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How To Be Poor Book Review

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I know I am very much late to reading this book, considering it has been out for a while, but better late than never! Milo shares his experience about becoming poor, which is interesting when you see what his lavish lifestyle used to be. In this book, he shares his tips and advice for people in his situation, or for those looking to have a better spending habit. Through his words, MILO shares how people can become better spenders without losing their sanity. This is a very short and easy read (only 75 pages!), so you can make the time to read this. You can get How To Be Poor off of eBay or Amazon for a few bucks, and I promise you it'll be worth it.

Summary

If I'm honest, I was completely shocked when I read Milo's spending habits. I hate to sound so crude, but I thought someone who was so intelligent would have better spending habits. Reading how much he spent on hair care, food, cars, etc., I was thrown off. I like to think I splurge here and there, but not nearly as bad. His spending habits are certainly a "how to not overspend." But at the end of the day, MILO is human, just like us. Can't hate him for his mistakes.

Milo shares his advice on how to get creative on cutting back on bad spending habits, so whatever money you have can be spent wisely. And if anyone would know about learning to cut back, it would be Milo. From choosing your friends wisely to hair care, he covers it all.

Analysis

Despite being broke, Milo still manages to make you smile with his quips and jokes. His joke about Laura Loomer (then apology) made me laugh. That's one aspect of him I don't think will disappear. There were certain points I found interesting. 

The first was how he said poor people live off the dollar menu at fast food restaurants. Milo stated: "They guzzle down cheap, processed food, and seemingly make restaurant choices based on how many pounds of food they can buy for under $10." I know people who are financially struggling, but eat so unhealthy. They don't do anything to balance that out, or try to cook for themselves. It's like Milo said. You'd think being poor would mean you are thin. My parents were poor, but my mom still cooked every meal for my siblings and I when we were young. Even today, they still use the same methods of meal prep and home cookings.

It shocks me how people don't try to do better for themselves and just eat out, all day every day. There's nothing wrong with eating out once or twice a week, getting coffee here and there. But you should be balancing out the bad stuff you eat. Let's be honest, you're better off eating home cooked food. At least you know what's in it.

The second point was how Milo makes you think about who your true friends are. Some of your "friends" will only stand by you when you've got something they want. Most of my "friends" in high school only liked me when they needed someone to cheat off of. Most of the "high achievers" wouldn't be there if it wasn't for me! I learned the hard way that these people didn't care about me. I came across a quote by Sarah Ockler that aligns with that chapter on choosing friends: "In your entire life, you can probably count your true friends on one hand." For most people, this rings true. Myself included.

What stood out to me though was in the last two chapters. He gets very personal about dealing with the "shame" of being or becoming poor. I find it intriguing how he is now straight, while in the book he discussed his marriage to John. But reading how he became closer to God didn't surprise me that he had a change of heart. Michael Knowles did a great video discussing this (unlike Blaire White🙄). Here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvqBAktedgE

Conclusion

This book is definitely a great read. Short and simple, yet holds a hopeful message. He concludes with you can get out of your circumstance if you are willing to put in the work. Don't depend on the government or others to get you out; do it your damn self. Got to give this book 5 stars!! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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