The Dumb Things Smart People Do with Their Money

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 08 Apr 2019

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Schlesinger's good advice is a ten-point article stretched to an entire book. Up to you whether you want to read it.
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As someone who is always reading about personal finance this one was an immediate grab for me. I found so many of the thirteen items helpful to think about. There are items for everyone in here. For example I do not need the saving for college or my kids college but the saving for you parents old age section did prompt me to ask my parents about how they were set. There are lots of great ideas and what is nice is the appendix that comes with a list of the things you should do and how often. I highly recommend (even for those smart people who do not think they need the help).
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Loved the book. As my husband and I are still paying off student loans, I'm in the group she suggests is not ready for her book but I still enjoyed it and learned a lot. Highly recommend.
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I love Jill’s podcast! Her book has the same feel, insightful yet not condescending. Finish this book and you will be smiling all the way to the bank.  Highly recommend as a gift for every college grad you know!
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Honest and in-depth advice for reaching your full potential.  This advice is presented in easy to follow language that can be broken up and applied in pieces at a time.
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Right off this book mentions an $800,000 annuity...umm...red alert, this book is out of my league and talking down to me.  The lessons themselves aren't bad...but they're wrapped in big money stories and unrelatable material.
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Everyone has done dumb things with their money, some dumber than others. Here, the author addresses her list of common mistakes and included stories with the financial impact of those mistakes, making what could be a very dry book more interesting. A lot of this is common sense, but as we all know, common sense isn't always so common. This was a fairly quick read with some good reminders.

Thank you to Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.
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A good reminder to look into long term care and life insurance... Most of this is common sense, but helpful resource, especially to those starting out. Thanks for the arc!
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Excellent book for those of us struggling with money. Gives all the info on all the topics and sub topics. Highly recommended!
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This is a great financial resource for people who want to learn more, or make sure they aren’t making the mistakes she lists in this book. She has a great writing style so the topic never becomes boring.
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Great reference book for all people who want to be in the know about their finances and how not to make dumb mistakes when it is better to be safe and forewarned about the harsh consequences
that one may encounter. Book is concise and right on with many samples of the disasters that some people faced after making the wrong decision. Excellant book to give to anyone from high school students who are contemplating their futures to those who are in the process of writing their wills and to those who are caring for their aging relatives. 

I want to thank NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine Books  for forwarding to me a copy of this book to read and review.
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Great, easy to read book of financial advice with practical, pragmatic tips.
Many thanks to NetGalley, the publisher, and the author. All opinions are my own.
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I loved this book. Jill gives common sense advice that is easy to follow, easy to see where we all make mistakes with our money and her stories and comments make this book an easy to understand read. I have watched her on CBS this morning and enjoy her laid back style of writing that is funny, informative and great for long time or first time investors.
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