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“Many students stumble through their late teens and early twenties in some sort of student-loan-fuelled, lifestyle inflating haze. They believe that a budget is more confusing than advanced calculus, and debt becomes some imaginary concept to be dealt with in a faraway land called The Future…”
(More Money for Beer and Textbooks, pg. 13)
[easyazon_image add_to_cart=”default” align=”left” asin=”0991748204″ cloaking=”default” height=”auto” localization=”default” locale=”CA” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/515rxO6VhZL.jpg” tag=”divninjaca-20″ width=”225″] [easyazon_link asin=”0991748204″ locale=”CA” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”divninjaca-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]More Money for Beer and Textbooks[/easyazon_link] is the new book by Kyle Prevost and Justin Bouchard. When Kyle emailed me last year to let the cat out of the bag, and let me know about his new book venture, I was of course very interested and supportive. I thought his idea was brilliant and encouraged him to go for it! I was immediately impressed with the draft he sent me for review.
Kyle and Justin were initially concerned about their target market, the younger crowd that is too busy with school, friends, and learning the ropes through money and life. They felt the crowd they were writing for would be less likely to embrace the book than us older folks. I suggested the market was irrelevant – as the book would find its way into the hands of those who would find value in it – young or old.
Kyle writes the following:
“The only problem with writing a book about financially thriving while going through post-secondary education in Canada is a “fairly trivial” one: Our target audience doesn’t buy books, and they really don’t buy books about money. I mean, who wouldn’t want to create a product for a demographic that doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to engaging with the topic?”
“When I talked with Avrom at the beginning of this whole process he said it sounded great, but clearly it didn’t apply to his current situation. He then said he was definitely interested in getting one for a teen-aged family member. This got us thinking. Perhaps a sizable chunk of the people who buy our book might not be students or future-students at all, but instead people looking to help out the young folks get a good start in their financial life.”
“I realize there might not be a lot of crossover between dividend-conscious investors, and your average Canadian post-secondary student. There is however, a lot of crossover between people who understand the value behind personal finance, and the massive advantage that starting off your adult life on the right foot can provide.”
So here we are a few months later, with a great book titled [easyazon_link asin=”0991748204″ locale=”CA” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”divninjaca-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]More Money for Beer and Textbooks[/easyazon_link]. I’m really excited to get the word out on this book. If you are a teen or twenty-something who (by remote chance) reads the Dividend Ninja, then get yourself a copy – you will be glad you did! If you have kids going into college or university, get them the book. If they don’t read it, then you probably will. Bottom line – this book is Ninja Approved. 🙂
Most Finance Books Are Boring – Not This One!
Let’s face it, most finance and investment books are utterly boring! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started a book on asset allocation, dividend growth or value investing models, only to fall asleep after the first 20 pages. Although Kyle and Justin are both academics, they have avoided the academic style, and written the book with the ordinary person in mind. That’s to their benefit, as I think anyone who picks up the book will immediately be drawn to the easy writing style and personal approach. I think of a few other great books I’ve read over the last couple of years, such as Andrew Hallam’s Millionaire Teacher, and the recent books by David Trahair, and they all make for great reads. I’ve added Kyle and Justin’s book onto that list as well.
Perhaps what makes the book such a great read is the personal experience of both authors. Justin is the Dean of Residence at St. John’s College on the University of Manitoba campus. Kyle is a high school humanities teacher at Birtle Collegiate in southwest Manitoba. They work with young people every day, which gives them a unique perspective. Kyle writes, “We like to think we’re old enough to have garnered some hard-fought wisdom from our mistakes, yet young enough to remember what it was like to be 18 and experiencing your first taste of freedom. “
What’s In the Book?
OK, so what’s inside and why should you buy (or hopefully win) the book? Kyle and Justin cover just about everything a parent of, or a young adult entering university or college needs to know. Some of the chapters in the book include: the cost of going to school, living at home versus living on campus, as well as the untapped resources of scholarships, bursaries, and grants. Kyle and Justin also cover the importance of student loans, student lines of credit, insurance, and managing credit cards.
I also liked the fact that Kyle and Justin covered the social aspects of student life. Chapter Four for example, is titled “Party Like a Rockstar Student.” I also found the final chapters of the book to be most pertinent: The Importance of Choosing an In Demand Career, Into the Real World, and Top Ten Resume Tips.
More Money for Beer and Textbooks Covers:
- How Much Post-Secondary Education Will Cost
- Student Housing Options
- Applying for and Repaying Student Loans
- Partying without an Empty-Bank-Account Hangover
- Getting Great Part-Time and Summer Jobs
- Preparing Student Tax Returns
- What a Student Budget Should Look Like
- Saving Money on Textbooks
- Responsibly Using Credit Cards
- Transportation Options
- Student Travel and Much More!
The Book giveaway
If you’ve read this far, then you have realized this is a book giveaway (there was also a subtle hint in the post title). Since I’m keeping my copy, I’m delighted to announce that Kyle and Justin have provided me an extra copy of [easyazon_link asin=”0991748204″ locale=”CA” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”divninjaca-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]More Money for Beer and Textbooks[/easyazon_link].
To keep it simple, and make sure the book is going to someone who really wants it, I’ll only be drawing from readers who post a comment below. I’ll close the comments and select the winner on Sunday, March 24th, 2013.
Good luck everyone! 🙂
If you’d like to learn more about Kyle Prevost and Justin Bouchard, be sure to visit their websites. Kyle is the (not so new) owner of Young and Thrifty, and Justin is the blogger behind My University Money.
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