When I was first approached to review this book, I was a little apprehensive because I didn’t know anything about Jane Bryant Quinn. With the power of Google though I quickly discovered that she is quite an accomplished writer and her work can be seen in magazines like Newsweek and Good Housekeeping. As I read through “Smart and Simple Financial Strategies for Busy People ,” her straightforward and decided uncomplicated explanation of a lot of normally complicated (and intimidating) topics reminded me a lot of the style you see at the Motley Fool. The extra step that Bryant takes is she teaches you how to do it with as little time as possible, since this is a book for busy people.
I really like how this book is laid out, the chapters are somewhat chronological in terms of your financial life, but written to stand alone. The chapters themselves are titled Spending and Saving, Wipe Out Your Debt, Your Safety Net, Buying a House, Paying for College, and Better Investing (I skip listing the intro and wrap-up chapters).
Here is where you can use the book as a reference. If you’re looking for information on insurance (auto, home, renters, umbrella, etc.), peek into Your Safety Net. Do you have debt? Check out the chapter titled Wipe Out Your Debt. The organization of this book is great and the chapter titles perfectly describe the contents, something you don’t see a lot of other books do because they like the “Wow” factor of a cleverly named chapter.
Who should read this? If you consider yourself a personal finance expert, you may find a lot of this information elementary. If you don’t know where to start when it comes to researching a topic, this book can lay a solid foundation onto which you can build on. Confused about the different mortgage types? Get this book, read the summary of each type, and then continue your research online.
This book was available in my public library so you might also find it in your local library. Jane Bryant Quinn has also written other personal finance books, including “Making the Most of Your Money ,” that may be of interest to you.