You CANNOT fight the good fight while broke on your beautiful progressive bottom. Fortunately, the world is filled with accessible advice books designed to keep you fiscally healthy as you rock on with your bad self. On My Own Two Feet: A Modern Girl’s Guide to Personal Finance is full of really practical advice, told in an honest, approachable manner, using very concrete examples. I didn’t feel panicked while reading it, which is totally unusual for me when in situations talking about money and math. Plus, the tone is so confident (without being condescending) that I actually sat down and did my budget. I’m still looking at a mountain of debt, but I also am hoping to eventually start the nucleus of a mutual fund. In my imaginary world of HOPE and CHANGE, this is a frickin’ awesome idea since the stimulus plan is saving the US economy.
Of course, I can’t actually add or subtract, so what the heck do I know? If I plan carefully, I’ll be able to afford to fight the good fight long after I retire. That, my loves, is some radical ish.