I’m home today with a sick child (cold), and catching up on some reading while she watches her favorite movie “Night at the Museum 2”. I’m reading Clark Howard’s Living Large for the Long Haul: Consumer-Tested Ways to Overhaul Your Finances, Increase Your Savings, and Get Your Life Back on Track” The book came out just a few months ago and I dutifully waited on the library’s reserve list for my chance to read the book.
I haven’t read a lot of Clark Howard’s books, but I am greatly enjoying this one. If your favorite part of reading personal finance blogs is learning about other people’s journeys, you will like this book, which shares personal stories on subjects such as travel, retirement, cars, technology, and living below your means. Each story has Clark’s tips at the end.
What I respect about Clark is that this book features people that have a really wide variety of perspectives on money, some of which would be outright dismissed by other personal finance personalities: people who own every Apple product known to man, people who buy gold, people who lease cars, people with no cars. While my beloved Dave Ramsey would go nuts on someone leasing a car, Clark gives a balanced approach with facts about leasing which include the few scenarios where leasing may be acceptable.
I most related to the chapter “El Cheapo Man and Wife: Living Below Their Means Gives Matt and Jamie the Freedom to Enjoy Small Splurges.” They didn’t seem that cheap to me… which I guess I why I related to them!