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“Clear-cut, straightforward, highly-informative self-help... the jargon-free text is simple to comprehend but complex enough to be actually useful.” (Publishers Weekly)

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The popular TODAY financial editor Jean Chatzky helps you navigate through the critical challenges and potential catastrophes of personal finance.

You've just lost your job. You've got a baby on the way. Your parent has had a stroke. Most people seek financial help not because they're planning for the future but because they need it . . . right now! If you have money problems or are seeking immediate help to solve a dire, unanticipated financial emergency, then you need Money 911. In this invaluable guidebook, financial expert Jean Chatzky provides answers to today's most pressing financial questions and concerns, including:

  • How do I get out of debt?
  • How do I avoid foreclosure?
  • How do I set up a monthly budget?
  • How can I improve my credit score?
  • How do I get my health insurance to pay a claim?
  • What should I do when I lose a parent?

With Money 911, you can prepare for retirement, buy or sell a home, pick up the pieces of your personal finances, and get back on your feet—and stay there!

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Product Details

  • Series: Money 911
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: HarperBusiness; 1 edition (December 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006179869X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061798696
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,096,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By ZenWoman TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 1, 2010
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This is a great guide for you, if you're tired of the money management guides out there that assume that you're a complete amateur when it comes to money matters and go about explaining things like how to get a credit card and then use it responsibly. This book answers the questions that you can't usually find easily, especially in one place. To illustrate, the first section on Debt starts with "What is a debt settlement company?" and goes on to tell you what it might cost, some tools you can use to prioritize and pay down your loans and when to walk away from a debt settlement company.

If you're like me, with some money management skills, but often have questions that you put into google search and then find yourself reading random answers from people on yahoo answers, then this is just the book you need. It takes a practical, question and answer approach to each money management topic asking only the most relevant questions and with no talking down. For instance,in retirement the first question is " I have nothing set aside for retirement, how do I begin?" Chatzky then takes you through various options in 2 pages and then goes on to questions like "Is 401(k) better than Roth IRA?" or "I am only 25, do I need to start saving for retirement?" or "I am a married stay at home parent, how do I save?"

The author, who also has a show on NBC's Today show, answers similar questions on her show. It seems many of the questions in the book may have come from questions submitted to her by her viewers as they were not typical questions that would flow from the topic but real life situations that people would want to know more about. Example, the Identity theft section starts with "Could my child be a victim of identity theft?
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So here's the deal: If you're going to have one personal finance book in your home for quick reference, this is the one to go with. There are others that are great for creating a plan, getting motivated, and learning the details of specific topics but, as a reference, this one is going to be really, really hard for anyone to top.

The thing I've always admired about Jean Chatzky, and the thing that sets her apart from so many people in the world of personal financial punditry, is that she really does know her stuff. Her research is very, very thorough, up to date, and solid. She's not winging it, and it shows in this book.

Money 911 is easy to navigate, and there are few financial questions you won't be able to find the answers to in this book. 5 Stars.

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Most people are caught in the middle of a huge financial storm that has damaged the financial structures they had built over and lifetime and were depending on for retirement. You may well be one of them. Jean Chatzky from the Today Show offers you sound answers to 130 money questions that may be just what you need to find some solid footing in working your way out of the present crisis. She deals with things ranging from repairing versus buying appliances, where to get the best credit cards, what to ask a prospective divorce lawyer (I hope you NEVER need one), and even tipping. You can see that this book has a broad range of interesting topics. Since you don't have to read this book from front to back, you can find and focus on just those questions that matter most to you.

This is NOT an investment program. Nor does Chatzky offer you a system for getting out of debt and rebuilding your retirement. What she does offer is more immediate and focuses on the emergencies you face right. I particularly like the fact that she is very aware of the way financial predators try to confuse you and offer you dubious help while leaving you worse off financially. She tells you how to identify them, why you must avoid them, and how you can better handle the money issue these snakes are using to pressure you into a bad decision.

The 130 questions are divided into 15 chapters that answer up to date questions on debt, money & life, protecting your family, identity theft & scams, budgeting and trimming your spending, credit, real estate & your mortgage(s), funding college for yourself, kids, and grandkids, insurance, retirement, saving & investing, career & work, taxes, marriage, and life's milestones.
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The things I like most about this book is the question and answer chapter formats and the easy to read investment tables.

My daughter is a brand new Mother.. She will be returning to work in 1 month. There is a great chapter in this book re child care deductions and "Questions to ask a nanny /day care provider.."

I ( as an over 50 consumer) especially loved the Retirement and "Saving and Investing " Chapters..

Each of the 15 chapters deals with a different aspect of keeping your personal finances on track in these trying times ...

Jean has scored a winner with this 438 page book full of financial information for all age groups ..Buy it!!
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