Print copies of my first book, which came out in January, are on sale for $5.60 right now at Amazon.com. This is 60% off its $13.99 retail price. It is the very best price we’ve ever seen on it – even beating last fall’s BN.com daily deal (now expired) and the Kindle price.
Quick Pocket Your Dollars Overview
The book is called Pocket Your Dollars: 5 Attitude Changes That Will Help You Pay Down Debt, Avoid Financial Stress, and Keep More of What You Make. It answers a question I’m always asked: “How did you and your husband get out of $50,000+ in debt in 2.5 years?’ This book explains why budget worksheets and expense tracking are not the starting point for lasting financial change. You’ve first got to adjust your self-talk, or attitudes, about money.
The five attitudes Marco and I dealt with on our way to lasting financial change include:
- “If only I had more money”
- “I deserve a treat”
- “It won’t happen to me”
- “I’ll fake it ’til I make it”
- “I can’t afford it”
In part one of the book I explain these attitudes and healthy replacements for each one. Then part two goes in depth about how us old dogs (no offense) can learn new tricks. I answer the question: how can I change my long-standing attitudes? The third part of the book is a primer on some basic money management and money-saving tips to help you get organized and make progress paying down debt.
What Others Are Saying
I’m honored to say that the book has been phenomenally received. It’s got a 4.5-star rating on Amazon with 90 reviews (if you’ve read it, can you please leave a review on Amazon? Even if you didn’t buy it there you can still review it). The overarching theme of the reviews is that my take – making a financial attitude adjustment comes before making a budget worksheet – gets to the heart of the matter. The book has helped people who have yo-yo’ed in and out of debt or those for whom other fix-your-finance books hasn’t seemed to work.
It got a ton of media coverage earlier this year including mentions in Bloomberg Businessweek (one of my favorite magazines; I literally SCREAMED when I discovered that they’d mentioned my book), a write-up on Forbes.com, US News & World Report Money, the Chicago Tribune, Minneapolis Star Tribune and many, many other outlets.
Your turn: Which of the five attitudes most resonates with you?