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The Ultimate Financial Plan: Balancing Your Money and Life Hardcover – September 6, 2011
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Like its predecessors, The Ultimate Financial Plan: Balancing Your Money and Life is sure to have a significant impact on the way we think about money. Examining the connection between actions, thoughts, and feelings when it comes to all things financial, the book makes a revolutionary argument: that the key to getting the most out of personal wealth comes from the contentment found in balancing the influence of money in our lives with personal values and goals.
Financial tools—like budgets, bank accounts, 401(k)s, IRAs, education savings plans, and real estate—can play a major role in helping us generate the money we want, but real value comes from investments in our knowledge and understanding, which lead to purpose-filled careers, sleep-at-night security, artistic endeavors, creative philanthropy, fulfilled retirements, and meaningful legacies.
In The Ultimate Financial Plan, Jim Stovall uncovers the Timeless Truths of personal finance while Tim Maurer directs you through Timely Applications, making this book an invaluable investment in your future.
From the Back Cover
"Jim Stovall is one of the most extraordinary men of our era."
—Steve Forbes, President and CEO, Forbes magazine
"Jim Stovall is one of the greatest and most inspiring authors of all time. I love reading and re-reading his brilliance. If you are ready to make your life work magnificently and have money flow into your experience—read this masterpiece and share it with those you love and care about."
—Mark Victor Hansen, Co-creator, Chicken Soup for the Soul
"Money is a tool, and here's a helpful toolbox to put it to good use. Tune out the frenzied stock traders on TV and read this book."
—Chris Guillebeau, blogger and author of The Art of Non-Conformity
"Jim Stovall and Tim Maurer's financial know-how and ability to explain it in a way that inspires you to make changes is unmatched. Whether you're looking for ways to boost your own wealth or just want a better handle on the world of personal finance, this book is for you."
—Kimberly Palmer, author of Generation Earn and personal finance columnist at US News & World Report
"Money is not the root of all evil nor the answer to all your problems. But it is a crucial tool to making your life what you want it to be. This is the message of The Ultimate Financial Plan, but it's not just a book about the 'philosophy of money.' It's full of practical, powerful advice for using money to its best advantage without letting it take over your life."
—Robert Brokamp, CFP, Senior Advisor, The Motley Fool
Top Customer Reviews
This link DOES NOT work. It comes up to a BLUE Host website with related links - none of them are for the book and its forms and documents referenced in the book.
VERY DISAPPOINTING - feel like I have been cheated in using the book's full ability to help others in their financial planning.
Website available for forms is now http://timmaurer.com/about-the-book/
Changed to four stars.
If you only read one book about financial planning (which is about all most of us can handle) this year...this would be the one!
As I said, I am not even half way through the book, but I think it has valuable information for anyone who doesn’t want to get into a cycle of debt. Think of some of the people you know, oneself included, who owe money on credit cards, etc.. and they generally will always blame their problems on everything else but their own inability to budget. Before I take the moral high ground, I want to add that any one of us can end up in debt if we are not careful. It is the easiest thing in the world to be indebted financially. Also, we don’t know what life will bring, so we have to try to anticipate potential problems down the road, like an unexpected illness or job loss.
Lastly, I think it is very important to remember this fact: Most of us today can easily spend what we earn and then some. It doesn’t matter if we make 20,000 or 100,000 or 1,000,000 dollars a year. The problem is that for whatever reason, we easily adapt to a higher salary and we just end up spending more on dining, clothing, travel, etc…. So usually the problem is not that we don’t make enough (however, in some cases it is); the problem is that we spend too much. We are spenders, not savers.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Terrific book. It's full of direct advice and insight. I felt like he was talking directly to me in a direct manner. I would definitely buy this again and recommend to everyone!Published 1 month ago by BC
This book is an excellent resource for any person who wants to improve their finances and doesn't know where to begin. It just applies to so many different areas of your life. Read morePublished on May 30, 2014 by Femalefeline Xoch
I had to buy this book for my personal finance class and I absolutely love it! Lots of good information and tips with corresponding spreadsheetsPublished on October 5, 2013 by Gabe Lopez
If you live, or earn, outside the US, don't buy or read this book. There are better titles out there.Published on September 25, 2013 by Lance39
My husband and I like this book. We read it aloud to each other while on vacation and developed our own Game Plan with it. Quick shipment. Satisfied with purchase.Published on September 13, 2013 by GravelGertie
Writing style is sometimes difficult, but the content is definitely worth the read. The chapter on annuities gave much needed clarity to a complex subject.Published on April 2, 2013 by andrea zubey
Really enjoyed this. Excellent information, it was understandable and practical, recommend this book for others who need financial advice and looking for balance in their livesPublished on March 16, 2013 by daveinlv