Your Money or your Life

9 Steps to Transforming your Relationship With Money and Achieving Financial Independence

Robin, Vicki

Book - 2008
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Your Money or your Life
"The seminal guide to the new morality of personal money management" ( Los Angeles Times (on the first edition)) In an age of great economic uncertainty when everyone is concerned about money and how they spend what they have, this new edition of the bestselling Your Money or Your Life is an essential read. With updated resources, an easy-to-use index, and anecdotes and examples particularly relevant today-it tells you how to: ? get out of debt and develop savings ? reorder material priorities and live well for less ? resolve inner conflicts between values and lifestyle ? save the planet while saving money ? and much more In Your Money or Your Life , Vicki Robin shows readers how to gain control of their money and finally begin to make a life, rather than just make a living.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, c2008
Edition: Rev. ed
ISBN: 9780143115762
Branch Call Number: 332.02401 R655y 2008
Characteristics: xxxvii, 328 p. :,ill. ;,20 cm
Additional Contributors: Dominguez, Joseph R.
Tilford, Monique


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Your time is money, how do you want to spend it? You can live more and work less if you prioritize and budget for what is important to you.

Whether you're trying to plan for your future, recover from poor choices in the past, or better manage your daily spending habits, this program provides a road map with proven tools and pragmatic teachings to get you there.

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Oct 22, 2014
  • notthatjenn rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The biggest impediment to managing your money is Develop a healthier relationship with your money and start living the life you really want—today.

Feb 19, 2013
  • danielestes rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

If you're looking for an approach to personal finance that's genuinely personal and not the usual banal instruction that treats money management like homework (i.e. necessary, boring and to be completed as quickly as possible in order to move on to better things), then Your Money or Your Life is a refreshing place to start.

Earning and spending are forever interwoven with our actions, and I appreciate this book's healthy attitude toward thinking conscientiously about the function of money in our everyday lives. There's lots of filler here too, mostly in the form of real-life examples and moralizing, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing if you're seeking a narrative context.

The most useful advice for me is the section on assigning values to spending (relevant self-assessment is good practice no matter what your situation), but this presumes a good handle on the basics of budgeting, which is fundamentally the most important. The section on investing seems dated and carelessly limiting even though I understand the author's intention to want to simplify the process. The goal should be to pursue the smartest option, and that doesn't always mean the simplest.

Overall, a helpful book that I found less helpful with each successive re-read.

Aug 23, 2011
  • stacia113 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My spouse and I read this book over 7 years ago, at a time of real financial difficulty. I have re-read it many times since, and above all, followed its guidance with real determination. It has been life-changing for us, giving us the tools and inspiration we needed to bring our actions in the material world ever further into alignment with our deepest values.

Apr 01, 2010
  • Scribbler rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A bit too 80s new-agey in places for my taste, but it really does hammer home the point that you're trading your time for money, and at some point your time is more valuable than the extra cash. It also made me take a closer look at where my money is spent and whether my planned expenditures align with my values. In terms of implementation, I didn't follow their steps too closely, but I still got a lot out of reading this book.


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