Unautomate Your Finances Launches… TOMORROW!

in MvD Updates, People & Products

It’s done.  Finally.

I’ve been blabbing about it for months and months now.  I’ve been stressing over it, adding to it, tirelessly compiling it and now it’s… done.

I literally can’t wait for tomorrow!

Starting tomorrow I’ll be focusing more on the benefits of the content, but today I just wanted to give a sneak peak of the features that are included in the guide:

  • An 83-page, 25,000 word ebook containing three distinct sections on the Unautomation Theory, The Science of Unautomation, and Applying Unautomation.
  • A 27-minute video interview with Leo Babauta of ZenHabits.  We talk about simplicity, minimalism, finances, and his own personal recovery story!
  • A 29-minute audio interview with J.D. Roth of GetRichSlowly.  J.D joins me on a call where we recap his financial story, focusing on what he dubbed “the 5 stages of personal finance” and what it’s like on the other side of the turnaround!
  • A 2-page PDF budgeting template that coincides with the “Simple Budgets Suck Less” chapter of the book!
  • A minimalist Excel budgeting template for those who insist on taking their budgets digital, but also want to keep it simple!

I appreciate all the support over the last couple of weeks!  I have a long list of people that I owe favors to for their help.  A special thanks to Leo, J.D., ChrisNeal, Norcross, Jonathan, Kelly, Mike, Erica, Lynnae, and especially to my designer Dustin Koester for all their extra effort, support, and/or advice.

Lastly… Happy Birthday to my amazing wife, Courtney!

See you all tomorrow for what should be an exciting day (probably the most exciting in the history of the blog)!

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

ctreit March 8, 2010 at 11:25 AM

Your post got me already excited. I am also looking forward to tomorrow and to finding out how you integrate the ideas of JD and ZenHabits with your own.


Baker March 8, 2010 at 3:09 PM

Yeah, it’s great to have them both contribute interviews (and foreword from Leo, too). They were both big influences on our own finances. :-)


Meg March 8, 2010 at 11:37 AM

After watching you go through all of this, I’m wondering if I ever really want to tackle an e-book of my own or not…. 😉 I’m glad it’s done for you, sort of!

Happy birthday Courtney!!


Erica Douglass March 8, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Hi Meg,

Please write your ebook. The world needs more *good* ebooks!



Baker March 8, 2010 at 3:10 PM

Amen, Erica!

Meg it *is* a ton of work, but it’s worth it. I’m extremely proud of the end product. Like Erica said… do it! :-)


Meg March 9, 2010 at 12:41 AM

Haha, it’s this same sort of prodding that got me to know that today is the 67th day of the year…. In my 365 photo project. 😉 So now you know I’m a sucker for the *good* kind of peer pressure.

I hope to absorb plenty of tips and tricks in the mean time, while I work on figuring out which of my ideas are going to be wordy enough for an e-book.


b kinch March 8, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Congrats! What a relief it must be to have it finished. Looking forward to a good read!


Baker March 8, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Thanks, B. Appreciate all your support!


paulnf March 8, 2010 at 1:08 PM

congrats!! you’ve got me motivated. i can’t wait to check it out to get even more motivated about saving and paying off my debt!


Baker March 8, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Heck, writing everything down into once place re-motivated me! I hope it can pass a little onto you. :-)


Matt March 8, 2010 at 1:22 PM

Congrats Baker! You bring your passion to all you do. Congrats, and I’ll be looking forward to this project!


DoYouDaveRamsey March 8, 2010 at 1:28 PM

Very Cool and Congrats! A job well done. I look forward to taking a closer look.

Please let me know if there’s anything I can do to help promote it!



Lise March 8, 2010 at 1:54 PM

Looking forward to it. After automating my finances entirely I realized I wasn’t tracking as conscientiously. Cost me a late fee and interest when one of my auto-pays went sour after my credit card I had it auto-paid to changed expiration date. Lesson learned.


Baker March 8, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Lise, I think you’ll love the book. Not all automation is bad, but it’s *so* easy to go too far these days. Thanks for sharing!


Mike Mintz March 8, 2010 at 3:29 PM

Hi Baker:

I discovered your blog for the first time yesterday and am really happy with what you have here. It’s amazing that you only started this 1-year ago. Our family has been in a war with debt for 5-years now. I started a blog on it last year, but my wife felt the topic was too personal so I decided to focus on social media and technology (the field I work in). Currently, we are almost done with our consumer debt ($5K from $40K), but still have school debt. I can identify with the living over seas thing – we recently immigrated to Israel and will be moving close to the Dead Sea in the next two months. Also, I am a new student of lifestyle design (on page 80 of the 4-hour Workweek and it is changing my perspective on EVERYTHING!). In any case, thanks for the great blog posts and I look forward to becoming a regular reader.


Mike Mintz


David Damron March 8, 2010 at 4:38 PM

Been a long time coming, but I know many people are going to be excited now that it is finally here.

Great job on the eBook Baker and with the site since I started following 7 or so months ago.

Dave Damron
LifeExcursion & The Minimalist Path


Financial Samurai March 8, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Good stuff Adam! I enjoyed the sneek peak and really like what you’ve done. It’s great you’ve simplified things, which is key to long term prosperity.

I always enjoy the interview sessions. Know if Leo has moved to SF yet? If so, ill have to buy him a drink!




Chris Guillebeau March 8, 2010 at 7:42 PM

This is going to be great, Adam. Good luck with the big day!


Betsy Talbot March 8, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Looking forward to tomorrow’s launch, Baker. We are pretty minimal with our spending now, but even last week as I was traveling I had a sudden pang over whether the mortgage had posted. Just because you don’t have a lot of debt doesn’t mean you can’t screw up your bills. It is easy to get complacent, and I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us (love the collaborator list already!). Good luck!


Roger, the Amateur Financier March 9, 2010 at 12:08 AM

Wow, that is simply amazing. It sounds like you have been working tirelessly to get all this done. I can’t wait for the official launch, to say nothing of the chance to read through that. Great!


PT March 9, 2010 at 1:52 AM

congrats on getting this far. all the best with the launch.


Sid Savara March 9, 2010 at 2:03 AM

Woohoo! Congrats Baker 😉

And happy birthday to your wife Courtney!

I’m sure you’ll have an amazing launch – you’ve always been so generous and sincere in your writing, I am really happy to see your babbling (heh) about the ebook result in all this. The whole package looks great!


Ouida Vincent March 9, 2010 at 10:08 AM


I cannot wait to read your e-book. It has been very exciting to follow your blog and video posts.!


AP March 10, 2010 at 10:04 PM

Congrats on pumping out the book! How exciting :)


Michele Nicholls March 11, 2010 at 6:55 AM

I would LOVE to get your ebook, but Paypal won’t let me, because I don’t have a landline telephone! I live in the UK, and have my mobile phone number in as many formatts as I can think of, but it refuses to recognise it as a valid phone number, and therefore won’t take my payment! Here I am, itching to give you money and I can’t – HELP!


scott March 11, 2010 at 9:09 PM

i bought this e-book at six pm and finished by 8 pm est. great book and gave me information, that i could actually put to some good use.


Wise Bread March 15, 2010 at 3:08 PM

The book is terrific Adam. Congratulations!


Jack March 18, 2010 at 11:30 AM


I have been following your blog for a couple of months now and I have come to really appreciate all of the quality content that you create. To that end I decided to feature your site and your new ebook in my weekly link roundup.

All the best and keep up the great work!

Here’s what I wrote on my site:
[…Adam Baker has created an amazing blog which features a great blend of personal finance and travel writing. He has also just launched an ebook titled Unautomate Your Finances: a simple, passionate approach to money. If you like the article you should check out the rest of his site. If you like his site you should think about getting his book…]


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