UPDATE: This contest is now closed. Congratulations to our two winners: Addie Tupman (predental from NH) and Sabrina who commented below!
One of the books that I find myself recommending often to dental students is “Hot (broke) Messes,” by Nancy Trejos. The book is a quick-read, but contains a lot of good resources along with relatable stories. There is something for everyone in this book. Nancy Trejos shares her own struggles with financial obligations once she was done with school and living on her own. As a personal finance columnist, it was her job to counsel people on how to wisely spend their money. At the same time, she was having a difficult time paying her bills and paying down her credit card debt. Nancy’s experiences are relatable to many recent grads.
Nancy takes readers through the decision to buy a home, invest in retirement accounts and still have some fun (without “breaking the bank”). She delves into some of the topics we have covered in Money Monday, from how to pay back your student loans to the difference between “good debt” and “bad debt.” She shares accounts of a relationship that did not work, her parents’ humble upbringings and mustering up the courage to ask her parents for a loan. She moves from discussing the reasons people spend money beyond their means to sharing advice for keeping control of one’s finances. In the book, the reader learns a little bit about credit scores and taxes; sometimes the most basic finance rules become the most difficult to follow in reality. The book is a quick read and will likely appeal to anyone who has ever struggled with balancing their own personal finances.
Would you like a copy of Nancy Trejos’ book? Mouthing Off is giving away two copies! You have two chances to win–here’s how:
- Subscribe to Mouthing Off by entering your e-mail address into the box on the top right of this post that says “Get MO in your inbox.”
- Earn a second entry by leaving a comment below. Tell us what financial questions you’d like us to answer in Money Monday.
Contest closes Oct. 7 at 12 p.m. CST.
~Megan Hille, Esq., Pesavento & Pesavento
Note: This Money Monday is being published on a Tuesday due to a technical error. All other Monday features will still be published on Mondays going forward.