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Personal Finance For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Eric Tyson
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Book Description

The proven guide to taking control of your finances

The bestselling Personal Finance For Dummies has helped countless readers budget their funds successfully, rein in debt, and build a strong foundation for the future. Now, renowned financial counselor Eric Tyson combines his time-tested financial advice along with updates to his strategies that reflect changing economic conditions, giving you a better-than-ever guide to taking an honest look at your current financial health and setting realistic goals for the future.

Inside, you'll find techniques for tracking expenditures, reducing spending, and getting out from under the burden of high-interest debt. Tyson explains the basics of investing in plain English, as well as the risks, returns, and options for popular investment strategies. He also covers ways to save for college and special events, tame your taxes, and financially survive the twists and turns that life delivers.

  • The bestselling, tried-and-true guide to taking control of finances, now updated to cover current economic conditions
  • Provides concrete, actionable advice for anyone facing great financial hardship
  • Helps you avoid or get out of debt and budget funds more successfully
  • Eric Tyson, MBA, is a nationally recognized personal finance counselor and the author of numerous For Dummies titles, including Home Buying For Dummies, Investing For Dummies, and Mutual Funds For Dummies, among others

There's no need to stress over an uncertain economy — just read Personal Finance For Dummies and protect your financial future!

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The fast and easy way to achieve your financial goals

Renowned personal finance expert Eric Tyson combines his time-tested financial advice with updated strategies to give you everything you need to protect your financial future. You'll get concrete, action-oriented guidance for tracking expenditures, reducing spending, getting out of debt, investing wisely, saving for college and other events, and financially surviving life's unexpected twists and turns.

  • Assess your fitness and set goals — improve your financial literacy, measure your financial health, find out where your money goes, and set your monetary goals

  • Save more, spend less — get practical advice on how to deal with debt, reduce your spending, and tame those daunting taxes

  • Build wealth with wise investing — discover how you can boost your personal wealth with real estate, mutual funds, and more

  • Protect what you've got — find out how to get insurance coverage for all of your assets at the best price

  • Where to go for more help — get helpful guidance on working with financial planners, using your computer to manage your money, and seeking (and avoiding) financial media outlets

"Provides tremendous insight and guidance into the world of investing and other money issues."
PBS Nightly Business Report

"Smart advice . . . rewards your candor with advice and comfort."

Open the book and find:

  • The best ways to reduce, minimize, and eliminate debt

  • Smart ways to use credit and qualify for the best loan terms

  • Advice, reviews, and dangers of "free" online personal finance content

  • New and pending changes to tax laws

  • Tips for buying the right insurance

  • Strategies for investing in your home and other real estate

  • How to make sense of the news and various financial resources

Learn to:

  • Evaluate and manage your financial fitness

  • Save more and spend less

  • Assess your credit report and improve your score

  • Make smart investments in any economic environment

About the Author

Eric Tyson ( is an internationally acclaimed and bestselling personal finance book author, syndicated columnist, and speaker. He is also the author of Investing For Dummies and coauthor of Home Buying Kit For Dummies, both national bestsellers.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1579 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 7 edition (May 30, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00888KN62
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,121 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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I'm coming at this book from a somewhat unique perspective. I recently read the same author's Personal Finance in Your 20s For Dummies. In fact, Mr. Tyson has written a range of finance-related "For Dummies" books.

I'm not saying this book is bad; far from it. It contains a plethora of pertinent, practical information. However, after finishing a read-through, it felt like I had already read about 75% of the information before.

If you are looking into a book to make personal finance easier to grasp, this is it. However, if you have already read one of Tyson's other books, be forewarned that you will be treading over much of the same ground.
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47 of 58 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars You Can Safely Pass On This One August 22, 2012
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Personal Finance for Dummies seemingly begins well and like all other books in the Dummies series, it reads easily. The book consists of twenty-two (22) chapters organized into six (6) parts, with a glossary of key terms and an index. Also, like other Dummies books, it has an abbreviated and an extended table of contents, allowing the reader to partake in the book's contents out-of-sequence and to focus solely on the topics of interest.

The book contained just enough good points to leave intrepid readers that finish it with the impression, beyond the impressive heft of the text (it has some 460 pages), that they got something for their precious time and valuable money. Readers new to the topic of personal finance, the target audience of the book, will benefit to a limited extent from its contents. Old hands to the topic, however, will find the book's length daunting, its execution frustrating and the content problematic.

Still, the book did possess a few notable merits, particularly its wholehearted encouragement to the reader to 1) investigate all financial products and information before making a decision and 2) develop a healthy skepticism towards financial information. For this the book deserves high praise.

However, these two merits failed to overcome the book's principal demerits, which include, among other things, too much self-promotion, a preachy tone, too many ill-conceived biases and poorly considered advice based on flawed assumptions. The book generally fails as a personal financial guide because of a number of dubious assumptions- some explicit, but many implicit- that the author makes throughout the text.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars moderately disapppointed December 26, 2012
By vkapur
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The advice was overall good, but I was expecting more detail. For instance, in the saving in retirement accounts section, the advice is so basic that it is even less useful than a Wikipedia definition. It quickly summarizes only some of the rules and leaves the reader confused. In discussing ETFs and mutual funds, it would be helpful if the author highlighted certain funds. Yes, that would entail some risk for the author, but the book was purchased to gain some insight and value out of it. The advice rarely ventures beyond the generic.

It's almost like the book was written to tempt us to go and purchase a subscription to the author's website which is mentioned repeatedly. Ironically, the author criticizes various for cost subscriptions, but does not hesitate in promoting his own subscription based website.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish I had read this 10 years ago November 15, 2012
I give this book a large share of credit for putting me back on the right path financially.

About 4 or 5 years ago, I started to enter my early 30's with the very uncomfortable realization that my knowledge of financial matters was severely lacking. I wasn't a reckless spender by nature, but I was just making bad decisions with money. I had been carrying a couple thousand dollar balance on a credit card for the previous 6 years, I would finance any large consumer purchase I needed to make, and (just for good measure), I was refusing to participate in a fully matched 401(k) program at work because I didn't want to lose the money out of my paycheck. All of this prohibited me from accumulating real savings of any kind during my 20's.

So in an effort to educate myself and remedy the problem, I picked up this book and read it. I found it to be immensely helpful.

Like many books in the Dummies franchise, Personal Finance provides a very broad overview of many of the major factors that a person should know about. It may not give as much detail on certain subjects as you would like, but Tyson lists many other sources and additional reading that you can follow up on if you wish to. I learned many helpful things in this book, especially the importance of paying off consumer credit cards, knowing how to distinguish between good and bad debt, and the overview of mutual funds and investing.

Now, 5 years later, I can say things are different: I have gotten rid of all my consumer debt and put together a 6-month emergency fund. I now take advantage of my employer's 401(k) and I have been maxing out my own Roth IRA for the last 3 years. I've saved a nice bit of money towards retirement...more than I could imagine would be possible just a few years ago.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I've always been fascinated with personal finance, and have tried my own strategy by reading up online. I finally came to terms that I should get a book and lear about it after reading the reviews - and i'm so glad I did! there were a lot of things I wasnt aware of and I was about to learn AND apply the knowledge right away. Actually am making way more using the knowledge than had I not spent the $15 for the book.
I liked it so much I got another copy for my sister who hates finance. I never thought she would pick up a book and learn about finance, but wow, was I wrong!
Highly recommended!
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Published 1 month ago by Sweet Susan
4.0 out of 5 stars A great place to start.
Very helpful for getting my head around some fairly large and comprehensive topics that I had no exposure to before. A great place to start!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great reference for many personal finance issues
A great reference for many personal finance issues. Doesn't provide excessive information, and the info it provides is high yield and useful.
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This is pretty good. I really liked the way the author talked about the why's of what we do and how to guard against bias. A good book.
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Haven't read it yet, but have previewed it, and it looks *very* thorough!! :-)
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