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Publisher's Summary

Fighting about money is the number one reason for divorce in America. David Bach, a nationally recognized author and speaker, knows that it does not need to be this way. A financial coach to millions through his seminars, books, and PBS shows, and someone who has helped thousands of couples overcome their money problems, Bach now makes his invaluable tips available for everyone trying to navigate the complex joint-finance waters.

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:

  • Busting the myths about couples and money
  • Stopping banks and insurance companies from ripping you off
  • Funding your retirement, security, and dreams
  • Achieving both partners' visions and goals

    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.

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    Solid beginner's book

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    • Paul W.
    • Montgomery, AL, United States
    • 09-16-04

    One of the best Personal Financial Planning Books

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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    • Amy
    • Los Angeles, CA, USA
    • 07-02-06

    Not enough new material

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    • Matthew
    • Gilbert, AZ, USA
    • 04-20-05

    Good for that first job and motivation

    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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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    Not Recommended

    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.

    19 of 29 people found this review helpful

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    Simple Clear Steps! Great!

    Looking forward to going thru these steps with my spouse! We'll need to listen together now. :)

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    Unite

    When 2 people combine forces you get to your goals & destination faster 50% + 50% = 100%
    each person has to pull there fair weight that what this book teaches you how 2 people can accomplish goals and win

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    Great book

    Definitely worth a listen. This is the third David Bach book I've listened to, all have been good. I'm a big fan of his simple, no nonsense approach to personal finance.

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    Couples should BOTH read.

    This is a great book for basics on where couples at any point in their relationship should be financially.

    It needs to be updated but the premises is the same.

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    No nonsense, doable, money advice

    Great ideas to make your money work for you. Helpful in realizing areas that we had not worked on and how to go about it. Some money suggestions no longer the best source, like money market accounts-would love an update.

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    • Carla
    • 03-06-16

    Didnt really focus enough on the couples aspect

    If you've read the automatic millionaire then you really don't need to read this book. His theories of "paying yourself first" and the "latte factor" are rehashed in this book. Other than "getting on the same page" and "communicating with each other" i didn't really find too much more information on what to do being part of a couple to help me and my partner finish rich. Also, this book was clearly written before the GFC so his advice on finding investments that give you 10% growth really don't really apply given the financial landscape isn't what it was 15 years ago.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful