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Too much debt? Not enough savings? Stop your whining and get to
work. It's time to become a battle-ready financial warrior, prepared to
tackle any money challenge. Modeled on the Soldier's Handbook, which is
issued to all new U.S. Army recruits, Soldier of Finance is a
no-nonsense, military-style training manual to overcoming financial
obstacles and building lasting wealth.
Written by Jeff Rose, a
Certified Financial Planner(t) and army veteran with extensive combat
experience, the book is divided into 14 modules, each section covering
an essential element of financial success. You will learn how to:

  • Evaluate your position and commit to change
  • Target and methodically eliminate debt
  • Clean up your
    credit report
  • Create tactical budgets
  • Build emergency
  • Invest for the short and long term
  • Determine
    an affordable mortgage size, insurance needs, and

Complete with tales from the trenches and useful
tools including quizzes, debriefings, and more-Soldier of Finance is the
survival guide you need to face down your finances and bring order and
prosperity to your life.
JEFF ROSE, CFP, (Carbondale, IL) is a
Certified Financial Planner(t) and an Iraq combat veteran. A regular
contributor to U.S. News & World Report, MarketWatch, and,
he is the author of two popular personal finance blogs, and the nation ally recognized, which has been featured in Forbes, The
Huffington Post, Kiplinger, and The Wall Street Journal.

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February 28, 2018

Financial education made fun
Jeff Rose starts by educating you how to get out of debt, then moves towards investing and increasing your passive income. He makes comparisons between financial education and the times he spent in the military. His humoristic aproach makes reading very pleasant and the goals and checklist at the end of each chapter pushes you into the pursuit of financial stability. I definitely recommend it.

September 11, 2013

If you like military metaphors and beginner economics
Then this book may be for you. Disappointing, no new information or anything of value (for me). Similar financial "basic training" easily obtained from a simple Internet search.

June 13, 2018

Take charge of your decision and get this book. Stop counting pennies. This book is one to get you started and going!!!!!
First Finance book I've read. It was super packed with information. However I will just start with what I didn't like. The first half of the book was the same topic. A very needed topic but being a rookie I already knew that credit was a big deal. Now for someone who is fresh out of high school who has no idea what credit is and is looking to get started. It would be perfect for them. It was like it was designed for them which is great!!!
Those who are not considered rookies or maybe people who already know the ins and outs of credit I would still say to read it. Might be a little boring but in the end I did learn a thing or two.

I learned more from the 2nd half of the book. Rookie or not I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking to get into Financial freedom. Lets be completely honest. Kids in high school will need to read this. Its a must. They need to know at least the credit part. Jeff Rose provides such a different way of looking at it that is easy to understand. For all my Vets out there who are reading this. Thank you for your service and by all means. This is pretty much a T.O. to money. The lower ranks could benefit from this and I am just happy I got my hands on it while being in the lower ranks.

E3 Just did the release on all the new games coming out. I know either you or someone you know wants to buy these games. Well follow this book and you will be at the point where you can go out this very moment and buy that game without having to count pennies. If that is what you want if not maybe its getting a big house. Once again this book.

Thanks Jeff Rose for the information in this book. It has helped me greatly and hopefully it will help others like myself too.


August 3, 2018

Very basic information.
Incredibly basic. If you have more than the most rudimentary understanding of how to manage your finances, this book will likely add very little to your knowledge. I wish I could return it.

August 15, 2014

This book was pretty much basic information for any one that has common ...
This book was pretty much basic information for any one that has common sense. I would not recommend buying it unless you are not able to save money on your own or have no working knowledge of any type of retirement accounts.

August 16, 2018

Great General Starter Book
I found Jeff Rose from his youtube videos. Big fan. Very down to earth and seems knowledgeable. I picked up his book and gave it a read. Very easy to read and I personally was a big fan of the military terms, though I have never been in the military I was able to follow with his examples very easily. I was hoping the book would have more on how to make the money grow and investment vehicles for my money... didnt really get to much of that. The book is 100% for someone who realizes they have a debt issue and need a place to start. The book does well at motivating and explaining simple debt issues and solutions. I liked hearing Jeff explain his own issues with debt growing up and was relateable. Good stuff.

October 12, 2017

Great read
Finished the book in a day because I couldn’t put it down. Highly recommended for someone who is working towards their financial goals, for those more experienced it’s a great reminder to keep you on track.

April 17, 2015

Excellent starter book that can help individuals focus on getting ...
Excellent starter book that can help individuals focus on getting their finances under control. I have read the book and have also given it to my adult children. I really like how the book helped me understand how I felt about certain credit card debts (you may have certain emotional feelings towards specific cards) and how I approached the payment process differently after reading the book. The book also addresses the critical need for young people (actually all people) to start consistently saving for now (emergencies) and for retirement. It is quite interesting to observe how the writer uses military examples to get his points across.

October 22, 2013

A concise and diverse guide to figuring out where you are, as well as where you need to be
Soldier of Finance is a down and dirty, no nonsense approach to assessing your current situation, as well as a simple and straight forward series of advice on how to prioritize and improve your situation for years to come. Using the military as a anology, the two methodologies intertwine to help provide the structure necessary to get a clear understanding on a variety of topics, such as improving your credit score, ensuring you and your family are protected and planning for retirement. Years ago, when Jeff was deploying to Iraq, he took the time to advise me as I pursued the necessary licenses to become a Financial Adviser and it was some of the best advice I received. Jeff was simple and to the point and told me both the good and the bad, the ins and outs of financial management. Now, through Soldier of Finance, he has the opportunity to share his knowledge and expertise with you. Read this book slowly and follow his advice along the way and you will definitely have all the tools necessary to confidentially move forward to the next steps, no matter what your current situation or economic status.

November 9, 2015

but I had seen all of of this presented better.
Ok, but for a few dollars more any book by Dave Ramsey yields more information. I was drawn by an ad I read where Jeff had info on something I had never herd of. Sorry, but I had seen all of of this presented better.

April 14, 2017

An interesting read to help on my journey to financial independence
I bought this book after coming across the author's website. I found several interesting chapters that were very well written. This book uses the author's experience in the military and he compares it to the "battle" over our personal finances. I enjoyed many of the military terms as he applied them to personal finance. But that approach and comparison, at times, was a bit of a stretch. I would, however, recommend the book for anyone beginning their journey of getting a handle on their finances.

August 3, 2019

Great Value
Good advice by someone who's been there, done that. If you need a step-by-step program to get out of the hole you've gotten yourself in to, this is it. And it doesn't stop there. It lays out steps to get, make, and increase your financial success.

March 7, 2018

Love Jeff Rose & Soldier of Fortune
Love Jeff Rose & Soldier of Fortune. Good solid advice that you can trust. I will read more of his books as they come out. Great gift for young adults just getting started too, since schools don't teach anything about handling finances.

March 28, 2019


March 17, 2018

The videos on YouTube are much better than the book
The book was for people just learning how to budget. I wish it would’ve stated that somewhere. The videos on YouTube are much better than the book.

January 24, 2016

boring to me
Did not enjoy the book at all will be giving it to a marine friend of mine however I do like the Dave Ramsey book

August 25, 2015

It was ok. Most of the stuff can be found for free online.

April 15, 2019

I wanted to like it more than I did.

January 28, 2019

Very basic, not what I expected.
This is a good book if you are brand new to finances. I unfortunately expected more out of this book. In short, this book tells you to budget, save money, and gives you a very brief summary of investment options. Overall, it is a decent book but if you know anything about finances I would skip this one.

September 28, 2018

Depends on your financial maturity
I would recommend the book for someone who is a novice, but there are much better book options for intermediate or advanced knowledge.

April 29, 2017

The service was excellent.
It is hard to understand and get into it. The service was excellent.

December 15, 2016

Three Stars
Pretty good and well written but very basic. Mostly I enjoyed his service anecdotes.

April 26, 2015

Just Okay.
A few good tips, but mostly rehashed beginner financial information. Except for the last 3 chapters, I found the book tough to get through.

February 21, 2015

Three Stars
A little too much military examples. Basic info available anywhere. Okay overall.

February 16, 2015

Three Stars
did not work for me

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