When asked to review Clark Howard's new book, I jumped at the opportunity. If you don't know about Clark Howard, he's a personal finance genius. His new book, Living Large for the Long Haul takes real people and tells their stories of financial success and failures.
I was immediately drawn to this book because of the real-life examples. I am a fan of giving examples rather than just preaching. If I can relate to people and their story, I am much more receptive to what is being said. This book does just that. There's something about reading about people's experience and thinking, "yep, that's me" that makes me want to listen to the advice that follows.
There are 50 examples from real people in just about every financial situation you could think of. After each story is a snipped from Clark Howard about what you can take away from that particular story or what you can learn from it. The concept is really great. The experiences that I can relate to make it really easy to want to real Clark's tips. Of course you are not going to relate to every single one of the experiences listed in the book, but for me, reading the experiences that I cannot relate to make me feel like I will be equipped if a similar situation does arise in my life.
It's really easy to find a story that relates to you because the book is broken down into several main sections from which stories are takes including: credit, real estate, investing and my personal favorite, entrepreneurship.
The tips in the book are truly useful and practical. One such tip is one that I have written about many times. There is an example of someone who have consistently lowered her cable bill simply by calling and asking.
There are two ways you could approach this book. You could scan the table of contents and find the stories that you think would most relate to you, or you could do what I did. Just pick the book up and read it cover-to-cover. Each story has something that you can take away from and apply to your life in one way or another. After reading the book, I genuinely felt like I was ready to make smarter financial decisions in just about every part of my life.
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