Deal with Your Debt: Free Yourself from What You Owe
Struggling with debt? Get realistic help that’s actually useful.
This book reveals why most “conventional wisdom” about debt is just dead wrong. For most people, it’s simply impractical to pay off every dime of debt, and live forever debt free. In fact, doing that can leave you a lot poorer in the long run. You’re more likely to give up, or pay off the wrong debts. You could leave yourself too little flexibility to survive a financial crisis. You could neglect saving for retirement. You might even wind up in bankruptcy — just what you’re trying to avoid!
In this extensively updated guide, you can discover how to control and manage debt effectively. You’ll learn which debts can actually help build wealth over time, and which are simply toxic. You’ll find up-to-date, real-world strategies for assessing and paying off debt, money-saving insights on which debts to tackle first, and crucial information about everything from debt consolidation loans to credit scores and credit counseling. Weston offers practical guidelines for assessing how much debt is safe — and compassionate, realistic guidance if you’ve gone beyond the safety zone. If you’ve ever worried about debt, you’ll find the new edition of Deal with Your Debt absolutely indispensable.
There’s a myth in our society that some people are just naturally “good” with money. So naturally, everybody else must be “bad”–or at least, dumb–if they’re not sure what to do.
The reality is, no one is born a money expert. Those who are “good” with money had to learn: by reading, asking questions, and consulting people who know more than they do. No one knows everything, and the only dumb questions are the ones you don’t ask.
From the #1 personal finance columnist on the Internet (Nielsen/NetRatings)-a clear prescription for financial health in the 2010s and beyond.
For previous generations, living within your means was a simple formula. Now, with the staggering rise in education, health care, and housing costs, millions of people find themselves skating from paycheck to paycheck with no idea how to move forward.
As the most-read personal finance columnist on the Internet, Liz Weston has heard the questions and has the answers. Her 10 Commandments of Money will help readers avoid critical mistakes, survive the bad times, and thrive in the good ones. Just a few of Weston’s invaluable pointers include how to:
• Balance Your Budget
• Pay Down Toxic Debt
• Get the Right Mortgage
• Pay for College
• Save for Retirement
• Maximize Your Financial Flexibility
Liz Weston’s goal is to provide THE practical guide to the brave new world of money. What Sylvia Porter’s Money Book was to the 1970s, The 10 Commandments of Money will be for the 2010s.
Your Credit Score: How to Improve the 3-Digit Number that Shapes Your Financial Future (4th edition)
“A great credit score can help you finish rich! Liz Pulliam Weston gives solid, easy-to-understand advice about how to improve your credit fast. Read this book and prosper.”
David Bach, bestselling author of The Automatic Millionaire and The Automatic Millionaire Homeowner
“Excellent book! Insightful, well written, and surprisingly interesting. Liz Pulliam Weston has done an outstanding job demystifying an often intimidating and frustrating topic for the benefit of all consumers.”
Eric Tyson, syndicated columnist and bestselling author of Personal Finance for Dummies
“No one makes complex financial information easy to understand like Liz Pulliam Weston. Her straight-talk and wise advice are invaluable to anyone with a credit card or check book–and that’s just about all of us.”
Lois P. Frankel, Ph.D., author of Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office and Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich
“In a country where consumers increasingly pay more when they have bad credit, Liz Pulliam Weston’s book provides excellent tips and advice on ways to improve your credit history and raise your credit score. If you just apply one or two of her insightful suggestions, you’ll save many times the cost of this book.”
Ilyce R. Glink, financial reporter, talk show host, and bestselling author of 100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask
Common sense. Easy solutions. Plain English.
Best selling author, Liz Weston, takes on the problem everyone has, and nobody talks about: the sheer hassle of managing your money! Weston offers practical guidance and easy checklists for every decision: investments, credit cards, insurance, mortgages, retirement, college savings, and more! Discover how to consolidate, delegate, and automate your finances…save time and money…and live a more rewarding, secure life!
Simplify your financial life…now and forever!
• By the Internet’s #1 personal finance expert, MSN’s Liz Pulliam Weston
• Stop feeling overwhelmed by your finances: take control, the easy way!
• Save time, avoid mistakes, and help secure your future