I Wish They Taught Money in High School

Whoever said money can't buy happiness doesn't know where to shop. This is one of the lines Blair Waldorf said in my favorite TV series, The Gossip Girl. I really admire Leighton Meester's character in the said show. Blair is a rich-fashionable-control-freak from the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City. She is surrounded with young, famous and influential teenagers like her. Coming from a rich family, she never experienced working hard to earn big bucks. She always gets what she wants without worrying about the amount of expenses. In fact, reading a book in a coffee shop in Paris or eating her favorite macaroons in a French restaurant is such an easy thing to do for her. All she needs is to book a flight to France and have the best time of her life.

By now, you are probably saying that "Of course, Blair's life is possible only in movies." But come to think of it, is it really impossible for someone like us to have a life like her? The answer to this question depends on how you look at life. If you always think that there is scarcity for money and resources in this world, then your answer would be "no." If you have a positive outlook in life and values the importance of working hard, then "yes" would be your answer. While it may be true that money doesn't make the world go round, it doesn't mean that getting less of it is okay. Or getting more of it is bad.

In the latest book of Life Upgrade, I Wish They Taught Money in High School, I discovered some great facts and helpful tips on saving money and having a good income even at a young age. (And maybe get a chance in having a Blair-like lifestyle.) There are two parts of the book:

1. I Wish They Taught Money in High School So I'm Not Dependent on My Paycheck

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2. I Wish They Taught Money in High School So I Can Start My Own Business Right Away

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One of the things I love about this book is that the authors, Clarissa De La Paz and Sharon Que, presented all their ideas in the simplest manner possible. Their approach is very light. I like how they relate to their readers by using the right set of words and writing in a conversational way. The said book encourages everyone to find the best value for their money. 

In the first part of the book, I Wish They Taught Money in High School So I'm Not Dependent on My Paycheck, Clarissa De La Paz shared the importance of having a passive income. Her tips will help the readers not to be dependent on the monthly salary that they receive. What she is trying to tell everyone is that investment is the key to having a stable financial condition. What if tomorrow you wake up and your boss decided to terminate you? Then, you realize that your savings account has a zero deposit or that you have no investments at all? The book will give you an idea on how you can grow your money now and prepare for your future.

In the second part, I Wish They Taught Money in High School So I Can Start My Own Business Right Away, Sharon Que showed me the importance of taking risks when it comes to starting one's business. Her power sentences are: "Do whatever it takes in every moment." and "Habitual 100% doers are instant winners." She inspires everyone to think positive about having money in their lives and not worrying for the lack of it.

If you find yourself wondering why you have neither enough savings after years of working hard for a certain company nor winning moments in your own business and investment, then I recommend that you read I Wish They Taught Money in High School. I can guarantee that this book will teach you many things. It will open your mind to new possibilities and opportunities. It will also answer your questions about money, especially on how to attract money and how to keep them coming.

In case you decide to read the book, please let me know your thoughts about it. You can write your comment below. For those who are interested in buying this book, you can place your order online via Lifestyle Upgrade 101.


  1. Nice of course, it makes me feel that really money matter is very vital in life.

  2. Haha! I guess.. literally saying money can't buy happiness is one thing than shopping for it - I actually think the things I buy and shop with makes me really happy - not the extent of love happiness though but materialistically happy haha! I want to give that book a read too - I kind of like the title and your review gives me an idea that it ain't be boring but fun to read with.

    1. Hi Aisha! Yes indeed, shopping can be very addicting at the same time therapeutical.. but there's a way to spend wisely. here's no impossible in achieving the right financial freedom. You can buy our book online,

  3. I need to get 'I Wish They Taught Money in High School So I Can Start My Own Business Right Away'. I just tried my hand on a retail business and I think this book will provide great tips for a newbie like me. :)

    And Blair is my favorite too! I clearly remember that line! :D

  4. I agree on "..having a passive income", it's important to have passive income. I have friends who have passive income, he gave his active income to his parents and for personal used for his passive income. I have also friend bought a second hand car from his earnings from passive income.

  5. Parents should start teaching kids on how to save as early as kids know how to count basic numbers. When buying toys, for instance, parents give either give their children an option: either to buy the toy they kids ask for or give the money to them to save so they can buy greater toys next time.

  6. This book looks like its worth giving to. Especially a high school student. So far I feel like I'm on a right path of earning from other things than depending on my paycheck. Great stuff!

  7. Hope I signed up so that I could have the books for free and make a review. In any case, the school should teach their students how to save money and how to finance/invest on their own.

  8. In school they taught us how to make a living...but not how to live. That is what I wish they will teach the children now.

  9. When I was in high school, I was hurrying to finish school and started working to earn my own money.
    Now, I don't still earn enough money though = )

  10. I wish I have signed up to read this book!! It's really important for teens like us how to manage money wisely.. :)

  11. That would be a great idea as it would really give you a nice foundation before you start working.

  12. I've been seeing this book everywhere online and I'm very interested to read it! I'm planning to improve my savings account this year and this is a great help! :)

  13. Hays, if only we need to worry about money during our teen

  14. These are good books to share or as gifts. Thanks for your information. I'm a thrifty person but sana I learned before pa yung different investments and side line businesses.


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