Monday, February 18, 2013

Book Review: Pocket Your Dollars

Having read several books addressing money and finances in the past, I was pleasantly surprised to find my latest Handlebar book to review, Pocket Your Dollars by Carrie Rocha, to be a bit different from the typical personal finance book. 

Whereas most books on the subject offer a plethora of practical tips for getting finances in order or saving money, Rocha approaches money habits by first addressing the attitudes behind such habits. She specifically discusses five attitudes that can keep us stuck in a financial rut and includes a brief quiz at the end of each chapter to help readers discover which attitude is holding them back. She also has some discussion questions in each chapter which would be helpful for personal reflection as well as discussion with a spouse or other family members who help make financial decisions.

After defining the various attitudes, Rocha then moves on to skills to adopt to change those bad attitudes. In section three she finally offers some hands-on application, such as creating a spending plan if one's not already in place, as well as some helpful money-saving tips that most people should be able to adopt. 

I appreciated that Rocha understands the importance of getting to the heart of money attitudes before attempting to offer strategies for change. The book was an easy and rather enjoyable read, even with a subject matter than can be intimidating and overwhelming at times. I'd recommend it for anyone looking to change their perspective on money matters.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Handlebar book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255“Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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