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The 10 Commandments of Money: Survive and Thrive in the New Economy Paperback – December 27, 2011
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"Where other authors often get it wrong, Weston gets it right. She digs into the data like nobody else." — Elisabeth Leamy, ABC News
Top Customer Reviews
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
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.Read more ›
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.
Author of Debt-Free U.
+ 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.
-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 ...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book. It gives step by step directions for each income category and it takes the holistic approach.Published 3 months ago by Feng
Simple but effective ideas. This book instilled in me the desire and motivation to live within my means more effectively, as well as prepare for retirement because she lays out how... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Wesley T. Nelson
LIZ WESTON knows finance and her words are for everybody who wants to be trouble free with their finances. Read morePublished 11 months ago by LibertarianReview
Very good advice right here. Easy to read and understand. The economy has changed and this is some good advice for this new era of economics. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jimmy James