I’m getting better and better about getting rid of stuff! This whole moving thing has really sparked some fire under me, and I’m throwing away stuff left and right – even stuff I like! :) (Well, not *throwing away*, but selling stuff and donating things to nab those tax write-offs/etc…)
One pile I cannot easily give up, however, is my bookshelves full of finance and business books. Half of them even by my own finance friends! But alas I can’t take everything with me, so one of you lucky s.o.b.s will get a chance to bring them home with you today – straight outta my pimp library :) Which I’ll now have to deconstruct come to think of it, d’oh.
So today we’ll give away half the pile, and then tomorrow the other half. With maybe a third in the future if anyone’s interested in my marketing/business/social media books?
Here’s everything in Box #1:
- The Simple Dollar by Trent Hamm — What Amazon says: “Trent Hamm found himself drowning in consumer debt, working in a job he couldn’t stand… and figured out how to escape that debt and build the fulfilling career he’d always dreamt about, all at the same time. He shared his experiences at TheSimpleDollar.com—and built it into one of America’s top personal finance websites. Now, The Simple Dollar is a book packed with practical tips, tools, and lessons you can use to transform your life, too.”
- Start Over, Finish Rich by David Bach — What Amazon says: “Believe it or not, recessions make millionaires! Will you be one? In Start Over, Finish Rich, America’s best-loved financial expert, David Bach, explains that 2010 will be the best opportunity for building wealth we have seen in decades. And, as the economy recovers, you must be set up to recover with it. Bach’s easy, take-action plan will show you how.”
- 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget by The Writers of Wise Bread — What Amazon says: “Too many frugal living books focus on the negative, throwing around words such as “sacrifice” and “responsibility” like there was a fire sale at the Boring Store. But the writers at Wise Bread believe the key to financial wellness isn’t a ramen-eating, vacation-skipping, fun-depriving life. Far from it. The best way to ensure that readers will stick to a budget is to help them create a lifestyle that is as much fun as it is practical.”
- Psych Yourself Rich by Farnoosh Torabi — What Amazon says: “…TV’s newest personal finance star shows how to develop the mindset, discipline, and spirit you need to build a strong financial foundation so you can grow wealth on your own terms, without fear, anxiety, misery, boredom, or even advanced math! Farnoosh Torabi (as seen on NBC’s Today Show, Yahoo! Finance, and SoapNet’s Bank of Mom & Dad) combines the latest behavioral psychology with real attitude, without lectures!”
- Your Money Ratio$ by Charles Farrell — What Amazon says: “For the first time, a leading financial adviser has developed a remarkable set of guidelines to give individuals the same kind of objective insight into their personal finances that successful businesses have. Your Money Ratios will help readers effectively manage debt, invest prudently, and develop a realistic and effective savings plan to ensure both financial success and security. Readers need only plug their income and age into Farrell’s ratios in order to get an instant picture of their savings status and overall financial health, as well as a road map for the important choices they must make in the future.”
- America, Welcome To The Poorhouse by Jane White — What Amazon says: “Too many American families are racing toward financial catastrophe–saddled with exploding credit card and college debt, out-of-control housing costs, and underfunded 401(k) accounts. [This book] reveals the political and economic forces that got us into this predicament, strategies to get Congress to enact needed reform, and practical tips you won’t find anywhere else on how to make the most of your money until reform happens. White offers indispensable practical advice for regaining control of your own financial future–specific strategies for reducing your debt, safeguarding your retirement, and helping your children get the education they’ll need to compete in today’s world.”
- How I turned $1,000 into a Million in Real Estate – in my spare time by William Nickerson — The 1959 copy :) What Amazon says: “Probably the most famous book ever written on making money in real estate. William Nickerson and his book has probably created more millionaires than any other book in investing history. It simply is a masterpiece of common sense advice.”
- The Frugalista Files by Natalie McNeal — What Amazon says: “It is possible to get ahead without giving up on the fabulous life. This is personal finance in peep-toe pumps—the empowering true story of one woman’s personal and professional transformation and your ultimate guide to living the Frugalista lifestyle, too.”
- Spent: Memoirs of a Shopping Addict by Avis Cardella — What Amazon Says: “Spent is Avis Cardella’s timely, deeply personal, and shockingly dramatic exploration of our cultural need to spend, and of what happens when someone is consumed by the desire to consume.”
- Rich Dad’s Guide to Investing by Robert T. Kiyosaki and Sharon L. Lechter — What Amazon says: “Become the ultimate investor. End those fears that keep you up at night regarding the financial choices you make. By reading Rich Dad’s basic rules of investing, you can reduce your investment risk and convert your earned income into passive and portfolio income.”
- Hot (broke) Messes by Nancy Trejos — What Amazon says: “In Hot Broke Messes, Trejos takes readers along with her on her journey. She meets with a financial planner and a therapist to deal with all the issues young people face today – from credit card debt and student loans, to impulse buying and emotional spending, to the cost of having a social life, to buying a house with someone during a potentially impermanent relationship and more. Trejos learns what causes these problems in herself, how she can fix them, and how she can pass that advice on to other young people going through the same experiences.”
Want this box of books?
Answer this simple question in the comments below, and you shall have yourself an entry:
Which book do you want, and why? (And for extra credit, how sexy is J. Money?)
I’ll pick the lucky winner this Sunday, May 19th, and will use the trusty Random.org to make it fair to everyone…U.S. and Canada residents only.
GOOD LUCK! I hope you keep them nice and warm at home :)
PS: Some of these books are uncorrected advances. You may find them pretty cool, or you may find them pretty annoying – all depending on your feelings towards grammar ;)
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10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget, because it’s the most applicable to my situation (no debt or spending issues, with enough savings to retire early as long as I can keep my expenses low).
I’d love the Simple Dollar because I find that blog very inspiring.
#1 The Simple Dollar, I dislike my job. Hoping to retire @ 55 next January and get a different job.
Cool! I like the idea of working after retirement as long as it’s on something fun :)
I’d like either the Simple Dollar or the Frigalista Files (I’m a fan of peep toe pumps myself!).
J Money is super sexy because he knows about DCU and the sexiness of RFK (is falling down).
The William Nickerson Real Estate book! I’ve always wanted to read it (it’s a classic!) but I always forget to look for it at the library.
Rich Dad’s Guide to Investing. I have heard so much about this book but have never read it. I am not sure I would actually follow it (as I am a debt free kind of guy), but it is intriguing to say that least.
As for J Money, ah, well, I do know his budgets are sexy…..I will leave the final determination to his better half! ;-)
Psych Yourself Rich, because my anxiety over money has always been my crutch and I know if I can fix that I’ll be free of that monkey on my back.
J money is too sexy to have words describe him =) . You’re the man dude.
The simple dollar because I read that site every day and love it!
How I turned $1,000 into a Million in Real Estate – in my spare time. I’ve been thinking a lot about real estate recently. It should be an interesting read.
Rich Dad’s guide. I’ve got living cheaply down, but I would like to know how to better invest.
I think I’d want Hot (Broke) Messes. I’m curios to learn more about the back story on spending among people in my generation. Thanks for the contest!
I’d want Your Money Ratio$ by Charles Farrell. I am an accountant after-all, so ratios is something I look at on a daily basis and it’d be interesting to see what he has to say about PF ratios :)
I want “Your Money Ratio$”! When I was in my 20’s, I received a windfall and used it to pay off my student loans and buy a truck. Since I didn’t have many bills then, I started investing. I was pretty good about investing probably until I was in my early 30’s, but then for some reason I got away from it. In my later 30’s I resumed saving, but then I got married and started getting into consumer debt problems. We are in our late 40’s now and have embraced Dave Ramsey. We are paying off debt and saving a little towards retirement. I know, I’m not supposed to save for retirement until I am out of debt (as per Dave), but it is part of the contract I have with my current employer. I am required to contribute 5% of my income into retirement savings, but the best part is that my company contributes 10%, a 200% return! Anyways, I am interested to see how much I was hurt during those years I wasn’t investing and was spending more than I made. I am hoping “Your Money Ratio$” will give me a good idea of where I stand.
Wowww, what a great employer!! I love that it’s mandatory too!
How I turned $1,000 into a Million in Real Estate – in my spare time by William Nickerson — hoping to get into Real Estate whenever we recover from our most recent house purchase.
10,001 ways – always looking for new ideas. I just read that consumer reports says the arial font takes more ink to print than others – who knew? and who figures these things out?
supa dupa sexy!
Spent looks like an interesting read! Thanks for hosting!
I’d want How I turned $1,000 into a Million in Real Estate – in my spare time. I’ve always wanted to get into real estate investing but haven’t had the capital to do so (by traditional means).
Extra Credit: Very.
Both “How I turned $1,000 into a Million Dollars,” and “Rich Dad’s Guide to Investing” would help me tremendously!
I have paid off my student loans and purchased my first house in 5 years after graduating college and now have a small amount of saving that I need to grow. I would use those books to get me started.
They all look good, but I’d really like to have “Your Money Ratios,” because I would appreciate learning more about how I can apply corporate finance and accounting principles to my family’s annual income. It also has great reviews on amazon.com.
How I turned $1,000 into a Million in Real Estate – in my spare time by William Nickerson
I like to see the differences in the history of how people made money then and now. Of course basic principles will be close but there has to be some differences.
I’d like the Frugalista Files, so I can become more.. frugalista.. as well. :)
Extra credit: $uper $exy
hot broke messes….. I’ve totally been there!
extra credit…. smokin’. :)
10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget, LOVE books with tips and such for practical application! Thanks for the giveaway!! :)
10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget because I have a small budget!
J. Money is sooooo sexy that if I was gay I’d be all over him!
haha.. good answer :)
The simple dollar. I read his blog.
J Money is truely very sexy!
Thank you for being SO generous! I’d love to own a copy of either frugalista files or Spent: memoirs of a shopping addict. Both of the descriptions resonate with my current areas of growth with my financial goals! Good luck to everyone!
Oh, and J Money is super super sexy! :)
I think I’d want 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget. I’m always looking for fun ways to stretch my dollar so I can save and invest more. :-)
Easy, I want every single book in box accept one; Rich Dad’s Guide to Investing, because it’s the only one I’ve read. I want the box because I haven’t read those books! J Money is the second sexiest man alive. I know this to be true, because my Husband is the first :)
The Simple Dollar – I can relate. In debt and in a good/unfulfilling job. Sounds interesting to me. Oh – and J Money is purty sexy! :) (he’s giving away finance books!)
I would love to read The Simple Dollar. I feel like I’m in a similar position and could use some inspiration!
While all the books are great and I would love to own each and every one of them – .The Frugalista Files by Natalie McNeal
Even the title of this book gives me hope!
And yes J Money – any one who can speak the language of saving money is SEXY!!!!
I’ve read a couple of the books on your list. I’d like to read Rich Dad’s Guide to Investing.
The Simple Dollar.
That was the first blog I started reading about six years ago. I’ve always wanted the book and would love to read books written by the very blogs I read (hint hint J)
(I swear, one day I’ll have one ;))
I want the Simple Dollar because I love Trent’s blog and writing style, and I bet his book is awesome, too.
And J$: giving away books is VERY sexy! haha!
I want them all – so I can read them and then pass them to on to my young adult sons. I especially want – #3.10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget because I am almost debt free and will need to start saving saving saving – but I also want to Live Large!
Awesome idea! I’d love to read the Rich Dad’s Guide to Investing just because I’m beginning to invest so this topic is very hot for me right now.
Looks like Rich dad’s Guide to Investing is the hot book in that list. I know Mr. Kiyosaki has a spotty history as of late, BUT I’m going to do what I normally do with Amazon purchases – go with the highest RATED of the bunch – Your Money Ratios: 8 Simple Tools for Financial Security – is the only one with a 5 star rating, so I’ll take that to the bank =D
J$ is sexy because… uhm… yeah no, not hitting on guys today ;)
The book I would like is Rich Dad’s Guide to Investing. Although I am good at saving money, investing is whole other story. I would like to use part of my savings to generate income though I have no idea where to start.
Also J. Money is sexy because he has such a big…net worth.
10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget. That book would be most applicable to me now as I’m soon getting married and we want to work on getting out of debt but still enjoying life :-)
Oh almost forgot to mention tat J Money is totally sexy with how he keeps learning about finance fun ;-)
I am interested in reading “Rich Dad’s Guide to Investing”. I can save but I know nothing about investing. It’s something I really want to learn about.
hot broke messes – because thats waht i call myself a lot loL! and J money is fiiiiine!!!
I’d love to have “10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget” by The Writers of Wise Bread. The theme of my frugality so far has been an almost Spartan sacrifice. I imagine a lot of it is psychological but I’d love to think of myself as “living large” rather than just living less expensively :)
J. Money is about as sexy as two rhinos, gently playing under a tent.
Best. Comment. Ever.
Rich Dad’s Guide to Investing so I can be prepared to jump into investing when my debt is paid off.
Also, J. Money is the sexiest. Obviously :).
Hi! I love books. While I would read them all, I would love Hot (broke) Messes. Who wouldn’t love to read a book about themselves, how they got through it all and learned to help others? I am currently reading everything I can get my hands on and this would be an added bonus. Sexy is a man who knows how to budget so that would be you J.
10001 ways to live large on a small budget. For someone who lost her job I could really use some helpful tips till I find a new job or start my own business. Thank you.
“America, Welcome to the Poorhouse” because I’m interested in learning more about how our country has evolved financially and what factors have led us to where we are today.
I would love “How I Turned $1,000 into a Million in Real Estate–in My Spare Time” by William Nickerson. I have a huge dream to invest in real estate and feel like my current budget is slowing down the process. I would love to read about his experiences!
Can’t decide between “Hot Broke Messes” and “Spent”… both sound like great reads!
I would love to read all of them, but if I had to choose, it would be The Simple Dollar simply because (pun intended) Trent is the first financial blogger I really got into which lead me to all the other great blogs I now follow, including yours :)
And J Money is too sexy for these books ;)
I’d love to have The Simple Dollar book! I read that site every day and it started my obsession with personal finance (an interest which has leaked into BudgetsAreSexy…the sexiest blog around!).
But honestly The Simple Dollar did it’s job too well. I’ve always wanted to read the book, but now that I’m watching my finances I’ve always been too frugal (cheap) to buy it for myself! It’s not a great business plan on Trent’s part…
I want “How I turned $1,000 into a Million in Real Estate – in my spare time” because I have aspirations to become a real estate mogul. :) J$ is the second-sexiest mohawk sporting blogger I know.
The most interesting of the bunch sounds like “How I turned $1000 into a Million in Real Estate”. As much as I like reading frugality books to keep me locked into the mindset, learning something so practical as identifying and maximizing value of real estate seems like something I need to do ASAP.
J Money, did you work out today? You gotta earn that sexiness some how!
I would like to put my bid in for Psych Yourself Rich….and by the way, J. Money is extremely sexy.
How I turned $1,000 into a million in real estate – in my spare time.
I am interested in real estate investing!
I am most interested in 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget by The Writers of Wise Bread because I have a miniscule budget (as a small biz owner) and I trust the contributors of Wise Bread to come up with clever ideas I have never considered before. All those books look fun and juicy to read, really!
Any book that’s still available. J. Money is a sexy beast.
10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget is the book I want.
But I also kind of want Hot (Broke) Messes. What a freaking awesome title!
I’d like # 4. I’ll take a down Dow day vs. the nordstroms 1/2 yearly shoe sale any day; and would love to read the psychology behind it. Thanks j money.
P.s. just got a tax bill for $14k. I hope it’s wrong. I need all the help I can get!
Thanks for all you do for us, J$
I hope your bill is wrong too, friend! That’s no joke!
I would want Hot (broke) messes because it pertains to my life most at this point and feel i would benefit from dealing with struggling to stay afloat financially (major emotional spender).
I’d be interested in reading the Money Ratios one. I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately and keep track on my spreadsheet of net-worth.
I would want 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget because my family and I cannot seem to get it through our thick skulls that you can’t squeeze champagne from a beer can.
And any man who’s willing to give away a box of books is sexy in book!
I would love to read the 10,001 Ways book because I have a hard time enjoying life while struggling to pay down debt. I need all the tips I can get!
And J. Money is definitely the sexiest finance blogger there is!
I would love to read Psych yourself rich. I love Farnoosh torabi.
J. Money is too sexy.
I would like to get 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget or How I turned $1,000 into a Million in Real Estate or How I turned $1,000 into a Million in Real Estate – in my spare time. I am interested in saving, finding new ways to save as well as real estate investing.. so that I can stay home for the kids instead of going back to work!
I’m interested in Your Money Ratio because I’m always trying to figure out if I’m where I should be financially and what I need to do for the future.
I’d say you’re quite sexy. Haha.
I would like 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget. I try my hardest to have fun and rewarding experiences and a fulfilling life with as little money as possible. It’s all about lifestyle, standards, and ego. My goal is relieve myself of all debt ASAP, build myself a tiny house (think Tumbleweed Tiny Houses), and learn to grow and make as much of my own food as possible so I can work less, save more and enjoy life. I think this book will give me great ideas on how to get closer to my goal without being miserable.
how i turned 1,000 into a mil in real estate,,,i have 3 rentals and i want more
The Frugalista Files and you’re a sexy beast!
No. 8 – Frugalista Files because it sounds like she has my problems!
J. Money is sexy because he knows how to keep a budget….
#7 — the real estate book.
It’s a classic and it will feed my dreams of becoming a real estate investor and millionaire!
I want the 10,001 book because I love cruising the Wisebread website. Sometimes I just need a little tweak to what I’m doing to save money and not feel deprived while I’m doing so.
As for J$, his sexiness is so intense that the Craiglist weirdos couldn’t keep away. They just needed to get close to him so his sexiness might rub off on them.
I’d like America, Welcome to the Poorhouse — because it focuses on reform, and strategies to get Congress to enact it. And also because I need to make the most of my money until reform happens. BTW, a few days ago you asked, “Is it time for a book?” [yours]. Yes! Let it flow, Bro. Steal this idea: Put all the wisdom of your past blogs between covers. (Hint, hint–your book is already written.) If you truly have a good agent to work with you’re miles ahead of the game. Ask him/her if there’s any interest in 12 pristine and primo screenplays:) [mine]. J. Money is tres sexy because he cares and dares.
10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget, seems right up my alley!
I prefer The Simple Dollar, i have been following Trent’s blog for a few years now, subsequently, its how i found your blog and have been following it for about the same time. I signed up for the RSS feeds when i started my financial get right journey.
Money Ratio sounds like an interesting concept
I really enjoy your blog. I would like 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget because it would be helpful to mine for tips for financial coaching groups I facilitate in Baltimore City. Each member of the group picks a financial goal and check-in with their progress and challenges once a week for eight weeks. This book could help with tips to keep the financial education aspect fun. Thank you!
lovin’ your name there, LBoogie, haha… that’s hot.
10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget because I’m about to start a PhD program and a “small budget” will be an understatement!
10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget because I really need some great tips.
J. Money is so sexy that he should be voted as one of top sexy men in the world. :0)
I would like to read “10,001 Ways To Live Large on a Small Budget” because I think I have gotten to the point where I feel like I’ve seen allllll of the tips on living on a small budget and there isn’t anything else out there for me to see, but if there are 10,001 ways then I must be wrong! ;o)
How sexy is J. Money? How SEXY is J. Money? J. Money is sexier than there are stars in the sky, tiny fish in the ocean, and grains of sand on the beach. J. Money’s sexiness is intangible and no one can quantify it. ;o)
The book I’d want the most is the Frugalista Files because I think people want a great life and to be fabulous but NOT broke (even moms with 3 kids)! It sounds like she might be inspiring.
Extra credit: The blue hair and blue funky beard in the picture is over the top sexy!
I would like to read The Simple Dollar since I enjoy reading the blog daily. Thanks for the chance to win.
Frugalista files is looking pretty awesome, man! I’m pretty sure you are pretty sexy….we…yeah.
I would love to have Hot(Broke) Mess. I’m a student myself, taking on student loans, and just getting started with a credit card. I wouldn’t consider myself to be drowning in debt, but I like to read books like this because they serve as a preventative measure for me. I also love reading people’s stories and seeing how they overcome their struggles. And for extra credit J-money is not just sexy, he is THE sexiest blue-haired, goatee wearing, George Washington impersonator alive. Our founding father would be proud.
Your money ratio$ just due to the fact that i’m a finance major and it will help me out greatly.
I want them all! Yes, budget’s are sexy! I’ve only been reading your blog for a few months. I have no idea of where I heard about your blog.
The Simple Dollar…I’ve been reading the blog for a long time, but have never read the book.
The simple dollar because I’ve read his blog since 2008
The Frugalista Files!
They all sound great but I love the title of Spent: Memoirs of a Shopping Addict. I want to win please :) :)
I’m interested in How I Turned $1,000 into a Million in Real Estate. I’d never heard of it before, but now that I’m aware, I’ll probably get it from the library if I don’t win. :-)
Thanks for the contests! I would most likely start by reading the 1959 edition of the real estate investing book. Otherwise, I would read the Simple Dollar first. But all books sound interesting!
And, J$ is very sexy ; )
How I turned $1,000 into a Million in Real Estate – in my spare time
that’s the book in this lineup which most piques my interest but honestly, all of them do!
I’m already working on the real estate angle but the crash has set me back considerably, so I’d like to revisit this text and see if there’s topical and applicable material for our day and age amidst the pre-crash (written in 1984!) wisdom.
the idea of J$ is inherently sexy, are you kidding?!
Thanks! All of the books sound interesting but I would be especially interested in the Wise Bread book. And J. Money is super sexy :-)
10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget! I love lists…I’m weird like that.
I would like to have the book called welcome to the poor house, America
Great reads! Hope they reach happy owners.
#2 Start Over, Finish Rich
Because sometimes you just have to start everything again and hopefully this time you will finish rich.
J you are sexy man.
The Simple Dollar, I started out reading that blog and I would like to read the book.
I am interested in a few of the other ones as well.
The Frugalista Files! My best friend and I are working to learn to live frugally without giving up being fab! The Simple Dollar also- i am addicted to his blog!
Because I am tired of frugal living after 8 years on a strict budget and just payed off $59,000 in credit card debt, I am ready to have some fun! So I’d like “10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget by The Writers of Wise Bread”
I want Hot (Broke) Messes because it describes me?!?!?
I like #11 because i’m a sucker for nice book covers. lol
(me too – sometimes it’s all we HAVE to judge a book! ;))
I would like 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget. Being frugal is not very fun.
10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget
The frugalistic files. Sounds interesting.
How I turned $1,000 into a Million in Real Estate – in my spare time. I just got into real estate investing last year and starting to grow my real estate portfolio!
I would like the book “How I Turned $1,000 into a Million in Real Estate–in My Spare Time”. Me and my wife are currently working on getting out of debt and I have a bunch of side hustles I’m doing. But I want to start getting into Real Estate soon. I might even pick up the book if I don’t win :P
Hot broke messes
I would like the Simple Dollar, mainly because I’ve heard a lot about the book but haven’t read it yet.
The Simple Dollar because I also read that.
Spent: Memoirs of a Shopping Addict
J Money is super sexy…There is Baby Money around so the misse must think you’re sexy!
Your money ratio sounds interesting.
I’d like the Frugalista book!
10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget: I chose this because I do have a small budget because of my very small paycheck and I would love to read about all the different ways I can live “large” with the money that I have available to spend. Oh, and about that J. Money, he da super sexy!
I want to read Hot (Broke) messes and see how others deal with the cost of a social life, which sometimes feels like my biggest challenge.
Watch for an announcement of the winner soon!
Congrats to Melanie from MyPenWritesRed.com who won! Thanks for participating everyone!
Here’s the last box of books we’re giving away for anyone interested: