With the same uplifting, motivating, no-nonsense style that made Smart Women Finish Rich a nationwide best seller, Smart Couples Finish Rich covers a powerful combination of strategies that help couples work on their finances together as a team. His easy-to-use tools and advice include:
Whether you're newlyweds, celebrating your twentieth anniversary, or on your second or third marriage - whatever age or tax bracket you're in - this comprehensive, positive, financial lifesaver will help you and your partner communicate comfortably about money and start building a strong financial future together.
©2001 by David Bach; (P)2001 by Audio Renaissance, an Imprint of Renaissance Media, Inc.
David Bach has found a way to pull people into the fold of financial planning. Starting with goals and dreams is the major piece that every other book on the market leaves out. There are too many people just trying to make a million dollars with no idea of what they are working for. If you know what you want, you can work specifically for it, stay motivated, and most importantly of all, know when you've arrived.
I have read most introductory books on financial planning that are on the market today. This book is probably number one or two on that list depending on my mood.
If you have read The Automatic Millionaire (also by David Bach), Smart Couples Finish Rich will not have that much new information for you. Surprisingly, most of Smart Couples is about basic personal finance skills and not specifically about how couples can avoid fighting about money. Get The Automatic Millionaire instead.
I'm less than a year out of college with a nice paying job for 2 yrs before heading to medical school. While I have no credit card debt, my paychecks were being spent on lil doo dads, dining out daily for lunch (Quizno's...mmmmm, toasty), and my morning grande white mocha with a blueberry bagel and strawberry cream cheese. It didnt bother me that I wasn't saving much of anything because I was under the impression I was young, should spend every dime and have fun now, will eventually have an MD, can save later after med school...that is, until I read this book!!
This book dramatically changed my spending habits and introduced me to the power of how time (starting now rather than 12 yrs from now after residency) can dramatically affect my retirement account (!). While a portion of the book does repeatedly discuss the fact that you need to save, it goes into more depth by showing you solid examples with numbers of what it will cost you if you don't start now and describes what type of investment vehicles to use to reach your desired goals (403b, Roth, 529) It also helped me work through the hassles of insurance, knowing how much I need, how to work finances with my lady, and what I will eventually need for a house.
As a recent college grad, I cannot praise this book enough for teaching me some of the ropes to a solid financial life and to be one of the few saving 18% for retirement at 23 rather than continuing to blow my dough out the expense column. It has taught me and motivated me enough to share it with others and given me the opportunity to help 3 fellow co-workers setup their retirement plans and create a good foundation. If you are new to the working world and looking for a coach to help you manage that new fat check, take a peek at this book/audio and I assure you that you won't be disappointed.
It just tells you how to save money. I would read Rich Dad Poor Dad instead of this. It is a waste of time and money. I do not recommend it.
I was hoping for more advanced investment lessons. The focus on this book is more to help people who live paycheck to paycheck understand that they can put a couple of dollars away each day. This is not an investment guide for people who are wanting to learn how to invest their existing savings..
This book is a short, practical, easy to understand book on how couples can better manage money. It covers topics like how 401ks are better than the best hedge fund (tax-free) and how much small costs can add up if they're converted to investments.
If you're looking for a place to start, this is a great read. If you're looking for advanced ideas, then try another book.
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