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Summary

Having a good relationship with money is tough - whether you have millions in the bank or just a few bucks to your name. Why? Because just like any other relationship, your life with money has its ups and downs, its twists and turns, its breakups and makeups. And just like other relationships, living happily with money really comes down to love - which is why love is the basis of money maven Kate Northrup's book.

After taking the Money Love Quiz to see where on the spectrum your relationship with money stands - somewhere between "on the outs" and "it's true love!" - Northrup takes you on a rollicking ride to a better understanding of yourself and your money. Step-by-step exercises that address both the emotional and practical aspects of your financial life help you figure out your personal perceptions of money and wealth and how to change them for the better. You'll learn about thought patterns that may be holding you back from earning what you're worth or saving what you can. You'll learn how to chart your current financial life and create a plan to get you to where you want to be - whether that's earning enough to live in a penthouse in Manhattan or a cabin in the Rockies.

Using client stories and her own saga of moving from $20,000 of debt to complete financial freedom by the age of 28, Northrup acts as a guide in your quest for personal financial freedom. She'll teach you how to shift your beliefs about money, create a budget, spend in line with your values, get out of debt, and so much more. In short, she'll teach you to love your money, so you can love your life.

©2013 Hay House (P)2016 Freedom Family, LLC

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Fabulous book, refreshingly inspiring!

Thank you Kate for this great piece of work, it was so nice to hear your voice on the move and soak up your wisdom in an area I so need!

This was the most refreshing book on finances!! I enjoyed every chapter and for the first time ever I'm looking forward to opening my bank statements and being on top of my finances. I loved the 'money for me' account idea and all the other tips you gave and will be listening to your book a second time to go through your recommendations one by one and for the first time, implement them into my life as I really now see that money is value.

No more burying my head in the sand which is what I've currently been doing.

You've also re-enforced just how powerful network marketing is as a business model.

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love it!

one of the best books on money I've listened to. everything and nothing to do with money

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Money advice from a privileged woman who doesn’t seem to have much experience of genuine financial struggle (that would be fine if the advice given were more practical), and uses the example of having to suffer living in an expensive NY apartment her mother was paying for as if it’s some kind of hardship. That’s a bit insulting to those who genuinely can’t make ends meet. Furthermore, if you’re not interested in network marketing, be aware that there are several plugs for her company throughout the book. Yuck.

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Positive and thought-provoking read.

Positive and thought-provoking listen. I'll get the book version next, to give it more thought.

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Although the books is a bit too cheesy for my taste ( a lot of "rocking your world" ) but that aside it's packed with great practical advice and I thoroughly enjoyed this listen

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The right thing at the right moment

I am so grateful that this book showed up in my life. I have listened to Kates's books back to back over the course of a week and they have provided the support I needed in an ongoing journey. Will be going back through both of them now and doing the work. Thank you Kate for the insight and courage

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Brilliant

I loved it, and am looking forward to going through each of the exercises. It was less intense than the 4 hour work week but connected well.
Honest and open, I loved listening to Kate especially knowing she came from a Wealth mindset bit could still become unconscious.

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Excellent book

I really enjoyed this book. I however do wonder for those of us who have government jobs and are not the creative and/or self employed type if financial freedom is possible. I will however be putting several of the things I learnt from Kate into practice. Thank you Kate X

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amazing book

worth reading more than once, a very rich and genuinely written book, highly recommended to every adult to read and apply

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A really kind loving book

I found this book very helpful in a loving way. It’s so easy to beat ourselves up for getting in debt, but Kate Northrup doesn’t do that. She offers a different perspective which really helped me.

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  • CB_1975
  • 15-03-17

Very Disapointed

Not mentioned in the books description, this book is clearly written for women just starting out in life. That being said, it is also poorly written.

1. There are so many much better personal finance books out there. She even mentions one, "I Will Teach You to Be Rich" by Ramirez Sethi.

2. All the gender usages and examples are for women. The language and expressions come off as a late 20's something giving advice to an early 20's something's. Even if some of the advice is good, I find it difficult to take advice from someone who is trying to present themselves as one of the popular kids as opposed to a professional. That being said, I have a daughter in college. If it was well written, I would recommend it to her, but is is not well written.

3. Talking about an abnormal pap smear in detail does not belong in any book about finance.

4. Lots of digression. She has a real difficult time staying on topic.

5. I can only guess that this book was only published because her mother is a Oprah Book Club best seller (as mentioned multiple times). There is no way it could have been published on its own merits.

6. Way too many plugs for websites and other products. You should never have to pay to listen to an advertisement.

I am a finance book junky, probably because I make some mistakes when I was in my 20's and reading and listening to them helps keep me focused on what is important to me. Trust me, there are much better books out there.

If you want some sound financial advice, don't waist your money here.

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  • Ms. K
  • 05-06-18

An advertisement for MLM

I think she means well but Kate Northrup grew up in a very privileged world and acts like paying off $20k in debt - while living in luxury with Mom- was a big deal for her. Please. It also seems like one big advertisement for her MLM business. I really didn’t get anything useful from this book and I did every single exercise.

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  • Lisa
  • 29-07-18

A book for new earners

This is a good book for any young person just starting out their financial lives. however, if you are 40+ and clearly starting to take a look at your financial future, go ahead and skip this one, like me you will be bored and frustrated trying to eek out any real financial advice, give this book to your under 20 daughters, they will likely glean good advice, and have the information they will need to move forward.

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  • sonia wolf
  • 01-09-17

boring and caricatural

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

so disappointed by this book who is a serie of cliches and really basic advices, not really revolutionary or innovative

Has Money, A Love Story turned you off from other books in this genre?

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boredom

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  • Nancy Coon
  • 18-03-17

No love story here

Made myself listen to the end, thinking this had to get better. Unfortunately, it did not.

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  • B
  • 06-10-16

LOVE THIS!!!!

Wow. So amazing. Literally listening to it again to redo some of the exercises. So powerful!

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  • shopper213
  • 23-01-18

Great overall ideas!

I really enjoyed this book. I am also so glad it was available on audible so I could listen when I could.
Kate’s upbeat voice & style lead me to take her course & listen her book. Kate leads the reader with journal exercises to examine and uncover money habits & attitudes. The daily Focus on blessings & values & facing all the financial details of one’s life is basis of her guidance. She is pro-freedom and anti austerity unlike most financial guidelines.

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  • Elizabeth R West
  • 04-07-22

Loved it!

I’m glad I didn’t listen to the other ‘degrading’ reviews. This book was great for me and I’m in my 40’s! I’m gonna re-listen and take notes the next time. And I especially liked how Kate spoke of using ‘empathy’ in how and why I chose to spend money vs being a martyr to myself. This hit a nerve with me and will make all the difference in the world for me to “flip” my ‘money blocks’. In addition Kate has a great speaking voice. This is the second book of hers I’ve gotten and it makes it easy to listen to. Thanks, Kate!

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  • jdudley
  • 04-04-22

New insights for the view of money and spending

I really enjoyed this book. Kate does a great job in the second half of the book helping you unpack what really matters to you; and therefore, what should inform your spending. I really enjoyed writing out my peak moments in life and my touchstones. These were powerful exercises that have since informed not only my financial decisions but also my use of time, etc. I also loved the act of looking at your actual charges and reflect if they actually check with your core and what you value...what brings you life. But not feel bad about it, but rather inform you. Give thanks for past purchases and what they gave you rather than taking on shame.
And the idea that money doesn't exist was the most freeing for me. Seeing it as value placed on a good or service instead of this physical thing that we are striving to make more of, to control, to keep from going away so quickly...
Seeing money as made up somehow frees me from the power that feeling like I never have enough money had on me.
I highly recommend this book. Such a new look at the role of money in our lives.

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  • Caroline
  • 30-12-21

Unrelatable and unhelpful

This was just a series of unrelatable stories about a woman that grew up rich and never really had to face hardships. The author keeps talking about, well I did not know about money so I went into business with my wealthy mother and then… or I wasn’t good at dating but then I asked a man on a road trip and now we’re married- it could have been interesting but the author never goes into detail of her journey or any real material. It’s all just fluff with results that are never fully explained and no advice with how to get there. It is terribly written and also is very favorable of MLM/ Pyramid Scheme business structures which is a huge red flag. I regret wasting a credit on this title.