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Textbook Personal Finance Series

I’m happy to announce a new series on Finance for a Freelance life: Textbook Personal Finance. During college, I took a course on personal finance—one of the reasons I started this blog. Rather than sell back my textbook, I decided to keep it around for reference.

As I was cleaning the apartment for New Year’s, I ran across the book and started thumbing through it. I saw how many topics I had covered on this blog and realized that in many cases I hadn’t explained some of the basics behind the topic.

It inspired me to start writing some fundamentals posts, ones that I hope will be useful. I’ll be using the textbook as reference for topics to cover. If there’s a particular term/topic you’d like to see me write about, let me know here and I’ll do my best.

Some readers are already familiar with these basics, but others aren’t or are vague on definition and distinction. Personal finance isn’t taught in many schools and many have never encountered a personal finance textbook. Therefore, I’ve decided to begin a series covering these textbook topics. The posts will all be on Fridays, most weeks. If you’d like to contribute a post, check out this page.

Despite calling this a “textbook” series, I won’t be copying directly from the book, though I may occasionally quote it. And I will be augmenting the material with that from other resources.

I hope this series proves useful, please offer any feedback you have as we go along so that I can improve it!


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John January 8, 2010 at 9:15 am

I think this is going to be a great course. Even with getting a management degree (I graduate Feb 1 – woohoo), no personal finance is taught at school. It is all business finance, which, seriously, how many people work with 100s of thousands of dollars for a “simple” transaction…pshhh.

I’m looking forward to this series. Just sayin.
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Cute~Ella January 8, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Oh fabulous! I’m recently getting more into personal finance and have found your posts to be helpful so far. I’m looking forward to this series! If I may ask, what is the book that you are referencing? I might want to pick up a copy for more in-depth information
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Andy @ Retire at 40 January 8, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Sounds like a great series and am really looking forward to it. Thanks!

Mrs. Micah January 10, 2010 at 8:23 pm

The book I’ll be using is Focus on Personal Finance (link is to the 2nd edition, 2006, which is what I have). Like other textbooks, it’s expensive (though there are some used copies at affordable rates). It will have more in-depth information on some of the topics, but I’d try to find it used or at a library because of the price.

FFB February 5, 2010 at 8:47 am

Cool series! I’m actually enrolled in a personal finance course right now. It’s nice to see what the “official” word is on personal finances. Looking forward to your series!

Maddy February 10, 2010 at 5:24 am

Looking forward to this series! Signed up for a Bugeting 101 class which starts on the 16th. I already live on a budget but thought I could learn a few pointers, Thanks again for your great blog!!

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