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Easy Money: How to Simplify Your Finances and Get What You Want out of Life Paperback – November 16, 2007
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"Easy Money" is well-organized and seems thorough. Each section is succinct and practically oriented. Some of the advice I've learned over time: the value of an alphabetical filing system, the value of index funds , and whether umbrella liability insurance might be, as Liz puts is, "a good idea". Liz places emphasis on the advice of John Bogle, the founder of Vanguard Funds and explains her recommendation of index funds. She lists a book by Bogle in the "Resources and Recommendations" section of this book. She also discusses why mortgage prepayment might not be wise. She provides what seems to be excellent advice about use of financial planners and when to use a tax professional (tax software just may not handle your situation as well as a professional might). There's a good section on planning for college, something those with young children might not want to delay for too long.
There are some tips I haven't considered. One is the idea of a "buy-nothing month" during which one only purchases true necessities. The intent is to get a feeling for how many and how often one buys non-essentials. Another idea is having a "pause button", i.e.Read more ›
The basic strategy of the book falls under a few simple headings: (1) develop a system that lets you track exactly where you are and where you need to be; (2) make this system as simple as possible and as automatic as possible -- the book has completely left behind the old check register system and enthusiastically endorses online banking and automatic bill pay as much as and wherever possible (and she reminds us that it is possible with so many banks that you really should just find one that lets you do what you need); (3) get clear about your essentials and priorities, and see where you can shave costs off of ongoing and enduring and essential expenses; (4) after that, there isn't much to say about saving change here and there by substituting cheap coffee for an expensive latte (though she does mention a few opportunities to stockpile small change in order gradually to build a savings buffer), since when you are clear about essentials, and have a system that tells you exactly how much you have and how much you need to take care of your priorities, then frivolous expenses appear as such. It's easier to focus on priorities when you are aware of what it takes to reach them.Read more ›
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Well written and easy to understand. Lots of good ideas and information!Published 19 months ago by Shopper in Baltimore
I first became acquainted with Liz Pulliam Weston when I started reading her weekly column at MSN Money. Read morePublished on April 14, 2014 by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson
Though not as flashy as some, this is a solid book that I would recommend to someone looking to take stock of their finances, and put them in order. Read morePublished on February 23, 2012 by Jennifer Juday
I think this book gives some key and useful pointers for simplfying your finances. This is accomplished through the tips the authors gives regarding organization,bill... Read morePublished on October 24, 2011 by Sarah
For most of my readers, this book may prove to be too basic, but we all have friends that are not "money people. Read morePublished on January 23, 2010 by David Merkel
In these hard economic times, this book could not be more relevant. "Easy Money" aims to help readers simplify their finances, in order to be able to better focus on the things... Read morePublished on August 21, 2009 by Douglas King