you'll open a 401(k) and an investment account (even if you have just $50 to start).

IN WEEK 4, you'll figure out how much you're spending. And then you'll figure out how to make your money go where you want it to go.

IN WEEK 5, you'll automate your new infrastructure to make your accounts play together nicely.

IN WEEK 6, you'll learn why investing isn't the same as picking stocks--and how you can get the most out of the market with very little work.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By JSO on May 16, 2009
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Q: Can you learn the things that Ramit talks about in other books or even on-line? A: YES

Q: If you are already a money genius will this book help you? A: MAYBE

Q: Is this the only book you will ever need to become wealthier beyond your wildest dreams? A: NO

I'm writing this review mostly because of my frustrations with the *very few* low one star ratings on this book, I hate it when people in their one star reviews admit that the product they are reviewing is actually not that bad.

Anyway, many of the things that Ramit teaches/outlines in this book are common sense things that all of us should be doing, but either forget or never motivate ourselves to do.

The thing I like about this book is that it does not just talk about theory, but actually outlines action items and next steps. Goals without deadlines are just pipe dreams, this will inspire you to action. Within a few moments of picking this book up I started to save money, not because the book is magic, but because it made me take action and stop and look at my finances.

Even if you can only get one idea from this book that will save you more than $10-15 how can you rate it lower than 5 stars? The book is FREE to you!

Is the name misleading? MAYBE - but you have to admit, it is good marketing, it makes you take a second look. This is what ALL marketers do from the toothpaste and shampoo lane in you local super-mart to the car lots you pass on your way to work everyday.

Q: Is this book for everyone? A: NO - and I think Ramit would be the first one to admit that. If you are looking for a get rich quick scheme, go somewhere else. If you are looking at getting off your lazy butt and doing something to change your current circumstances, BUY THIS BOOK!
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