- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Revised edition (Dec 10 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780143115762
- ISBN-13: 978-0143115762
- ASIN: 0143115766
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 249 g
- Average Customer Review: 42 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence: Fully Revised and Updated for 2018 Paperback – Dec 10 2008
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"The best book on money period." -Grant Sabatier, founder of "Millennial Money," on CNBC Make It
"This is a wonderful book. It can really change your life." -Oprah
"The seminal guide to the new morality of personal money management." -Los Angeles Times
"Vicki Robin wrote the book on retiring happy. Now a whole new generation is taking her advice. [She is] the millenial money whisperer." -Money Magazine
"Your Money or Your Life is a wise book...I am thankful to Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin for getting so much of this started, as are countless thousands of other people who are now more free than they could have otherwise been." -Mr. Money Moustache
"Now as never before, it's time to stop trying to 'get ahead' in a race that both fixed and futile, and figure out how to organize your life so that it can be your life. Your one precious life, lived for yourself and for your community and for your planet. Your Money or Your Life shows you how to make the shift." -Bill McKibben
"If you want to invest in your financial future and (more importantly) your long-term happiness, I can’t think of a better investment than Your Money or Your Life.” —Brandon Ganch, "Mad Fientist"
“Vicki Robin’s Your Money or Your Life offers readers the gift of meaningful, applicable advice so that they can achieve true financial independence on their terms. It is deservedly one of the most acclaimed and referenced financial advice books of our time and will undoubtedly continue that legacy for generations.” — Farnoosh Torabi, bestselling financial author and host of the award-winning podcast So Money
"[Your Money or Your Life] changed my life...I started believing that my life controlled my money. I began to see my life without the weight of debt and the need to chase a paycheck because I actually understood the path to get there." -Trent Hamm, "The Simple Dollar"
About the Author
Vicki Robin is a renowned innovator, writer, and speaker. In addition to coauthoring the bestselling Your Money or Your Life, Robin has been at the forefront of the sustainable living movement. She has received awards from Co-Op America and Sustainable Northwest and was profiled in Utne Magazine’s book Visionaries: People and Ideas to Change Your Life. She is also the author of Blessing the Hands That Feed Us: What Eating Closer to Home Can Teach Us About Food, Community and Our Place on Earth. She lives on Whidbey Island in Washington.
Joe Dominguez (1938-1997) was a successful financial analyst on Wall Street before retiring at the age of thirty-one by following the nine-step program he formulated for himself. He taught this formula for many years, and preserved it for future generations in Your Money or Your Life. From 1969 on, he was a full-time volunteer and donated all proceeds from his teaching to transformational projects.
Peter Adeney, better known as Mr. Money Mustache, is an influential financial blogger who retired financially independent shortly after turning thirty, and now writes about how to live a frugal life of leisure.
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I found the book to be almost religiously inclined in nature.. that to live extremely frugally was to be a better person than all the hedonistic people out there consuming themselves into unmanageable debt.
Really, there can be a balance.
The main points in the book are valid and helpful for anyone who is lost in a sea of debt and doesn't want to file for insolvency. There are many examples of the people who followed the program and have attained "FI Bliss" which I found just a bit too preachy.
Start with the epilogue and see if it resonates with you, and if it does, start at the beginning to follow the program, and if not, move on to something else.
You can skip the life stories/ testimonials of the successful "FI-ers" and just focus on the how to advice of the book, this could have been a much shorter read, and been just as helpful. Your mileage may vary, and this is just my opinion.
This should be part of the highschool curriculum as an important counterpoint to much of the cultural messaging we currently receive. Definitely deserves to be considered a must-read for anyone at the starting point of their career. Lots of value for students, early in their consumption cycle, and also experienced workers who have trouble finding the money to put away into savings.
Honestly it doesn't have too much mindblowing information. If you're motivated enough to buy this book you're probably already in that mindset where a lot of the information in this book is not too game changing to you. It is very well written and probably very good for people who have horrible money management but those kinds of people are very far from buying a self help book.
Still worth the read.
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..