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Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Ind ependence: Revised and Updated for the 21st Century Paperback – Dec 10 2008
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"In this time of crashing markets, soaring prices, tent cities, and melting ice caps, no book is more useful to readers and to the planet than Your Money or Your Life."
-Mary Pipher, author of The Shelter of Each Other and Seeking Peace
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The book is rife with simplistic straw men. I grew tired of being told what it was I believed about money, because I didn't believe any of those things. The book incessantly repeats tired clichés about thrift, savings, and materialism that you'd expect to hear from a politician or in a sermon - no meat, no elaboration, no evidence... just some hand-waving and a smile.
If you know absolutely nothing about personal finance you might get some value from this book and its exercises. You'll probably benefit if you're completely dumbfounded by facts like:
* You have to spend your own money to buy things like gas and work clothes
* If you don't pay your bills, you go into debt
* The more money you spend, the less money you have in the bank
If this was ever considered a good reference for people to learn about personal finance, it stands as an amazing symbol for how much the world has changed in 20 years. Or it's just a crap book.
HOWEVER! If you want to start "Making a LIVING" for yourself, instead of "Making a Dying" (as the authors put it) then there is no better place to start than with this program. And it is a PROGRAM, like you would do in a college-level course, not just "helpful tips" for saving pennies in a jar.
The first few steps require a bit of memory, a bit of digging, a bit of math (basic addition and subtraction), a bit of organization and A LOT OF SOUL SEARCHING.
Once you understand what the program is REALLY about, that is, figuring out "How many of your (precious! finite!) LIFE HOURS do you give away in exchange for (very little) money" then the other steps become mostly a matter of tracking and organization, customizing as suits your needs.
And, I KNOW at first it seems impossible, unrealistic and downright painful, but please believe me when I tell you that it is very, very worth doing these steps, especially the first few, to the best of your ability. You don't have to do it all perfectly, it's just about doing the best you can, so that you can get a TRUE, HONEST and CLEAR understanding of your past and present attitudes about money.
I have been doing "the program" for exactly 1 year as of today.Read more ›
It wasn't all bad though! The book did help me get some introspection into my life - I did like the idea of adding up all of the money you have made so far in your life to see what you have to show for it. I also liked the idea of finding your "real" hourly wage and comparing everything you spend money on to that wage to see if it's really worth purchasing. I.e. I make about 10$ an hour after all is said and done so when I, for example, buy a $20 shirt I've just spent 2 hours of my life working just to own this shirt - is it worth it? I now ask myself that questions whenever I go to buy anything - is this worth X hours of my time? The book did also change my spending patterns - I now buy more music and less clothing since I focus on the maximum value for my dollar. I.e. music makes me happy longer than an article of clothing does.
Now, what I'd really like, is a book that tells me how to get my wages up to equal the rising cost of living..
Similar to the great book: "Debt is Slavery," but more detailed and conceptually expansive.
Everyone can benefit from reading and implementing the concepts in this amazing book!
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A good book although some of the investment advice is a little outdated. Still, recommended.Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great, insightful book which can be applied to real life immediately! Glad I picked it up.Published 9 months ago by Sheldon Sampson
Excellent. I can see why it's a classic - once you're ready to 'hear' this, it seems obvious and natural.Published 14 months ago by E. Daly
Very nice book. A lot of new ideas and useful tips. Help me to come to financial independence.