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Master Your Debt: Slash Your Monthly Payments and Become Debt Free Hardcover – January 26, 2010
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Of course in order to figure out where you are going and how to get there, you still have to know where you are starting from. Goodman does provide the basics for getting a handle on the current state of your finances and emphasizes that the best way to move forward financially is to be completely honest about where you are. The next two chapters are dedicated to understanding how credit scores are calculated and what steps you can take to improve yours and how to reduce the risk of identity theft. Although identity theft can be devastating to one's finances, it is not a topical I have seen so thoroughly covered in a finance book.
Goodman offers some interesting advice on how to negotiate the best mortgage with the chances in lending practices and also on using a HELOC to repay your mortgage at a faster rate. I would caution that one must be very financially responsible to use his recommended payment methods because, unless you are paying very close attention, it would be easy to simply get deeper into debt instead of reducing it.
Goodman completely covers the new laws covering credit cards that recently went into effect and the impact those laws are having on even consumers who regularly pay their credit card bills in full and on time.Read more ›
This is not a book about budgeting or balancing checkbooks. The topics covered are slightly more advanced and include credit card balance transfers, HELOCs, mortgages, alternative student loan options, and alternative borrowing/loans (such as prosper.com). I personally enjoyed the author's different and additional information on these areas. It is all information that you could figure out on your own researching the Internet, but it was nice to have it all together in book format (I read the Kindle version and it provides helpful links to some of the websites that the author suggests).
As I said, you could obtain all of the information provided in this book online, but for people who do not have the time to be researching varied financial options out there, this book is a good resource and quick read.
Yes, as others have said, in some regards this book was outdated before it was even published, but there are enough links to current websites and sources and enough of the information is fundamental in a way that the book is still a worthwhile read. As the author states, the credit and finance world has changed dramatically in the last few years. If you have not been able to keep up with the changes, this book will help you catch up.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Purchased this book in order to find out ways in which to pay down debt. Primary reason was to pay off my mortgage sooner. The mortgage is on a rental property. Read morePublished on May 21, 2014 by steve s.
Have enjoyed hearing him talk on the radio so I decided to buy the book. Alot of good and helpful information.Published on June 10, 2013 by Georgia Boyle
I found the chapter 9 of J. Goodman's book "Master Your Debt" contains outdated informations.
This chapter titled "An Education in College Costs":
"Key... Read more
i used to sell Jordan Goodmans big money book, in a call center, and it was packed full of good advice... Read morePublished on January 17, 2011 by G. S. McLaughlin
I bought this book on the recommendation of a friend. It did not disappoint. I learned a lot about how to manage my credit cards in the best way, as well as how to get a better... Read morePublished on January 13, 2011 by M. Harless
I read half the book as soon as it arrived and finished the next day. I could not finish fast enough. Everyone needs to read this book. Read morePublished on November 11, 2010 by txgrandmother