Sunday, January 1, 2012

7 Money Rules For Life: How To Take Control of Your Financial Future by Mary Hunt

This is a money book that my grandparent’s generation would approve of, but sadly, my parents and my generation has not lived out. Since the rise of credit cards more and more people are paying for their daily expenses with their credit cards, but not paying them off at the end of the month. In fact, over 75% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, rather than taking the time to educated themselves about money and the best way to handle it.
Hunt’s book gives 7 simple rules for handling money. However, following those rules aren’t as easy as just reading them. Hunt’s rules are as follows: Spend less than you earn, save for the future, give some away, anticipate your irregular expenses, tell your money where to go, manage your credit, and borrow only what you know you can repay. The first of these rules is the foundation and can be the hardest to get under control.
While these are good rules, and they will work, I don’t feel like this is the best plan. Most Americans are so far in debt that they need a radical change to break their spending habits. So while Hunt’s rules will work, they aren’t the radical change that many people need.*
I give this book 3 1/2 stars out of 5.
I received this book free from Revell for the purpose of this review.
*I prefer Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace plan over Hunt’s 7 rules. While the information is essentially the same, Ramsey puts it into an order that helps people get out of debt quickly and plan for their future. It has the radical change that I believe many people need to jumpstart their financial changes.

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