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Old 08-17-2005, 12:57 AM   #1
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Book to help Youing Couple Get started on the right financial foot??

Can anyone make suggestions about a book I might give my son and daughter-in-law to help them get going right? Although we were pretty frugal at home, neither of my kids seems to have that gene. His wife doesn't seem to either, although she is very sweet and I think reasonable, so I think if they get the information they may be able to follow through. I not really concerned about ER or anything as ambitious as that, but if there is a way to help them avoid some of the pain of financial errors I would like to give it to them.

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Re: Book to help Youing Couple Get started on the right financial foot??
Old 08-17-2005, 01:07 AM   #2
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Do you think they would be affected by a book you would give them? Or would they feel resentment that you were trying to change their lifestyle?

Would it be better to teach by example and have patience for the lessons to take?

Frugal lifestyle was something I grew up with, so I wasn't impressed with the books I read on the subject. But a lot of people seem to have been affected by "The Millionaire Next Door" and some people really liked "Rich Dad, Poor Dad".

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Can anyone make suggestions about a book I might give my son and daughter-in-law to help them get going right?
Well, I started with Sylvia Porter's Money Guide but that doesn't seem to have been updated for about two decades.* Maybe there's a modern version of a money guide that doesn't have ol' bug-eyed Suze on the cover.

I'd also recommend "Investing for Dummies" and "Mutual Funds for Dummies".

Could you point them to this board, or would that destroy family harmony?

As for Kiyosaki-- I wouldn't even use his books as a door stop or a charcoal starter.
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Re: Book to help Youing Couple Get started on the right financial foot??

I can recommend "Your money, your life" (Dominguez / Robin).
"Smart couples finish rich" (David Bach) might also be a useful starter.
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You might want to check out "The Richest Man in Babylon".

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I don't agree with everything Dave Ramsey recommends but his book is a good starter for people with no financial background.
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The Automatic Millionare by David Bach is good if you just want to convince them to start saving. It's a simple message - by paying yourself first through automatic savings programs (401K, IRAs, etc) you can retire rich even on an average salary. Too basic for most of us here, but a good start for people who don't quite understand the benefits of compounding. The advice is pretty mild - save 10% and take advantage of 401K matching.

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I took a look at the Investing for Dummies book at my sister's a few days ago and was pretty impressed with its straightforward manner. I would recommend it too.

Sure wish the "for Dummies" series could have caught on with a different name.
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I concur with Nords. Avoid Kiyosaki like the plague. Millionaire next door was pretty good. It will help them understand what it really means to be "wealthy". It would be helpful to have a supplement to this book that deals with saving/investing a little more since Millionaire next door is light on this subject. Something that gives the basics of investing in simple, easy to digest terms.
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Sure wish the "for Dummies" series could have caught on with a different name.
I know what you are saying. I avoid reading "for Dummies" books, because I like to think I'm not one. Maybe this proves I are one....
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I hated "The Wealthy Barber" because it's written entirely as barber-shop conversations, but the advice was good and many people seem to prefer reading stories instead of studies or instructions. For those or other reasons a lot of people liked Wealthy Barber.

I liked Rich Dad Poor Dad when I fist read it but after reading about the author I got rid of the book.

A couple of early (in my financial life) ones that I liked were "Investing for Dummies" and "Get a Financia Life".
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I bought copies of the new edition of "The Coffeehouse Investor"
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Hi all,
Taking a break between vacations this summer.

Fred Brock (not to be confused with David Bach) has a pretty good book -- Live Well on Less than you think -- NY Times Guide to achieving financial freedom.

Not really about ER so much as it is about frugal lifestyle. Good for a young couple, and free from hype.

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I think those David Bach books are good because in addition to his #1 rule ~ pay yourself first and automatically, he also gets his readers to analyze their spending showing how little bits of money here and there add up over time (he calls it the "latte factor") I felt this was a similar concept to "Your Money or Your Life" but a little more doable for people who are not looking to ER.
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Thanks for all the helpful comments. I will have*to give more thought to SG's warning-will they take it as criticism of what they are now doing? This is always a hard thing to know, but for sure I can't just rush in here.

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Well, David Bach has been on Oprah, maybe your DIL will catch him there sometime.

Alternatively... There is a magazine that I really don't care for called Prevention. My mother gets it and when I'm at her house I sometimes pick it up off the coffee table to see just how they expect me to LOSE THAT BELLY FAT FOR GOOD. So maybe it you had a book (from the library to make it look authentic) just sitting on the coffee table in plain view entitled "Smart Couples Finish Rich" either your son or DIL might just pick it up and leaf through it while waiting for you to finish cooking dinner.
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"The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke," by Suze Orman.
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Can anyone make suggestions about a book I might give my son and daughter-in-law to help them get going right? Although we were pretty frugal at home, neither of my kids seems to have that gene. His wife doesn't seem to either, although she is very sweet and I think reasonable, so I think if they get the information they may be able to follow through. I not really concerned about ER or anything as ambitious as that, but if there is a way to help them avoid some of the pain of financial errors I would like to give it to them.

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HiHi Haha,

I feel your concern. My newlywed daughter and son-in-law are great kids but need a primer on LBYM. DW and I try to lead by example, but that only goes so far.* I'm not sure that sending them the LBYM-book-of-the-month would be appreciated. Their behavior seems generational. They seem to be making the right moves on the big stuff (no macmansion nor hot new cars but the day-to-day comforts/luxuries and just plain disdain for thrift worries me.

Having babies can* force spending habits to change. God knows DW can't wait for that blessed event!


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