Book Review: Easy Money by Liz Pulliam Weston

Easy Money by Liz WestonToday I’ll be sharing my review of Liz Pulliam Weston’s latest book, Easy Money: How to Simplify Your Finances and Get What You Want Out of Life

I picked up this book on Amazon shortly after I knew I would get the chance to meet Liz at the Pay Yourself First Challenge kick-off event in Omaha. In addition to the book review, I’m hoping to sit down with Liz for a quick interview, which I’ll post soon.

About Liz Pulliam Weston

Liz is probably best known for her weekly columns at MSN Money. She is a Certified Financial Planner and has been featured on Marketplace Money and NBC’s Today’s Show. Visit Liz’s Blog.

Content of the Book

In the book, Liz uses her no-nonsense style to cover many personal finance related topics quickly. The main focus, of course, is simplifying your financial situation. Liz wastes no time getting to that point. 

The first couple of chapters of this book about easy money focus on the basics of organization and spending. Here’s a quick break-down of all the chapters:

  • Setting Up Your Financial Life
  • Take Charge of Your Spending
  • Get the Most Out of Your Credit Cards
  • The No-Sweat Guide to Retirement (and other) Investing
  • The Easy Way to Save for College
  • Insurance: Protecting What You Have – And Will Have
  • Buying Homes and Cars
  • When You Need Help
  • Be a Savvy Shopper
  • Changing Your Uneasy Mind
  • Setting Goals, Or What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?

My Thoughts on Easy Money

The book is very readable and at under 200 pages, can be read fairly quickly (especially if you pick and choose on some of the topical chapters). I appreciated how quickly Liz gets to the point of the book in the first chapter. 

Not that it’s any less important, but she saves the motivational, goal-setting stuff for the back-end which I think is great. She gives you the knowledge and then leaves you with the motivation to go forward with it.

Liz is definitely an expert and it shows with the specific steps and extra tips and tricks she shares. I would highly recommend Easy Money: How to Simplify Your Finances and Get What You Want Out of Life to anyone who’s looking to gain a little more control over their finances, learn more about specific personal finance topics, as well as, find some motivation to keep you going.

Have you read any of Liz’ books or used any of her personal finance advice over the years?

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Last Edited: February 17, 2012 @ 2:11 am
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