Kochie’s Guide to Keeping Things Real – (My Cradle-to-Grave Approach to Family and Finance)
Pier 9 editions (Published in 2006)
Written by David Koch
4 Star Review – Excellent Review
How the blurb describes the book:
David Koch, Seven Network’s charismatic Sunrise co-host, started out in financial journalism over 20 years ago. He is one of the most recognized people on Australian television – a recent Reader’s Digest poll found him to be one of the 25 Most Trusted Australians.
His list of accomplishments illustrates the breadth of his expertise, from being a small business owner; financial writer; nominated silver Logie 2004, 2005 and 2006; and commentator on over 50 radio stations. He is the author of Your Money and Your Life and co-author of I’m Not Made of Money and The Teenagers’ Guide to Part Time Jobs and Leaving Home. Known for his love of jokes, Kochie’s humor and charm is also at home in Seven Network’s Where Are They Now, which he co-hosts with his beloved TV partner, Melissa Doyle.
Kochie has been married to Libby for almost 30 years and they have four children – Samantha (married to Toby), Brianna, Alexander and Georgina.
Kochie’s Guide to Keeping Things Real is a textbook for life: an accessible, relevant, and entertaining guide to financial planning, relationships, and raising a family. Unafraid to speak his mind, Kochie draws on over twenty years of experience as a respected financial journalist, as well as his role as co-host of Channel Seven’s Sunrise show, to deliver practical, down-to-earth advice for Australian families.
Kochie’s Guide to Keeping Things Real takes a common sense approach to planning and managing finances, relationships, and raising a family. Kochie draws on her own life experience, financial acumen, and comments from her Sunrise audience in this cradle-to-grave guide for modern families.
Benefit from Kochie’s helpful and often witty observations on just about everything – from saving for a house deposit, developing a pre-baby budget and raising the kids, to building up a home. wealth, running your own business, planning your retirement, and dealing with taxes, divorce and even death!
Mr. Home Budget’s opinion:
This is just one of the few books David Koch has written. But I walked into this book only really knowing of its existence through the Sunrise TV show. This book smacks of sunrise, it’s almost like he could just rewrite a script word for word of the series. It’s light, funny and fresh. But if you love Sunrise the show, you are going to love this book.
However, if you’re just looking for a simple budgeting book, this isn’t for you. It includes topics that are totally outside the topic of budgets. He manages to tie them to money and your finances.
David is extremely, and perhaps surprisingly, open to his successes and failures. And he included stories about himself, his wife and his children. Tales of his greatest moments, not only in journalism, but in business. David talks about how he went from an accountant to a Sunrise host. Or as he calls it, “pure ass”. Plus, he gives his biggest piece of advice: “Always have the confidence in yourself to try anything. But also have the confidence that if it doesn’t work, go do something else.” He also shows the flip side where his companies have underperformed or simply failed. Also moments unrelated to money like the Beaconsfield mining disaster, which he calls a career highlight … a really big call.
However, before you start to think of this book as his memoir, it certainly isn’t. There are tons and tons of useful information on home budgeting. The kind of information that if you followed them, it would be almost impossible not to increase the size of your bank balance. The blurb for the book says it’s “a cradle-to-grave approach to family and finance” and that means it! He even gives advice to children from 2 to 4 years old. He advises on everything from babies to parents in retirement villages and everything in between.
There is also some great information related to a home budget that you usually don’t put in a home budgeting book. For example, how to ask for a raise, how to handle a divorce and what should be in a will. It forces you to think about things you’d rather not think about.
Some of the great quotes I have to share with you:
“Never, ever take responsibility for family finances entirely from the other spouse.
“I know money can’t buy happiness, but a life without financial stress is much easier and happier.”
In summary, this book is a great read. He talks about the small starting steps you can take each day to increase your safety in life. Have a coffee, a quiet place, and start reading.
Pros: Gives an overview of all things, David Koch; media, family, money, stories and it’s even emotional (very little perspective).
Very funny and light, don’t expect boring numbers or long math equations.
Gives you insight into the next stage of your life; financially and emotionally.
Cons: If you’re looking for a purely black and white budgeting book, this isn’t for you.
If starting your own business isn’t on your to-do list, there are parts that you may not be interested in.