Financial Life

Getting a bit off topic here … my husband and I were recently discussing this Facebook meme about the best 10 books. We agreed that this is tricky: will you post titles to impress people how literate you are (image crafting)? I would have different criteria: books that influenced me the most, books that I read over and over again, books that made me want to write as well as the writer. My husband cut me short and said, “well, the book that had the most impact on my life was a present after I graduated from high school.”

It was this book.

9780684872612_custom-9c337853e5a8cccf700f3d21762b6b7f7b00f089-s99-c85There’s an updated version now. We’d like to get a couple copies for our nephew who is engaged. Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

This updated edition — expanded for the Internet age — includes the latest information on how to: Use the Web to find the best auto loans, mortgages, and credit cards Invest in the stock market wisely and painlessly Refinance your high-rate debt — and avoid hidden fees and traps Take advantage of the latest tax breaks — including deductions for student loans Build a serious nest egg with long-term savings plans like the new Roth IRAs

You will also find classic, easy-to-understand advice on money basics — everything from 401(k)s to car leases, from credit reports to life insurance, from buying the right mutual funds to buying a home of your own. Whether you earn $20,000 or $200,000, Get a Financial Life will help you navigate the new world of personal finance.

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