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Overview

Packed with both nitty gritty financial how-to as well as anecdotal insights from real parents encountering these money issues every day, Family Finance offers a unique perspective to the challenges of running household finances. Covering both short-term issues (paying off debt, living on one income) and long-term goals (insurance, college education, retirement), the book offers a wealth of practical solutions in good-humored style from parents who have been down the path already. “http://www.editeur.org/onix/1.2/onix-international.dtd”> 01 Dearborn Trade Publishing
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What People Are Saying

Julian Block
"Family Finance's authors, Ann Douglas and Elizabeth Lewin, help parents with clear, concise, uncomplicated, and immediately useful advice that enables them to take maximum advantage of frequently missed opportunities and steer clear of costly pitfalls."
—Julian Block, syndicated columnist and attorney, Larchmont, New York
Paula Spencer
"Read Family Finance as soon as your pregnancy test turns positive! More things than your sleep schedule change when you have a baby. From buying the nursery to paying for college, this book offers priceless advice."
—Paula Spencer, author of Everything ELSE You Need to Know When You're Expecting: The New Etiquette for the New Mom
Tamara Eberlain
"Fun to read and easy to follow, Family Finance is a treasure trove. Whether you're money-savvy or finance-phobic, a new parent or an empty-nester, this book can help you manage money more wisely. You'll find little-known tips for saving big bucks on everything from cribs to cars to college. Plus, there are step-by-step guidelines on insurance and investing, credit cards, and credit ratings, even kids' allowances. Comprehensive yet comprehensible, it's a book no family can afford to be without."
—Tamara Eberlein, coauthor of Program Your Baby's Health and When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780793143566
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 7.28 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Why a Book about Family Finance?
A Whole New Ball Game ix
Information Overload xi
What You Won't Find in this Book xii
Acknowledgments xiii
1. That Was Then, This Is Now 1
The Financial Heebie-Jeebies 1
What It Really Costs to Have Children 3
2. Till Debt Do Us Part: Why So Many Families End Up Hitting the Debt Wall 7
For Richer and for Poorer 8
The Dirty Little Secret 12
3. The Perils of Plastic 23
How to Avoid Getting in Trouble with Credit Cards 24
Finance Charges: Do You Need an Interpreter? 26
Finding a Credit Card You Can Live With 28
Beating the Credit Card Companies at Their Own Game 30
How Much Debt Is Too Much Debt? 31
What You Don't Know about Your Credit Rating Can Hurt You 35
How to Tell When It's Time to Call It Quits 38
4. Will That Be One Income or Two? 41
The Rest of the Story 42
How Can You Quit When You're the Boss? 50
Trimming Your Budget 51
Us, Inc. 64
5. The Wish List 67
What's Wrong with This Picture? 67
Taking a Step Back 68
Walking the Talk 71
6. Home Is Where the Mortgage Is 77
How Much House Can You Afford? 79
What to Do before You Call Your Lender 81
How the Banks Decide How Much to Lend You 83
What Your Lender Will Want to Know 84
When to Apply 86
Learning the Language of Loans 87
Interest Zappers 90
All in the Family 91
Finding the Home That's Right for You 94
Closing Costs 96
What Every Homeowner Needs to Know about Property Insurance 99
Selling Your House 100
The Biggest Homebuying Mistakes--and How to Avoid Them 101
The Tax Implications of Home Ownership 102
7. Hello SUV, Goodbye Car 105
The Money Pit Revisited 105
8. Hitting the Books 117
Why Junior Needs Your Help 117
Ways to Save for Your Child's Education 119
The Tax Implications of Saving for Your Child's Education 126
Pennies from Heaven 129
9. Surviving the First Year 135
Don't Shop till You Drop 135
Your Baby's Wardrobe 138
From Here to Maternity 140
Shopping Secondhand 141
Your Baby's Room 143
The Rest of the Story 144
10. Death and Taxes 145
Where There's a Will ... 145
Choosing a Guardian for Your Children 150
Estate Tax Planning 156
11. Hedging Your Bets 159
Life Insurance: Who Needs It? 159
Disability Insurance 167
Medical Insurance 170
12. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? 175
Saving versus Investing: What's the Difference? 176
The Feeling Is Mutual 181
Scam Busters 187
13. Life after Children 191
The Not-So-Golden Years 192
What You Can Expect to Get from Government Coffers 196
Corporate Pension Plans 199
Individual Pension Plans 205
Plans for the Self-Employed 209
14. The Next Generation 211
Raising Money-Smart Kids 212
Making Allowances 215
Conclusion 219
Glossary 221
Resources 229
Recommended Readings 245
Index 247
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