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Invest in Yourself: Six Secrets to a Rich Life Hardcover – September 22, 1998

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Written by three veteran consumer experts who escaped the rat race, Invest in Yourself is a comprehensive guide for saving money and becoming a better person in the process. The book offers six secrets to the rich life--the first is to determine what you want in a career, write Marc Eisenson, Gerri Detweiler, and Nancy Castleman. "By carefully investing your time, energy, and maybe a little money, you can find out where you really want to go--and then do what you need to get there," they write. "It's one of your best investment opportunities, way better than anything you can get in the stock market." The other five keys: invest in intangibles like family and friends; pay off debts and get into a 401(k); keep learning new skills; manage your own money and get an "ace in the hole"--a tiny business of your own. Invest in Yourself offers a myriad of tips for squeezing the most out of a dollar. It tells you how to negotiate to get the best price on just about anything, including motel rooms and used cars, and gives the lowdown on turning your kids into savers and investors, controlling college bills, cutting home buying costs, and planning for retirement. The book is also a good clearinghouse for Web sites, helpful phone numbers, and information about newsletters like Loose Change and The Cheapskate Monthly.

The authors know first hand how to live a simple life and reduce expenses. Eisenson and Castleman left behind the big city and started a pro-consumer newsletter in a rented dream home in the country. They very rarely go to stores, preferring yard sales and thrift shops; they grow much of their own food; and practically everything they buy is used. If it breaks, they fix it. Cowriter Gerri Detweiler chucked her executive post with a large credit-education organization and made it as a writer and consultant. If you're thinking of making a similar move, this book might be a good investment. It's also for anyone looking for some ways to stay on a tight budget or for people just joining the working world. --Dan Ring

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Eisenson, along with Nancy Castleman, promote debt-free living in the newsletter they publish, Pocket Change Investor. Gerri Detweiler is author of The Ultimate Credit Handbook (1993, 1997) and former executive director of the Bankcard Holders of America. Here the three cooperate to combine several different genres of self-help guidance. They make the case that money management is more than just earning, spending, and investing wisely; "it's about how you choose to live your life" and "there's no correct way to go." Taking note that there are many possible variations on the family today, they still advise to "put your family first." They also suggest that no matter where you work, always "be in business for yourself." The trio offer an array of penny-pinching and penny-saving tips in order to "make the most of the money you bring home." They recommend avoiding debt and eschewing credit whenever possible. Finally, the authors lay out the simple basics for setting a financial planning strategy. David Rouse
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (September 22, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471248886
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471248880
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #753,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Our goal for Invest in Yourself is to motivate you to take charge of your life and make the most out of your time, energy, and money." That's a novel and valuable perspective that's worth five stars for this book.
Too many self-help books focus on helping you get more money or more out of your money, but ignore the costs in terms of the time, attention, effort and stress involved. Invest in Yourself looks beyond that overly-narrow focus. That's the good news about this book.
The bad news about this book is that it has taken on more than one book can hope to fully deliver on. I hope the authors come out with sequels that expand and magnify what is here.
The six secrets are:
(1) Make your own lifestyle decisions.
(2) Put your family first.
(3) Wherever you work, be in business for yourself.
(4) Make the most of the money you bring home.
(5) Turn your debts into golden investment opportunities.
(6) Map out your financial future.
The three authors have an unusual perspective. They have dropped out of the "get ahead at the office" rat race and "shop until you drop" lifestyles much more than most. As a result, they have lots of money-saving ideas based on their own life experiences. Much of what is in the book, Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge would approve of. If you are like me, you will find money-saving ideas that would never have occurred to you, otherwise. My parents have always shopped are yard sales, but it had never occurred to me to use these routinely for the kind of around-the-house items that I will seldom use like unusual garden tools.
One of the strengths of the book is that it is not a "one size fits all" approach.
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By A Customer on November 18, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I had just made a bad decision in the stock market when I started to read Invest in Yourself. The book provided me with so many strategies to improve my financial life that I saw how to make up for my mistake in a hurry.
I like the fact that this book shows you how to break the bondage to a paycheck that so many of us suffer. That dead end job isn't a necessity, it's a choice, and there are powerful alternative strategies.
This book is loaded with financial information, techniques and stories, but it's really a book about happiness. About what gives lasting satisfaction. Thus, it transcends information and provides wisdom. I am grateful to have read it.
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As a professional magician, I am always trying to make money appear from nowhere. As we all know, this is just an illusion. But with "Invest In Yourself, Six Secrets To A Rich Life", by Marc Eisenson, Geri Detweiler, and Nancy Castleman. You really can make money appear in your pocket. Best of all, it's YOUR money! And they teach you how to keep more of it, painlessly. No, it's not a magic trick. Just plain, down to earth advice on how to "Invest In Yourself". Like many people, I found myself struggling to make it from paycheck to paycheck. When I came across Marc's first book "The Bankers Secret", I thought it was fiction. Naturally, like many others, I was in debt denial. But once I started to practice what he preached. I saw my familys finances improve greatly. This meant more of our income staying in the household and not going to the bank holding our mortgage or the credit card companies. The stress relief alone was worth 50 times the cost of the book. I thought that Marc could never outdo himself. And then, "Invest In Yourself" was published. This should be the financial Bible in every home. They say that Great minds think alike and Marc, Geri, and Nancy have proven it to be true! No matter what your financial situation, This book is a MUST READ! Every chapter in the book can be applied to someone's unique situation. Best of all, you don't have to start at any particlar place. Look at each chapter, choose the one that best fits your situation, and read the best advice available today. We are all individuals with different circumstances, and this book is written for all of us. Planning for retirement, college, or just your life's journey, it's all covered in this masterpiece of financial advice.Read more ›
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Need help on the job, at home, and with your finances? Then this book is for you. The book is a comprehensive guide for saving money and becoming a better person in the process. The book offers six secrets like determining what you want in a career, investing in intangibles like family and friends; paying off debts and getting into a 401(k); keep learning new skills; managing your own money and owning a business of your own. The book goes on to tell you how to negotiate to get the best price on just about anything, including motel rooms and used cars, and gives the lowdown on turning your kids into savers and investors, controlling college bills, cutting home buying costs and planning for retirement. This book will show you the way to make a difference in the way you approach money, work and life in general. In relation to life and financing I found this entire reading very inspiring. The book provides the only road map you'll ever need. Enjoy it.
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