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"This book will be of interest to those looking for straightforward answers to everyday financial issues." ---Library Journal Audio Review --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Clark Howard’s national radio show airs on more than 200 stations throughout North America. He also co-hosts HLN’s Evening Express news program, and three of his previous books were New York Times bestsellers. Mark Meltzer is executive editor at the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Theo Thimou is director of content for ClarkHoward.com. All three live in Atlanta.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Avery (August 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583335250
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583335253
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By digsblues TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 6, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I've always read Clark Howard's books and often refer to his web page, and this book does not disappoint.

It's 330 pages long, but it broken up into 14 topics. Each topic gives the story of 3 different consumers, the problems they faced, and how they overcame them. At the end of each story are bullet point financial tips and references to helpful websites.

The chapters include:

Credit
Homes and Real Estate
Cars
Technology
Retirement
Investing
Energy
Living Below Your Means
Entrepreneurship
Travel
Family
Health Care
Working and Learning
The Empowered Consumer

One story was about "recycling" your home and using it differently. I live in a tourist center (San Diego) and have an empty room that I'm fixing up to rent out through a hostel site. I'll give updates on how that works out for me.

This book is so full of ideas and inspiration that it's worth a hundred times its price. Highly recommend.

Thanks for taking the time to read my review, and I hope you found it helpful in making a purchase decision.
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In CLARK HOWARD'S "LIVING LARGE FOR THE LONG HAUL" the book is American as it's Red, White, and Blue Cover. The book features many short American success stories that others have shared with Howard along his journey's in finding empowerment for the people. I believe sometimes as American's we tend to forget how great our company is and how being mindful, thoughtful, and thorough it can lead us to a fountain of success. In this day and age when some are frustrated or lost in a down beat economy, Clark shares with us stories of how to bounce back smarter than before. The Stories shared in this book such as Steve "the SOLAR SAVER" or "OFF GRID" are reminders on how we can be proactive towards savings while turning it into a profit. Some other stories such as "Around the World on a Dime" and Arthur Blank's midlife fire turned into a blessing are great reads too. The book is an easy read compared to some others and if you're looking for true experienced pointers on investing, housing, retirement or even your boomerang college kid, Living Large for the Long Haul is a must read. If you're looking to bounce back, smile or funnel other success stories into your own passion you have found the right book.

Clark Howard's Living Large for the Long Haul: Consumer-Tested Ways to Overhaul Your Finances, Increase Your Savings, and Get Your Life Back on Track
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I pre-ordered this eBook and eagerly awaited it's arrival, to my Kindle Fire. The first day, I read 60% of the eBook. Then I put the eBook down for a couple of weeks, to retain all the stories and nuggets of wisdom, into my mind.

This eBook, drew me back to finish reading it. So many stories about the struggles and the many different ways of thriving and surviving, coming out ahead in these tough economic times. Amazing people, giving hope by sharing their stories and nuggets of wisdom. They rock!

This is the BEST eBook of 2013, that I've read and treasured. This eBook, is worth way more than the price of the eBook itself! It's an eBook of hope and living your best life, despite of these tough economic times.

Thank you, Clark Howard, Mark Meltzer and Theo Thimou, for writing this book. I'm eagerly looking forward to reading any new future books, written by you.
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Our family has been a fan of Clark Howard! This book is so good with helpful tips and examples of people like us. I highly recommend this book.
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Had I read this book 25 years ago I may have found more value in it. I feel like I gained next to nothing from the book, and although some of the stories were interesting, this book can hardly be described as a book on personal finance. I have not read any of Clark's writings before, but have heard some of his radio and TV show. I do listen to Dave Ramsey when I can, but do not subscribe to all of his preaching's (and they are preaching's) either.

I bring up Dave because Clark mentions one should find a guru, like Dave Ramsey, Suzy Orman, or himself. What exactly makes these people gurus? Are they the savviest people on personal finance? Probably not. They are radio and/or TV personalities, with an emphasis on personality. The reason they have large broadcast audiences is based on personality. I bring this up because if you look to them for all of your financial wisdom there will be a lot that you do not learn, or times that you will be confused because the contrast between them is quite large on many topics.

What I wish Clark would have done is recommend other things for you to read so that you can make yourself a guru, but I suppose if that happened he might lose some of his listeners.

Now for the review of each chapter:

CREDIT: I skipped this chapter as my own credit has always been good, even though I pay no attention to it. I use debt sparingly and always pay on time. Simple enough.

HOMES AND REAL ESTATE: This chapter has one story about renters too afraid to buy a home, someone who buys foreclosures, a gal who rents out her condo, and a person who owns a rental property.
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