It’s Money Book Giveaway Time!

Work Optional, Financial Freedom, Squirrel Manifesto

Are you looking for a new approach to making “Work Optional“? A new book to help teach your kids about money through a “Squirrel Manifesto“? Or perhaps some pathways to find “Financial Freedom” you haven’t considered before?

Ladies and gentlemen, today is your lucky day.

Note, those are affiliate links in case you’d like to buy the books, I’ll get a small commission at no cost to you.

Also, I received these books for free from the authors. I haven’t been paid for this post, or for doing the giveaway, and in fact I’m going to have to pay money to ship winners the books. That being said, I’m excited to see who wins!

I’ve got not one, not two, but THREE books you can enter to win. The best part is this is the easiest contest ever. You can win in one of three ways:

  • Comment below with which book you want to win, and why
  • Want more than one chance to win? Pop over to my Twitter or Instagram find the post about the giveaway and respond there too.
  • Share the post (and tag me) on your favorite social media platform for an extra chance!

Contest will close Friday, February 15th at midnight, so don’t delay!

Let me tell you a bit more about each book so you can decide which one you’d like to win.

Work Optional by Tanja Hester

Tanja, the driving force behind the amazing site Our Next Life, has just come out with a new book called “Work Optional: Retire Early the Non-Penny Pinching Way“.

Tanja and her husband Mark were both high-achievers in demanding careers when they decided to find a way out of the grind and into a life they loved. They recently retired early when she was 38 and he was 41. This book helps outline a plan for you too to achieve your “work optional” life.

The book is divided into three parts:

  • Part 1 focuses on defining what kind of work-optional life you want to live
  • Part 2 breaks down the financial planning basics, so you can get your financial house in order and move towards financial freedom
  • Part 3 talks about thriving in your work optional life – making sure you’re moving towards a life you’ll love, instead of just away from a life or job you hate

You’ll enjoy this book if you’re looking for a different take on the questions of financial freedom and early retirement. Frankly, I believe it would be helpful for traditional retirees as well. We often spend more time thinking about the next car we’re going to buy rather than on how to design a life we love. Tanja can help you change that through this book.

Money Mission Statement Work Optional

We should all be moving towards a life we love, and a financial plan to make work optional often plays a big part in achieving that. If you’ve been looking for a different kind of take on the financial freedom discussion, you’re going to love this just as much as I did.

P.S. You may have noticed my fifteen year old has his “smile” on of “being patient with his mothers weird hobby of writing about money on the internet”. Please take this expression as intended, which is how he feels about his mom taking his picture for her strange hobby, and not how he feels about the book. Lol. Teenagers.

The Squirrel Manifesto by Ric & Jean Edleman

I’ll be honest, it can be hard to find good money books for younger kids. This book by Ric Edelman helps fill the void by trying to teach younger kids about money using acorns as a stand-in for greenbacks.

In the Squirrel Manifesto, the critters of Woodcutter Wood are taught important lessons about what to do with their acorns – “save a little, spend a little, and always give back!” It’s a cute and fun book you can use as a jumping-off point to have some money conversations with your kids. There’s even a little guide for grown-ups in the back of the book.

Squirrel Manifesto

This is a fun and quick read, a great addition to a school library or your personal collection. The book was a bit hard for my three year old to grasp, and way too basic for my eleven year old, so I’d suggest an ideal reader would be in the four to seven year old age range.

Ric Edelman is a bestselling personal finance author and a top financial advisor, while his wife Jean writes about the softer side of money. The illustrator, Dave Saboski, has worked on multiple Disney films and it shows in the beautiful illustrations throughout the book. I have to say, the illustrations are my favorite part.

Financial Freedom by Grant Sabatier

If I were back in my early 20’s looking to dip my toes into the personal finance world. I think my go-to would probably be Grant’s new book Financial Freedom.

This book has it all, from a personal finance nerd perspective. Specific, actionable tips on earning more. Details on how to save and invest. Inspiring stories, and stories of people who don’t have their financial acts together, mixed in to help keep the book engaging rather than dry.

And hard math! Pages of tables with financial figures are some of my favorite things to read. Yes, I’m serious. Yes, I know I’m strange.


My one difference of opinion is with his real estate advice. As someone who lived through the Great Recession and bought her current home in 2006, I’ve seen leverage go both ways. It magnifies your wins, but also your losses. My personal experiences have made me more conservative here. But it doesn’t detract from the overall awesomeness of the book.

Don’t Forget To Enter To Win!

Don’t leave without entering the contest. I know you have until Friday the 15th at midnight, but it’s so easy to do now.


  • Comment below with which book you want to win, and why
  • Want more than one chance to win? Pop over to my Twitter or Instagram find the post about the giveaway and respond there too.
  • Share the post (and tag me) on your favorite social media platform for an extra chance!

Good luck everyone!!!! And have an amazing week.

28 thoughts on “It’s Money Book Giveaway Time!”

  1. Melinda Stephens

    Work Optional by Tanja Hester is the book I would love to win. My dream goal would be to retire in 5 to 7 years, but I know I have a lot to get done in that time.

  2. Hello! I’m so excited to read Grant’s book, it just came in the mail last week! I’ve heard amazing things about Work Optional. I love their blog and it’s really Our Next Life that opened my eyes to the FIRE movement! I’d love to read Tanya’s book because she has been so influential on my journey to financial freedom.

  3. I’d love to win Work Optional! I’m currently working on two side hustles to make my current work optional, and I’d love some more advice and tips! I’m so motivated right now by the excitement of starting two businesses (one mine, one my husband’s) and would love to learn tips on achieving early financial independence! Thanks!!!

  4. I already ordered Tanja’s book, but have heard a few of Grant’s interviews and think his Financial Freedom book sounds pretty good too. Though with a 2-year-old I’m already starting to think about how to teach her about money, so the Squirrel Manifesto would be of interest as well.

    Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  5. Financially Independent Mom

    I’d love to win The Squirrel Manifesto for my two boys (3,5 and almost 5). With this book they can learn about money and learn more English as well. I don’t know if people from Europe can join too, but I’ll see 🙂

  6. Hello! As a fellow CT ChooseFier, I would love to win Financial Freedom by Grant Sabatier. As a person early in his career I have cut my expenses extremely low. I am excited to learn the other side of the coin and research ideas to increase my income.

  7. I would love to read Financial Freedom! It was great to hear his background on the podcasts last week. Thanks for having a give away!

  8. I’d want to win the Squirrel Manifesto! I love reading to my kids, and I like the idea of having a book they can read that will teach them about money! Thanks for running this giveaway!

  9. I’m gonna say WORK OPTIONAL. My why is simple… I want work to be optional. Super cheesy right? But hey it’s the truth. After reading Tanja’s story in her blog as well as the free sample on Apples’ Books I knew it was a must read.

  10. Minimalism and Your Money

    I would love Squirrel Manifesto. My kids have become more interested in money and how it all works since we are talking about it a lot at home. Would love this book to help out!

  11. Noted this on Insta, too, but I am definitely thinking I would want to read Financial Freedom most. Why? Because while we are working on paying back debt, I want to learn more about investing and some strategies on saving. Seems like it would be a good book to learn a bit more about that 🙂
    All these books sound super awesome!

  12. I would be super grateful to win Financial Freedom and would pass it on to another person in the CT ChooseFI after reading the book.

  13. Hi, I’d be interested in the Work Optional book. It sounds like it would be the most relevant to where I am in my financial journey. My husband is not much of a saver, more of a YOLO kind of guy, so it’s hard to really figure out where we stand because his income and spending fluctuates wildly. The book looks like it would have some good info to share with him, although he’d probably prefer the squirrel book LOL.

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