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The 60-Minute Money Workout: An Easy Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Your… (2011)

by Ellie Kay

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This is a good guide to personal finance, with an emphasis on helping families get out of debt, attain financial stability, and plan for future needs. I uses the structure of a gym workout, with each chapter containing sections labeled:

1. Warmup
2. Strength training
3. Cardio burn
4. Heart rate check
5. Cool down

Chapters cover:
1. Self assessment
2. Spending
3. Retirement & Savings
4. Debt
5. Reducing expenses
6. Travel
7. Setting your children's allowance
8. Kids working
9. Paying college expenses
10. Home-based business
11. Working together (financially) as a couple
12. Giving to others.

The information and advice in the book is solid and useful. ( )
  bodhisattva | Aug 30, 2011 |
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Ellie Kay's latest book on money management provides lots of good tips that any family can use. The format of the book is organized into 14 different one hour "workouts" to focus on a specific topic at a time. The most helpful thing with this book is the format for focusing attention on subjects that we really don't want to talk about; where is our money going, what should we be doing better, how does our personality affect our spending habits. Much of the book is contained in providing the bullet points on what you should think about during your 60 minute time blocks, with less of the book, I felt, devoted to financial tips. The concentration is more on introspection, and less on financial advice. Having said that, I think that this is a good primer, and it is important to talk about, and think about, our finances, and this book definately provides the forum to get you thinking and planning better, to affect change for the better. ( )
  jshrop | May 16, 2011 |
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Kay has written a concise and approachable guide to getting your finances in order and planning for retirement, college, paying off debt, starting home-based businesses. Each chapter is designed as a sixty-minute "workout" that covers its topic clearly.
A good book for anyone during these difficult financial times.
  dogbear | Apr 23, 2011 |
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This small guide offers practical suggestions on household money management. Its author (a graduate of a small religious school and who has 7 children) draws on her experience as a wife and mother to offer common – sense advice, illustrated with anecdotes about her life and family.

The book covers such topics as budget, retirement, debt reduction, money saving, ways to travel cheaply, how to save for college, and how to launch a home- based business. Each chapter is organized around the metaphor of a physical workout. The chapter begins with a "warm-up" (commonly a short test or mental preparation, along with some self- affirmation), followed by "strength training" (goal setting for the exercise, and overcoming of obstacles); a "cardio-burn" (research on costs and means money saving, decisions on how to set specific goals); “heart rate measurement “(implementation and measurement of performance); and finally a “cool down” period (self- affirmation; plans for the next workout). At the beginning and end of each exercise, she urges the subject to “say something positive” about their efforts and progress, as a means of self – encouragement. That is good advice for positive activities in general, and especially applies to financial worries, to avoid guilt and paralyzing self- incrimination.

No book is for everyone, and frankly, I found the suggestions offered herein to be obvious and of the standard advice one can find widely online. What’s more, the author's relentlessly chirpy tone and periodic anecdotes grew tiresome. However, it is clear that some other reviewers have found the book’s advice helpful and its tone encouraging. Therefore, someone who has not previously thought about how to manage their finances may well find this book helpful. ( )
5 vote rybie2 | Apr 18, 2011 |
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One of the most practical books I've ever read on financial help. It is very clearly written with easy to follow directions and very useful insights to getting the most out of saving your money and preparing your over financial health.! ( )
  rchj98 | Mar 23, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307446034, Paperback)

Financial transformation in just one hour a week!

You can revolutionize your finances in only sixty minutes! Looking for long-term economic stability and not common quick-fix schemes? Discover the secrets that Ellie Kay used to deliver her family from $40,000 in consumer debt. Now a nationally recognized financial expert and best-selling author, Ellie shares her one-hour-a-week program that has made it possible to take care of her family and do it all debt-free! With entertaining anecdotes, easy-to-follow charts, and practical advice, The 60-Minute Money Workout is both fun and feasible. You’ll be able to:
 
> Get out of debt and save for your kids’ college
> Have meaningful and debt-free vacations
> Pay cash for your cars
> Make a difference in the world by giving generously
> Find financial peace with your spouse
> Be content with your current circumstances
> Latch onto hope for your financial future
 
 
In just one hour a week, you’ll be financially stronger and smarter. Revolutionize your quality of life with the Workout and you’ll never look back!

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:18:39 -0400)

Presents advice on creating a personal financial plan which incorporates strategies for controlling costs for housing, education, health, vacations, car loans, and credit card debt, and funding long-term savings and investments for retirement.

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