Book review: The Financial Wellbeing Book

The Financial Wellbeing Book (37)

by Chris Budd

A couple of months ago I was walking down the South bank in London.

It was a nice spring day, the sun was shining and people were enjoying spending time in one of the more interesting parts of one of the greatest cities in the world.

Between London bridge and Millennium Bridge there’s a bookshop. I’d been walking for a while (I was training for this – insert link – at the time) and decided to my weary legs and see if there were any new books out which would pique my interest enough so that I’d make an impulse purchase.

I picked a book which looked interesting and as I wandered up to the counter noticed a name I recognised…Mr Chris Budd.

You see I’d had a chat with Chris a couple of weeks before and whilst we chatted about a bunch of stuff we didn’t talk about the book!

Now although I can’t pretend to know Chris fantastically well I’ve got to say that I like him a lot.

He’s a good guy, a fountain of knowledge and always happy to share and whilst his taste in shirts might be decidedly dodgy (I’m sure he’d call it ‘fashion’) he has got a fantastic first name!

So based on these reasons, and curious to see what I’d learn, I felt compelled to pick up a copy of the book…

Chris’s book – “The financial wellbeing book – Creating financial peace of mind” sat on my bookshelf for a couple of months whilst I was getting through a bit of a backlog of ‘the great unread’ but a few weeks ago I found the time to read it…

Now the first thing to say is I might be a tad biased but I really enjoyed it!

It’s engaging, full of useful concepts (as well as stories which explained how these concepts relate to real life) and interactive with a few points where you can use parts of the book to take notes, perform exercises and record your thoughts.

Whilst being at face value a ‘financial book’ for me it was far more focused on the wellbeing but also looked at some of the simple stuff we can do financially to make us feel we’re in more control and therefore make us feel better (there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that the more we feel in control of our lives the more we feel better about ourselves)

What I liked in particular about this book is the way it looked at the financial elements of our lives but also looked at things traditionally considered ‘non financial’ like our beliefs, our principals and how the book encourages to focus on happiness and healthiness over ‘financial success’ (which should be the priority in my humble opinion).

One of the other things I enjoyed is this books focus on both time and money and how we choose to spend both and I particularly liked how Chris explored why giving both your money and time away to people less fortunate than you might reap unexpected rewards.

However it is important to bear in mind that whilst there is plenty of insight within the pages of this book it’s a relatively easy read. This might be fine if you’re just looking to pick up some useful tips (as well as some useful processes) designed to improve your own financial wellbeing but if you’re looking for bucket loads of detail this isn’t the book for you.

However if you’re looking for a book with plenty of useful suggestions, plenty of practical guidance and jam packed full of opportunities to perform useful exercises to perform your financial wellbeing this just might be the book for you…especially since

You can pick up your copy of “The Financial Wellbeing book” here…

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