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Book of the Week – The Graduate’s Guide to Money

If you are a recent college grad or a young professional, “The Graduate’s Guide to Money” is the complete guide to help you dive into the real world with the knowledge to be financially smart now and in the future. This practical guide is essentially “money talk made easy.” As a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and CPA, Tana Ackerly Gildea knows the money pitfalls, problems and priorities to consider when starting out.

“I didn’t even start my life as a financial planner, so I made a lot of money mistakes in my 20s and 30s,” says Gildea, a mother of four young adults. “I’m passionate about helping the next generation avoid some of my costly mistakes and create a plan for themselves earlier in life than I did.”

In this book, you’ll learn how to keep more of the stuff you work so hard for, plus the necessary aspects of good money management for paying the bills, debt, money mistakes, insurance, saving and investing, emotional spending, taxes and more! When you’re done reading this book, you’ll know the essentials needed to establish a firm financial foundation and start your financial journey on the right foot.

What is your book about?

This book contains everything I wish I had known about managing my money when I first got out of college and started my financial journey. Most importantly, it helps the reader understand their own money story and identify their underlying beliefs about their abilities and opportunities to create wealth and financial security. It also has the nuts and bolts of cash flow, debt repayment strategies, taxes, and insurance. The Graduate’s Guide to Money provides templates for creating a financial plan to help achieve their most important goals. Regardless of age, we all have the power to create our ideal financial lives starting today.

Topics include:

  1. Money story
  2. Cash flow planning
  3. Debt repayment strategies
  4. Goal setting
  5. Avoiding money mistakes

Why should people read it? Who is the book for?

This book is for anyone who wants to feel better about their financial situation, become empowered to achieve financial goals and learn more about the basics of managing our increasingly complex financial lives. It’s perfect for someone just starting their financial journey as well as those who have made a few mistakes along the way and want to take control of their own financial destiny.

Single most important takeaway:

Understanding your own money story is the first step toward changing your financial situation and helping you achieve your ideal financial life.

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Meet the author

Tana Ackerly Gildea is a financial advisor, writer and speaker who is on a mission to help others avoid some of the money mistakes she made in her 20s and 30s by providing basic financial information and a focused approach to managing money and financial matters.

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