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Making the Most of Your Money Now

by Jane Bryant Quinn

Consumers Union named Making the Most of Your Money the best personal finance book on the market. Now Jane Bryant Quinn's bestseller has been completely revised and updated for 2010 and beyond. America's most trusted financial adviser, who helped millions of readers meet their goals in the 1990s, has done it again -- providing a guide to financial recovery, independence, and success in the new economy. Getting your financial life on track and keeping it there -- nothing is more important to your family and you. This proven, comprehensive guidebook steers you around the risks and helps you make smart and profitable decisions at every stage of your life. Are you single, married, or divorced? A parent with a paycheck or a parent at home? Getting your first job or well along in your career? Helping your kids in college or your parents in their older age? Planning for retirement? Already retired and worried about how to make your money last? You'll find ideas to help you build your financial security here. Jane Bryant Quinn answers more questions more completely than any other personal-finance author on the market today. You'll reach for this book again and again as your life changes and new financial decisions arise. Here are just a few of the important subjects she examines: Setting priorities during and after a financial setback, and bouncing back Getting the most out of a bank while avoiding fees Credit card and debit card secrets that will save you money Family matters -- talking money before marriage and mediating claims during divorce Cutting the cost of student debt, and finding schools that will offer big "merit" scholarships to your child The simplest ways of pulling yourself out of debt Why it's so important to jump on the automatic-savings bandwagon Buying a house, selling one, or trying to rent your home when buyers aren't around Why credit scores are more important than ever, plus tips on keeping yours in the range most attractive to lenders Investing made easy -- mutual funds that are tailor-made for your future retirement What every investor needs to know about building wealth How an "investment policy" helps you make wise decisions in any market The essential tax-deferred retirement plans, from 401(k)s to Individual Retirement Accounts -- and how to manage them How to invest in real estate at a bargain price (and how to spot something that looks like a bargain but isn't) Eleven ways of keeping a steady income while you're retired, even after a stock market crash Financial planning -- what it means, how you do it, and where to find good planners Page by page, Quinn leads you through the pros and cons of every decision, to help you make the choice that will suit you best. This is the single personal-finance book that no family should be without.

Smart and Simple Financial Strategies for Busy People

by Jane Bryant Quinn

Are you too busy to pay much attention to your money? Do you worry that maybe you haven't been doing the right things? This book is for you, from Jane Bryant Quinn, the most trusted voice in personal finance today. Her classic bestseller, Making the Most of Your Money, guided a generation toward smart and sensible financial choices. Here she strips away the extras, choosing the best financial ideas and products available today. They're all you need to create a successful and long-lasting financial plan. It's money management the No Worry way. To start with, she tells you to forget all the complicated stuff the financial industry sells. You don't need it, it costs too much, and some of it is downright bad. It's designed to make the banks, brokers, and insurance companies rich, not you. The best ideas (a super-short list!) are simple, low in cost, and easy to use. They're also sophisticated and smart. The strategies shown here are followed by some of the most successful planners and money managers around today, yet they're something everyone can understand. They'll give you what you need from your money -- regular savings, financial security, long-term investment growth, personal control, and best of all, peace of mind. Once you've set up a No Worry plan, you won't have to pay much attention to it. The choices you'll find here are all good ones. All you have to do is arrange for automatic payments and contributions and then get on with the rest of your busy life. You can focus your energies on your job, family, leisure, and friends, secure in the knowledge that your finances are okay. Here's what you'll do on the No Worry plan: Save more money without feeling pinched Get rid of debt the automatic way Keep yourself safe, with the right amount of insurance at the lowest cost Zero in on the right mortgage, every time Pick the best college savings plan for your kids Understand your finances, in ways you never did before Find the smartest and simplest ways of investing money, to earn superior returns over the long run The investment ideas alone will open your eyes to the newest strategies for accumulating wealth (without making big mistakes!). Jane Bryant Quinn will change the way you think about money. She has the answers busy people need.

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