Review & Giveaway: Smart from the Start Money Book for Teens & Young Adults

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What can you give to a high schooler or recent grad that can help them learn how to make good money decisions for their next phase of life?

Smart From the Start by Brad Kronland and Rob Roach of Fishers, Indiana is the perfect pocket guide to help young adults with all the do’s and don’ts of their first critical financial choices:

  • Getting their first car – leasing vs. buying, pre-owned vs. new – and how to negotiate the deal
  • Deciding whether to rent an apartment vs. buy a house
  • Understanding the buying process, mortgages, and taxes in simple, easy-to-understand terms
  • Figuring out their insurance deductible, 401(k) options, investing and saving for retirement
  • … and so much more!

At the end of each chapter are easy definitions relating to the topic introduced. You also learn how “they” make money, whether “they” are the insurance agent, credit card issuers or other key players. All throughout the book there are tips from fictitious “Ted”, who may not make the best decision but learns his valuable lesson, proving that even smart people make mistakes!

Here’s an excerpt from the book:

How can insurance companies make a profit when they are constantly paying for their customers’ car repairs or doctor bills? Insurance companies make a profit by collecting insurance premiums, investing those premiums in stocks, bonds, or other investments, earning money on those investments, and then paying claims with a portion of those gains. They are very good at projecting how many insurance claims will be filed during a year. They use this information to set their premiums, making sure they’ll be more than the projected claims.

Read more about Smart from the Start in this recent Grad Magazine article.

Do you know a young person that will be faced with
their first financial decisions?

Buy It

Grab your copy now on Kindle or Nook for an instant download, or order it on paperback. If you’re around the north Indy area, you can also find copies at Mudsock Books in Fishers. At just $9.95 digital or $12.95 printed, it is a smart investment for the young adult in your life to get easy tips and critical tools for their future from top financial professionals!

Win It

The authors of Smart from the Start have given me a copy of their book to give away to one lucky Chaos Is Bliss reader! The contest starts now, and ends at 9pm ET on Wednesday December 19, 2012. The winner will be randomly drawn, notified by email and will have 24 hours to confirm before another name is drawn.

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  1. says

    I wish my parents had warned me not to sign up for those “get a credit card, get a free t-shirt” deals in college. It took a long time to recover from that.

  2. Amy Tandy says

    I wish that I fully understood what it meant to ‘live within my means’. Too often kids are sucked into credit cards in college with ‘free gifts’ and even when you go to buy things in the store with your debit or cash, they are always asking if you’d like to apply for their credit card for a percentage off. Society sucks you in to the “credit world” and only we can put a stop to it in order to “live within our means” instead of buying and putting things on credit.

  3. Kelly says

    I wish I had know about compound interest. Liked Chaos is Bliss and Smart from the Start on Fb and subscribed and confirmed Chaos is Bliss via email.