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Your Money or Your Life [Paperback]

Joe Dominguez , Vicki Robin
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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1 Sep 1999
In times like these, it's more important than ever to know the difference between making a living and making a life. Your Money or Your Life is even more relevant today than it was when the book first hit the stands, and a great publicity campaign will bring this already strong-selling book to a whole new audience.


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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: G P Putnam's Sons; New Ed edition (1 Sep 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140286780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140286786
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 12.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 398,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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88 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real eye opener. 6 Feb 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I just wish I read this book at 20 unstead of 50. It would have saved me years and years of stress, misery, debt and working at jobs I hated, trapped by overspending. This book makes you realise that EVERYTHING you buy is paid for with your life energy, and all those little 'treats' you buy yourself (which only give fleeting pleasure, then it's on to the next one) to compensate for being unhappy at your job actually dig you deeper into the hole, and perpetuate the cycle. This book explains the wonderful concept of knowing when you have 'enough'. Too little is stressful, too much is stressful. Enough is what makes you happiest, when you truly love and enjoy everything you own. This book should be read by every young person starting on their working life, so that they don't make the same mistakes that many of us have made.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading, even if you don't take the advice 24 Mar 2008
By William Cohen VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm self-employed, and I wish I had read this book when I set out. It provides an excellent perspective on just how important money management is in life. It's up there with being able to read. The author says you've got to treat your life like a business, monitoring all expenditure and evaluating if what you're spending is absolutely necessary. Are you having fun spending that money? If not, cut it out.

I've been amazed to discover that you don't need to spend hundreds of pounds on psychoanalysis, you can find out most of the interesting stuff about yourself by studying your spending habits.

What I admire about the book is the premise that you really don't want to have to go to work. Going to work is expensive, and you have to put up with a load of trouble there, which means you have to spend more money cheering yourself up. The goal is financial independence.

Years ago I would have dismissed it as excessively prosaic. Imagine standing up at speech-day to tell a group of graduates that what's it's all about is getting enough money so you don't have a career. Get out of the 9-5 if you possibly can. But having spent a few years in the world of work, it's actually pretty sound.

Some of the ideas seem a bit tree-hugging but isn't that all coming back into fashion?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'd recommend it to everyone! 12 Nov 2008
Format:Paperback
It's definitely a wake up call - I was about to walk out the office after just reading the introduction and skipping around the book, and then voluntary redundancy was offered that very morning.

So yes, I'll have "The Money and My Life" - thanks!

We have forgotten how time is so important to us, and we are spending all our time making money when we could be enjoying our time instead.

If you can't be bothered to read it then at least buy it a friend and get them to tell you what it's about, that way you might help at least one person unshackle themselves from money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a lifestyle 28 Mar 2009
Format:Paperback
This one really gets to the nitty gritty of cash and it's effects. One for teenagers to learn from and quickly. To be kept on the bookshelf and referred to once you're over the initial shock of it's revelations. Definitely one that can make you better off financially and spiritually. Worth it's money
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