Living Simply Financially

July 2nd, 2008 · No Comments

If you’re going to get serious about simplifying your life and taking control over your stuff, you simply cannot ignore your finances. Not only will understanding where your money is going provide you with short and long-term security, it will most likely free up some cash to buy some extra goodies.

Like most people, I basically don’t have the knowledge, time or interest in becoming an investment banker or going crazy with stock market research. All I wanted to do was become smart about where my money was headed, how much I had, and what I should be doing with it to meet my goals. Luckily I was recommended an absolutely fantastic book by Andrew Tobias, The Only Investment Guide You’ll Ever Need.

Unlike most books about finance that bombard you with get-rich quick schemes or boring check balancing howtos, Tobias covers finances for real people with little or no time for market research. Half of the book isn’t even about investing; it covers easy ways to save money, what to look for in a checking account, how to care for your parents, etc. In its third revision since 1978, it’s a classic, an easy read, and I can pretty much guarantee that you’ll learn a few new tricks and save (or make!) some money, unless you happen to be my financial ninja father-in-law. It may be one of the few books where the title is a completely accurate description.

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