Book: #MoneyConscious Student (2014). I share an affinity with David and John, authors of #MoneyConscious Student. Through our connections on various social media and shared interest in personal finance, I have come to learn that they reside in Denver (where I grew up), they enjoy wine (I love a good glass of red) and that we share a passion for trying to help others achieve financial freedom.
As they note on their blog, Debt Free Guys, their mission is to help each person become Money Conscious which results in the elimination of debt and the empowerment to achieve financial success.
Like my own struggles, touched on in my book, David and John confide that despite having had thirteen years of experience working in financial services between them, they were financial messes, living in a basement apartment with $51,000 of combined credit card debt.
The pair accurately note that far too many people go through their financial lives unconscious; hence the title of the #MoneyConscious series and the first book in the series, #MoneyConscious Student, which focuses on young people and the challenge of paying for education beyond high school. John and David noted that they start the series with students because they believe the skyrocketing cost of college tuition is one of the greatest long- term threats to the U.S. economy. I absolutely agree with their assessment.
The goal of #MoneyConscious Student, as articulated by John and David, is to prepare students to start their adult lives debt-free. Though short, at only 19 pages in the .pdf version I read, the book touches on ways students can financially prepare for post-secondary school, manage their finances while still in school, and explore alternatives to four-year colleges.
I appreciate the way John and David offer succinct, concrete guidance for paying for a post-secondary education while keeping debt in control. Additionally, as a retired Soldier, I salute the fact they note that military service is a viable option, one often overlooked by too many parents and students.
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