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Simple Money Solutions: 10 Ways You Can Stop Feeling Overwhelmed by Money and Start Making It Work for You Hardcover – February 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Business; 1 edition (February 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812931750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812931754
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,569,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

When it comes to money, many personal finance gurus know their stuff. The problems start when they try to get you to know your stuff. Nancy Lloyd is a smart and entertaining exception. In Simple Money Solutions, Lloyd offers specific, detailed advice in a conversational, easy-to-digest style. The result is a book of tips that will inspire readers to put workable ideas into practice and reap the financial rewards.

Having earned economics degrees from Princeton and Cornell, Lloyd spent a number of years working for the Federal Reserve Board as an expert on consumer credit and banking issues, and then for IBM in finance, marketing, and strategic planning. Her obvious knack for translating the complexities of managing personal finances into simple, workable solutions for the average person has since propelled Lloyd into print and radio journalism. Simple Money Solutions is a how-to book on money management, using real-life tales of financial woe to present solid, effective advice. For readers with perpetual credit card debt and an ongoing battle with different "low-interest" credit card companies, the chapter "Take Charge of Your Credit" will be particularly useful. For those with money to invest, Lloyd points out the advantages and pitfalls of the various methods, including ways to choose a broker, what types of accounts to set up, and when (if ever) to trade online. Her tips are sometimes repeated in numerous different sections, but good advice is usually worth repeating. Moreover, Lloyd does not profess that her readers will be able to solve all their money problems on their own; in the chapter "Boost Your Money IQ," she provides the reader with a wealth of information on when to consider hiring a financial planner, where to look for one, and how to verify the impartiality of their advice. Written in a format and style that make it accessible and user-friendly, this book will help lift you out of the money mire, and provide just what its title offers--solutions. --S. Ketchum

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Lloyd is the personal finance commentator for National Public Radio's Morning Edition, an economist at the Federal Reserve Board, and a frequent contributor to magazines such as Modern Maturity and Good Housekeeping. She is sometimes billed as "the Martha Stewart of money," but the "simple solutions" promised by her title suggest more the everyday practicality and uncomplicated "do-ability" of "hints from Heloise." Lloyd's tips and advice fit into 10 broad categories, which include credit, home buying and mortgages, pay and benefits, family finance, and retirement. Using real characters to illustrate a wide diversity of specific topics, she simplifies asking for a raise, setting a child's allowance, placing an order with an online broker, and researching the used-car market. David Rouse

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Customer Reviews

The solutions in this book are simple but crucial to your financial future.
Timothy
It's very well written and the steps in each chapter make it extremely easy to follow this excellent money advice.
Kay Stevenson
I saw Diane Sawyer interview Nancy LLoyd on GOOD MORNING AMERICA about this amazing book so I bought it.
Diana

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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful By cory on June 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Nancy Lloyd gave me just the motivation and solid advice I needed. She showed what to do to shape up my finances, when to do it to get the best results and she gave me the confidence to tackle it. Best of all, I'm succeeding! I wish I'd had this book years ago.
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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful By BJ Evans on June 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my daughter who just got her MBA. While the pay gap between men and women is reportedly narrowing, most women still don't know how to make the most of the money we have. That's too bad since we're likely to be on our own financially for at least several years in our lives (more women are not ever getting married or their marriages are ending due to divorce or death of a husband). This book showed me what my daughter and I need to know about money through the various milestones in our lives. This book does for money what "PLAY LIKE A MAN, WIN LIKE A WOMAN," by Gail Evans does for work-life gameplaying. Since they're not teaching any of this in college, you should buy copies of both books for your daughters and keep a copy of each for yourself.
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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Courtney on June 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I'm a big fan of Oprah and applaud her goal of encouraging reading. Most of her books are great and life changing. If you truly want to take charge of your finances, Nancy Lloyd's book, "Simple Money Solution" will work for you. It worked for me and my friends because it is, just as its name implies, simple. By that I mean that it clearly and simply explains how to get a handle on your money, how to put an end to spending on autopilot and how to replace self-defeating money habits with better ones. It doesn't take "courage" to be rich. It just takes a savvy book and an open mind. This book did something for me, my sisters, my mother and my friends that other money books did not -- Simple Money Solutions worked!
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Linc on November 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Morningstar just raved about this book again and so did CNBC's Power Lunch so it proves what I realized when I bought it a few weeks ago. This book works for real people.
If all those other money books on the market really worked, why would people have to keep buying new ones? SIMPLE MONEY SOLUTIONS is a breed of its own. Nancy Lloyd actually has financial credentials -- and strong ones at that. I've been following her advice for years on ABC Radio so I knew before I bought this book that the information would be useful. I just had no idea HOW USEFUL it would be. It's fun to read and jam-packed with great ideas. For instance, I didn't know what the best thing to do was with my 401(k) but Nancy cut through all the mumbo jumbo that you see in other books and clearly showed me how to make the best choices for me and my family's needs. Her advice on trusts, college-investment plans and other investments is also superb. I'm now using the chapter on remodeling a home so that I can avoid costly pitfalls and choose the best financing alternative. Excellent book!!
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Ron on July 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The thought of managing my money was about as exciting as watching paint dry. Still, "it's one of those nasty things that grownups have to do." At least that's what my boss told us as he gave everyone on our team this book. I've tried other money books before but never saw much in the way of results.
But this book is different. It's readable (quickly) and it's understandable. Best of all the advice is simple to follow. I finally understand the differences between Roth IRAs and the old kind. I also see how to get my boss to pay more of my expenses by making better use of my Flexible Spending Account (it's like getting a 36% raise) and putting enough money into my 401(k) retirement savings plan so that my boss hands me extra money. (My boss is matching 50 cents for every dollar I contribute -- what other investment today guarantees a 50% return?)
Last month I used Nancy's strategies in Chapter 7 to convince my boss to give me a $6,700 raise. I'll bet he's sorry he gave all of us the book because the 7 of us who have read it are already in better shape financially -- largely because our boss is picking up more of our living expenses!
This book has worked for the 7 of us in big money ways. That's more than I could say about the other money books I've tried.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By may g on March 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I've been reading Nancy's helpful money advice columns in Family Circle Magazine for several years. She is very good at explaining a broad range of money topics so that I can understand them and follow the advice.
She begins each chapter by recounting stories about real people and then gives step by step details on how you can avoid making the money mistakes so many of us unknowingly make.
Her chapters on teaching kids about money, saving for college, starting to invest with only a few dollars a month and getting a grip on credit cards were especially helpful to me. Unlike other money advice books I've tried to read but had to give up on, the advice in this book makes sense and can be followed even if you have a fear of finances.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By janice on May 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I worried about money all the time but I knew so little about it that I didn't even know what I didn't know. This book laid out a clear plan of where to begin and how and in what order to proceed. Following Nancy Lloyd's advice I've slashed my credit card costs and started taking advantage of a lot of "free money" at work (flexible spending account and 401(k)). With this extra cash (more than $3,000 this year so far) I am now starting a college fund for my kids and my family will be able to afford a vacation for the first time in three years. If you have a family or credit cards and don't want to work into your 80s this book will show you the way to financial freedom.
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