Book Review & Giveaway: ‘The Difference’ By Jean Chatzky.

This giveaway has ended. This giveaway is for a copy of the book “The Difference” by Jean Chatzky. Her name may be familiar to some of you, as she is the financial editor for the Today show as well as a regular guest on Oprah when talking about all things money. The Difference is her newest book, which explores why and how some people have secured their financial futures and why others’ haven’t yet, and what those in the “know” are doing differently than those who are struggling. In fact, right on the cover of the book it says “How Anyone Can Prosper In Even The Toughest Times“… and if that isn’t a tagline we all need right now, then I am not sure what is! One of the biggest parts of this book, that speaks volumes to me (and is often left out of financial self-help books) is that happiness leads to money and success, and not necessarily the other way around. I am a big believer in doing what makes you happy rather than doing something just to make money, but Chatzky lays out how those who have succeeded in being financially secure have mostly managed to do both at the same time – something I think is entirely possible and necessary.

From learning to silence your internal critic, to acknowledging your mistakes, to knowing when to take a break, “The Difference” is full of great advice for those of us wanting to be both happy and financially stable. In fact, there are a few pages on what I consider one of the biggest downfalls that people suffer from – the “Keeping Up With The Joneses” issue. This kind of thinking leads so many people down the wrong path that I am glad to see it mentioned here. This book is not all about getting rich – it’s about working hard at what you choose to work at in order to become financially secure. 2.5 years ago I gave up a nice corporate gig that I loathed in exchange for happiness…and it was the best decision I ever made. I have mostly made up the difference in pay, but my quality of life is way better now. And that is what this book wants you to do – think for yourself, do what you need to do, your way, and be smart about your financial life. It’s a great resource and I highly recommend it for anyone looking for ways to become more secure financially and emotionally.

And now for the good part – the giveaway. All you have to do is a leave a comment on this post (with a legit email address, so I can contact you if you win), letting me know why you would like to read this book. The giveaway closes Wednesday morning, April 22, at 7am MST, and at that time I will use a random number generator to pick the winning comment. Giveaway is open to US residents only, and the book will be shipped by media mail via the USPS. Only one entry per email address/IP address is allowed. Good luck to everyone, and be on the lookout for another giveaway in a week or two!This giveaway has ended.

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  1. Enrique S says:

    I’m always trying to increase my personal finance knowledge, and this looks like a timely read. I could review it for my site. Thanks for the opportunity!

  2. Haven’t read any of her work, would be fun!

    Plus I love a good book giveaway!

  3. kristen says:

    I’d love a free copy! Being able to read a copy of this book soon would be great – I can’t imagine how long the wait list at the library is going to be for it right now!

  4. I would like to read this book so that I can become financially free!


  5. Brian says:

    I am definitely looking to bone up on my personal finance knowledge. I need to expand my circle.

  6. Tamara says:

    This is one of my favorite authors!

  7. Julia says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. MommyMel says:

    I look for anything that helps me to learn and grow.

  9. mindy aptecker says:

    this sounds just wonderful thanks for the giveaway

  10. I dream of working for myself and I’m always looking for inspiration and ideas…

  11. Michele P. says:

    Every year I get laid off around the same time for a few months-I try like heck to plan ahead for it, but I certainly could use a little additional help in learning how to plan my finances better. Given the economic situation today, this book is definitely something I need to read!

  12. Andy Hough says:

    Financial security is what I am working towards. I’m always interested in reading about the subject.

  13. Kate says:

    I have listened to the first part of the book on CD (borrowed from the library) while driving, but it would be so much better to have a paper copy that can be marked and referred back to.

  14. Paul says:

    she sounds like fun on tv.

  15. Helen says:

    I enjoy reading personal finance books and would enjoy reading “The Difference” to see what new ideas Ms. Chatzsky may have. I am a temporary worker and would welcome any insights into any new ideas concerning finances. In addition, I would make good use of this book by having my children read it, so they can become financially literate. Thank you Helen

  16. Jenny says:

    i want to learn how to prosper too.

  17. fern says:

    I would be thrilled to win this book.

  18. Caroline says:

    I would love to win this book, so that I can further my financial education. The more you know the better off you are.

  19. Sharold says:

    This book would be a great help in these tough econimic times.

  20. Valerie says:

    This sounds like an inspirational book
    I’d love to read it

  21. Linda Duty says:

    I need lots of help in this area. Thank You so much for all the givaways.

  22. Sharon A says:

    I need to read this book.

  23. Heather Foster says:

    I would love a copy of this book, because I really want to be more financially sound and the more opinions the better.

  24. kim v says:

    My finances need some help. Maybe this book could provide some answers.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  25. Karen M says:

    I would love to read this book. The older I get the more I realize I haven’t done enough to plan for my retirement. Thanks.

  26. wendy wallach says:

    I would like to read this because financial security is sorely lacking in my persoanl life.

    madamerkf at aol dot com

  27. Millie says:

    This book looks lovely!

    *Crosses fingers*

  28. Laura says:

    This book sounds great! I’m a SBO and in the public education system… working on balance while still being successful!

  29. Tricia says:

    Her advice on Today is always informative. I imagine this books will really do a good job of teaching and encouraging financial growth. It is sorely lacking in our house no matter how hard we work, so I would hope that I might win the book so I could gain some more financial savviness on how to nativagate these trouble waters.

  30. prplrush says:

    After having my DH laid off from work since the week of Christmas, i think that any book that may help me get my finances under better control or to help me even understand my finances more would be a great hit in my home!
    Thanks for this great giveaway!

  31. MMW says:

    I am a recently divorced single mother. I need some guidance in getting financially on my feet in this economy. I think this book would be especially helpful to me in my current situation! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  32. Alexandrea M says:

    It IS tough times and I would love to read her advice. Thanks for the giveaway!

  33. Aggie CO says:

    Many thanks for offering Jean Chatzky’s latest. She is truly a teacher!

  34. Sharon Fairclough says:

    looks like a great financial book. Thanks for the giveaway

    sharr1226 at yahoo dot com

  35. Gayle Martin says:

    I am a working grandmother raising two grandchildren – a 17 year old boy and a 12 year old boy. All on one income (and small at that). I try to read anything about finances and frugal living that I can get my hands on. I would love to receive a free copy!

  36. jason says:

    It looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance

  37. Helene says:

    I was financially born Aug 29,2005 at the age of 46, when Katrina destroyed my home and my husband of 22 years upon seeing the destruction,deserted us.A stay-at-home mom for the previous ten years,I grabbed the first job I was offered in my field.I have recently felt that is is not what the Buddists refer to as my ‘soul’s work’ and would enjoy Ms Chatzsky’s book. I need a shot of courage.

  38. OAB says:

    Sounds great. Thanks for the offer

  39. ZemoG says:

    I just started my library. This book will be a perfect addition.

  40. Molly K says:

    My husband is currently laid off and any book on finances would be greatly appreciated.

  41. Night Runner says:

    (Woot – I think I just beat the deadline!) I want to win this book because I seek to find the balance between making money and being happy, and there aren’t many books on this particular subject.