brokenomics book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield

Brokenomics: 50 Ways to Live the Dream on a Dime by Dina Gachman is a funny, funny book. And it’s practical too. Who would have thought a book on personal finances could be so entertaining and humorous?

At its core, Brokenomics is a look at personal finance and how one might live better even on a minuscule paycheck. What separates Brokenomics from other (possibly all) personal economy books is a combination of Dina Gachman’s plausible stories, humor, and practical advice. Gachman peppers her personal finance self-help book with witty stories and real-world advice on how to really live rather than merely getting by. Gachman is straightforward in her narration. Some of Gachman’s rhetoric can be taken as tongue-in-cheek; at other times, her advice is like a smack on the forehead followed by a possible verbal “why didn’t I think of that”. Amongst her many topics, Gachman covers when one should haggle, tip, splurge, and the differences between living on a frugal budget and living on a cheap budget. She warns that there are just as many pitfalls to an over tightened budget as there are for being a spendthrift.

Although I could not relate with some of Gachman’s examples, – I have never wanted a mansion or luxury car or swank jewelry (etc.) – I found her wit charming and, at times, laugh out loud hilarious. Gachman is a natural storyteller. She has an amusing way of mixing stories and real-world advice regarding life and personal finances. Even though some of her examples seemed fanciful at times, her recommendations seem useful. There are takeaways for every walk of life. Whether struggling to make ends meet, trying to eliminate unnecessary debt, or desiring a keen business sense for when and how to haggle, Brokenomics could be a helpful read as much as it is entertaining.

If someone told me I would read a finance book within a few days and enjoy it, I would have never believed that person. Brokenomics is fun, well written, and easily manageable. There are no quick fixes within this book and no promises, yet it is a worthwhile and practical read. I would recommend Brokenomics even to the person with perfect finances just for a good laugh and the delightful read that it is.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Nina Longfield is a writer living in Oregon’s fertile wine country. When she is not reading or writing in her spare time, Nina enjoys hiking in the hills surrounding her cabin.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Seal Press. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.