Okay -- I read a finance book and am alive to talk about it. Overall I really liked the book, but some material was dated. However, they act like you don't know anything about finances and since I don't, it was good. Best advice -- don't try to save money by brushing your teeth with your fingers. Live a comfortable life and go after the big money issues. I learned a lot about the stock market as well and it was all commonsense. Another good piece of advice: skip being tied to your budget since it probably provides more detail than needed. Pay yourself, pay your bills, and life should be good.