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The proven guide to taking control of your finances

The bestselling Personal Finance For Dummies has helpedcountless readers budget their funds successfully, rein in debt,and build a strong foundation for the future. Now, renownedfinancial counselor Eric Tyson combines his time-tested financialadvice along with updates to his strategies that reflect changingeconomic conditions, giving you a better-than-ever guide to takingan honest look at your current financial health and settingrealistic goals for the future.

Inside, you'll find techniques for tracking expenditures,reducing spending, and getting out from under the burden ofhigh-interest debt. Tyson explains the basics of investing in plainEnglish, as well as the risks, returns, and options for popularinvestment strategies. He also covers ways to save for college andspecial events, tame your taxes, and financially survive the twistsand turns that life delivers.

  • The bestselling, tried-and-true guide to taking control offinances, now updated to cover current economic conditions
  • Provides concrete, actionable advice for anyone facing greatfinancial hardship
  • Helps you avoid or get out of debt and budget funds moresuccessfully
  • Eric Tyson, MBA, is a nationally recognized personal financecounselor and the author of numerous For Dummies titles, includingHome Buying For Dummies, Investing For Dummies, andMutual Funds For Dummies, among others

There's no need to stress over an uncertain economy — justread Personal Finance For Dummies and protect your financialfuture!

Topics: How-To Guides, Informative, Inspirational, Wealth, Economy, Money Management , and Goals & Aspirations

Published: Wiley on May 30, 2012
ISBN: 9781118238172
List price: $21.99
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For someone who has their personal finances in order, this will be a boring and basic book. For someone who is just figuring out how to manage their finances, this is a great book. I read this book when I was feeling weighed down by our finances and debt. This book helped me think systematically about what we were doing with our finances, helped refine a plan to retire all our debt, and convinced me the need to save and invest for the future. Since I read this book, I have read a number of other books about personal finance and investing. While several of these books gave me a deeper understanding of the topics, not have contradicted what I learned in this book. Personal Finance for Dummies has all the advice I would hope a parent would pass onto their children about money. Unfortunately, a lot of parents don't know many of the things found in this book or don't think to teach their children how to effectively manage their money.read more
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Thank you for REMINDING AND HITTING me on the head! A VERY GOOD BOOK! three thumbs up!!! "Another problem with seeking to amass wealth is that tomorrow might not come. Even if all goes acccording to plan, will you know how to be happy when you're not working if you spend your entire life making money? More importantly, who will be around to share your leisure time? One of the costs of an intense career is time spent away from friends and family. You may indeed realize your goal of retiring early, but you mabe putting off too much living today in expectation of living tomorrow....Making and saving money is like eating food....The right amount, perhaps with some extra to spare, affords you a healthy, balanced peaceful existence. Money should be treated with respect and acknowledged for what it is - A MEANS TO AND END..." "...please consider your HIGHER LIFE GOALS AND PURPOSES. What are your non-financial priorities (family, friends, causes) and how can you best accomplish those with the financial resources you do have?"read more
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Wonderful book!!!
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
For someone who has their personal finances in order, this will be a boring and basic book. For someone who is just figuring out how to manage their finances, this is a great book. I read this book when I was feeling weighed down by our finances and debt. This book helped me think systematically about what we were doing with our finances, helped refine a plan to retire all our debt, and convinced me the need to save and invest for the future. Since I read this book, I have read a number of other books about personal finance and investing. While several of these books gave me a deeper understanding of the topics, not have contradicted what I learned in this book. Personal Finance for Dummies has all the advice I would hope a parent would pass onto their children about money. Unfortunately, a lot of parents don't know many of the things found in this book or don't think to teach their children how to effectively manage their money.
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Thank you for REMINDING AND HITTING me on the head! A VERY GOOD BOOK! three thumbs up!!! "Another problem with seeking to amass wealth is that tomorrow might not come. Even if all goes acccording to plan, will you know how to be happy when you're not working if you spend your entire life making money? More importantly, who will be around to share your leisure time? One of the costs of an intense career is time spent away from friends and family. You may indeed realize your goal of retiring early, but you mabe putting off too much living today in expectation of living tomorrow....Making and saving money is like eating food....The right amount, perhaps with some extra to spare, affords you a healthy, balanced peaceful existence. Money should be treated with respect and acknowledged for what it is - A MEANS TO AND END..." "...please consider your HIGHER LIFE GOALS AND PURPOSES. What are your non-financial priorities (family, friends, causes) and how can you best accomplish those with the financial resources you do have?"
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This is an adequate "starting out" type finance book. If you already have $$ though it isn't that useful. A little to skewed towards starting your own business.
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Eric Tyson has written a great intro to personal finances. This book covers basic financial information such as savings and investing, as well as in depth information on taxes, insurance and debt reduction. Tyson's tone is very conversational and not preachy at all, which makes for an enjoyable read. I think it is a must read for young people even if you think you know all there is to know about money. I didn't expect to learn a lot of new stuff and still I ended up with some useful tips that I will definitely apply to my financial life.
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Some useful definitions of terms. Their advice can be summed up as "buy index funds".
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