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Yes, You Can Get A Financial Life!: Your Lifetime Guide to Financial Planning

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Life is not lived all at once—it’s lived in moments, days, months, years, and decades. This means that the financial plans and actions we all have to take to meet our responsibilities sensibly must be organized by years and decades.

Ben Stein wrote the original guide to this subject almost a quarter century ago. Now, Ben, along with Phil DeMuth, the eminent financial planne
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by New Beginnings Press (first published 2006)
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Jeff Richey
Jan 17, 2009 Jeff Richey rated it really liked it
Yes, You Can Get a Financial Life was a great read. If you are looking to make sense of how financial choices impact you in different stages of life, then this is the book for you. Each chapter is set up in a way that supports that particular stage of life: whether you are just starting out after college, or you are a 30-year old single mom or a fifty-something family man ready to retire. The format of the book is easy to read and Ben Stein’s voice adds humor to what could be a very dry subject. ...more
Denise
Dec 16, 2009 Denise rated it really liked it
I trully wish I had read this when I was in my 20's, and not now that I'm almost 40. No one at home ever told me to save money, and I never had much common sense for money matters, so I barely disciplined myself to save money for any rainy day until my mid 30's. I wish I had known better, but there's no use for regrets now. I have always worked for companies or people that offered no benefits or retirement plans, etc. So I have to be more wise as to how I invest and put my money to work. As I sa ...more
Natlyn
Mar 24, 2009 Natlyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I love this book because it considers the financial case of the single, no children person in her 40s in addition to married with children persons. I read the entire book to understand where it was coming from, so I could judge how to take the advice with regard to my circumstances. Based on my other readings, I believe the advice is sound, albeit a bit conservative. It didn't make me feel like a loser if I couldn't/hadn't stocked away $1 million by 40; nor did it imply I might as well not bothe ...more
Lindsay
Apr 22, 2013 Lindsay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The financial information on planning and retirement were truly helpful. However, some of this information, particularly the parts pertaining to healthcare and higher education, are outdated in light of the recession of 2008 and the implementation of Obamacare. Though the information within the book was quite valuable, after a while it became difficult for me to read the book with blind trust in the authors. Many of their comments are too biased for a book that would better serve the public if t ...more
Jane
Mar 03, 2008 Jane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: personal-finance
i really wish this book was around when i was a teenager. i probably would only have picked it up because ben stein was on the cover, but it does have a wealth of information broken down from your teens until your retirement and would have been a great financial life primer. being as i am in my 30's and read so many personal finance books, it was not as helpful to me personally. i still enjoyed reading it, thinking of his monotone voice in my head.
Alice
Mar 15, 2013 Alice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: financial
Why did I give this book 4 stars? Because it efficiently, simply lays out by each decade what the most important things one should be doing or have done. I really liked the 2nd Chapter addressed to those just starting out in the work world; great advice.
Lonnie
Mar 21, 2008 Lonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Good guide to retirement investing based on your age. Easy read for those of us who know nothing about investing.
Rich
Mar 03, 2009 Rich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the fast read, and straight forward advice. No fluff, and a keeper as you age through the decades to make sure you are on track with goals and expectations.
Chase Campbell
Oct 01, 2008 Chase Campbell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Genuinely enlightening. And boy, did I need it.
Angela
Feb 01, 2016 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the second time I had read this book and I had a hard time concentrating. There was plenty of advice and resources though.
Kent
Nov 20, 2007 Kent rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
also a lot of data, but more usable information
Kathleen
Mar 19, 2012 Kathleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is wonderful. And no, I'm not just saying that because it was my brother who gave it to me.
Sherry Lynn
Did not finish. Misplaced book
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Jewish-American economic and political commentator, writer, actor and attorney. He gained early success as a speechwriter for American presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Later he entered the entertainment field and became an Emmy Award-winning actor, comedian, and game show host. He is famous for his monotonous yet humorous voice in acting.

Stein has frequently written commentaries on econom
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