Debt-Proof Your Marriage: How to Achieve Financial Harmony

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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.

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Overview

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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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.
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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: 9/1/2003
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Audio CD
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Part 1 Get Your Relationship Ready for Financial Harmony
1. This Is My Story, and I'm Sticking to It: A Story of Financial Discord 15
2. A Stiff Dose of Reality: Money, Marriage, and Reality 28
3. Marriage Is like a Dirt Road: Money and the Stages of Marriage 34
4. The Currency of Life: Why Money Is Hard for Couples 43
5. News Flash: You Are Different! His Needs Are Not Her Needs 62
6. For Wives Only: Real Men Don't Ask for Directions 74
7. For Husbands Only: You Can Have What You Want 80
8. Getting It Together: Honey, Let's Talk about Our Relationship! 85
Part 2 How to Debt-Proof Your Marriage
9. Debt-Proof Living: An Overview 93
10. Till Debt Do Us Part: The Trouble with Debt 102
11. You Are Here: Discovering Your Worth 109
12. Getting to Where You Want to Be: The Basic Elements of Your Financial Plan 125
13. A Life-Changing Formula: The 80 Percent Solution 129
14. Knowledge Is a Powerful Thing: Where Does Your Money Go? 137
15. You Want Security? I'll Show You Security! You and Your Contingency Fund 151
16. You Want Freedom? I'll Show You Freedom! Expect the Unexpected 160
17. You Can Get Out of Debt, Yes You Can! Rapid Debt-Repayment Plan 173
18. It's Not a Budget, Honestly! Planning How to Spend Your Money 181
Part 3 Unique Solutions for Common Dilemmas
19. Finding Money You Didn't Know You Had: Forty Ways to Live beneath Your Means 195
20. Credit: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Credit Cards, Credit Reports, Credit Scores, and Credit Repair 213
21. Tell the Middleman, Thanks but No Thanks! How to Pay Off Your Mortgage Early 231
22. How to Stay on Track with a Roller-Coaster Income: The Thrill and the Agony of Self-Employment 239
23. What to Do When You've Fallen and You Can't Get Up: Credit Counseling and Debt Negotiation 243
24. A Call to Faithfulness: An Eternal Perspective on Wealth 253
25. Couples like You: Their Stories 258
Epilogue 271
Acknowledgments 273
Notes 275
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