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Generation Earn: The Young Professional's Guide to Spending, Investing, and Giving Back Paperback – October 12, 2010
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—Better Investing, 1/1/11
“it takes you on [a] journey toward financial freedom, and offers helpful tips that you can actually put into practice.”
—Allbusiness.com, Personal Finance Corner, 10/28/10
“Generation Earn offers real, applicable career and money advice.”
—Mediabistro blog, FishbowlDC, 10/20/10
"Kimberly Palmer, author of the new "Generation Earn: The Young Professional's Guide to Spending, Investing and Giving Back" (Ten Speed Press, October 2010) speaks of and for the next generation. Palmer writes the popular "Alpha Consumer" column for U.S. News and World Report and she's mad! She's tired of today's young professionals being referred to as "Generation Debt." Palmer points out that Generations X and Y hold more advanced degrees than any prior generation, giving them serious earning potential. ...What stands out about "Generation Earn" is that Palmer goes beyond the desperate "me, me, me" of most personal finance books. Of course, she advises young professionals on how to get their financial houses in order. That's obligatory. And she covers those fundamentals with a crisp, conversational style that makes it sink in. But then she goes beyond that and advises her generation on how to fulfill their dreams of making a difference. It's a lot easier to change the world if you have something more in your arsenal than just sweat and tears. Palmer advises on green spending, wise giving and what she calls "Nonprofit Dreamin.' Generations X and Y are often maligned, but nobody can deny that these young people often think beyond themselves. "Generation Earn" can help them put some money and muscle behind their good intentions."
—Elisabeth Leamy, Good Morning America, Consumer Correspondent, 10/18/10
"Generation Earn is aimed at young professionals, who are increasingly interested in spending smarter, investing and giving back. But the book is also excellent in its scope and even mentions ways to reduce one’s carbon footprint, such as calculating one’s footprint and offsetting in support of innovative clean energy projects. As the dust of the recession is finally settling, you might be wondering where do we go from here? Generation Earn provides a compass and reveals paths for a better future."
—Carbonfund.org blog, 10/12/10
"This is a great book for a thoughtful college graduate. In fact, without knowing anything more than that about a graduate, this would be my first pick as a gift for graduation (perhaps coupled with Your Money or Your Life). As with many such books, the subtitle should make it clear whether this book will have any value for you personally. Are you a young professional? If the answer is yes, this book is probably worth a look."
—The Simple Dollar blog, 10/10/10
“If you’re looking for a book that talks to your life, your money, right now, this is it! It’s an essential guide for a rapidly changing world.”
—Carmen Wong Ulrich, personal finance expert for The Dr. Oz Show and author of The Real Cost of Living
“Kimberly Palmer has crafted a clear-eyed, engaging book that goes far beyond finances and careers, and gives us a roadmap for how best to conduct our lives. As my three daughters enter their twenties, this is one of the most valuable guidebooks I could give them.”
—Jeff Zaslow, coauthor of The Last Lecture and columnist, Wall Street Journal
“Generation Earn shows us how to pursue our financial goals without compromising our values. The financial world—and our place in it—is changing, but Palmer’s advice will help us move ahead.”
—Farnoosh Torabi, money coach on Bank of Mom and Dad and author of Psych Yourself Rich
Top Customer Reviews
My favorite section is the one on earning an income (from one or more channels). It's called "Job Juggling". Here, you can see how you may be able to earn income in new ways through approaches that may not have been possible even just a few years ago. I find it inspiring!
Her engaging and optimistic style makes for an easy read. Yet Palmer succeeds in offering hard-hitting lessons; many who read "Generation Earn" will find themselves taking off their rose-colored glasses and viewing their lives, jobs, priorities, habits and attitudes in the harsh light of 21st-century reality.
Did I mention that older adults might learn a few things too?
Especially engaging is the chapter on giving back. Palmer sheds new light on how philanthropy is being handled by young professionals and gives advice on the most effective ways to participate. I now feel confident that the small scholarship I have wanted to start at the dance studio in my hometown is the right way for me to give back.
I no longer feel like there is a conversation about money that I am not a part of. This empowerment has made the "real world" less daunting and the recession less hazardous to my financial future.
If you relate in any way to following, read this book:
I graduated into the recession. College graduation is bitter-sweet by nature, but mine was not marked by glee at having officially left "school world" and the excitement of entering the "real world." Rather, the collective global fear about The Economy made me take a job I may not have otherwise for fear that I would not find anything else. And I may not have. This job also found me making more money than I may have if I had continued to look for something in the anthropology/medicine/journalism field. With said money piling up in a checking account, I realized I needed answers. I couldn't go the usual route (parents) and didn't have anyone else (finance friend) nor did I know where to go (bank? financial adviser?). I Amazoned some key words, bought a few books, and only read this one. Have yet to find a better source.
U.S. News & World Report financial columnist Kimberly Palmer realized this, and in response, she wrote this terrific book, Generation Earn: The Young Professional's Guide to Spending, Investing and Giving Back.
Generation Earn is focused on the life transitions of young-adulthood -- graduating from college with a pile of educational debt, the decision move back in with your parents or struggle through with six roommates and the how to start changing the world before you've earned your first million. It's an upbeat book that offers financial education without a lot of parental finger-wagging. And running throughout the book is the message that thrift is about your core values and choices, not just a string of numbers on a ledger sheet.
That's an important thing to mention: Most financial guidebooks talk about how to create wealth and pay off debt, with little discussion of why--the purpose behind the quest for financial security. Generation Earn does a great job letting these big-picture issues take a front-stage position, framing money issues in terms of real-life issues for a generation is desperate need of some practical advice.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book to read for getting started in saving and investing or to help yourself get motivated. Don't expect any million dollar tips but overall, good ideas to get you started... Read morePublished 9 months ago by J. Fischer
I sent it to my grandson, so don't know if it was helpful to him.Published 18 months ago by Sibyl Goerner
I'm 21 so I'm relatively new to personal finance. After reading this I felt generally more informed but nothing specifically helpful. Read morePublished on July 2, 2014 by Will
Thought this one would be an interesting read after I've seen it at a friend's place, relevant for new graduates and all... Read morePublished on August 25, 2011 by Fouad
Most finance books explain the spending problems young adults have very well, however they offer no solution. This book does an excellent job of both. Read morePublished on July 18, 2011 by Steve L
Do not bother with this book. Every chapter is nothing more than a collection of anecdotes, usually focused on bloggers and authors. Ms. Read morePublished on July 11, 2011 by Seth McMaster
This book is a common sense financial advice book written by a young professional for other young professionals. Read morePublished on May 8, 2011 by V N
This book is a must-read about personal finances, particularly relevant for the 20-, 30- and 40-somethings today. Read morePublished on May 6, 2011 by Comfort
I have read many personal finance books over the years but I usually do not get an urge to write a review. Generation Earn, however, got my attention! Read morePublished on February 7, 2011 by Theodore W. Connolly