I had high expectations of this book. Written by 'Zen Organizer', I have expected a different type of financial guide book, the one that is different in its concepts & messages. I liked the first 4 chapters - it tell you to carry a smaller wallet, carry cash, and put all the bills in order, the same side - because you need to be organized in order to fill powerful & able. I liked this fresh approach the author brings - she sure is the 'zen organizer'.
Then after chapter 4, the books becomes somewhat of 'little bit of this' & 'little bit of that'. It greatly talks about investing and retirement account, such as 401k. I'm a CPA and can understand & verify all the information is correct, but if the readers have wanted to get a deeper insight into investing, there are plenty other choices available that goes in depth.
the book shuffles from investments to teaching kids the value of money, donating your goods to charity, and creating a holiday...
I am a few months into this book and I have to say that I am slightly disappointed. I started off with high hopes. The book had some good tips in the introduction and the author sounded powered up about getting my financial life in shape and organized. I had a few gripes early on, but kept pushing through thinking that it would get better as it went, but it hasn't. I have found the book to be a mixture of irrelevance and surface-level information. For example, the budgeting week tells the reader to set up a budget. It explains a little bit of why a budget is important and sort of gives one example, but if the reader has never created a budget before they may not even know what categories are appropriate to budget for or how much they should be contributing to each area. Another example, one week she says to organize your office area, but she doesn't cover what is important to include in your desk or office area.
As I get further into the book I am continually...
Seems like basic information at the first glance, but I got a real picture of my finances after taking her advice and implementing her system. A year later, after reading several other financial books, I still rely on the techniques in this book for the organization of my information and documents. Some chapters and sections are boring and unnecessary, but overall this book was well my time and money.
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