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The One Week Budget: Learn to Create Your Money Management System in 7 Days or Less! Paperback – January 12, 2011
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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
This book is easy to read and really practical. I sat with a notebook and created all of the grids and worked out a plan. Read morePublished 1 day ago
Pretty common sense approach to saving. Very quick read, these steps were things that are easy to implement and learn.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
My sister has given me this same advice for years and now I'm gonna follow through! Thanks for the advice.Published 9 days ago by Earica Owens
I retread this book 3 times before starting my budget. It was quick, simple and detailed enough for anyone to comprehend and execute.Published 12 days ago by Erick
But it was a boring read but This product got delivered so quick I had wondered when it came what it it was I was expecting it at a much later datePublished 13 days ago by Desaree A. Kinloch
Lots of great information! The way I manage my finances has completely changed and I have found extra money to repay debts! Great book!Published 17 days ago by Kune`
It is an excellent guide book to help me with achieving financial freedom. Many Thanks for this book!Published 25 days ago by Wael Hesham Ahmed Fouad
I was already doing some of the things this book suggested, but it made me more excited to lower my bills and actually pay more attention to ALL finances. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Angelique