The Color of Money Book Club

2003 Book Club Archive

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December 2003 Selection
"You Don't Have to Be Rich: Comfort, Happiness, and Financial Security on Your Own Terms"
by Jean Chatzky
Living a rich life is largely a state of mind -- not what's on your bank statement. Learn how to be happy without stressing out over money.

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November 2003 Selection
"Hundred Dollar Holiday: The Case for a More Joyful Christmas"
by Bill McKibben
The holiday season is rapidly approaching and many consumers are flocking to the malls to shop. But without a budget and a few tips on contolling your spending, you may find yourself getting buried deeper and deeper in the red.

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October's Selection
"Think Single! The Woman's Guide to Financial Security at Every Stage of Life"
by Janet Bodnar
A financial guide for single women because you can't always rely on having a man around to handle your financial business.

The Color of Money Column: Invest Like a Single, Even if You're Not

September 2003
"Save Karyn: One Shopaholic's Journey to Debt and Back"
by Karyn Bosnak
The story of how one shopaholic paid off $20,000 in debt, almost all racked up for high-priced clothes, shoes, cosmetics, purses, lingerie, pedicures, manicures and salon visits, by panhandling on the Internet.

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August 2003
"What You Need to Do Now: An 8-Point Action Plan to Secure Your Financial Independence"
by Ric Edelman
"This book is intended to return you to the basics, to help you put into today's context all the aspects of your personal finances that you've ignored, avoided, or failed to know about," Edelman says in his introduction.

July 2003
"The Motley Fool's Guide to Couples & Cash: How to Handle Money With Your Honey"
by Dayana Yochim
Helpful for anybody in a relationship that requires you to handle money with your honey.

The Color of Money Column: Wedding Budget Blues
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June 2003
"Don't Spend Your Raise And 59 Other Money Rules You Can't Afford to Break"
by Dara Duguay
Need some simple money rules that will help you from making money mistakes?

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May 2003
"Ultimate Kids' Money Book"
by Neale S. Godfrey
When should you start giving your children money? What's the best way to teach your children about saving? Find the answers to these questions as well as money tips and tricks. (Read Article)

April 2003
"What Kids Really Want that Money Can't Buy"
by Betsy Taylor
A guide to teaching children about money.

April Book Club Winners
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March 2003
DK Essential Finance Series
The following 6 books have been selected from the 12-book series:

"Managing Credit: What You Need to Know to Boost Your Buying Power" by Marc Robinson with Robert McKinley
"Understanding Consumer Rights: The Easy Way to Learn About Protecting Yourself" with Nicolette Parisi
"Investing Basics: Make Smart Decisions Without Being an Expert."
"Mutual Fund Investing: Investing Made Simple and Easy."
"IRA and 401(k) Investing: Learn How to Make the Most of Your Money" with Dallas Salisbury
"Managing Money in Retirement: Get the Most out of Your Comfort Years" with Dallas Salisbury

February 2003
"Money Harmony: Resolving Money Conflicts in Your Life and Relationships"
By Olivia Mellan
Olivia Mellan addresses tension among couples with different styles of dealing with money issues and offers advice on how to achieve money harmony.

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January 2003
"The Path to Happiness and Wealth: How to Enjoy Money and Life at the Same Time"
By Steve Rhode
"Financial success is measured more by your state of mind and internal prosperity than money in the bank," Rhode writes. "Unless you can find peace with the money you have right now, more trailing zeros in the bank will not help."

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December 2002
"Wealth Happens One Day at a Time: 365 Days to a Brighter Financial Future"
By Brooke M. Stephens
Stephens, a financial adviser, gives guidance on how to avoid overspending during the holidays. It's perfect for people who need easy-to-read, bite-size, daily inspirations to stop being hardheaded.

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November 2002
"Take on the Street: What Wall Street and Corporate America Don't Want You to Know"
By Arthur Levitt
Levitt, former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, was fighting for the rights of small investors long before it was politically correct. "This book is intended to give investors a guide to avoiding pitfalls they never knew existed," he says in the introduction.

Transcript: Arthur Levitt

October 2002
The Richest Man in Babylon
By George S. Clason
Saving money can be as easy as seven simple steps. This book is full of time-tested advice that everyone can follow to start developing the habit of saving early on and adhering to certain rules for a financially secure future.

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