How to Skimm Your Life

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • It might seem like everyone you know took secret classes on budgeting, owning their career, and choosing the right wine—and you were sick that day. Enter: How to Skimm Your Life.

With theSkimm’s trademark mix of real talk, humor, and inspirational messaging, this book gives you the information you need to make informed and empowered decisions in your life. Covering everything from personal finance, to career, to stress management, global politics, and more, How to Skimm Your Life breaks down some of the less glamorous parts of adulting and answers questions like:

• “What’s the difference between an ETF and a mutual fund?”
• “How should I negotiate my salary when I’m offered a new job?”
• “Should I claim standard or itemized deductions on my taxes?”
• “How should I tip while traveling abroad?”
• “How do I read the wine list without breaking out a dictionary?”

And much more . . .
Wine & Food • Travel • Networking • Job Searching • Personal Growth • Mental Health • Time Management • Budgeting • Investing • Health Insurance • International Relations • US Government 
With life hacks for anyone who’s starting out in the real world, looking to make a change, or just wants a reset, How to Skimm Your Life will be time well spent—making it the perfect gift for graduation, birthdays, or your best friend “just because.”

Under the Cover

An excerpt from How to Skimm Your Life


We started theSkimm’s adventure seven years ago. We had a lot of ambition, dwindling savings accounts, and two laptops that wouldn’t hold a charge. As we grew the business through the years, we often found ourselves asking, “Did everyone else take a class on how to do life? Did I miss that day?”

This book’s journey really began four years ago. We didn’t know what to read one Memorial Day weekend, and we decided that our Skimm’rs could probably relate. So we started a section in the Daily Skimm email newsletter called “Skimm Reads,” where we recommended a book we thought our audience might want to have for the long weekend. Our audience liked it, so we recommended another one the next week. And it caught on.

For a few years now, we’ve been approached about creating a print version of what theSkimm does every day. But start-up rule number one is focus, so we never felt like the timing was quite right.

Now, we’re focusing on the next chapter of theSkimm’s story. See what we did there? 

theSkimm is a membership for living smarter. Already a trusted resource for news, we’re ready to take on more. We want to help you navigate the noteworthy moments in your lives, not just in your days. We want to take all of the daunting, cumbersome, and, frankly, unsexy parts of being an adult, and break them down the same way we break down a complicated news story.

Meet How to Skimm Your Life.

This book is the embodiment of our mission, and covers it all: personal finance, career, stress management, global politics, civic engagement, and more.

We built How to Skimm Your Life for you. It is our sincere hope that when you close the back cover, you will feel empowered to make a decision or take an action you might not have before. That you feel like you don’t need to second-guess yourself, call your parents, phone a friend, or put the decision off until tomorrow.

We hope that you use it as a reference tool, and turn to it time and time again as you navigate the big moments in your life.

We hope it becomes a fixture on your coffee table or on your desk (or even by your couch).

We hope that you share it with a friend. You never know when you’ll end up starting a business together . . .

This book has been a dream of ours, and of our team’s, for a long time. We can’t thank you enough for your support, and we’re so excited to share this with you.

- About the author -

theSkimm is a membership company dedicated to helping female millennials live smarter lives. By seamlessly integrating into their existing routines, theSkimm has become a trusted source for more than seven million subscribers. Founded in 2012 by Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg, theSkimm is committed to helping its members through decision-making moments by giving them the information they need to make informed and empowered choices. theSkimm's flagship product, the Daily Skimm, is the fastest growing newsletter on the market, and the company’s product suite has grown to engage with members at home, work, and on-the-go.

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