This book was a great help. My fiance is still in med school, but I’m glad I read it now and I’ll be hanging on to it for years to come! While it’s possible to survive this stuff without the book, the book is a big help and lets you know that no, you’re not crazy, and no, you’re not alone. A lot of people reading this book might have running households already. I don’t. I’m still a student. The financial info in this book is extremely helpful, as are all the moving resources. I’ve never moved a house before. I’ve hardly done anything more than cram stuff into my Focus hatchback and move from point A to point B. Some day in the not-to-distant future I’m actually going to have to figure out moving a household with big furniture, appliances, and maybe a kid or two underfoot. I’ll definitely be doing it with this book in one hand. Oh, and about those kids I’d like someday….I already know I’ll be a single parent at times and my husband will at times be grumpy and exhausted. Just knowing you’re not alone is helpful, and of course all the parenting tips I’m sure will come in handy. It says on the back of the book how many kids the author has, and it’s a lot. I’m willing to bet she knows a thing or two about high-stress parenting.
These tips might not be helpful for everyone, but I’m willing to bet most people aren’t June Cleaver types who can balance a checkbook while being shot from a cannon and live debt free after undergrad and med school debts. Of course, this is all while raising kids and/or having your own career. (remember your career?) If you’ve got that all under control and life is full of champagne, caviar, and cabana boys, awesome. Good for you. Do something fabulous and think of me. But most of us need a little help or at least a little reminder that we’re sane.
If you know this is a stressful journey or at the very least think your upcoming journey MIGHT be stressful, pick up this book. Really, it’s a drop in the bucket after $200K in loans. It’s an easy, enjoyable read. You’ll definitely have a laugh thanks to the author’s sense of humor and her experiences.
I recently read this book and found it to be an enjoyable read as it took me through different life stages from a medical family perspective (and am glad to have found it early on in our medical journey). I especially enjoyed the author’s anecdotal stories throughout to exemplify the advice she gives. It seemed as though a lot of this advice would be applicable across the board – the young couple just starting out, the busy couple, the budget savvy couple, or even first time