November 2020 is still a long way away, but in American politics, it's never too early to learn all about each presidential candidate in excruciating detail. Many of the Democrats who have already thrown in their hats have been in the public eye for years already, but that doesn't mean we know everything about them. One, in fact, is very concerned that you're budgeting properly for your own happiness's sake.
Money has been Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren's thing since before she came to Congress. She's famously the originator of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and her presidential platform leans heavily on issues of economic justice, like childcare and student loans. Warren isn't just a policy wonk, though: As the Washington Post's Helaine Olen reminds us, she's also written a how-to book about personal finance.
All Your Worth: The Ultimate Lifetime Money Plan came out in 2006, when Warren was both a Harvard professor and about a decade out from being a registered Republican. She co-wrote the book with her adult daughter Amelia, and drew heavily on the view that while we all have choices available to us in how we spend our money, we can't discount the notion of systems bigger than ourselves affecting our spending and saving.
Amid all her advice about paying bills and frank discussions of bankruptcy, Warren does have some thoughts that may seem out of place. One chapter is called "If You Can't Afford Fun, You Can't Afford Your Life." It's a solid idea, no matter where you fall on the political spectrum. If you don't treat yourself, who will?