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Money Rules by Jean Chatzky
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Mar 21, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: finance, nonfiction
Read in March, 2012

For a company that "makes every effort to use acid-free, recycled paper," Rodale Inc. has allotted an interesting amount of said tree-derived stuff toward a short introduction and 94 rules which range from one to eight sentences in length. Rule 35, for instance, is "Just because you have a coupon doesn't mean you should go shopping." One entire page for this, printed in size--what? 28 font? (But at least the book is only 7"x5".)

"29. Use your emergency savings for emergencies."
"10. Live below your means. Period."
"46. The salesperson is not your friend."
All pretty standard advice, although the book acknowleges this with its subtitle: The Simple Path to Lifelong Security. And I suppose some people do need these things spelled out for them, as evidenced by the 2008 U.S. economic crash.

Just to be extra mean: in such a widely-spaced, hugely-fonted, minimally-sentenced book, I think it's hilarious that there should still be errors. Page 101: "What's more valuable: leaving $20,000 to you [sic] kids, or instilling a work ethic that lets them earn an extra $20,000 a year?"

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