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The financial crash and subsequent recession have exploded many people's ideas of how money was supposed to work: micro and macro financial behaviors that precipitated the stock and real estate bubbles have now been shown to be ill-conceived, dangerous, and unsustainable. Financial columnist Weston provides a workable happy medium between fear and fecklessness, guiding readers to create a budget that works in the real world, create a survival plan with cash and credit, pay off debt the smart way, embrace risk sensibly, plan for retirement, and maintain communication about spending in a marriage and a family. Loaded with tips and ideas and illustrated with plenty of examples, this book hits all the major themes for total financial literacy in a conversational, digestible tone, backed up with clear "action steps" at the end of each chapter. A godsend for the financially befuddled, bewildered, or just plain anxious. (Jan.) (c)
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"A wonderful basic personal finance book [with] enough counterintuitive ideas to keep even people who know a bit about personal finance reading further." — The New York Times

"Where other authors often get it wrong, Weston gets it right. She digs into the data like nobody else." — Elisabeth Leamy, ABC News

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; 1 edition (December 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452297621
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452297623
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Liz Pulliam Weston is the most-read personal finance columnist on the Internet, according to Nielsen//NetRatings. She's also an award-winning, nationally-syndicated personal finance columnist who can make the most complex money topics understandable to the average reader.

Her first book, "Your Credit Score," is the best-selling book on credit scoring and was recently published in a fourth edition. Her other recent books include "The 10 Commandments of Money" and the ebook "There Are No Dumb Questions About Money."

Liz's columns run twice a week on MSN Money, which reaches more than 12 million readers each month. Millions more read her question-and-answer column 'Money Talk,' which appears in newspapers throughout the country, including the Los Angeles Times, the Portland Oregonian, Stars & Stripes and others.

Liz has appeared on "The Dr. Phil Show," "The Today Show" and "CBS Evening News with Brian Williams" and is frequently featured on American Public Media's "Marketplace Money" and NPR's 'Talk of the Nation' and "All Things Considered." She was for several years a weekly commentator on CNBC's "Power Lunch."

Weston is a graduate of the certified financial planner training program at University of California, Irvine. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter. She can be reached via her Web site, AskLizWeston.com.

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156 of 161 people found the following review helpful By Susanna Hutcheson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 21, 2011
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I found this to be one of the better personal finance books available at this time. It's written strictly for the new normal, an economy that's badly wounded and not healing quickly.

Weston, unlike Suze Orman and many others, understands that cash strapped, debt-ridden people can't build a large emergency fund and pay off debt and do it all. There has to be a real, workable way to get ones debts and financial life under control.

Her book is based on the realistic, the possible, the doable. When you've finished reading this book, you'll have hope. You can begin to take control of your financial life and dig out.

Now, not all chapters will concern all readers. But there's something here for everyone. Here's what you'll find.

1ST COMMANDMENT - Create a Budget That Works in the Real World
2ND COMMANDMENT - Create a Survival Plan with Cash and Credit
3RD COMMANDMENT - Pay Off Debt the Smart Way
4TH COMMANDMENT - Don't Avoid Risk . . . Embrace It--but Sensibly
5TH COMMANDMENT - Your Home Is Not a Piggy Bank--Preserve Its Equity
6TH COMMANDMENT - Saving for Retirement Must Come First
7TH COMMANDMENT - Get a College Education You Can Afford
8TH COMMANDMENT - Reserve Insurance for the Big Losses
9TH COMMANDMENT - Treat Your Marriage Like a Business
10TH COMMANDMENT - Defend Yourself in the War on Consumers
CONCLUSION
RESOURCES

Many personal finance gurus today are telling readers to call their credit card companies and ask for lower rates. Guess what? BIG MISTAKE.

"Until the credit crunch, the standard advice was to "call your issuer and ask for a lower rate." After all, the worst your issuer could do was say no, right? That tactic often worked before the financial crisis.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By tvbambi on February 24, 2011
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As one whose intellectual acuity diametrically opposed to her fiscal common sense, I found Liz Weston's The Ten Commandments of Money to be a wonderful resource for smart people who tend to do dumb things with money. Weston's book is like a great teacher's lecture: she never talks down to you, she shows diligence in making sure that you understand the key concepts and she gives you the tools to utilize what you've learned. I have already begun to put some of the commandments to work and I no longer feel that getting financially healthy is for other folks and not for me. Thank you, Ms. Weston!
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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Zachary H. Bissonnette on January 30, 2011
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If you're familiar with Liz Weston's stuff from her columns, you know what she offers: a depth of research that is unparalleled in the personal finance world -- and a very high level of attention to changes in laws and policies and how they effect your bottom line.

In The 10 Commandments of Money, she shows how the old rules about money led people into the financial outhouse -- and how they can get out.

Her approach is nuanced and intellectual: You never have to believe Liz Weston's opinion about anything; it's always backed up and she's the guide who puts it all together.

If you're looking for a personal finance guide that will change your life, you can't do much better than this one.

Zac Bissonnette
Author of Debt-Free U.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Angelynn on April 24, 2011
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I found this book to be clear, concise and motivating. Liz offers flexibilty and understanding in her writing. Unlike On My Own Two Feet: A Modern Girl's Guide to Personal Finance this book offers advice for both full and part-time workers on proper budgeting, doesn't assume you can magically make more money on a whim, but offers possible side jobs and other ideas to bolster my income as well as supplement my earnings during the lean months that really got me thinking! She doesn't have to try to be hip but her writing comes across in the most friendly, caring and optimistic tone, which I found to be more efficient. I was extremely happy and satisfied with this book and walked away with not only a game plan (to pay down debt but also save in a manner condusive with my income) that can grow with me, but a vital reference as she suggests other helpful books and websites.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Brooklynite1018 on May 11, 2011
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This book is awesome to describe it in one word. The book is so resourceful that I purchased it for a friend as a gift because of the wealth of information in it. I'm an avid fan of Suze but let's face it some of her advice is hard to apply to your own financial circumstance (like the 8 month emergency fund). Liz Weston is offering solid, practical advice for the current economic climate. This book is a great reference book and one that you will want to use page markers and a high lighter with.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By DFFTX on November 29, 2012
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Don't recommend this book for folks that have read significant financial planning data, especially don't recommend on a kindle..... Might be a better fit as a pure entry level book.

Positives
+ Limited useful data - especially chart data - and facts pertinent to both retirement and personal finance. While not definitive the data provided is useful for preliminary conclusions.
+Fairly well written and well organized with clear documentation of reference material.

Negatives
-too many history lessons and stories, not enough forward looking analysis and data
-Parrots too much very general, standard personal finance guidance with limited actionable data
-lean/tilt in ` sources or in the actual writing' has no real place in quantitative work - which is what personal finance is - quantitative. In general, in my opinion, financial/investment institution data both trumps academics theoretical work and 'example stories'.... For others, I suggest doing what I did not in this case and will in the future, checking the history of authors in terms of contributions,publications, afflications.

*Serious `tick-off' I guess I'm too new to kindle - because:
---- Some of the best data is in Tables that are very low contrast, faint and hard to read on a regular kindle - especially when in some sort of motion - like on an elliptical or riding as a passenger in a vehicle. Really ridiculous to sell something not completely usable .... While Searching for ways to fix, I find it is a common issue. Amazon should tag eBooks as Not Appropriate for certain kindles - if that is what the real situation is and the author should make sure the product works..... but I suppose that is just my opinion ...
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