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How to Be Rich: The Couple's Guide to a Rich Life Without Worrying about Money Paperback – September 19, 2011
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From the Introduction:
Nothing creates stress or anxiety within a family like money. Not having enough money can create real stress, but fear of not having enough can elicit the same or even greater fear than not actually having it at all.
The reality is that money is a tool to get the stuff we want and need. However, in our society money has also become a measure of self-worth and perceived happiness. We are surrounded by messages from our parents, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and the media that encourage these misguided feelings.
These complex emotions are what create most of the problems--fear, anger, resentment, and frustration--that revolve around money. However, most of the personal finance industry ignores these core feelings, and instead focuses on interest rates, stocks, bonds, and taxes.
Like money, these things are simply tools to get you where you want to be and are not the end goal. Happiness and fulfillment are the end goal for most of us, yet we often lose sight of that when dealing with our money.
I wrote this book on two different tracks. The first is the deep and complex emotional issues families struggle with because of money. The second is the nuts and bolts of financial planning that allow you to organize your money.
To get the most from this book, while you're enjoying the entertaining story line, keep in mind that the emotional issues are the most important part of the story. The financial planning tools are secondary to the emotional aspects. If you can learn from both messages, you will walk away from this book with a completely different perspective about money.
I didn't figure this out overnight. It took me a long time to discover what matters, and sadly, I think many people never learn it themselves. I first started learning about the world of money and investing at the ripe old age of eighteen when I studied investment magazines like they were textbooks. It wasn't until almost ten years later that I realized they were actually advertisements for underperforming and overpriced mutual funds.
It was also at eighteen that I invested my first $1,000 in mutual funds--a front-end-loaded technology fund that was a completely inappropriate investment for a kid, but an easy sale for a commissioned stockbroker, or otherwise said, a salesperson.
Years later, through lots of self-guided education in books and mistakes in the market, I figured out what was most important in personal finance. (This wasn't before a ridiculous stint when I thought I could be a day trader, picking individual stocks and even dabbling in IPOs.) Eventually, I received the formal education and financial planning credentials, an MBA degree, and tax training to be "qualified" to give personal financial planning advice. It wasn't until I had a wife, divorce, remarriage, stepchild, jobs, businesses, my own child, a deceased parent, and worked as a financial advisor with other real-world complicated families that I learned what really mattered.
That was when I learned about personal financial planning. I learned that people, including me, don't care about the highest performing mutual fund of the year, or the highest yielding CD, or the latest tax deduction. What you and I care about is enjoying life with our families without the money worries that plague most Americans. What we want is to live extraordinary lives. That's what this book is about--getting back to the basics about what you want and providing some basic money tools to help you get there.
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Top Customer Reviews
I have been married more years than I’m going to admit , and I saw my husband and me in the characters in this book. Of course these characters are examples, some of the issues were different, but nonetheless, any smart person will be able to connect the dots and see themselves in the book to some degree.
What the author did was brilliant. Instead of cramming a bunch of boring facts and figures and preach how to budget and save for retirement, he used a super fun story to teach the reader. Once I started the book, I was almost immediately sucked into the simple novel and curious what would happen next as I curiously turned each page. it really was a page turner. Great writing.
Tthe great thing about this book was that it was easy to read. I finished it in two evenings. The book was easy to read and the concepts are very simple. There is nothing highly advanced or overly technical. Looking back, this is the book I should have had when I was young and before I became a “personal finance geek.” I read all the books . it is almost a hobby for me, so although the author had a different approach to a few things (like he tells you NOT to have a budget) but the actually finance strategies were things I had read in the hundred other books on money I have read.Honestly, all personal finance books are basically the same. Some more advanced than others, but this one hits its mark. If you are in a relationship sharing money and are not already a “personal finance geek” like myself, this book is the perfect starting point.
I think most people do not want to get into the fine points of money like I do, and honestly, they don’t need them. I like the very high level, advanced investing tips. If you are looking for advanced personal finance tips, this is not the book for you, which is why I gave it 3 stars. I really should probably give it 5 stars, because it is the perfect book for people getting started, but at this point I like the high level math and statistics in advanced investing books. I actually like reading statistics books. i know I’m a total self admitted geek.
That said, the emotional aspect of this book is on another level and surpasses any other book on invest I’ve ever read. I think the fights about money that we all have are more of the problem than the other stuff, and this book gets 5+ stars for that.
It’s a good read if you’re in a relationship and not looking for overly complex personal finance information.Perfect book for its market
I believe this book will catch many attention with the way its written. It doesn't just tell you to budget this and do this, but gives you financial advice from a realistic perspective that tends to happen with many couples. I found it to be a great read even with being single.
I liked how more advice was added in at different points versus forced upon them at once. I'm one, who could sit and read the typical financial advice books because they interest me, but I'm aware that many find them a bore. This book covers both ends. It doesn't disappoint.
Because most financial planners, accountants and bookkeepers speak a different language to us, we often become reliant on advisors and have no way of knowing if the advice is right for us. And, as we receive no valid education from our parents or the educational system, we mismanage our money with ignorance. We only discover we have gone wrong when we get stuck or disaster hits.
Read it, follow what it advises and you will have a completely different experience of money, debt and credit.
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