Customer Review

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Priorities and Happiness in Life, April 13, 2010
This review is from: Your Money: The Missing Manual (Paperback)
In these days of financial meltdowns and insecurity about the nation's financial system, this book brings a refreshing common sense approach to financial stability. It is measured, practical, and big on establishing priorities. The author also has a personal story to tell, and has his own blog for further reading and information.

Here are the priorities:

Happiness in Life, the Ultimate Priority
Make Goals
Budget
Get out of Debt

Note that there is nothing here so far about making money, it is all about understanding the purpose of and use of money

Think Small, which might otherwise be titled, Pay Attention to the Small Stuff

Now we get to the money part.

Working, for self or others
Banking, a Primer
Using Credit
and finally, The Big Stuff (life's major decisions re house, car, vacation, etc)
Home (Rent of Buy)
Death and Taxes (insurance, taxes, estate planning)

Finally:

Investing
Retirement
Dealing with Friends and Family

What makes this an excellent book is its emphasis on life choices to achieve happiness. It views money (properly in my view) as just a tool, important for sure, but a tool, and not an end in itself. It is a reasoned and principled discussion of financial values, but emphasizes personal values and relationships as the key to a happy life. There is no discussion of how to make a mint trading options, or the importance of having gold available for trade if the apocalypse occurs, so people looking for such discussions will be disappointed. But this book's approach would put any young person on the road to financial independence, and might be a wake up call for some others who have made the pursuit of wealth their primary goal in life. Recommended.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

4.4 out of 5 stars (46 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (32)
4 star:
 (8)
3 star:
 (2)
2 star:
 (2)
1 star:
 (2)
 
 
 
$21.99 $14.94
Add to cart Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Location: Riverside CA USA

Top Reviewer Ranking: 12,510