• The 10 Commandments of Money

  • Survive and Thrive in the New Economy
  • By: Liz Weston
  • Narrated by: Heather Henderson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (146 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

For previous generations, living within your means was a simple formula. Now, with the staggering rise in health-care, medical, and housing costs, millions of people find themselves skating from paycheck to paycheck with no idea how to move forward.

As the most widely read personal-finance columnist on the Internet, Liz Weston has heard the questions and has the answers. This book will help listeners avoid critical mistakes, survive the bad times, and thrive in the good ones. Pointers include how to balance your budget, pay down debt, pay for college, save for retirement, and more.

Liz Weston’s goal is to provide the practical guide to the brave new world of money. What Sylvia Porter’s Money Book was to the 1970s, The 10 Commandments of Money will be for the 2010s.

©2011 Liz Weston (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“This book is money manna from heaven, and Liz Weston is the financial sage of our times. She’s revised the tired truths about finances and offers up smart, timely advice on paying off debt, investing for retirement, setting up a real-world budget for years to come, and more. I’d follow her anywhere!” (Beth Kobliner, author of Get a Financial Life)
“Financial columnist Weston provides a workable happy medium between fear and fecklessness…Loaded with tips and ideas and illustrated with plenty of examples, this book hits all the major themes for total financial literacy in a conversational, digestible tone…A godsend for the financially befuddled, bewildered, or just plain anxious.” ( Publishers Weekly)

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A bit of a different philosophy on money

I tend to listen to or read a book in money/finances every month or so.
There were a lot of practical points that I enjoyed about this book. I think my main hangup is that the author depends on debt far too much. I am not as extreme as Dave Ramsey on the subject, but debt does not have to be as much of a factor in our lives as Weston allows for.
For instance, she says it is a good idea to have one's house paid for before retiring. My first thought was "no duh Liz!" Maybe a better goal is to have your house paid for before you are 40! Her point of course, is that you get a low cost loan with a mortage and can invest your money elsewhere. I prefer not to play the bow to the FICO score game, but to each his/her own.

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Should be Taught in Schools

Would you listen to The 10 Commandments of Money again? Why?

Yes, it's worth listening to a second time to be sure that none of the information slips through the cracks. It's all common sense.

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This book is a Financial Users Manual for Life

I have followed Liz for a while on MSN. This material should be taught in schools. very complete, very easy to understand and down to earth. Great job Liz!

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Book for poor people to keep being poor

If you are looking to save for retirement at the age of 67 look no further. This is the book for you.

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by far the worst I'll explain

first of all my husband is a truck driver and we're big Ramsey fans. he's aspired to be an owner operator in couple yrs and we are debt free other than our house we bought in Jonesboro Arkansas. but this book actually promotes all kinds of debt. I had a hard time as my husband dud getting through it knowing cash is king and when u have debt ur at the creditors beckon call till its out of your life. Our advice is run from this book and go find Dave Ramsey listen to his podcast, get in his program cause it really works and live debt free.

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Great info for anyone, but dated

Lots of great info in this book however it’s a bit old some of the laws changed since then also cell phones no longer really have friends and weekend plans and minutes and stuff like that the reader delivers an authoritative yet kind information to understanding your finances

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Must read

Basically a CFP in a book. Knocked it our in less than a day at 2.5 speed. And it’s free!

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Advice for the good times and for the bad times.

This is the first personal finance book I've read that talks about managing wealth for retirement AND navigating bankruptcy or foreclosure (houses and IRAs are not included in bankruptcy, which is a good thing if you knew that before withdrawing all your house or investment equity)

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was alright

was sounding pretty good until the recommendation of mutual funds. To each there own but I wouldn't own a mutual fund

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For Beginners

If you are already an investor that knows how to grow money this book has very little use regarding growing money. Had a bit of insights regarding insurance on assets though. It has a lot of great inofrmation for those who are starting their path and live like a lot of society which with bad debt and ways to somewhat effectively get out of it. The author does not come across the way I would like to think and does place thinking ceilings on how much money you can achieve and is very into stock investing and 401ks. If you want to get rich quickly that path works for a very few people in my opinion.