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Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance In Your Twenties and Thirties Paperback – March 17, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
Unfortunately, I haven't learnt a whole lot about personal finance since reading this book. I've read numerous books on personal finance after this one. All of them tend to say more or less the same things as this book, but they haven't said it as well.
Bottomline, if you understand the basics of personal finance (such as the principles of compounding, the importance of investing early in a 401(k), why it's bad to have credit card debt, etc.), you can probably afford to skip this book. Otherwise, it's a must have.
Together, my husband and I read it and developed a road map for what we thought we needed to accomplish. It gave us the basics to get our financial life on track, including paying off all the credit card debt (we carry none at all), getting a mortgage, buying a new car, and starting retirement plans. Now that we arethinking about insurance, starting a family, planning for college funds, etc., this was the first place I thought to turn for well-seasoned advice.
This book covers a lot of topics in an accessible format, but I acknowledge that for someone who is already aware of their finances and has some knowledge, it may be repetitive. But I always find myself wanting to go back to it when I have questions--so today I'm buying the updated edition, and letting a financially challeneged friend keep the other one.
How about a book for someone who knows that the best time to invest is when you are young, but is intimidated by the purposefully complicated langauge of the financial world? That would be this book. It is written very comprehensively, occasionally so much so that it feels a little "dumbed down", but that is okay.
Get a financial life starts with the basics of the basics. Setting up a checking account and an emergency savings fund, and avoiding bank fees while you do it. I couldn't help but to think, if you are in your thirties and don't have a checking account yet, you need more help than this book could provide...but anyway, this book then goes on to cover credit cards, auto insurance, health insurance, 401k plans vs. IRAs and Roth IRA's, mutual funds. It does it in a way which is not so dry to read that you feel like falling asleep, and not so demanding that you know you will never be able to accomplish your finacial goals without spending your life huddled over a calculator.
I would gladly loan this book to anyone who is going to be on their own for the first time. You HAVE TO know this stuff if you are going to make it in the real world.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's good for people who are just starting out. Those who are just getting out of college or high school. It gives you a basic overview over everything financial. Read morePublished 2 months ago by robert
One of the best personal finance books out there. Practical straightforward advice for the post-college set and those older adults who have not been paying attention. Read morePublished 3 months ago by eljay
I was embarrassingly financially illiterate, and this book was a huge help for me. I still sought professional guidance on my specific financial needs, but this book was great for... Read morePublished 3 months ago by SBO_NYC
I bought this book for my teenager. We had many conversations over dinner based on what she read in this book. There were a lot of things that I would not have thought to tell her. Read morePublished 4 months ago by DK
I have constantly referred to this book for the last five years. It's very helpful for when you're starting out and don't have a clue, everything in there is explained really... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ashley H.