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Debt Free For Life: The Finish Rich Plan for Financial Freedom Audible – Unabridged

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Format: Hardcover
I like David Bach and have purchased several of his other books but this one is not any different from what he has offered in the pages of all of the others. This was a total waste of money to me because I already have read this same advice in his other books repeatedly. This book seems to have been written primarily for the chapter on Debt Wise which is his partnership with Equifax. I wouldn't advise you purchase this book if you have any of his others, there is nothing new.
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Format: Hardcover
I had never read anything by this author before and not sure I'd even heard of him. But I read this book and found it quite good. It's a valuable resource and has numerous helpful ideas. Unfortunately, the author spends a lot of precious space promoting some of his money-making ventures that, while no doubt helpful and useful, can be a bit expensive to already strapped readers. I have no major issue with this. Certainly we can't nor should we expect anyone to provide valuable information for free. Yet when we pay for a book, we sort of expect that to pay for the information. Having said that, the author has made this and at least one other of his books available free online. So I guess he uses it to promote himself and his businesses.

I found that a lot of the information and tools are available free online. His website is a bit of a pain to navigate, with popups and other annoying things.

He didn't answer the question that Suze Orman left in many people's minds about getting an emergency fund prior to paying off debt. But he certainly does help a person gather all he needs to plan a real attack against debt and if nothing else is garnered from the book, this is worth the price.

It is a helpful book and some areas will concern the reader perhaps more than others. But if you're looking for help in getting out of debt, this is a great place to start.

Highly recommended.

-- Susanna K. Hutcheson
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Very similar from all of his previous books. This book felt like a sales pitch for his previous books and debtwise throughout. Not much new information to offer. I really enjoyed his book, Smart Women Finish Rich. This book didn't add anything new to my basic personal finance knowledge. Definitely not worth your time if you have read any of his previous work.
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Format: Hardcover
There were some worthwhile chapters, such as a good explanation of credit scores and basic information about debt counseling and bankruptcy, however, I was put off by the strong "motivational" language and claims that America is in debt becuase we have been "misled" by credit card companies and "programmed" by advertisers to buy stuff we don't need. The entire first two or three chapters are basically just telling people to get mad about the fact that they are in debt.

There wasn't really any explanation of budgeting or how to cut back on expenses, which is primarily what I was looking for. There were lots of references to go to the author's website, where you are pushed to buy more products. At least one entire chapter of the book was a very strong sales pitch for Equifax and Debt-Wise ($14.95 a month). There were a couple of chapters that would probably only apply to a small percentage of readers - unclaimed property websites and time barred debt.

Overall, the author's approach appears very generalistic. There is no distinction made between high income or low income readers, or high or low interest rate debt. Buzzwords were emphasized over substance.

I typically love David Bach books, but I was disappointed in this one.
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By RB on January 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I've read all of David Bach's book and WHAT HAPPENED? I didn't find the book to be as informative and found the push for the online service a focus. I would recommend the earlier books to this one.
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David Bach has written a dozen books on financing, and I reviewed "Start Late, Finish Rich" several years ago. I called that book "easy-to-read" and "filled with simple ideas about spending less, saving more, making more and living rich" even if you got a late start. It short, it was chock-full of common sense ideas about finances.

I'm happy to report that "Debt Free For Life" is more of the same. It's not hard to see why more than 7 million books by this author are in print.

It used to be that financial planners advised people that there was "good debt" (debt used to buy your home or invest in a college education) and bad debt. Due in part to the current recession and the massive debt owed by many individuals, Bach now argues that there is no such thing as good debt.

As he says in his introduction: "The truth is that this recession has changed everything. Homes are going down in value and people with college degrees are looking for jobs.... The truth is that when you're in debt, it doesn't matter what you've borrowed the money for. The only thing that matters is whether or not you can afford to pay it back. And if you can't, all debt is bad debt."

Bach convincingly argues that the best investment you can make today isn't the stock market, gold, bonds or any other venture that typically comes to mind. Instead, he advices that the best investment you can make over the next five years is to pay off all your debts.

This book explores all the major ways for folks to become debt free. Included are chapters on how to save on credit cards, college loans, mortgages and ways for people to get out of debt once and for all.
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