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Worth It ... Not Worth It?: Simple & Profitable Answers to Life's Tough Financial Questions [Kindle Edition]

Jack Otter
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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Credit or debit? Rent or buy a house? Buy or lease a car? Take or decline the rental car insurance? Renovate the kitchen or finish the basement? Buy stocks or mutual funds?

Every day we are forced to make financial decisions, but the right answers all seem to require complicated, mind-numbing research. And who has time for homework when you're paying for a bag of Fritos at 7-11? Or filling out a payroll form on the first day of a new job? Thankfully, there's WORTH IT . . . NOT WORTH IT?

WORTH IT . . . NOT WORTH IT? demystifies complex, real-world dilemmas and breaks the answers down into simple, Do This/Not That solutions. Organized around six basic topics-Getting Started, Shelter, Automotive, Investing, Family Matters, and Retirement-this handy book is the Swiss Army knife of personal finance.



Editorial Reviews

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I wish I had written this book! "Worth It/ Not Worth It"-this books is definitely WORTH IT. Jack Otter, is great writer, fabulous editor-and has written a wonderful, fun book that quickly answers your most pressing financial questions. The format is also unique, which I really enjoyed. I think this is a great "gift book" for the graduate season that is quickly approaching. Enjoy!
David Bach #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Automatic Millionaire and Start Late, Finish Rich
Founder of FinishRich.com


Where have you been all my life, Jack Otter!

Gayle King, CBS This Morning

The premise of reducing every investment decision to either/or is entertaining, and if it challenges you to think why you are deviating from his suggestions, so much the better.—The New York Times

About the Author

Jack Otter is the editor of Barrons.com. Formerly the executive editor of CBS Moneywatch.com, he has more than a decade of experience as a business journalist, having been on staff at Newsday and SmartMoney. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and two children. Follow him on Twitter @JackOtter.

Product Details

  • File Size: 14233 KB
  • Print Length: 139 pages
  • Publisher: Business Plus (May 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007BGQA82
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #460,406 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WORTH IT AT 10 TIMES THE PRICE May 1, 2012
By carlasf
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Worth it....Not Worth It delivers a huge return on two of our most valuable assets: time and money.
The format requires very little of the former. Otter aims for brevity over War and Peace length explanations. You've got questions about personal finance? Otter's got the answers, fast and sweet, but with just enough explanation to give you confidence he knows what the heck he's talking about. It's also a fun read, which should qualify it for some special award given how dry personal finance can be. And as for the money angle...Well, I haven't done the math, but conservatively I bet following just half the advice in this book could save you more than six figures over your lifetime. Worth it Not Worth It is worth it for anyone looking to get on top of their financial life. But it strikes me as especially spot on for any recent college grad you might know: Start out in the real world with Otter showing you the way on the money front and you're gonna be just fine.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grandma says " yes" May 4, 2012
By MF
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I bought this book for my Kindle to see if it might be helpful for my grandchildren as they begin their careers. It was a fabulous find: just what they need. May I add that Grandma found it helpful as well!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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This book is the essential 'CLEAR UP MY QUESTIONS', and confusion about so many money issues. I am 46 and finding it is entirely relevant on many levels, but I'm also ordering extra copies for a slew of high school and college graduates because they need to get their head around these issues while they're young. The book is simple, straightforward, and really gives good advice about so many things in your life that relate to money. By taking out the overwhelming detail out it's one you will want to read in one sitting.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's really Worth It!! May 4, 2012
By retto
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This book, Worth It...Not Worth It delivers invaluable advice for 20 somethings through 80 somethings. Wow, it's a must read and easy to read.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Material But ... August 9, 2012
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The book offers a variety of interesting tips and is worthy of reading it. However, it appears that the book was printed in a rush or under a very tight budget such that several pages have been cut-off at the beginning of the sentences and as a result it is sometimes hard to understand what the book is saying (since we're missing the first few words of each sentence in several pages).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple answers to life's not so simple situations August 5, 2012
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book for my college aged daughter, to open up a conversation about money and life planning.

It's a great little gem with loads of information in a small amount of real estate.

From college planning, to cars and homes vs. organic and nonorganic vegetables. From insurance to stocks vs. mutual funds and annuities and ETF's. What to do?

This book gives the simple answers. Along with some wisely placed descriptive photos!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT COLLEGE GRADUATION GIFT September 6, 2012
By JEK
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I bought this book as a birthday gift for my 30 yr old son, who is very conciencious about his finances. The advice is put into easy to understand terms, and does not go into lengthy, boring details. I also found some good advice for my husband & me, who are starting to think of retirement issues. I think this book is an excellent gift idea for college graduates who will need to make good financial decisions for their future.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth It June 11, 2012
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Quick and to the Point. Each subject is written so it can be easily understood. A short page or two on the subject, and you have it. If you need financial answers quick, this is the book to buy. It is not a professional person, but it will point you in the right direction.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good bood
This is a very good book to show you what you may not know or have learned.
I got 4 of them for all my kids.
Published 7 months ago by Cindy
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and easy to read ,great for the young starters.
If the young folks would read this and apply some of the suggestions they can and will be very comfortable in their later life
Published 7 months ago by James W. Budge
3.0 out of 5 stars Basic information.
Good basic read but really nothing new.
Can honestly say I did not get any new ideas. I was a bit disappointed.
Published 8 months ago by Edward stayer
5.0 out of 5 stars worth It
Great financial advice for any age. Quick and easy read that I know I will reference for years to come.
Published 8 months ago by Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading for All Recent Grads
I loved this book. It addressed so many questions regarding the everyday financial conundrums we all wonder about. The layout makes it very easy to read and digest.
Published 14 months ago by Anson G. Stookey
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
Very basic stuff, short and to the point for those who don't like to read. Great for a young person
Published 15 months ago by webbd
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple but good
We bought a copy for each of our kids. Good basic information anyone could benefit from reading. The book is worth it!
Published 17 months ago by Sally
1.0 out of 5 stars I hate fiction
I do not like fiction. this stuff is stupid. If I can't find any more free stuff to watch that I like I will cancel this subscription.
Published 17 months ago by Linda L Firlik
5.0 out of 5 stars thank u jack otter
Thank god I read yr book in July just before the market took off. Instead of making 15dollars and 17 cents on bank acct interest from my savings, I increased my principal more than... Read more
Published 17 months ago by nancy owens
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite helpful
It's a quick overview of financial considerations but I thought it was quite helpful overall especially regarding purchasing or leasing a car.

Helen White
Published 18 months ago by Helen M. White
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More About the Author

Jack Otter is the Executive Editor of CBS MoneyWatch.com, and he has more than a decade of experience as a business journalist, having been on staff at Newsday, Dow Jones, and SmartMoney. He has also written for The Wall Street Journal, O magazine and The New Yorker. The author has appeared on NBC's Today, CBS's The Early Show, CNN, CNBC, Fox Business and other programs to talk about personal finance and health topics. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and two children.


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