Debt-Proof Living: How to Get Out of Debt & Stay That Way

Debt-Proof Living: How to Get Out of Debt & Stay That Way

by Mary Hunt
Debt-Proof Living: How to Get Out of Debt & Stay That Way

Debt-Proof Living: How to Get Out of Debt & Stay That Way

by Mary Hunt


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Mortgages, credit card balances, student loans, car loans, and home improvement loans have become a way of life for the majority of us. And debt is putting not only our present at risk as we live paycheck to paycheck, but our futures in jeopardy as shockingly few of us have enough put away for retirement. Personal financial expert Mary Hunt wants readers to embrace the radical but simple truth that they don't need more credit or more stuff—that they can live their lives debt-free.

In her classic book Debt-Proof Living, Mary reveals the secrets to getting out of debt and staying out of debt for the rest of your life. At no time in history has this liberating approach to a no-debt lifestyle been more desperately needed. Those who have been struggling to pay the bills or feel like they just can't make their finances work without taking on debt need this book. It can change their lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800721459
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/05/2014
Pages: 314
Sales rank: 515,937
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Mary Hunt is an award-winning and bestselling author, a syndicated columnist, and a sought-after motivational speaker who helps men and women battle the epidemic of consumer debt. She is founder and publisher of the interactive website Debt-Proof Living, which features financial tools, resources, and information for her online members. Her books have sold more than a million copies, and her daily newspaper column, Everyday Cheapskate, is nationally syndicated through Creators Syndicate and is enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of readers. Hunt speaks widely on personal finance and has appeared on shows such as NBC's TODAY and Dr. Phil. She and her husband live in California. Learn more at

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Introduction 11

1 Debt-Proof Living 17

What It Means, What to Expect

2 Two Kinds of Debt 35

Intelligent Borrowing, Toxic Debt

3 Caught in the Debt Trap 47

Red Flags and Warning Signs

4 A Plan to Debt-Proof Your Life 57

The Only Plan You Will Ever Need

5 Where Does All the Money Go? 69

Tracking Is the Way to Find Out

6 Step Away from the Edge 83

The Contingency Fund

7 Break Out of the Debt Trap 95

The Rapid Debt-Repayment Plan

8 Expect the Unexpected 115

The Freedom Account

9 Create Your Spending Plan 139

It's Not a Budget

10 Debt-Proof Your Attitude 155

Your Most Powerful Tool

11 You Deserve Some Credit 171

Credit Reports, Credit Scores, Credit Repair, and Credit Counseling

12 You Are Worth What You Saved 181

Discover Your Net Worth

13 The Proper Handling of Hazardous Materials 189

Credit Cards, Charge Cards, and Debit Cards

14 Don't Jump from the Frying Pan into the Fire 217

Debt-Consolidation Loans

15 A Home of Your Own 225

Mortgages and Home Equity Loans

16 The Overlooked Safety Net 243

Disability Insurance

17 Student Loans, Student Debt 251

Paying for a College Education

18 Building Wealth on an Ordinary Income 273

Basics of Responsible Investing

Afterword 287

Notes 289

Glossary 291

Index 309

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