You all (should) know and love my mom’s writing. She’s so swell that MSN Money was smart enough to hire her for several years. (Then stupid enough to let her and all their other writers go.)
And now she has (finally) written herself a book: Your Playbook for Tough Times.
It’s a good summation of everything she’s been saying for years, but with some new stuff added in.
In short, it’s chock full of good, useful and, above all, actionable tips for people who need to steel themselves for, well, tough times. Whether that’s to prepare for/speed up retirement, because of a layoff or when the next recession inevitably hits.
Most of us have been through tough times (assuming you’re lucky enough to be out of them yet), and few of us are immune to potential ones ahead.
Now you’ll have a good reference in those times of suboptimal options. A reference, I might add, that’s full of resources for specific organizations and websites to help you — whether it’s about keeping the lights on or just padding savings.
And of course, one of the best things about this book is that the advice isn’t judgmental or preachy.
It could be you’re taking these tips to be proactive (FIRE or general thriftiness); it could be that you’re in a bad spot through no fault of your own. (Isn’t there always the assumption that you did something wrong? Isn’t that exhausting?)
Or perhaps you did screw up. But other than reforming your behavior, what good does it do to dwell on the past? Instead, this book focuses on moving forward.
Oh, and you can rest assured that it was expertly edited. Which is to say, I lent my eye/comments to two of her later drafts. So, ya know, extra awesomeness is imbued in this book.
If you like her writing, buy this book. If you didn’t get to read her when she was on MSN Money, buy this book. If you just want to support a great writer… buy both of our books. But for the purposes of this post, buy her book.