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925 Ideas To Help You Save Money, Get Out Of Debt And Retire A Millionaire So You Can Leave Your Mark On The World! (2000)

by Devin D. Thorpe(Favorite Author)
3.08 of 5 Votes: 4
review 1: I read this book in an entire sitting and I confess, I nearly put it down a number of times because it assumes certain things about the reader which I find irritating. I understand that the majority of people get married and have kids (although then again isn't the divorce rate 50%? so there are a lot of single parents out there who probably can't even consider a "family vacation" even if they wanted one), but there are those who exist that are to be careful with their money that don't happen to want kids and may not be married or in a relationship where the money is two peoples' responsibility. If I were to write a book about a subject (such as managing finances) that involves pretty much every person on the planet, I would not address it just to people who prefer pets to... more children. Just saying.If you are not a part of the "ideal family" then go ahead and skip chapter 1. Chapter 2 is okay, but most of it's common sense. If you don't have common sense, then by all means read Chapter 2. If you save money by using public transportation or walking or biking to work, then skip Chapter 3. After Chapter 3 came some stuff that applies to everyone... until Chapter 8.Saving for children's college education is a personal pet peeve. I think if kids took more responsibility for their own education (get good grades, get a scholarship, take a little time after high school and LIVE a little and THEN choose a degree) they would be a lot better for it. I think there would also be less squandering of opportunities if they felt like they had to take responsibility and pay their own way. Why is it the parents' responsibility? They've worked hard and they should be able to enjoy what they've earned. Kids need to learn to start taking responsibility and the sooner the better for all parties involved. The number of kids I know in their mid-20s and early 30s who still live with their parents (some of them even married!) is alarming.The three star rating comes from the sections on investing and saving for retirement. These are an absolute gold mine and the writer explains IRAs in full detail. It is the final few chapters that for me make the book.
review 2: Something for everyone in this book. Often times he repeats himself, but its usually things worth repeating. I loved his ideas on saving money, but also how he emphasized that money is not what will make us happy but rather what we do with our money (allowing ourselves to have time with family, charitable donations, volunteering, etc). Probably better as a reference book than a "straight-through" read. less
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Most of it states the obvious but a few parts such as the one on home investment is really good.
this was a good book to skim through for the sections that were relative to the reader.
This book is particularly helpful for those who already have a family.
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