On Queen Street, in Auckland, near the Auckland Tower, there’s a small coffee shop (in fact, it’s more than that, it’s a Starbucks). That was the first coffee shop I sat in during my trip to New Zealand, and that was also the coffee shop in which I met Adam Baker, the man behind ManVsDebt.com, back in October 2009.

We spent around 4 hours talking and sharing ideas, projects or life experiences. It was a very productive meeting and also quite an important one, because it led to my first mastermind group, involving Adam and Glenn Allsopp from ViperChill.com . Anyway, I’m not going to talk about Adam Baker or Glenn Allsopp in this article, although you should do yourself a favor and check out their blogs, I’m going to talk about something really, really important: Adam Baker’s first commercial product: Unautomate Your Finances.

Financial Freedom

I’m telling your from the start, this ain’t gonna be a re-hashing of what I read in Adam’s guide, that would be far too easy. And it will also spoil your surprise when you’re going to buy it 😉 . Instead, I’m going to address several problems that this guide will help you understand (and solve) in a simple and passionate way. Yes, you get that right: it’s time to bring the “simple and passionate” back to our finances.

First of all, by reading this guide you’ll start to have a better understanding of what financial freedom means. This is the cornerstone of every effective financial strategy and the guide does a pretty good job at it.

Second, you’ll start to understand why and how you’re giving away control over your finances. And instead of controlling the flow, you become being controlled by it. Which is not good.

And third, you’ll get a practical set of tools for improving your current financial situation.

If you ever wanted to live a normal life, you bumped into one of those roadblocks. You either traded your time for financial freedom, by building a consuming career, either sunk in debt, by giving away control of your finances, either struggled to improve your finances after some financial crash. Yes, we’ve all been there. Hence, we all can use some advice. And this solid 84 pages guide (and 9 chapters, no fluff) will give you exactly that: simple and effective advice on how to improve your financial situation.

The Deeper Meaning

What I really loved about this guide is not the technical stuff. For anybody trying to learn about how to acquire financial freedom there are tons of free or paid materials on the Internet. Technically, you can learn everything you want about budgeting, emergency funds and stuff like that. But Unautomate Your Finances will goo deeper. It will try to shape a big part of your life in a positive way.

You will find (more often than you think) ideas or concepts from personal development currents like minimalism or digital nomading. Adam was a digital nomad for two years, so he knows what he’s talking about when it comes to pressuring financial contexts (and I can’t imagine something more pressuring than being a digital nomad, living in a foreign country as a family of three with an infant).

Getting rid of what’s in excess and pushing up what brings in a bigger return, that’s the main traction of this guide and I admit I had a few “a-ha” moments myself. As an online entrepreneur, I did budgeting and financial projections almost on auto-pilot, for more than 10 years. But the world is changing and so does the world of personal finances. You need some fresh air every now and then, and Unautomate Your Finances does exactly that: refreshes the air of your personal finances with valuable information and supportive tools.

Leo Babauta Foreword and Interview as a Bonus

Yes, you got the right, the man who practically started what we know today under the name of “minimalism”, Leo Babauta from zenhabits.net, is part of this guide. He wrote a simple yet powerful foreword, which is a very interesting piece in itself, and he’s also featured in a 30 minutes exclusive interview. To be honest, I didn’t know the details behind Leo’s journey towards becoming debt free and the details he shares about he finally conquered his financial freedom were enlightening. And this was coming from a man who created and currently maintains one of the top 25 blogs in the world in 2009, according to Times magazine. Now, how does buying this guide sounds to you?

I thought I heard a “yes” (or at least I spotted an affirmative nodding, which is equally cool) and that’s great. Because this huge bonus is only the visible part of the iceberg. You’ll also have a 30 minutes interview with J.D. Roth from GetRichSlowly.org in which he shares his financial recovery story, and a few specially crafted templates to do your homework.

Oh, the price. It’s 17 USD. Yes, 17 USD, not 170 USD. I won’t detail more on this one because I’m 100% convinced it should have been WAY more than 17 bucks. But hey, that’s Adam’s guide, not mine. He is the one putting up insanely low prices on such a valuable content. Blame it on him.

My Final Thoughts

Are extremely positive, so to speak. I know Adam in flesh and bones and I know how determined he can be when it comes to making his dreams real. And this guide is one of those dreams. I’m happy for Adam. And I’m also happy for you, because you’re going to read an awesome piece of financial self-help.

Go for it. :-)