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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2002
I recommend this book. My finances are a disaster, but candidly, I'm more than fed up with the preachy, condescending literature on how the heck to get out of this pickle. Today, though, is a new day. This work is a very approachable, light, yet immensely insightful roadmap to "the other side." A week after receiving this book, FINALLY, I'm on that path. And to my surprise, I'm actually having fun with it. This book probably contributes little "new" to the subject, and probably told me little that I didn't already know, down deep. However, because of the author's approach, and encouragement, it contributed... and continues to contribute...greatly to my life. Thanks, Mr. Johnson.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on October 30, 2004
Stacy Johnson gives us a decent first work in "Life or Debt". I have come across many personal finance books - some bad, some good. This one ranks somewhere squarely in the middle.

To be frank, I was able to conclude within a chapter or so, that the book was written by the proposed author as opposed to a professional writer. The language used throughout the book seemed to be "dumbed down", either intentionally or not (not necessarily a bad thing).

If you've read quite a few books related to personal finance, then you are by now familiar with the basic concepts used to accumulate wealth and beat down debt, ie., save a tenth of every paycheck to invest, pay off the highest interest debt first, consult with professional third parties if needed, etc. A lot of this information by now is getting totally redundant. Only a complete novice will receive insight from these age-old tips.

Now that the critical stuff is out of the way, I will praise this book for the things it does right. The chapter devoted to saving money entitled, "205 Ways to Save" is excellent. The majority of the tips are first rate money savers. Some of the tips may be familiar to seasoned readers and others will seem like common sense, but there are also some genuine money-saving winners among the selections. I feel that if the reader used even a small portion of the tips a substantial savings will be realized, especially if used on a regular basis. The author even offers up an informative chapter on how to deal with the big, bad credit bureaus.

Stacy Johnson gives us a solid, but far from perfect, first effort involving the world of personal finance and all the follies that can go with it. He offers insightful tips and hope to many people who are fighting to better their financial situation. It can only get better from here.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2002
This is my first book review, but I have to take the time to highly recommend this book. I saw Mr. Johnson on a local talk show (Northwest Afternoon here in Seattle) and I was inspired to buy his book. What this book essentially is adovcating is hapiness through financial freedom, which is accomplished by paying off all debts and then turning these debt payments into wealth. The way that Mr. Johnson sets this up is simple and self-supporting, and I personally am setting out on his recommended path. I especially love the section on how to make money off of telemarketers through the use of "do not call" policies. I have already used it on American Express, who kept calling me about credit insurance, and it promptly shut them up (apparently "I'm not interested" doesn't work, but "I will sue you" does). This book will pay for itself and is worth the time for anyone who is tired of working for everyone else.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2001
This is required information that is missing in most high school and college curriculum. Armed with this type of information there would be fewer individuals finding themselves mired in debt before they realize what happened.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2002
I recieved an advance copy of this wonderful book from the author. I have to say that reading this book is like having a close friend come over to your house and share the financial facts of your life. Stacy Johnson really knows his stuff. His experience on finances is second to none. This book provides an amazing "Blue Print" on getting your financial house in order.
Freeing yourself from debt is easier than you think after you read this book. As you probably know Stacy is the creator of very successful Money Talks television news series. He has been a Godsend to millions of people who need advice on getting out of debt, achieving financial freedom, and earning handsome profits from smart investment decisions. This book will inspire you take take charge of your Financial life!!!
You must give this book a try. It will be one of the smartest investment decisions you'll ever make.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2002
A concise, readable treatment of the rudiments of creating wealth. Following the simple program outlined by Mr. Johnson will allow a family the ability to develop an estate and save for retirement. As a CPA and financial planner with over 25 years experience in the capital markets, I heartily recommend this book. Mr. Johnson's book will be recommended by our financial planning practice to clients ready to start taking control of their financial lives.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2003
I'm so glad I ran across this book in an airport! By reading this, I realized by trying to keep up with the Joneses, I was placing myself in a serious financial crisis. By using the techniques in the book, I hope to have all my debts paid off in a couple of years.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 13, 2004
This book is an excellent resource for anyone working on getting their financial life in order. Not only is it informative, but it is entertaining as well. Stacy has a way with his writing that allows you to enjoy while you are learning about finances. Even if you are financially savvy, this book is a great one to have on hand and share with family & friends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 15, 2010
I read this book about ten years ago and it gave me the incentive and tools to get totally out of debt. Beforehand, I had massive debt and never thought I'd be able to become debt-free. I did the things this book tells you to do and about four years ago I finally did it....I paid off all my credit card, student loan, and car loan debts. I've stayed out of debt since then, with the only debt I have is my mortgage. I charge items on my credit card and pay off the balance in full each month.

Debt-free is a wonderful freeing feeling and I owe it all to this book.
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on May 27, 2010
Just started delving in to this book intently and keep leaving it in conspicuous places for hubby to see it...Have to schedule a sit down - I know that debt free is the new "rich" in America - I don't want to be "rich" but I do want to be free of the worry!
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