Busy Family's Guide to Money

Busy Family's Guide to Money

by Sandra Block, Kathy Chu, John Waggoner
     
 

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Simple steps to take control of your family's finances.


Most of us are so busy living our day-to-day lives we don't always have time to think through important financial decisions.

Written by top USA TODAY personal finance columnists Sandra Block and John Waggoner and reporter Kathy Chu, The Busy Family's Guide to Money cuts to the chase with real,

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Simple steps to take control of your family's finances.


Most of us are so busy living our day-to-day lives we don't always have time to think through important financial decisions.

Written by top USA TODAY personal finance columnists Sandra Block and John Waggoner and reporter Kathy Chu, The Busy Family's Guide to Money cuts to the chase with real, practical financial solutions - fast. Learn how to rework the family budget or shop around for the best college savings account and get a handle on the most pressing financial issues your family faces.

The book covers concise, sensible information on how to:

  • discuss money with a spouse
  • create a budget the family can stick to
  • get the best mortgage
  • take control of debt
  • teach kids about money management
  • get the most out of healthcare
  • plan for college and retirement
  • simplify investments and avoid mistakes

    You'll also find out how to claim kids as tax breaks, deal with major one-time expenses, save for retirement and protect your loved ones with basic legal documents.

    Filled with helpful charts, checklists and resources, The Busy Family's Guide to Money makes managing finances a snap!

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  • Editorial Reviews

    Library Journal

    These are the first three titles in a new series coproduced by Nolo and USA Today. In The Busy Family's Guide, USA Today personal finance columnists Block, John Waggoner, and Kathy Chu focus on the building blocks of family security: budgets, savings, investing, insurance, and estate planning. They begin by coaching readers on how to talk about money and how to set up a plan, then tackle taxes and tax breaks, controlling and dealing with debt, home buying and mortgages, and the components of an estate plan. A chapter on investments demystifies the options by comparing and explaining cash investments, stocks, and mutual funds.

    Attorneys Fishman (Lower Taxes in 7 Easy Steps) and Fitzpatrick's Work from Home Handbook is for those considering working at home either as an employee or a freelancer. Essentially, it is a narrative checklist of issues to consider and the steps to take to make home-based employment feasible. Readers will learn to assess whether a job can be done from home, how to make the case for it with an employer, and how to find existing telecommuting jobs. The section on freelancing helps those ready to create their own home-based businesses with information on setting fees, finding clients, and dealing with tax implications.

    Finally, in Retire Happy, attorney Stim (Patent Pending in 24 Hours) and Nolo cofounder Warner (How To Run a Thriving Business) advocate thinking through retirement well before turning out the office lights. They present strategies for constructing the elements of a successful retirement (e.g., health, money, rewarding activities, a circle of friends) and devote significant space toretirement money issues. Particularly useful is the section on calculating the amount needed for a long and secure retirement. Each of these books is clear, practical, and nicely enhanced by charts and checklists. Recommended for public libraries.
    —Joan Pedzich

    Bankrate.com
    Contrary to what some popular money books would have you believe, we Americans are not idiots, we're not stupid - we're just BUSY! The Busy Family's Guide to Money dispenses with the disclaimers and digressions to offer stripped-down straight talk for people on the go. No time to read a money book? This one's for you.
    — Jay MacDonald
    Parent & Child Magazine
    This book can be a huge money-saver if you play your cards right.... provides all you need to know about budgeting basics and beyond.

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    Product Details

    ISBN-13:
    9781413315363
    Publisher:
    NOLO
    Publication date:
    02/15/2008
    Sold by:
    Barnes & Noble
    Format:
    NOOK Book
    Pages:
    304
    File size:
    10 MB

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