Debt-Proof Your Marriage: How to Achieve Financial Harmony

Debt-Proof Your Marriage: How to Achieve Financial Harmony

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by Mary Hunt
     
 

While financial disharmony can blow a marriage apart, financial harmony can bind it together. In this highly practical book, Mary Hunt helps couples bring the principles of intimacy—the foundation for harmony and debt-free living—into management of their money. These principles include acceptance, freedom, safety, and honesty in money matters, creating an… See more details below

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While financial disharmony can blow a marriage apart, financial harmony can bind it together. In this highly practical book, Mary Hunt helps couples bring the principles of intimacy—the foundation for harmony and debt-free living—into management of their money. These principles include acceptance, freedom, safety, and honesty in money matters, creating an atmosphere that unifies two lives into one.

Debt-Proof Your Marriage is packed with real-life advice that infuses readers with hope and direction. It covers everything couples need for managing their money in harmony, including how to: reconcile different money behaviors and beliefs; let go of financial fears; understand the basics of practical money management; share financial work between two people; manage roller coaster income; and successfully live debt-free.

Hunt's essential guide will help couples protect both their marriage and their money. With the interactive workbook, it's ideal for small group study or pre-marital counseling as well.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Hunt, founder and publisher of the money-saving newsletter Cheapskate Monthly, offers advice for couples wanting to keep their finances on track. She begins by recounting her own financial missteps, which started when she and her husband incurred incredible debt while trying to start their own business. To regain financial security, they cut back dramatically and spent several years rebuilding a nest egg. This is a common pattern, says Hunt, even for those not facing a hefty investment, because spouses often have different "money personalities." When spenders marry savers, conflict is inevitable unless the pair works out a financial plan. With Hunt's deep Christian sensibility, she presents the "10-10-80" plan: giving 10% of one's income to charity, paying oneself 10% and living on the remaining 80%. Following this strategy can be liberating and prevent most major financial crises, writes Hunt. She offers an array of useful, though not original, budgeting basics, from living frugally to borrowing smartly. While the information is helpful, Hunt's religious and generally old-fashioned attitudes aren't for everyone. For example, she advises men to make deposits in their wives' "Love Bank" by "bring[ing] her little presents for no particular reason" and "put[ting] the toilet seat in the down position. Every time." Hunt also offers "A Call to Faithfulness" chapter. Given the abundance of books on this topic, Hunt's will be best appreciated by her existing fans. (Sept.) Forecast: With the popularity of Cheapskate Monthly (it has about 100,000 subscribers, says Hunt) and a five-city author tour, the book should enjoy strong initial sales, but whether it will have sustained success remains to be seen. Hunt's approachable style is reminiscent of Suze Orman's, but may appeal more to Christian radio listeners than Orman's QVC-watching readers. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Bosnak is the owner of the now famous-or infamous-www.saveKaryn.com. She had the audacity to run up $20,000 in credit card debt, lose her job, and, instead of declaring bankruptcy, put up the first personal web site to solicit donations. Here she details her descent into debt and the bumpy road to debt freedom, shares intimate details of her personal finances, and describes the emails that she received (both compassionate and hateful), her guest appearances on NBC's Today and CNN, and a write-up in People magazine. Her strategies for cutting expenses are not generally innovative, but readers should enjoy her upbeat, folksy writing style. Kicking the dollars up a bit, Hunt ran up $100,000 in credit card debt in the early 1980s. Soon after, she became the founder and publisher of Cheapskate Monthly and the author of several money management books. Her latest identifies methods to strengthen a marriage, particularly a couple's financial position. Packed with real-life advice and examples, Hunt's book covers everything needed to manage money as a team, ways to live beneath your means, and how to reconcile different behaviors and beliefs about saving, giving, and managing finances. She writes in an organized, personal style, motivating readers and teaching them how to take charge of their income. Both books teach the importance of thrift through real-life mistakes; however, Hunt's guide is much more detailed and practical.-Susan C. Awe, Univ. of New Mexico Lib., Albuquerque Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780800744328
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/2003
Edition description:
Audio CD
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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