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The ABCs of Getting Out of Debt: Turn Bad Debt into Good Debt and Bad Credit into Good Credit

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The Rich Dad Advisors series of books has sold over 2 million copies worldwide as the how-to content for Rich Dad Poor Dad

The ABCs of Getting out of Debt reveals the strategies for avoiding and overcoming bad debt, as well as using good debt to your advantage. Clearly written and featuring real-life illustrative stories, as well as contributions from Credit Expert Gerri Detweiler, this very useful book ...

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The ABCs of Getting Out of Debt: Turn Bad Debt into Good Debt and Bad Credit into Good Credit

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Overview

The Rich Dad Advisors series of books has sold over 2 million copies worldwide as the how-to content for Rich Dad Poor Dad

The ABCs of Getting out of Debt reveals the strategies for avoiding and overcoming bad debt, as well as using good debt to your advantage. Clearly written and featuring real-life illustrative stories, as well as contributions from Credit Expert Gerri Detweiler, this very useful book provides the necessary knowledge to navigate today's challenging credit environment.

The ABCs of Getting out of Debt will teach you to:

Beat the lenders at their own game

Repair your own credit

Deal with debt collectors

Take charge of your finances

Win with good debt

Garrett's book impacts the Legal and the Cash Flow sections of Rich Dad's B-I Triangle®. The B-I Triangle is introduced in Robert Kiyosaki's book Rich Dad's Guide to Investing.

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In this guide, Sutton (Run Your Own Corporation, 2012, etc.) offers recommendations for avoiding and solving debt problems. The author begins by asserting that "the credit industry actively entices all comers, especially the young and inexperienced." In the first part of this book, he goes on to offer some overall guidelines for dealing with consumer debt. In Chapter 4, he explains a 10-step strategy, along with sample worksheets, used by one couple who "never seemed to make a dent" in the amount they owed. The author makes recommendations about debt consolidation and includes a lengthy chapter, "Getting Help," that thoroughly explains the different kinds of bankruptcy and the process of borrowing against a 401(k). The second part of the book looks at specific kinds of debt, ranging from current mortgage troubles to tax debt. A section on student loans, for example, includes eight remedies for dealing with overwhelming loan payments. Sutton's chapter on debt collectors asserts that negotiating with collection agencies is "one of the most important skills you can learn and hone." The handbook's third part deals primarily with credit reporting agencies, credit reports and how they're compiled, and credit repair. Throughout, the author presents stories of real-life predicaments that enliven what might have otherwise been bone-dry material. For example, "Credit Reports" describes the yearslong misery of a failed entrepreneur: "Roberto...had taken some risks on a restaurant that didn't work out." Finally, a chapter on credit scams and good uses of credit is followed by three appendices, including a list of other helpful books and websites. A fact-packed, easy-to-navigate resource for consumers concerned about debt.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937832070
  • Publisher: RDA Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/18/2012
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 484,575
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Garrett Sutton is an attorney, best selling author and one of Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Advisors. A clear and engaging writer, Garrett demystifies legal topics and presents them in a very understandable and accessible manner.

Garrett has over thirty years experience in assisting individuals and businesses to limit their liability, protect their assets, implement advantageous corporate structures and advance their financial goals.

Garrett is the author of “Start Your Own Corporation,” “Writing Winning Business Plans,” “Buying and Selling a Business” and “The ABC’s of Getting Out of Debt” among other titles.

Garrett is the owner and operator of CorporateDirect.com, which since 1988, has provided affordable asset protection and corporate formation services, as well as resources for entrepreneurs and real estate investors. Robert Kiyosaki, the best selling author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad calls Garrett and Corporate Direct “the premiere source for asset protection strategies.”

Garrett attended Colorado College and the University of California at Berkeley, where he received a B.S. in Business Administration in 1975. He graduated with a J.D. in 1978 from Hastings Law, the University of California’s law school in San Francisco. He has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and other publications. Garrett enjoys speaking on asset protection strategies and is a frequent lecturer for business groups and the Rich Dad’s Advisors educational series.

Garrett serves on the boards of the American Baseball Foundation, located in Birmingham, Alabama, and the Reno-Nevada based Sierra Kids Foundation.

For more information on Garrett Sutton, please visit his Web sites at www.sutlaw.com, www.corporatedirect.com, and www.successdna.com.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: I Love My Credit Cards Robert Kiyosaki xi

Part One Credit and Debt

Chapter One An Introduction to the Credit System 3

Chapter Two The Psychology of Debt 9

Chapter Three Health Effects of Debt 15

Chapter Four Beat the Lenders at their Own Game 19

Chapter Five Debt Consolidation 35

Chapter Six Getting Help 43

Part Two Emergency Measures for Crisis Debt Situations

Chapter Seven Car Loan Troubles 61

Chapter Eight Mortgage Troubles 67

Chapter Nine Student Loans 75

Chapter Ten When you Owe Taxes 81

Chapter Eleven Military Matters 85

Chapter Twelve Debt Collectors 89

Part Three Great Credit

Introduction 101

Chapter Thirteen Credit Reports 105

Chapter Fourteen Credit Scores 127

Chapter Fifteen Credit Repair 149

Chapter Sixteen Common Credit Report Problems 171

Chapter Seventeen Scams 187

Chapter Eighteen Winning with Credit 203

Appendix A Sample Letters 207

Appendix B Worksheets 213

Appendix C Resources 221

Index 227

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