Why do high schools and colleges require students to take courses in English, math and science, yet have absolutely no requirements for students to learn about personal money management? Why Didn't They Teach Me This in School? 99 Personal Money Management Lessons to Live By was initially developed by the author to pass on to his five children as they entered adulthood. As it developed, the author realized that personal money management skills were rarely taught in high schools, colleges, and even in MBA programs.
Unfortunately, books on the subject tend to be complicated and lengthy. This book includes eight important lessons focusing on 99 principles that will quickly and memorably enhance any individual's money management acumen. Unlike many of the personal money management books out there, this book is a quick, easily digested listen that focuses more on the qualitative side than the quantitative side of personal money management.
These principles are not from a text book. Rather, they are practical principles learned by the author as he navigated through his financial life. Many are unorthodox in order to be memorable and provoke deeper thought by the listener. Not only an excellent graduation gift for high school and college students but also a great book for any adult!
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Worth the listen if your just starting to develop your personal money habits. Insights that were new to me included overpaying the IRS, mailing in rebates, exact %'s of salary increases to save, and leveraging your last month's rent. Provided insight on making big purchases and repetition is very minimal. Enjoyed hearing how little decisions add up to lots of savings.
A little outdated which made some of the tips irrelevant such as the author's opinions on credit cards. Narration was a little slow and stiff, had to speed it up.
Tip #92 was by far the lamest piece of advice
"Basic, super-useful principles"
The voice was emphatic when needed and agreeable to listen to.
This book is packed with basic, easy-to-follow but really useful advice regarding managing your money. Even thought it is aimed for young adults, I can tell I know plenty of mature people who don't know or don't follow many of these principles – and they're in quite significant financial trouble.
If you've never been very good with money or if you see yourself in a bad money situation that you would like to improve but don't really know where to start, this is definitely a good place. The only negative (so to speak) about the book is that some of the nippets of advice are not that relevant outside the US, but they're a small number.
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