Book Review – Your Money or Your Life

It’s no mystery that the planet is polluted. We did it though our demand for more, better and different stuff. Think about it.

Your Money or Your Life by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin

From what I’ve been told, this is the book that kick-started the voluntary simplicity movement. And indeed, a lot of the voluntary simplicity movement parrots this book like nothing else.

Which is probably a good thing, since I’d be hard-pressed to find a person who shouldn’t read this book. Even if you’re like me, who learned the information contained within the hard way, it still has information to offer. If you’ve never read a book on money or finance, start with this one.

The book is easy to read, with anecdotes galore. The whole book is situated around a nine-step program. I didn’t do the exercises, although they did insist on it throughout the book. It’s geared toward people with disposable income who are, well, disposing of it.

Some might not like it for it’s self-helpy nature. It is, after all, a self-help book. I’m not a big fan of them, personally.

The advice is sound, though. This is not a diet-style finance book. While self-helpy, it does insist that you take the sane path of spending less than you earn. News, isn’t it? And that’s really the take-home message, I think, of Your Money. Spend less than you earn. And possibly “Be Happy While Doing It.”

I’m definitely recommending this one. Read it. It’s old enough and popular enough that chances are your library has a copy.

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