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7 Money Mantras for a Richer Life: How to Live Well with the Money You Have Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook

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The best financial planner Michelle Singletary ever knew was Big Mama, her grandmother. Big Mama raised Michelle and her four brothers and sisters on a salary that never reached more than $13,000 a year. Yet at her death, Big Mama owned her own home, had paid off a car loan, and had a beautiful collection of Sunday-go-to-meeting church hats and a savings account that supplemented her Social Security check and small pension. Most important, she had taught Michelle ?7 Money Mantras for a Richer Life.? Those mantras serve as the inspiration for this straight-talking book of practical personal financial advice that really works.

The 7 Money Mantras are:

1. If it?s on your ass, it?s not an asset!
2. Is this a need or is it a want?
3. Sweat the small stuff.
4. Cash is better than credit.
5. Keep it simple.
6. Priorities lead to prosperity.
7. Enough is enough.

Michelle Singletary is a syndicated columnist for The Washington Post whose popular personal finance column appears in more than 120 newspapers. She?s also a mother of three children who understands what it?s like to live on a budget. In a plainspoken, sassy, no-nonsense voice, Michelle provides answers to the financial issues that confront almost every household: how to teach children the value of money; how to address money issues in a relationship or marriage; household saving tips; getting the best loans; and much more.
?This book is about saving enough money to have choices,? she writes. ?It?s about feeling free to be cheap if you can?t afford to buy a ton of gifts at Christmas. It?s about eliminating wasteful spend-ing so you can begin to save and invest. It?s full of uncommon commonsense lessons and guidance on the way people should use their money.?
With humor and down-home financial wisdom, Michelle Singletary offers practical and realistic advice that will help you live well with the money you have.

Michelle Singletary on . . .

Romance and Money
?It?s okay to say: ?Honey, I love you and everything, but if you need money, ask your mama.??

Credit Cards
?We are minimizing our financial potential by making minimum credit-card payments.?

Car Buying
?If you want to save money, keep your car until you?re on a first-name basis with the local tow-truck drivers.?

Leasing a Car
?You, too, can drive a car you can?t afford and then have to give it back. It?s crazy.?

Gift Giving
?Generosity isn?t about how much you spend. It?s about how much thought you put into the gift.?

Penny Pinching
?I once bought a stick-shift car because it was $1,000 cheaper than the automatic in the same model. There was just one little problem. I couldn?t drive a stick-shift. But at least I saved $1,000!?


From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Michelle Singletary’s Washington Post column, “The Color of Money,” is now syndicated in more that 130 newspapers across the country. She is the host of Singletary Says on the cable network TV One, as well as a regular contributor to NPR’s Day to Day and has appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, Nightline, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, and The Diane Rehm Show. Singletary is a graduate of the University of Maryland and has a master’s degree in business from Johns Hopkins. For more than fifteen years, she has covered business and personal finance, first for the Baltimore Evening Sun and then for The Washington Post. She lives in Maryland with her husband and three children. Visit her website at www.michellesingletary.com.


From the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Assets; Abridged edition (December 16, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739310593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739310595
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 4.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,448,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I purchased the audio book and I listen to it while at work and it was excellent. Of course there were some things that I didn't agree with, but I am taking what applies to me and using it. This is an excellent book for people that really need to get their finances in order. Most of us are in really serious debt, and if you want to really get a grip on your over zealous spending, this is the book! It gives you some really good and practical advice to get you started. Plus you get some good old fashion advice from Michelle's Big Mama. This book is an excellent choice and I would recommend it to anyone!
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By A Customer on December 28, 2003
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This book costs 20 dollars, and the best financial advice you can get from it is YOU JUST WASTED 20 BUCKS.
While her "Mantras" are more or less accurate, she relies on marketing rather than substance to sell her product. Given the vast numbers of financial books out there, you will do a whole lot better someplace else.
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