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Grow Your Money!: 101 Easy Tips to Plan, Save, and Invest Hardcover – Bargain Price, December 4, 2007
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About the Author
Jonathan D. Pond's pioneering work in educating the public on financial matters and bringing low-cost, personalized money guidance to Americans has been far-reaching and widely recognized. His prime-time public television specials have been critically acclaimed, including winning an Emmy Award, and his books have sold more than 1 million copies. He lives near Boston with his family.
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This is the most comprehensive finance book I've read and it's easy to read with some humor thrown in here and there. The author uses numerous detailed examples to illustrate his points which really help the reader understand the ideas. The book also has a companion website where the reader can go for more information or more up-to-date information as this book ages.
This is not a book that has to be read cover-to-cover. I did that, but if you want to find topics relevant to you, the author includes an age-based checklist in the front. I also really like that the end of the book includes a checklist by month of the things you should be doing throughout the year. It makes keeping up with your finances look less daunting!
The author made it easy for me to come away from the book with my own "To-Do" list, so I definitely got something out of reading this book! I also gained some new perspectives on certain areas - for example, it's a good idea to plan for early retirement because some people plan to retire later, but end up having to retire early. (You don't want to run out of money) I think the author has good insight and great ideas and I agree with his financial strategies.
Great book for all to read!
I picked this book up at the local library and it confirmed for me the old saying that you only get what you pay for. Not that this book is worthless, it's just that there isn't much new in it and the advice seems more of the "same old, same old."
For example, early in the book the author lays out the keys to achieving financial security:
Ensuring that you have adequate insurance
Never giving up control of your money
Allocating your investments appropriately
Creating a nest egg
Coping with major life events
Assuring that you minimize income taxes
Learning to live beneath your means
Setting your records straight
Planning your estate
Meeting college education costs
Using credit wisely
Participation in retirement plans
Investing in your career
Taking the time to attend to your finances
You're responsible for achieving financial security
Boring, boring, boring.
Another thing I don't care for in the book is the way it's presented with idea after idea - some of which is too simplistic. For example: Idea 9 -- Buck the Odds by Starting and Succeeding in Your Own Business." Starting a new business is difficult - hardly what I'd call an "easy tip" with your money.
The other thing that drives me crazy about this book is that it's filled with sections that prompt you to find additional in a special reader website that follows the sections of the book. Excuse me? I don't want to constantly be looking up sections of the book on the Internet while I'm reading. If it's helpful material put it in the book - save the updates for the paperback version.
Bottom line: lots of common-sense ideas with too few details and depth of discussion for each piece of advice. Sound recommendations with little new or interesting ideas to offer.