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  • Happy Go Money

  • Spend Smart, Save Right and Enjoy Life
  • Written by: Melissa Leong
  • Narrated by: Melissa Leong
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (44 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Social’s finance expert connects money and happiness in this fresh, feel-good guide to financial well-being

Everything tells us that what will make us happy can be bought, whether it’s the latest gadgets, renovated kitchens, or luxury goods. But research has shown that having more money in the bank and more stuff around the house doesn’t necessarily correlate with being a happier person. With Happy Go Money, financial expert Melissa Leong cuts through the noise to show you how to get the most delight for your dollar. 

Happy Go Money combines happiness psychology and personal finance and distills it into an indispensable starter guide. Each snappy chapter provides practical, easy-to-understand advice on topics such as spending, budgeting, investing, and mindfulness, while weaving in research, interactive exercises, and relatable anecdotes. Frank, funny, and empowering, this primer challenges everyone to revamp their relationship with their money so they can dial down their worries and supersize their joy.

©2018 Melissa Leong (P)2019 ECW Press

What the critics say

“Leong’s breezy, relatable writing style will appeal to a broad range of readers.” (Booklist)

“Using humor and kindness, Leong shares a lovely starter guide to living a happier life with a better relationship to your money.” (Book Riot)

“A book that puts money, life and happiness in perspective. Loved every minute of it.” (Gail Vaz-Oxlade, author of Money Talks and Debt-Free Forever)

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I wanted to like this but...

I feel like this would have made a better book if the author had researched how the majority of people actually live, not based on their more charmed lifestyle where they have much more financial options to get ahead. The author speaks from a place of having savings already in place, a double income family, a high salary, a circle of high income earners and a financially supportive family. For most people who are looking to improve their financial life, it's not that they are bad at managing decisions as suggested but often are in the same cycle of underearning which is much more common in Canada with such a low minimum wage. I felt like I could not relate at all to any of the authors stories of their husband having an elite car or the option to live comfortably off of their husbands income to happily make spinach cakes all day for their new baby. Or their friends hiring a cleaning person. I really felt this person was clueless how the working class lives and is struggling to have those same options let alone basic ones. I was hoping for something inspirational, some money mindset transformational advice or step by step process of how they got to where they are from the bottom or some missing puzzle pieces. But, it felt more like this person already had all the puzzle pieces in hand rather than earning them through struggle.

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Great content and entertaining to listen too

Loved the book
Great digestible content
And super fun to listen to.
Highly recommend the book

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Happy Reader

Loved this book. Great tips and useful knowledge. Recommended this book on my Instagram! Thanks

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Wonderfully wrote

This book was fantastic. Not boring or hard to get into. If you need a good book to get you slowly interested in finance, this is it

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Wow. Juste wow!

C'est vraiment agréable d'écouter la personne qui a fait le livre audio. Ça se voit qu'elle aime ce qu'elle fait.

J'adore apprendre les finances et les investissements. Alors c'est sûr que j'ai acheté le livre. Je marche très longtemps et souvent dehors. En plus j'apprends plein de choses.

C'est pas juste d'avoir écouté le livre. Mais aussi d'appliquer les concepts. Sinon ça ne donne rien du tout.

J'ai tellement ri durant l'écoute de ce livre. Les gens ont dû trouver que j'étais fou.

Je lui souhaite bonne chance avec son MOFO. Pauvre elle.

J'espère qu'elle va continuer à écrire des livres. C'est vraiment incroyable le savoir qu'elle partage.

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  • pam
  • 2021-05-17

A nice read

a nice beginner finance read. love that this is a canadian book
covers the basics and encourages financial awareness
highly reccomend for emerging adults and younger
people just getting into the world of personal finance

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READ IT

Really really enjoyed this, which is quite something to say about a “finance” book! 😂 this is like an informational pep talk that makes you feel like you can do anything. Nice to read something Canadian too.

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  • Joel Neustaeter
  • 2019-08-17

Dear: Everyone BUY THIS BOOK!

I never would have believed you if you had told me I’d love every word of a book on finances... but if it was this one you would have been right!
Happy Go Money was entertaining, practical, honest and more accessible than I would have thought possible.
Melissa Leong draws you in gently with her humour and authenticity, but packs a punch with her financial knowledge and clarity.
This book was worth every penny and left me feeling as inspired as I was challenged.
Now, I’m off to finally implement a budget and sell my underused instant pot on kijiji (if you want to get that inside joke you’ll need to read the book!)
Highly recommend this read.