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Wealth Watchers: A Simple Program to Help You Spend Less and Save More Hardcover – December 29, 2009
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Starred Review. Wood, founder of the ingenious Wealth Watchers program, shares her accessible plan for financial independence in this highly original, commonsense approach to managing money. Her plan is based on the tenets of Weight Watchers—but rather than counting calories, readers are encouraged to figure out how much money they can spend each day. It's extraordinarily simple: Wood advocates basic action steps that anyone can take, including getting organized, creating a monthly budget, setting goals and journaling. She discusses the best approach to handling fixed expenses (e.g., housing and insurance) and semifixed expenses (e.g., transportation and child care) and includes a daily, monthly, quarterly and yearly journal in the back of the book for the reader to complete. Easy to follow and complemented by the author's well-told personal story, this unassuming book won't intimidate those with little financial knowledge and provides the simple tools everyone can use to take control of their finances. (Jan.)
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About the Author
Alice M. Wood grew up in Naperville, Illinois, where she worked as a successful attorney, representing at least 1,000 families in setting up their estate plans. Nine years ago she suffered a brain injury that, among other things, made it difficult for her to make good decisions. In her attempt to manage her weight and her money, she invented Wealth Watchers.
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The bottom line, though, is that this system is great for becoming much more aware of your spending habits and how much things really cost. We have become disassociated from our spending because swiping the debit or credit card is so easy.
Where Your Money or Your Life really takes a hardline to getting you to Financial Independence and then on to do something worthy with your life, i.e. volunteering or your next new venture - this book allows for a lot more "fat" as Dani Johnson would scream about. There's a lot more eating out, a lot more of going with your own flow for spending.
Okay, the really fascinating part of this book though, is the story of Alice Wood - the lawer who wrote this book. And that is why I gave it four stars - because she has a GREAT story! Forget the financial planning part - you can get that from Your Money or Your Life - or any of Dani Johnson's screamings about money - but the story behind Alice and the plane from Steamboat Springs (I've been on that same damn route and thought we were crashing, too!!)and the O2 masks and the ensuing brain damage - MAN OH MAN - the woman has a Hallmark movie in her - THAT is what she needs to be writing about, promoting and doing the screen play.
My advice - Alice, get yourself an agent and get a movie deal. Forget the financial stuff - YOU are the interest in this book!
Ms. Wood's personal story that lead her to create "Wealth Watchers" makes for interesting reading. Her life-changing experiences made her realize she needed help managing her money. But it doesn't take a catastrophic event to make us realize we too need help reaching our financial goals...today's economic climate is life-changing for us all. The process and tools Ms. Wood shares in "Wealth Watchers" make the book invaluable reading for everyone who manages money.
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have several books and not finished them all.
Lots of good information in this one and trying to put it into practice with guidance from the...Read more