I already know what you are thinking, but you can stop right now, as this book is for people of all ages. Although the title says “By Thirty”, the information in this book is really meant for anyone and any age bracket can get a lot out of it. Rich By Thirty, A Young Adult’s Guide To Financial Success is a book written by a girl who when she was 17 was asked by Oprah to appear on her show entitled “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Wealth”. At 17. I was too busy shooting fireworks at my friends at that age, and here this girl was trying to make a million bucks. Boy did I have my priorities screwed up.
Before I tell you more, I will be giving this book away on Monday, February 25th. Entries will be accepted up until 11:59PM Sunday evening (the 24th). How do you enter, you ask? Well, make sure you are subscribed to the RSS feed or by email, as starting today and all through the weekend, a secret code will be going out in the feed content describing how to enter. Good luck!
OK, now that we have that over with, let’s take a quick look at the book. While it is an “easy” read in that it is not a technical manual for managing your money, it comes across as being very genuine in it’s concern for getting your financial life straightened out. And while it might be aimed at people under thirty, the information inside is relevant for everyone, as even I was reminded of a few things that I had not thought about recently. From the basics of setting up bank accounts to creative budget systems, Ms. Scorgie covers everything that anyone could need in getting their life together. I particularly enjoyed the chapters on “Frugal Fundamentals” and setting life goals, as these are things I try to focus on myself. She covers basic investing, avoiding credit card debt, and then even starts talking about buying a house and preparing for kids – the stuff that is probably specifically for those around 30. But really, and I cannot stress this enough – the book is for everyone, and is written in a non-condescending manner that makes the reader comfortable. I really enjoyed it, and I am sure that you will as well.