Happy Go Money: Spend Smart, Save Right and Enjoy Life

Leong, Melissa

  • Featured on The Drew Barrymore Show

    Can money buy happiness? Maybe, but not like you may think …

    The Social’s finance expert gives practical advice on how to spend, budget, invest, and feel good about money

    With Happy Go Money, financial expert Melissa Leong cuts through the noise to show you how to get the most delight for your dollar.

    Happy Go Money combines happiness psychology and personal finance and distills it into an indispensable starter guide. Each snappy chapter provides practical, easy-to-understand advice on topics such as spending, budgeting, investing, and mindfulness, while weaving in research, interactive exercises, and relatable anecdotes. Frank, funny, and empowering, this primer challenges everyone to revamp their relationship with their money so they can dial down their worries and supersize their joy.

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    Also available as an audiobook!


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  • Melissa Leong is a personal finance writer, keynote speaker, on-air personality, and bestselling author. She appears on CTV’s The Social as its resident money expert and was a staff reporter at the Financial Post. She lives in Ajax, Ontario.

  • Published: January 2019

    ISBN: 9781770414723

    Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 in.

    Pages: 304

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“Leong’s breezy, relatable writing style will appeal to a broad range of readers.” — Booklist

“A book that puts money, life and happiness in perspective. Loved every minute of it.” — Gail Vaz-Oxlade, author of Money Talks and Debt-Free Forever

“A must-read for anyone who wants to fall in love with their money.” — Shannon Lee Simmons, founder of the New School of Finance

“You don’t need more money to be happy, says Melissa Leong. But getting control of your finances helps you get through tough times with less stress. I loved Melissa’s zippy writing style and radical honesty in mining her own life for examples and success stories.” — Ellen Roseman, Toronto Star personal finance columnist and author of seven books 

“Her voice is always encouraging, sometimes funny, but mostly maintains a nice balance between friendly and informative . . . Rest assured, you won’t feel drowned in generalities about investments and saving for retirement. Instead, you’ll learn how to fill yourself with self-love, gratitude, and contentment.” — HowToSaveMoney.ca

“It’s a fantastic beginner’s guide to thinking about money in the context of your life, and using it to make yourself happy on your terms.” — Half Banked

“It's not easy to make personal finance entertaining, but Melissa Long succeeds in her book Happy Go Money . . . Leong's writing is lively and fun throughout . . . Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone who struggles with aspects of personal finance, which is probably 80% of us. It's an entertaining read and can help improve both your finances and your happiness.” — Michael James on Money blog

“Leong’s book was easy to follow, light-hearted and entertaining.” — Words of Mystery blog

“Overall, this is a value-centric book with candor and comedic prose that keeps you wanting to learn more about personal finances, which is why I think it's one of the best financial books for beginners.” — Minding My Thirties

“Using humor and kindness, Leong shares a lovely starter guide to living a happier life with a better relationship to your money.” — Book Riot

“While it’s true that money isn’t the first ingredient to happiness, lacking financial awareness can be a barrier to happiness — and a barrier to advancement, which has been making women unhappy for a long, long time. During this movement of change, as women continue to interrogate the status quo, continue to demand more — equality, opportunity, and respect — we have been encouraged to talk more openly about money, to develop a relationship with it, and to understand how we can make money work for us. Melissa Leong has produced a valuable resource as we engage ourselves deeper in this conversation … by giving new dimension to the conversation. Happy Go Money is informative but also accessible, smart and funny, silly and sexy, tough and also kind. It is, perhaps, the way money has always wanted to be represented. Melissa Leong has given her a makeover — and she looks SO good.” — Elaine Lui, LaineyGossip.com, and author of Listen to the Squawking Chicken

“This might be the only personal finance book I have actually enjoyed reading from cover-to-cover. The one thing the title doesn’t tell you is that Melissa is hilarious. You will laugh as much as you learn!” — Cait Flanders, author of The Year of Less

“Laugh out loud while you learn to be happier and wealthier. Melissa is your Money BFF you never knew you needed.” — Preet Banerjee, author of Stop Over-Thinking Your Money!

“What sets Happy Go Money apart is the voice: the book is so, so fun to read . . . The overall effect is like your best, funniest friend giving you no-bullshit, whip-smart advice, and, given Leong’s background and expertise, there’s little doubt that that advice is sound. If you want to learn how to be happy, reading this book would be a good place to start.” — LowestRates.ca

“I highly recommend reading Happy Go Money – it might just change your perspective about money and happiness. If not, well the book is still a smart, witty, and fun read that you won’t be able to put down.” — Boomer & Echo blog

“This book really forces you to think about what matters to you and how money plays a role.” — Money We Have

“Melissa Leong has been contributing fantastic work to the world of personal finance for years, and this book is no different. Leong expertly balances the intensity of financial responsibility with the utter joy of life . . . Her humour keeps content easy-to-understand and fun to read, making this the ideal starters guide! Even for those more well-versed in the world of personal finance, Leong's interweaving of psychology and mindfulness keeps your attention from cover to cover.” — Money After Graduation