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Besides inspiring me to save some money and providing me with tips on how to do it, the book also debunked some of my preconceptions. Consolidating credit cards, for example. I had no idea what was involved! Now I know.
Subject of the book - How to properly budget your finances through simple system of cutting expenses and maximizing savings via setting financial goals, using automation to pay bills, and making sure you have effective financial goals.
Audience - Younger People. 'Young, Fabulous and Broke' . Though the methods in the book will work for almost everyone.
Style - Clear, Engaging, Witty.
Difficulty Level - Easy. Author worked as a teacher so she is good at explaining the subject matter. Plus it does not take long to learn how to use Excel :)
Highly Recommended. Consider this book an investment.
Beyond that, I just didn't find the advice or budget charts useful. This book may work for young women under the age of 22, but so much of your advice and charts are redundant to fill page space; additionally, your advice is just not possible for working professionals (especially those with children). For example, you advise people with a large amount of debt to move in with their parents?! That is just not an option for most working professionals!
I also found it extremely odd that you chose to use "Bella" as an example. Bella makes double or triple the income of your target audience! And how in the hell does Bella only spend $300 a month on her children? It's completely irrational and unreasonable.
Another sore spot arose when I was reading your blog, and came across a statement from you advising people to foreclose on their houses---you stated that you have not paid your mortgage but have been squatting in your foreclosed house for six years. I was completely aghast! This discredited you completely as a financial expert. People like you are the reason for the mortgage crisis.
Furthermore you suggest people use Primerica for life insurance. Primerica is a powerfully terrifying multilevel marketing scheme that people should run fast and far away from at all costs!
I appreciate low cost of this book and your upbeat attitude and conversational style, but I would never recommend this book to my peers.
This is not a bad book. It's just also not great. It's part chatty, part instruction. For those that want to dig straight in to the meat of it = this is NOT your book. Not because there's no meat, but rather you won't enjoy sifting through the personal stories and the "Ha ha, am I right?" to get to it.
Pros: She does guide you through the process start to finish, explaining why she does things. She implements a technique I've just started doing recently (pre-read) and find helpful.
Cons: Throughout the book there is an example budget from a real life client. When looking for ways to save money, the example shows this person lowering their LOAN payments. I did not find anywhere in the book where the reasoning for that was addressed. If you need to establish some emergency funds, etc, then that would make sense. But it is dumb to keep your loans at minimum payments and just keep paying interest on them if you have the funds to do otherwise.
Please note: I purchased this as a Kindle ebook download. I think it is more difficult to follow along with than if you had a paper version sitting in front of you. My recommendation to readers is to spring for the paperback version. This is more workbook than an advice read. My recommendation to the author would be to include a download key or something in the purchase, to accommodate easy download access to all the forms you provide.
**Edited Feb 2nd, 2015**
The author has made me aware that she has downloadable forms on her website. Happy budgeting all!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Easy to read, practical, step by step directions and well written! I can't wait to buy a copy for my children. It's an excellent teaching tool. Read morePublished 4 days ago by S M W
Tiffany does a superb job explaining the One Week Budget and also shares her own successes and failures, as well as the lessons learned. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Dessina King
Learned a lot about management and budgeting. And debit/income ratio and cutting some of my expenses. Thank you so muchPublished 15 days ago by Mz_Tornado
I liked AIT and found that I already do many of these things. I DID GET SOME GOOD TIPS AS WELL.Published 19 days ago by Kindle Customer
This book was very helpful. No fluff. Right to the point. This is what most of us were never taught to do. Excited to implement.Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
A quick useful read. Not a lot of new thinking but a very concise action plan. Liked the examples - very helpful.Published 28 days ago by Gigi123
Excellent read and a practical way to teach myself how to take real control of my finances and understand how to make them work for me not control me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Laurie Pierre
This book was just what i needed to get back on track with my finances. Growing up, I was never taught a systematic way to handle my finances. I was just taught to, "pay my bills". Read morePublished 1 month ago by JoMarie Burns