One Year to an Organized Financial Life

One Year to an Organized Financial Life

From Your Bills to Your Bank Account, Your Home to Your Retirement, the Week-By-Week Guide to Achieving Finan

By Regina Leeds; Russell Wild

Da Capo Lifelong Books, Paperback, 9780738213675, 288pp.

Publication Date: December 1, 2009

Do you constantly feel anxious about money? Have unopened credit card statements piled up on your countertop? Are you forever losing receipts for items you meant to return? In an economic downturn taking charge of your financial well-being is more crucial than ever. "One Year to an Organized Financial Life" is a unique week-by-week plan to make saving money simple, automatic, and stress-free.

For decades, professional organizer Regina Leeds and financial advisor Russell Wild have helped thousands of clients get their lives in order. Using Leeds's "Zen organizing" approach, which addresses the underlying causes of chaos and replaces them with routines, they now show readers the steps to improving finances within a manageable timeframe. From sticking to a budget to getting out of debt, curbing spending to maximizing retirement savings, "One Year to an Organized Financial Life" makes it possible for anyone to live more richly on less.

About the Author
Regina Leeds, known as the Zen Organizer, is a professional organizer, New York Times bestselling author, and seminar leader. She is the author of ten books, including One Year to an Organized Work Life, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Decluttering, and Rightsize! Right Now! She lives in Los Angeles.

Amine Bouchentouf (Commodities For Dummies) is President and Chief Executive Officer of Renaissance Investment Advisors LLC. Renaissance is an international financial advisory firm headquartered in New York City, which provides long-term strategic advice to individuals and institutions. He is also the author of Arabic For Dummies.

Brian Dolan ("Currency Trading For Dummies") has 15 years of experience in the foreign exchange markets, including trading and analyst roles at top-tier financial institutions. In addition to overseeing fundamental and technical research at, Mr. Dolan publishes a daily technical analysis report and weekly macro research report for the exclusive use of clients. He has also published numerous articles on currency trading strategies and risk management. Mr. Dolan is a graduate of Dartmouth College.

Dr. Joe Duarte ("Futures & Options For Dummies," "Futures Trading For Dummies") analyzes intelligence and global geopolitical events and their
effects on the financial markets. He reaches thousands of investors daily through his own Web site ( and FinancialWire, where he is a featured syndicated columnist. Dr. Duarte is frequently quoted in the major media, including CNBC, "The Wall Street Journal," the Associated Press,, and He is the author of "Successful Energy Sector Investing and Successful Biotech Investing," and the coauthor of After-Hours Trading Made Easy. One of CNBC's original Market Mavens, Dr. Duarte has been writing about the financial markets since 1990.

Mark Galant ("Currency Trading For Dummies") has enjoyed a 25-year career in and around Wall Street, first as a trader andmarket maker and from 1994 to 1999 as Vice Chairman of FNX Ltd, the trading technology firm. Mr. Galant's last trading position was global head of FX options at Credit Suisse; he has also been a money manager for famed hedge fund manager Paul Tudor Jones. Mr. Galant founded GAIN Capital in October 1999; today, the firm's proprietary trading platform is used by clients from 140 countries and supports a monthly trading volume in excess of $100 billion. Mr. Galant holds a BS in finance from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Harvard Business

Ann C. Logue, MBA ("Hedge Funds For Dummies") has 12 years of working experience in financial services and has taught finance at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a finance writer who has written numerous articles on investment and hedge funds, and she has edited publications on equity trading and risk management.

Paul Mladjenovic ("Stock Investing For Dummies," 2nd Edition) is a well-known certified financial planner and investing consultant with over 19 years of experience writing and teaching about common stocks and related investments. He owns PM Financial Services.

Kerry Pechter ("Annuities For Dummies") is a finance writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Men's Health, and many other national publications. He is currently the senior editor for Annuity Market News, a monthly newsletter published by SourceMedia, Inc.

Barbara Rockefeller ("Technical Analysis For Dummies") is an international economist and forecaster specializing in foreign exchange. She was a pioneer in technical analysis and also in combining technical analysis with fundamental analysis. Shepublishes two reports daily using both techniques ( for professional fund managers, corporate hedgers, and individual traders. The trading advice newsletter has an average annual hypothetical return over 50 percent since 1994 and has never posted a losing year. She is the author of three other books and contributes a regular column to "Currency Trader" magazine.

Peter J. Sander, MBA ("Value Investing For Dummies") is a professional author, researcher, and investor. His 15 titles include The 250 Personal Finance Questions Everybody Should Ask, Everything Personal Finance, and the Cities Ranked & Rated series. He has also developed over 150 columns for MarketWatch and He has completed Certified Financial Planner (CFP) education and testing requirements and has invested actively for over 40 years.

Russell Wild, MBA ("Bond Investing For Dummies, Exchange-Traded Funds For Dummies") is the author or coauthor of nearly two dozen nonfiction books, including "The Unofficial Guide to Getting a Divorce" (Wiley) with attorney Susan Ellis Wild (his ex-wife). Wild is also a NAPFA-registered, fee-only financial advisor based in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Praise For One Year to an Organized Financial Life

Publishers Weekly, 11/23/09
“This is an excellent start to creating a solid financial foundation and future.”

Tucson Citizen, 1/8/2010
“From sticking to a budget to getting our of debt, One Year to an Organized Financial Life is essential and accessible.”

Atlantic City Weekly, 2/9/10
One Year to an Organized Financial Life is the portal to a lifelong practice of money clarity and order.”

Boston Globe, 2/21/10
“A nuts-and-bolts guide to organizing your files, paying your bills, and cutting costs and clutter…[Leeds’] advice is simple, practical, and essential…Calm and empowering, this handy guide is so well thought-out that just leafing through the pages might make you feel more in control.”

Curled Up With a Good Book, 4/19/10
“[An] absolutely marvelous book…[Leeds and Wild have] developed a deceptively simple (and extremely easy) method for whipping your whole life into shape…Invest in this guide, follow the advice of Leeds and Wild, and put your money to work for you.”