Book Review & Giveaway: Nobody Wants A Million Dollars.

This giveaway has ended. Quite a long time ago I was sent this book titled “Nobody Wants a Million Dollars: How to View Money as a Personal Finance Tool Instead of a Life Goal” and I somehow lost track of it. I only just discovered the book again a few weeks ago when rearranging the bookshelf in my office to clear out space for some new books I was expecting in the mail. So, I sat down one afternoon and read through the book, and most everything in the book made sense to me. The author, Dan Holt, makes his point by saying that money is only a tool, not a goal – “Nobody wants a million dollars”. I have been writing about personal finance for almost 3 years now, and I preach the same type of thing; that happiness will not and never will come from having money. If all you are doing in life is constantly chasing the almighty dollar and trying to increase the size of your bank account at any cost, you are just asking for a big letdown.

My goals in life are separate from my desire to have money. I have no need to be “rich” in the common meaning of the word, but rather I desire to be rich in life, not just in the bank. I want to live a comfortable life, doing the things I love, while not working 14 hour days just to make ends meet because I have created a monstrously expensive lifestyle I have to pay for. That’s basically the point of this book – a common sense guide to “managing money in your life, rather than having money manage your life”. Amen to that, Mr. Holt.

Most of the tips and ideas in this book are not new to me, but that is because I have already been living this type of life for quite some time. But for someone looking to actively manage their money AND their life goals, this book is for you. And lucky for you guys, I am giving my copy away to a lucky reader!

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment here on this post (with your email address so I can contact you if you win) and I will randomly select the winner from those who comment. Only one entry per person, open to US residents only (due to shipping costs), and the contest will end Friday, March 20th at 8am MST with the winner being announced later that morning. Good luck to everyone!This giveaway has ended.

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  1. Thanks! Please enter me.


  2. Thanks for sharing David, I wouldn’t mind reading through the book.


  3. Sounds like a great book. I’ve been trying to view money as a tool for a while now. I try to focus on “why” I want more money (security, freedom) rather than focusing on the money in and of itself.

  4. Miranda says:

    Sounds like a great book! Count me in!

  5. It sounds interesting. I’d like to read it.

  6. Mike says:

    Sounds interesting book!

  7. OAB says:

    I’d love a copy. Thanks for doing the giveaway.

  8. JC says:

    Cool. Count me in!

  9. Jen says:

    I’d love a copy of this!

  10. Nehal says:

    I just read “Your Money or Your Life”, and thoroughly enjoyed it (review at my website – http://www.nehalpatel.net). I’d love to check this one out too.

  11. Enrique S says:

    Sounds interesting. Count me in!

  12. LionessM says:

    Would love a copy.

  13. Mike P says:

    Sounds like a great book! Would enjoy reading it…

  14. JBP says:

    I always enjoy PF book reviews. Looking forward to reading Holt’s book!

  15. Bjorn says:

    Sounds like a good book – I would love to win.

  16. mindy says:

    sounds fabulous thanks for the giveaway

  17. christina singer says:

    I would love this book. thanks!

  18. SANDY says:

    count me in please

  19. Security Guy says:

    Sign me up! I don’t want a million either…

  20. kim v says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  21. Carol says:


    Your site is great. I’ve already gotten a gift card for Red Lobster and other gifts from websites you’ve recommended.

    Please enter me in the book giveaway.

  22. kathleen meehan says:

    i want to enter the drawing for the book. sounds like just what i need.

  23. Brian says:

    Thanks for the contest , count me in

  24. Jason says:

    Sounds good to me. Would love the book!

  25. Laura says:

    Looks like an interesting book! Sign me up!

  26. Gail Frances says:

    What a great philosophy! I’d love to read it!

  27. lorene says:

    My husband would really enjoy this one

  28. Stephanie S. says:

    Sounds great, thanks!