Clark Howard's Consumer Survival Kit 3

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How can you get the best deals for your hard-earned cash? Consumer-turned expert Clark Howard tells you in his fully revised and updated Clark Howard's Survival Kit III. This lively informative consumer workbook - based on Howard's twelve years of fielding questons on a daily radio talk show - will point you to a smarter, safer purchases and investments. Howard shares his extensive knowledge so you can make calm, reasonable financial decisions and steer clear of scams. Clark Howard's Consumer Survival Kit III is ...
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Overview

How can you get the best deals for your hard-earned cash? Consumer-turned expert Clark Howard tells you in his fully revised and updated Clark Howard's Survival Kit III. This lively informative consumer workbook - based on Howard's twelve years of fielding questons on a daily radio talk show - will point you to a smarter, safer purchases and investments. Howard shares his extensive knowledge so you can make calm, reasonable financial decisions and steer clear of scams. Clark Howard's Consumer Survival Kit III is for everyone who insists on real value for his money.

This enlarged edition of the bestselling consumer guide points readers to safer, smarter purchases and investments across the nation. Whether consumers are choosing a 401(k) plan, buying a used car or home, obtaining a credit report, or hoping to avoid a ripoff, this lively workbook is a true "survival kit" for anyone insisting on real value for the money.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563525063
  • Publisher: Longstreet Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/1999
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 7.99 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface v
Acknowledgments vii
Real Estate I
Buying a New House 1
Home Warranties 6
Buying a Used House 7
Remodeling 10
Selling Your House 13
Moving 16
Home Security Systems 18
Refinancing 20
Mortgage Servicing 23
Being a Landlord 27
Being a Tenant 30
Money 35
Long-term Investing 35
Short-Term Investing 46
Stockbrokers and other Investments 49
401 (k) Payouts 52
Taxes and Investing 54
Credit Cards 57
Credit Problems 59
Credit Reports 62
Divorce 64
Wills 66
Funerals 69
Choosing a Lawyer or an Accountant 70
Technology 73
Buying a Computer 73
Wireless Phones 77
Pagers 79
Long-Distance Calling 79
Satellite TV 82
The Basics 84
Solving Problems 84
Small Claims Court 86
Returning Merchandise 89
Dry Cleaning 90
Chargebacks 92
Infrequent Purchases 93
Contracts 98
Franchises 98
Multilevel Marketing 99
Cars 102
Buying a New Car 102
Trade-ins, Financing, and Extended Warranties 108
Leasing 111
Buying a Used Car 113
Car Repairs 115
Recalls 118
The Lemon Law 120
Arbitration 121
Accidents 122
Rip-offs 126
Health Clubs 127
Timeshares 130
Buying Clubs 132
Extended Warranties 134
Invention Services 135
Employment Scams 137
Modeling Schools 139
Telemarketing 141
Contests 143
Charities 145
Credit Life Insurance 147
Insurance 149
Life Insurance 149
Disability Insurance 152
Health Insurance 153
Car Insurance 156
Homeowner's Insurance 158
Travel 162
Saving Money on Travel 162
Opportunities and Hazards 166
Consolidator Fares 169
Car Rentals 171
Where to Buy Travel 173
Places to Go 176
Handling Money 179
Bed and Breakfast Inns 180
Workbook 182
Problem Documentation Sheet 182
"Drop-Dead" Letter to Collection Agencies 184
Record of "Drop-Dead" Letters Sent to Collection Agencies 185
Model Letter of Complaint 186
Getting Your Name Off Mailing Lists 187
Account Numbers 188
Insurance 189
Request for Repairs to Rental Property 191
What to Do When You're in an Accident 192
Long-Distance Calling Cards 192
Car-Buying Worksheet 193
Sample Credit Report 194
The Phone Book 195
Clark Howard's Favorite Web Sites 199
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