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I’ve been an avid follower of Adam Baker from Man Vs. Debt fame for a long time now. While we started our blogs around the same time, he has absolutely worked his ass off to become a total baller in the blogging community. Over 5,000 subscribers, regular posts at Get Rich Slowly, one of a very few to ever have guest posted for the Art of Non Conformity, world traveler, the list goes on. To say he has taken the personal finance industry by storm would not be an overstatement.
Well now we can add author to his ever growing resume. After months in the process, Baker has finally released Unautomate Your Finances, his long awaited foray into the ebook world. I won’t lie, this is one that I’ve been looking forward to for awhile. When I left my job and was trying to figure out my life, Baker was one of the few people I turned to who really reached out and gave some good advice in terms of both finance and business development.
But lets cut through the crap. Does Unautomate Your Finances live up to expectations?
Yes. Absolutely, totally, completely, without a doubt.
Having studied finance in school and been a part of the financial community for the vast majority of my professional life (Ha! all 3 years of it), I’ve long believed that traditional thinking and traditional education is flawed. Most of you don’t need to know how to apply the Black and Scholes option pricing model. I’m going to guess you could care less about the intricacies of corporate finance. No, you want practical and applicable advice on how to not go broke.
Baker has done a great job of providing this on his site, however he takes it to a new level with this ebook. One of the first things you will notice is that this less ebook and more real book at nearly 25,000 words. Thats a lot of content.
The beauty of this product is that it teaches you everything that they should teach you in school, but don’t. Basic principles of how to manage your money, stay out of debt, or if necessary work yourself out of debt are completely ignored for lessons on academic theory that are rarely useful. I swear, the financial situation in America would be a lot less dire if this were presented as text book at every high school in the country.
Baker really excels in bringing us easy to understand and apply financial ideas that we should all take to heart. He does go into some of the theory behind what it means to unautomate your finances, but the bulk of these 83 pages include actionable items on how to reach your financial goals. The content ranges from simple concepts like “no spend days” to more advanced get out of debt tactics.
Keep in mind this is all coming from someone who has been there and accomplished everything he is writing about.
For me personally the budgeting tactics that he provides in Section 3: “Applying Unautomation” are worth the $17 for this ebook, and then some. Following his advice will save you exponentially more than this. He recognizes there are a million ways you can budget and track spending, most of which are time consuming and far too elaborate for the typical consumer. He simplifies and presents a system that anyone can follow.
So I could go on and on talking about how great Baker is, and how this ebook will change your financial life forever (and believe me, if you take it to heart, it will), but lets talk about the facts; what will you get for your $17 investment? And yes, more so than many e-products, this is an investment (I’ve bought more $100 finance text books than I care to count, and none have been as useful as this.)
Here is what you get:
- The 83 page ebook itself
- A 27 minute interview with Leo Babauta of Zen Habits. I haven’t listened to this yet, but as Leo is one of the most successful bloggers out there, I imagine it will live up to my high expectations.
- An audio interview with J.D. Roth of Getrichslowly.org as a bonus. JD is easily one of the most successful finance bloggers out there, so this promises to also include some very compelling content.
- 2-page printable PDF budgeting template (of the budget described in Section 3)
- Minimalist excel template of same budget
- Extended bonuses to be sent out every months or so. Case studies, more interviews, additional chapters, etc…
$17 for all of this is seriously an amazing deal. I was actually expecting him to be selling this for about double that, so it was a very pleasant surprise to see how affordable it is.
Anyways, I’m a big fan of what Adam has done over at Man Vs. Debt, but after reading Unautomate Your Finances, I have a whole new respect for the guy. He spent hours upon hours crafting this, and it shows. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy now.
One final thing, if you hate it, send him an email, get your money back. Simple as that. You really have nothing to lose.