Financially Fearless: The LearnVest Program for Taking Control of Your Money
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Financially Fearless: The LearnVest Program for Taking Control of Your Money

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Finally, a financial plan that lets you be YOU, only richer.

It’s time to throw away all your old notions of what financial advice should look like. Because if you’re looking for a book to put you on an austerity savings plan that has you giving up vacations and lattes, you’re out of luck. But if you’re looking to get your finances in rock-hard shape - in less time than it...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published December 31st 2013 by Crown Business
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I read the LearnVest blog, so I decided to check out the founder's book to see if I could learn anything. The book is great for someone who doesn't really understand his/her finances whatsoever. For someone who does, I didn't feel I learned much. I also felt like this book was geared towards people who are not married and/or don't have children.

Another issue I had was that the 50/30/20 plan is very unrealistic for someone who has children and lives in an expensive area like the DC area. I looke...more
Juanita Johnson
This is a pretty basic book. Some of the information is on point. Other parts way off. The author has a good financial background but the book appears to be mostly based on her personal life experience. As a result she can't relate to entire portions of society and gives no advice for them outside of saying she can help them too.

Some of the information is actually inaccurate. I haven't held a credit card in ten years and have no problem getting a hotel room or renting a car when I travel. in th...more
I received an advanced copy of this book and thought von Tobel did a very nice job completely covering the essential components of personal financial literacy. Having read several financial planning books by folks like Dave Ramsey and Suze Orman, I thought this one was every bit as good as what they offered.

Because I'm a bit older and more established, some of the info felt a bit elementary. However, I think this would have been extremely valuable as a senior in college or as a recent graduate....more
Financially Fearless was easy and enjoyable to read (how many times can you say that about a book on money?!) and covered a wide range of personal finance topics in an organized manner. Even though I have pretty secure finances, I lacked confidence that I was doing everything I could/should to maximize them. After reading FF, I feel more confident that I'm doing the right thing.

That said, a lot of the information is pretty basic: why you should pay down debt and how to do it; what is a credit sc...more
von Tobel presents a solid, common sense approach to personal finance. A good reference with some simple exercises to see where you are bleeding money. Some of the advice is specific to the US, but much of the advice is universal making it worth the investment. Be aware that the $50 credit towards the LearnVest service will NOT cover the full price and prices are in US dollars. Fortunately my bank offers free appointments with a financial planner so I won't be using the professional advice servi...more
Arguably the best personal finance book I've ever read, and I've read my fair share (though I do not own up to it here on Goodreads because then I would be publicly admitting that I'm broke). Von Tobel breaks down every aspect of personal finances in a way that absolutely anyone can understand. The best part is that she skips all the obvious rubbish (no "Stop buying coffee and cancel your cable" here, but she does explore how much those seemingly small expenses can add up to) and gets to things...more
Suze Orman has competition. Financially Fearless is readable and informative. Interspersed with real life examples of financial challenges, the text presents practical solutions for young people just starting out and for older people who need to get their finances organized. Ms Von Tobel presents a very reasonable 50:30:20 basic financial game plan. 50% of take home pay pays basic fixed costs: 20% is devoted to retirement or future investments : 30% is flexible spending money. Her advice about...more
This book is super basic but I took away some very useful basic pointers. I liked the 50/30/20 percent approach to necessities, lifestyle, and future spending. Will definitely be keeping that in mind after I graduate from grad school and am putting together a budget and a plan for paying off student loans. There were also some helpful basics on types of retirement accounts and all the different types of insurance (helpful explanations for me around life insurance and disability insurance). I'm s...more
The company's blog has useful information, so I bought the books in hopes of a deeper understanding of finances but was sorely disappointed. The book tries to be overly friendly in a cheerleader type that manages to turn off the reader. I also attended one meet up and listened to the author convince an audience that she was their lord and savior in the financial world and that we were all going to "financial bootcamp". I couldn't finish the book after that.
Suzy Day
This book is a great resource for beginners, especially women, to start controlling finances. If you have some grasp on saving and not buying crap with your money then you should probably start something more aggressive such as the Dave Ramsey plan. This book sort of undoes some of the Ramsey she encourages credit cards and good/bad debt... This is good for baby stepping into the saving/financial world and is very realistic, however if you're already doing a good job with that, y...more
Steve Peifer
I really like how the author made you think about your first concept of money, and how that has framed our perspective toward money. And I thought her views on emergency funds were wise. Otherwise, pretty standard stuff. My question is 'Why are financial writers so full of themselves?' This one is no exception.
Courtney Sieloff
I really enjoyed this book - mostly because I'm obsessive about LearnVest itself. I find their system very easy to manage, and it keeps me motivated. Part of the book discusses your personal relationship with money, and I found that really helpful. It's just a tool - money just is.
Anthony Cheng
The information presented in 'Financially Fearless' is very basic. If you're an absolute beginner at managing your finances, then this book might be for you. I'd recommend 'Your Money or Your Life' over this.
Sep 08, 2013 Ayelet rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I thought I was in pretty good shape with my finances, but after reading this book, I realize there are so many things I should be doing, and even more that I could be doing better. Alexa finds ways to empower and motivate you, even as you face some very difficult challenges. Quoting rappers, reminding you not having anything to wear to a BBQ does not count as an emergency, but that buying Starbucks does count as eating out, makes a topic like financial security approachable. I've already read t...more
Lara and I read this together, to build a common mind for our new financial life as a married. It's specific, and offers really interesting habits such as calculating the cost per happy (a way to evaluate how much happiness costs) and the money minute (daily review).
Niccoya Dobson
Loved it! This book is essential for anyone who is serious about attacking debt and building wealth! I can't wait to update this review with my personal success story.
I'm always looking for great financial advice and I really liked the 50/20/30 rule and although it sometimes feels unrealistic for those of us living in an expensive city, I still think its a great strategy and have started to make decisions based on getting in line with the 50/20/30 rule. I use the website learnvest as well and together it helps me understand a better way to manager my money.
Kris Patrick
I don't recommend the audio version of any book with lots of tables, matrices, and questionnaires.
Great tips and easy read.
หนังสือแนะนำเรื่องการบริหารการเงินส่วนบุคคลในระบบ 50/30/20 ที่นำเสนอแนวทางการบริหารเงินและเรื่องควรรู้เกี่ยวกับการเงินส่วนบุคคลที่ละเอียดดี ถึงแม้เนื้อหาจะเป็นการเงินในต่างประเทศ (เช่น เรื่องภาษี และประกัน) แต่หลักการก็นำมาใช้ได้เป็นสากลหลายอย่าง เช่น การวางแผนกันเงินไว้ใช้จ่ายในเรื่องต่างๆ เรื่องการเงินที่ควรคุยกันก่อนแต่งงาน เป็นต้น เนื่องจากเป็นหนังสือประกอบบริการผ่านเว็บ LearnVest ก็เลยมีการนำเสนอบริการเป็นช่วงๆ ซึ่งจะอ่านข้ามไปก็ได้ถ้าไม่สนใจ
Stacy Naberhuis
Excellent and realistic financial advice for anyone, no matter where they are in their life.
Christine Johnson
This has really good, practical advice.
Garland Vance
Great insights for financial health. I have read several books on this subject and found this to be the most practical--even more than Dave Ramsey. I highly recommend this.
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