Worry-free Money

Worry-free Money

The Guilt-free Approach to Managing your Money and your Life

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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Managing your money can be frustrating and confusing. Life is expensive. Whether you make $30,000 or $130,000 a year, it can feel like you’re constantly broke. Can you afford that new car, that vacation, that night out? You think so, but it feels impossible to know. And rigid budgets that force you to spend your money in unrealistic ways (like $9.50 per week for pants) don’t make things any clearer. But what if there was a new way to manage your money? One that left you certain you had your bases covered—both for your monthly bills and your future retirement—and then let you enjoy your money by spending it. (Yes, really.) Enter Shannon Lee Simmons, a fresh voice in the world of personal finance, one who understands the new and very real pressures to survive modern life and keep up in the age of social media. Shannon doesn’t lecture, judge or patronize. The founder of the wildly popular New School of Finance, Shannon recognized that most of her thousands of financial planning clients felt broke, no matter what their income. And feeling broke can be as bad as actually being broke, because it leads to overspending and misery. So she came up with a new plan: Worry-Free Money. Worry-Free Money takes a fresh approach to finances, looking at the root cause of the pressure to spend and showing why traditional budgets don’t work. It is a deeply practical book that will help you break the cycle of guilt, understand why you overspend, banish unhappy spending from your life, learn to recognize your f*ck it moments and find hope—and fun—in getting your money under control.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Collins, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781443454452
Branch Call Number: 332.024 SIMMO
Characteristics: 317 pages ; 23 cm


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Jan 24, 2020

This was an easy and interesting read. My spouse and I have implemented many of her suggestions and have found that we have a healthier relationship with money and spending. We spend with purpose now, don't make impulse purchases, and feel much less stress about finances. We have paid down some significant debt and set aside decent savings in the year that we followed Shannon's method. I do agree that this book is "basic" in that it doesn't teach you about investing, building wealth, etc. That's not what this book is geared for.

Feb 06, 2019

The book is clearly aimed at snowflake Millennials for the most part, who feel they are 'special' because Mom and Facebook told them they were. There were a few inspired ideas in the first couple of chapters, but not much of weight after that. The basic premise of the book is that humans are hardwired to keep up with our peer group and not get left behind. Therefore, if you spend a lot of time on social media and consider them your peer group, then the projected veneer of happy pictures from vacations, cars, clothes, home improvements, and so on will leave the viewer disgruntled and upset. If Instagram has taught us anything, it's that being an upset Millennial must be avoided at all costs. How cute. The suggestions range from creating ones own 'Life List', to spending a little less time being so wired up 24/7. The book may provide some basic money budgeting concepts, but is a little light on how to grow that wealth, because, for many, without an app that can be so, like, hard.

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