April 30, 2009

Book Review: 12 Steps to Build Wealth on Any Income

Posted in books, extra income, financial decisions, investments, loaning, planning, saving tips at 1:51 pm by kimsan23

I was browsing books in National Bookstore when I came across a shelf with an abundance of books on personal finance.  What’s so great about the book market now is that there are a good number of books that tackle personal finance for Filipinos.

There used to be a whole lot of books on personal finance but all of them were written mostly for other countries.  Of coure the basics will always be the basics but what’s nice about local publications is that there are local scenarios being discussed.  So, in short, I CAN RELATE better to local books in terms of managing finances.

I found a book which I eventually bought after browsing through the pages every time I was in National Bookstore.  Every week, I would pick it up and take a look at it to see if it was worth the buy.

Book Details:

Title: 12 Steps to Build Wealth on Any Income
Author: Alvin T. Tabanag
Peso: 300+ (sorry, i took the price tag off)
Availability: National Bookstore
Rating: 4/5

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Review:

Alvin Tabanag’s book deals with the hazards of spending, the joys of saving and the struggle one must go through in the process of balancing ones earnings with his finances.  I am impressed at how much research as well as common sense went into the creation of the book.  He tackles several topics which include:  how to save, making the right investments, saving for retirement, understanding how money grows in a bank, and a great section on credit cards.

The book is written primarily in English but has some excerpts and examples in Filipino.  You don’t have to be an accountant or finance-savvy to understand his book.  He explains personal finance in layman’s terms making the book an easy and very interesting read.

I most especially enjoyed the section on templates where he shares some simple forms on budgeting.  There is also a section with a list of banks, mlm companies, mutual fund companies and other options for investment.

Soon, I will share some of his tips and how those tips have impacted my saving and spending habits.  I highly recommend this book.  So far, I have influenced 3 people into making the investment of buying the book.  It has been a month and they are happy customers!