Book Review: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Personal Finance in Your 20s & 30s


For a lot of individuals in their 20s and 30s personal finances have a lot in common with David Copperfield; money appears and disappears and sometimes it earns more in a bank account but at the end of the day it's all magic.

If you fall into this group you can either sit around and moan about the lack of a personal finance course at your high school or you can do something about it.

Good, you're still reading, so I assume you'd rather your finances are a bit more like Penn & Teller; mind blowing and quick to call "BS" on gotcha's and bad money deals. Well you're in luck, "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Personal Finance in Your 20s & 30s" does just that; offering up sound advice in an easy to access format that calls attention to important facts with sidebars throughout the book.

My favorite sidebar examples in the book are of the "Money Pit" and "Dollars and Sense" variety, which you can see throughout this post. These include cautionary notes and tips to keep you on top of your personal finances.

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