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Refinery29 Money Diaries: Everything You've Ever Wanted To Know About Your Finances... And Everyone Else's

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  255 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Does it feel like you’re NEVER going to finish paying back your student loans?
Do you spend more on coffee per month than you put into your 401(k)?
Do you avoid looking at your bank balance because it’s easier to live in denial?
The first step to getting your financial life in order is tracking what you spend.

Money Diaries, the breakout series from Refinery29, offers reader
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Touchstone
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Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2018
The money diaries themselves are interesting but the financial advice given is highly questionable. Of course finance is personal and everyone handles it differently, but I don't feel that this book really acknowledged this. Rather it presented the advice as fact, which is troublesome as I'm sure they have younger readers who will take their advice to heart and not do their own independent research.

A couple points that bothered me:
-The authors never even address the possibility of aggressively
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm a little older than your target reader, but I loved the book. I know it will be a huge help to any individual living and working today. Lots of great advice. While it had so much to take in, anyone can take small steps to get financially secure.

Thanks to author,publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It is undeniable that money has changed in the last few decades. Our salaries, our investments, our bank accounts all look different from the baby boomer generation. I think this book is a great read for the younger population because it shows what we’re all spending our money on. It’s a view into the dirty secrets of other hard-working women. You can read other personal finance books that will tell you to be a spendthrift, save for a house, and never spend money on restaurants. This book says o ...more
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic and accessible approach to personal finance. This book isn't a silver bullet to understanding finances, but will do a good job at putting you on the right track without scaring the personal finance ingenue. The inclusion of personal money diaries, and check-ins with millennial on specific issues (how much are you saving for retirement?) is a big plus, and helps drive home the point that personal finance is just that-- personal. My only real issue with the book is Stanberry's continue ...more
Myles Cooper
I skimmed over it
Elise P
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is probably decently helpful for ages 18-23 or so. As a financially solvent 30-year old, not so much. I mostly read the book for the diaries, but honestly, they are way less fun than reading on the website (where you get the ever-entertaining comment section).
Oct 12, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5ish stars, I guess...I mean, it was fine. The "diary" parts were equal parts interesting and annoying. Like, it's interesting to see how other people spend the money they make, but I don't need to hear every single thought about their daily lives you know? It also seemed like all the diaries were written in the same voice which makes me wonder about the authenticity but then, I skimmed the entries so maybe I'm wrong lol. There was really nothing earth-shattering here, but it was nice (as a fe ...more
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it
I bought this book for a friend who just started working down their student debt. Typically for folks starting their personal finance journey I'd recommend I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi, but I felt this book was more digestible, positive, and less intimidating in tone and tact.

Not sure if this is the intended use case, but I ended up learning a lot more about the female perspective on personal finance and saving. I hope this helps me communicate better in relationships and build em
Sam Duffy
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Am I money savvy now?
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is my favorite column on Refinery29 (which you really should subscribe to, if you already don't), and I mainly picked it up for the columns. In between the columns, there are chapters of financial advice. I'm older than the target audience for that advice, but I thought that they raised some good issues. If you're serious about saving and getting your financial act together, you probably should get a book on just that - this isn't completely comprehensive, and it's coming from one perspecti ...more
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is written in a supportive, anecdotal style that I imagine would be appealing to those in their 20's and 30's. I am older, but found the advice generally to be sensible. Under the chapter sub-heading "When It's Okay to Lean on Mom and Dad - and When it's Not", however, I was bemused (as the parent of a millennial dependent) to find that apparently it's never "Not" okay. In fact, the question was not actually addressed after the author acknowledges a 2015 PEW Research study that finds t ...more
Rebecca Shook
I just learned about the Money Diaries on Refinery29 and am slightly obsessed with them now and this book is a decent companion with follow-up and discussion on general personal finance. The book is full of challenges to complete so you are aware of your complete financial picture as well as saving some extra dollars. Honest about the reality of starting life with debt (hopefully only educational but does discuss consumer debt) this book is a good one for a more complete overview of life goals a ...more
Nov 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I "read" this as an audiobook. While much of it was a review, I took away a couple of helpful things.

1) I need to have a better summary of my financial accounts in case something bad were to happen to me
2) Salary negotiation - I have always stunk at this! Learned stuff.
3) When you've been paying bills for 20 years, you forget the things you've had to learn along the way. This was supremely helpful in reminding me of all the financial common sense that I want to develop in my children.

I'd defin
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: not-fiction
As a huge fan of Refinery 29s money diaries series, I just had to get this book and luckily I wasn't disappointed. I think that this is an excellent introduction to dealing with money. This has a great combination of personal anecdotes (although I kind of don't like the author's husband now, but that's another story) and practical advice. This had just enough detail to make the book actually useful, while not being too intimidating for someone brand new to finance. I loved the addition of the mi ...more
Jamie K
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Only giving this two stars because I gave up on it at page 289 when the money diary person was putting more into their 401k in a year than I make in a year. Horribly depressing and honestly tortured myself too long reading the money diaries that do not look at all like my life (except maybe the one of the low paid teacher). The plus side is it inspired me to track my own spending for the month (aside from budgeted items). So I guess one good thing came out of me reading this. Also agreeing with ...more
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for women at the beginning of their careers or in their 20’s. I wish I had read it when I was 21 and graduating college or starting my first “adult job”/starting grad school; I could have avoided some hard lessons learned if I’d had some real world practical advice. There is a lot of general information and advice that is a solid foundation. It’s not an investment or money management handbook by any standard, but is a great read. I really enjoy the diaries and like seeing ho ...more
Crista Colvin
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Crista by: Her Money with Jean Chatzky Podcast
Loved everything about this book, particularly the fun and palatable design. However, as with many of the books I read these days, I would ask that the author more explicitly acknowledge the existence of single people and the possibility of exponential financial progress (debt payoff, down payment) a partner can bestow. I was surprised there wasn't more of this, given the millennial bent. Looking forward to seeing more from this author.
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I will admit some of the financial advice is kind of “duh”, but overall I felt like this helped clarify some of the “adult” savings and expense issues. I’ll definitely come back to reference some of the later chapters at one point or another. It has definitely made me pay closer attention to my personal spending habits more, and I love being nosey and reading the money diaries. I’d recommend this to any of my friends for sure.
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018, non-fiction
There’s a lot of good info in this book, I just really came to dislike the chatty style it was written in. And the the random nature of the savings challenge didn’t make sense to me. I get that the book is trying to make learning about finances less daunting for women, but it just ended up feeling infantilizing to me. 2-3 stars
Hailley Griffis
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really really enjoyed this book. Unlike other personal finance books I didn’t get lost. In fact, I felt I understood every chapter and instead of closing this book feeling like a failure at my personal finances I walked away feeling empowered and knowledgeable. A huge thank you to the author for writing it in a way that is relatable and easy to process!
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm definitely not the target audience for this book, but I thought it was really good!
Oct 18, 2018 rated it liked it
My husband and I listened to this together. The advice is pretty basic but very approachable for newbies.
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
I find it fascinating to see how people choose to spend their money so I really enjoyed this book.
Oct 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I really liked this book. It covered so many topics. It gave me a lot to think about now & the future.
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Loved it!!! I want more!!!!!
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Not as many money diaries as I had hoped but still enjoyed!
Kristen Anderson
I picked this up hoping it would just be a lot of money diaries, which it wasn't. But it was a lot of sound financial advice, echoing advice I'd gleaned from other books.
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I expected this to have more money diaries but it was more of a "money diaries then discuss" kind of structure, which I'm not complaining about.
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
all the fun of money diaries without the intense and vicious judgmental comments
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Millenial bible on how to adult!!

this book should be part of high school curriculum. No one ever teaches us about smart money management. Loved this book and learned a lot.
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