I just finished reading The 60 Minute Money Workout by Ellie Kay and I guess I have mixed feelings about the book. It contains a lot of great information pertaining to different topics, such as college scholarships, or giving your children allowances, however I found it to be a bit redundant. The book is broken up chapter by topic: Travel and Fun, Retirement, etc and each chapter is pretty short and sweet, but almost too short. It seemed as if I would just get into the chapter and then it was over and you were on to another topic. I understand her reasoning for people needing to do a 60 Minute Money Workout each week since so many families are struggling financially and have way too much debt, however the way the chapters are set up was a bit confusing. Each chapter contains a Plan Workout that consists of a Warm Up (Prep for your Money Workout), Strength Training (Set Financial Goals), Cardio Burn (Put Goals into Action), Heart Rate (Measure Financial Performance), and Cool Down (Reward Yourself). Each area of the "workout" tells you specific things to do pertaining to that chapter's topic. The rest of the chapter goes a bit more in-depth about the topic and the chapter ends with a workout tip sheet. This book is meant to be done with your spouse so that you both can communicate openly about your finances.
I guess I was diappointed with this book. I have read other books written by Ellie Kay and enjoyed them. In this book, she gives some good information, but it just seemed that the book was lacking depth. Maybe it would be a great book for someone just starting out learning about different aspects of their finances, but for me, I was expecting something more. However, I am familiar with budgeting and saving money, so it could be that it was "old news" to me.
If you would like to read an excerpt from this book, you may do so here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/47257543/60-Minute-Money-Workout-by-Ellie-Kay-Chapter-1
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and and was asked to review it.