“Your Money or Your Life” a Winner, Plus Reader Comments

by Katy on January 2, 2011 · 3 comments

Thank you to everyone who entered to win a copy of Your Money or Your Life. The randomly chosen winner was Kimberly. It’s a good thing that I randomly choose the winners, as reader comments were especially insightful this time around. I encourage you to read through the entirety of the comments, as people’s responses to “write something about your relationship with money” brought in some great stuff. Here’s just a small taste:


“Money is my hot button. When I feel like I have enough, I’m happy. When I don’t, I’m not. I figure that the first step is awareness. At least I know that my checking account balance is a pretty accurate barometer for my happiness quotient.”


“My relationship with money is founded mostly on respect, with a healthy dose of fear. I guess the biggest fear is that money will always haunt me in some way or another – and I definitely am hoping to lay that fear to rest. I’m hoping this book can show me how a healthy relationship with money does not have to include constant fretting!”


“I have read this book and I find it, frankly, depressing. Money obsession can be wearing on yourself and others.”


“I always had a good relationship with money. i worked hard, saved most of it, never paid a bill late, and paid off my college just after graduation. by and large it was a stress free relationship – there could always be more but i was good at making due and was fine with the concept of working to earn the things i wanted.
then i fell in love.
my now husband was my complete opposite. mountain of debt, unpaid bills, things in collections, no clue of balances ever. weve tried to find a common ground and theres been improvement but its still the biggest source of turmoil in our life together. weve only been married a few months but theyve been rougher than we would have liked and always because of our relationship with money, budgets, debt and understand want vs. need. i would love, love, love to find a way to smooth things things out sooner and get onto the whole newlywed bliss stuff.”


“I went from a $50K a year job, stable, great benefits, totally soul destroying…back to being a full time student studying what I love (theatre) and working part time making maybe $10K a year if I am lucky. But you know what? At the end of the month I have the same amount of money left in my account. Which means no matter how much money I was making I wasn’t spending it wisely and I was hating every minute I spent at that job. So I am working on reevaluating my relationship with money, what I need (or don’t) and accepting that my chosen career path means I may never make as much money again as I was at 27 years old and I am ok with that.”


“Money and I are working out some serious issues. When I was younger I had too much plastic money. Now that I am older and wiser I’m trying to buy a first home and that plastic money still haunts me. I’ve made huge strides to rid myself of the chains of debt, but would love to win this book and help my cause.”

Elizabeth L:

“I have a love/hate relationship with money. I love it because it allows me to do cool things like buy a house, travel, etc, but I hate that I have to worry about how I’m going to pay for the couch that I bought yesterday and still save for retirement.

It probably doesn’t help that my dad is a financial planner and his favorite activity is constantly asking me about my savings. ”


“We were debt free earlier in the year for the first time ever!! However we had to get a different car as ours of 9.5 years was becoming unreliable. We didn’t have enough to buy it with cash so we swallowed hard and got a relatively small loan. We like to have a car we feel safe with and will keep till it is near death. Feel like I need a financial tune up/pep talk, it’s been almost 2 years since I took Ramsey’s FPU.”

Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Carla January 3, 2011 at 6:39 am

Congratulations, Kimberly. Hope you enjoy the book! And thanks, Katy, for so kindly offering it as a gift to one of your readers.


fairy dust January 3, 2011 at 11:05 am

Boy, I really hope Kelley and her new hubby get things worked out – money differences in a marriage can be SO majorly stressful!


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