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10 January 2011

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Yes! Thanks for the list!

Have you and Mr. CR considered him having a companion blog? You write about a book, and he writes about living with/chatting with you about it while you read it.

Mr. CR is so right about nuance - now sledgehammers they can deal with (and usually do).

I love the PULL authors' description of their book - could it get any more banal? Books like that do NOT move in my library, so I don't buy them, as they say nothing.

Robin,
You're welcome. Great idea.
Tee hee--a companion blog. As all Mr. CR will do when I tell him about the blog (or mentioning him in it) is sigh, resignedly, I fear we won't be getting much else out of him. Plus he will only discuss NF when he absolutely has to, i.e. when I just keep going on and on about it.

Sarah,
You're right about the sledgehammer. Ramsey's definitely the sledgehammer sort.

I fully support you not buying "Pull" for your library. The more I tried to figure out what its authors were saying the worse it got.

I enjoyed the putdowns. I guess I most dislike investing books that promise readers a way to earn lots of money by pushing money around. They just prey on the greedy. And libraries waste their money buying them. I always want to say to the prospective reader "Wouldn't it be better to earn money by working?" But I, of course, never say that.

We just finished the Dave Ramsey class, and found it very helpful. While we don't necessarily follow everything he said, it is a good starting point. For what it is worth, we haven't used our credit card in the last year. To buy things online, travel? We used our debit cards. We don't spend more than what is in our account. We saved for our big purchases. Though I agree that if they are reprinting a book, they should check for accuracy/updates.

Christa,
I'm glad you found Ramsey's class useful; anything that makes financial stuff easier to understand is probably a good thing. In all fairness, the one time in my life I had an ATM/debit card, I couldn't control myself with that. I do a lot better with a credit card. (Probably because an ATM card gives you cash, and I find it ridiculously easy to spend cash.)

Just out of curiosity: is he as relentless about tithing to one's church in his classes as he is in his books? I'm just wondering.

Still and all though: an individual IRA is the absolute most basic, bottom-line type of investing there is, and to advise people to put nearly half the amount in one that they can is an unforgivable error in a book. I stand by that.

Evidently in Europe people buy stuff with debit cards, not credit - they still have the ease of returning, no need for 9 forms of ID etc. like with a paper check, can buy online - but they save up for big purchases and then buy them when the money is in the account already. Sounds like a plan (and this is why they are still in better financial shape than we all are). You have to balance your checkbook, unfortunately.

And, I wonder if you can write a column without using the word "lang-a-vee-shah"!

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