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Debt-Proof Your Marriage: How to Achieve Financial Harmony (Debt-Proof Living) Paperback – September 1, 2004
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Hunt, founder and publisher of the money-saving newsletter Cheapskate Monthly, offers advice for couples wanting to keep their finances on track. She begins by recounting her own financial missteps, which started when she and her husband incurred incredible debt while trying to start their own business. To regain financial security, they cut back dramatically and spent several years rebuilding a nest egg. This is a common pattern, says Hunt, even for those not facing a hefty investment, because spouses often have different "money personalities." When spenders marry savers, conflict is inevitable unless the pair works out a financial plan. With Hunt's deep Christian sensibility, she presents the "10-10-80" plan: giving 10% of one's income to charity, paying oneself 10% and living on the remaining 80%. Following this strategy can be liberating and prevent most major financial crises, writes Hunt. She offers an array of useful, though not original, budgeting basics, from living frugally to borrowing smartly. While the information is helpful, Hunt's religious and generally old-fashioned attitudes aren't for everyone. For example, she advises men to make deposits in their wives' "Love Bank" by "bring[ing] her little presents for no particular reason" and "put[ting] the toilet seat in the down position. Every time." Hunt also offers "A Call to Faithfulness" chapter. Given the abundance of books on this topic, Hunt's will be best appreciated by her existing fans.
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Financial disharmony can blow a marriage apart. But financial harmony can bind it together. No matter what your financial situation looks like right now, you and your spouse can take steps toward being debt-free and strengthen your marriage in the process. In this highly practical book, Mary Hunt helps you bring the principles of intimacy-including acceptance, freedom, safety, and honesty-into money management and thus create an atmosphere that unifies two lives into one. Debt-Proof Your Marriage is packed with real-life advice and sprinkled with humor that will renew your hope and determination. It covers everything you need for managing your money in harmony. You'll learn - how to reconcile different money behaviors and beliefs, - the eighty percent solution, - forty places to find money that you didn't know you had, - and much more. Reading this book will empower you to take care of the present, clean up the past, and prepare for a successful, financially sound future. And most importantly, it will empower you to live debt-free-protecting your marriage, your money, and your peace of mind. "Mary Hunt is one of the country's leading experts on getting out of debt."-Biography Magazine "Hunt's upbeat attitude doesn't come across as a lecture, and she makes it clear she's not denying herself simple pleasures."-Los Angeles Times
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Regardless, the same passion and good sense is now expressed with a pleasant and flowing presentation that makes her medicine all the more bearable to the debt-laden patient.
Simply put, this lady can write!
Mary Hunt's book about finances in marriage sparkles. She has taken conventional wisdom about marriage, gender differences, and biblical teaching about a generous Creator and woven it together with her trademark 10-10-80 approach to managing money (give 10%, save 10%, spend 80%). Revell has helped out by packaging a supremely attractive book (the colors, the spacing, the flawless editing ...) at a decent price.
A major first section sports the title 'Get Your Relationship Ready for Financial Harmony'. Hunt's own story reveals that she knows how taxing financial stress and indebtedness often are on a marriage, so she's chosen to invest significant pages reminding her readers of some basic gender patterns and communication skills. You'll get a little bit of 'Men are from Mars, Women from Venus ...' language in this section, but always winsomely packaged and with an awareness of how individuals vary.
Then it's on to 'How to Debt-Proof Your Marriage', ten short chapters that present material Hunt has developed and presented elsewhere since the 1992 launch of her 'Cheapskate' business.
A third section ('Unique Solutions for Common Dilemmas') is almost an extended set of appendices, each valuable for reference or inspiration.
As a reader of a fair amount of material on debt and its effects on individuals and families, I have gravitated to Mary Hunt's work as the steady best. Debt-Proof Your Marriage is her high watermark thus far.