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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Island Eye, LLC (December 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974762431
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974762432
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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By phillip d zook on January 24, 2012
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Delightful to read and the coffee shop tour of Portland Oregon is not only heart but feet warming to read on a cold winter day. Lots of encouragement for those trying to make "ends" meet nowadays. A great bathroom book to say the least.
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This book is a gem for those 20-somethings in your life who you wish you had talked about healthy money habits as much as you did about eating veggies and safe driving tips. It covers all the ways to become financially independent, but it's the way that he presents these easy to digest concepts that makes this book great--it's written as an ongoing conversation between a money savvy uncle and his early-twenties nephew who doesn't have a clue about how to make the most out of his first real job income. In each chapter, the pair meet in different coffee shops around Portland, Oregon and talk about a single topic that gradually includes more complex concepts. The banter between uncle and nephew is completely relatable and believable, and the information is so well explained in everyday language that even I learned something that I could immediately put to use, even though I'm well past my 20's!
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Everyone will think you are reading a novel, not a book about finance, even you yourself. It starts with a problem, not of some financial savvy, but someone clueless and indebted like us. Then it tell us, like an uncle advising his young nephew, what can we do step-by-step, little-by-little to change from what we are to the better and start threading on the path to be rich.
It's very good for everyone who want to know more about money but is overwhelmed by financial jargon.
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This is an easy read and really very comprehensive.
I have acquired all the info in the book over about 30 years of
figuring things out, mostly after the fact! Only recently I calculated the
amount we pay in stock trades etc. within one of our SEP IRA's - luckily that
amount seemed fair based on the gains and recommendations we have received.
The part on staying in for the long run and getting in early are so
important to every young person.

I would like every high school senior to have this be
required reading! So hard to learn to delay rewards...but it is clear the
government is less and less likely to be there for future generations long
lives and long retirements, let alone their health care costs!
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People starting in life often don't think carefully about the future and make very poor financial decisions. This book walks though many of the pitfalls people make when they start earning money in an entertaining way. I highly recommend it!

Al Francisco Ph.D., CPA
Author of several CPA review texts
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An excellent job of writing a guide to understanding money. I would heartily recommend it to each and every family with teenagers and twenty somethings. By using the Uncle/Nephew approach it comes across very well. Not only is the research of money products well done, the author has created a desire on my part to visit the coffee shops of Portland. It could and should be a reference manual in every high school in the country where economics is taught or even touched upon. It is so well done.
About a dozen steps above a Dick and Jane story but written with great clarity on sometimes difficult subjects.
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Excellent motivating book on what can sometimes be a dry or overwhelming topic for anyone - namely personal finance and understanding money in plain English. The author, Dave Straube, presents the basics of understanding money in a conversation between two fictional characters, and as the book moves along the reader is learning without realizing they are being caught up in the process too. Highly recommend this book for anyone who needs to either jumpstart their own financial planning process or the beginner who needs to get a handle on what's all the fuss about.
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FYI: William's wife, Wendy, is writing this review.

The author wisely cools down hot financial topics in Someday Is Not a Plan by letting the reader comfortably sip his/her way through the book. The conversations between the fictional uncle and nephew are engaging, plausible, relevant, practical and inspiring. Must admit the uncle gets a little too opinionated for my taste about the short comings of financial advisors (Guess I've had better luck?!). I can hardly wait to give copies to my college kids!
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