Author: Murray Baker
Genre: Personal Finance
About the book: It’s a guide on saving money for students pursuing higher education.
First impressions: I’ve had this book for so long, but I never got around to reading it until now. I figured I would before I graduate from university in June.
Content: The book is divided into several chapters focusing on different aspects of life from eating to traveling and everything in between. It was published over a decade ago, so some of the information isn’t as up to date anymore. That said, I found it fascinating to see how much the world has changed, especially in regards to technology. Baker offers some good tips on how to save money nonetheless.
“The good news is that you can still spend wisely, and save, without giving up your pleasures and passions.”
Writing: The author adds humour and funny anecdotes to make the read more interesting. He makes topics like taxes and investments accessible, even easy to understand for the average reader. The book is a little over 300 pages. The chapters aren’t too long, and sometimes Baker gives a brief summary at the end of them. He isn’t too general or specific either.
Final thoughts: Nowadays you could probably find a lot of tips about money online, but The Debt Free Graduate is still a solid resource for those in school. I recommend the book to high school, college, university students and even parents with kids in academia.