1-2-3 Money Book Straight Talk for Saving and Spending Smart

ISBN-10: 0137141734
ISBN-13: 9780137141739
Edition: 2009
Authors: Gregory Karp
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Description: In an economic downturn that will surely persist into the future, frugal is the name of the game. Food prices have soared and aren't coming down. People have been trading their40,000 SUVs for20,000 subcompacts. Many homeowners are in over their head  More...

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List price: $17.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: FT Press
Publication date: 5/6/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

In an economic downturn that will surely persist into the future, frugal is the name of the game. Food prices have soared and aren't coming down. People have been trading their40,000 SUVs for20,000 subcompacts. Many homeowners are in over their head with mortgages they can't afford. Newspapers are shifting from hard-news reporting on business to consumer news, as readers clamor for more tips on how to manage their money. When it comes to personal finance, many books are just too complicated, too confusing, and too hard to act on. Finally, there's a book that truly keeps it simple, offering advice that anyone can use, and anyone can profit from. Gregory Karp'sThe 1-2-3 Money Bookorganizes every essential money task into three specific steps, telling readers exactly what to do, and how to do it, including specific numbers to call, and specific web sites to visit. You'll learn how to save money by putting your bills on autopilot... which specific brand names to buy in everything from index funds to cellphones... how to make financial decisions that are "good enough," instead of being paralyzed by trying to be perfect... how to improve your credit rating... get the right insurance, without wasting money on unnecessary coverage... save for college... plan for retirement... and much more. Finally, there's a book for everyone who wants simple, reliable financial advice they can act on, without first getting an MBA!

Gregory Karp's Spending Smart newspaper column reaches more than 6,000,000 readers of Tribune Co. newspapers, including The Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, and Hartford Courant. It also runs on the Web sites of additional media outlets ranging from the Los Angeles Times and Newsday to Superstation WGN in Chicago. Karp won the first-ever best-column award in 2006 from the Society of Business Editors and Writers. A staff member at The Morning Call in Allentown, Pa., Karp is an award-winning writer with 17+ years of professional journalism experience as both a writer and editor. He also writes about family finances for Better Homes and Gardens (circulation 7.6 million).

Introduction: Telling It Straight
Spending Smart Redux
Spending Smart Today
First Things First
Get Fit (Food, Insuance, Telecommunications)
How to Buy Stuff
Green Means Green
Spending Smart Yesterday
Credit When Credit's Due
Spending Smart Tomorrow
How to Save Money
Putting It All Together

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