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Money 911: Your Most Pressing Money Questions Answered, Your Money Emergencies Solved Paperback – December 29, 2009
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The popular TODAY financial editor Jean Chatzky helps you navigate through the critical challenges and potential catastrophes of personal finance.
You've just lost your job. You've got a baby on the way. Your parent has had a stroke. Most people seek financial help not because they're planning for the future but because they need it . . . right now! If you have money problems or are seeking immediate help to solve a dire, unanticipated financial emergency, then you need Money 911. In this invaluable guidebook, financial expert Jean Chatzky provides answers to today's most pressing financial questions and concerns, including:
- How do I get out of debt?
- How do I avoid foreclosure?
- How do I set up a monthly budget?
- How can I improve my credit score?
- How do I get my health insurance to pay a claim?
- What should I do when I lose a parent?
With Money 911, you can prepare for retirement, buy or sell a home, pick up the pieces of your personal finances, and get back on your feet—and stay there!
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Top Customer Reviews
If you're like me, with some money management skills, but often have questions that you put into google search and then find yourself reading random answers from people on yahoo answers, then this is just the book you need. It takes a practical, question and answer approach to each money management topic asking only the most relevant questions and with no talking down. For instance,in retirement the first question is " I have nothing set aside for retirement, how do I begin?" Chatzky then takes you through various options in 2 pages and then goes on to questions like "Is 401(k) better than Roth IRA?" or "I am only 25, do I need to start saving for retirement?" or "I am a married stay at home parent, how do I save?"
The author, who also has a show on NBC's Today show, answers similar questions on her show. It seems many of the questions in the book may have come from questions submitted to her by her viewers as they were not typical questions that would flow from the topic but real life situations that people would want to know more about. Example, the Identity theft section starts with "Could my child be a victim of identity theft?Read more ›
The thing I've always admired about Jean Chatzky, and the thing that sets her apart from so many people in the world of personal financial punditry, is that she really does know her stuff. Her research is very, very thorough, up to date, and solid. She's not winging it, and it shows in this book.
Money 911 is easy to navigate, and there are few financial questions you won't be able to find the answers to in this book. 5 Stars.
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This is NOT an investment program. Nor does Chatzky offer you a system for getting out of debt and rebuilding your retirement. What she does offer is more immediate and focuses on the emergencies you face right. I particularly like the fact that she is very aware of the way financial predators try to confuse you and offer you dubious help while leaving you worse off financially. She tells you how to identify them, why you must avoid them, and how you can better handle the money issue these snakes are using to pressure you into a bad decision.
The 130 questions are divided into 15 chapters that answer up to date questions on debt, money & life, protecting your family, identity theft & scams, budgeting and trimming your spending, credit, real estate & your mortgage(s), funding college for yourself, kids, and grandkids, insurance, retirement, saving & investing, career & work, taxes, marriage, and life's milestones.Read more ›
My daughter is a brand new Mother.. She will be returning to work in 1 month. There is a great chapter in this book re child care deductions and "Questions to ask a nanny /day care provider.."
I ( as an over 50 consumer) especially loved the Retirement and "Saving and Investing " Chapters..
Each of the 15 chapters deals with a different aspect of keeping your personal finances on track in these trying times ...
Jean has scored a winner with this 438 page book full of financial information for all age groups ..Buy it!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As each of our children graduated from college we gave this book to them. What a great quick reference book. Easily understood explanation of complicated topics. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Wayne E. McWee
Great book packed with all the right stuff. Should make a great gift as well!Published 18 months ago by Canman
If you have no idea, are just starting out, or suddenly find a family issue about money, this is a great book. Read morePublished on June 20, 2013 by R. Riendl
This is a good reference book and even though years go by, there's lots of info that you can use and use. I bought one for a gift for my friend.Published on January 2, 2013 by DJS
This is not a book you need to read from cover to cover. I think if you tried that, you would chuck the book about 1/3 of the way through. Read morePublished on December 19, 2012 by BorrisT1313
I teach money management classes to low-income families and this book has been an extremely useful aid in teaching my classes. Read morePublished on November 17, 2010 by jenna
Chatsky's book covers topics critical to people in a variety of situations, with value for the average individual searching for answers in today's economy.Published on March 14, 2010 by Honora09