Hot (broke) Messes: How to Have Your Latte and Drink It Too [NOOK Book]

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31-year-old Nancy Trejos was supposed to be an expert on handling her money - after all, she's the personal finance columnist for one of the nation's leading newspapers, The Washington Post. But a few months ago, she found herself in her own dire financial straits. Faced with a mountain of bills, debt, and no way to pay her rent, she was forced to call her parents to ask them for a loan. That night was a wake-up call - she vowed to get herself ...
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Overview

31-year-old Nancy Trejos was supposed to be an expert on handling her money - after all, she's the personal finance columnist for one of the nation's leading newspapers, The Washington Post. But a few months ago, she found herself in her own dire financial straits. Faced with a mountain of bills, debt, and no way to pay her rent, she was forced to call her parents to ask them for a loan. That night was a wake-up call - she vowed to get herself out of debt and into financial solvency.

In Hot Broke Messes, Trejos takes readers along with her on her journey. She meets with a financial planner and a therapist to deal with all the issues young people face today - from credit card debt and student loans, to impulse buying and emotional spending, to the cost of having a social life, to buying a house with someone during a potentially impermanent relationship and more. Trejos learns what causes these problems in herself, how she can fix them, and how she can pass that advice on to other young people going through the same experiences.

Even better, she shows readers how they can address these problems without completely giving up their lives - no "give up your latte a day" type advice here! Trejos' personal and unique voice, along with her experiences that everyone can relate to, will lead readers to relatively painless financial security.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446558464
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/1/2010
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 791,313
  • File size: 460 KB

Meet the Author

Nancy Trejos
Nancy Trejos is the personal finance columnist for the Washington Post. She's been with the Post for nine years, and her column is extremely popular.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Great Advice!!

    This book gives great, practical advice on finances. Uses lamens terms & professional insights to explain things.

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  • Posted May 25, 2010

    Financial writing meets chick lit

    Yes, you can afford to continue to buy your latte-a-day in this recession, you just need to budget for it and Nancy Trejos wants to show you how. Hot (Broke) Messes, which is a combination of Trejos' own journey to financial stability and the fruits of her research labor as a financial writer for The Post, is based on the principle of living within your means. This is great advice, but if you're looking for tips to help you do that on a day to day basis, this probably isn't the book for you. Hot (Broke) Messes is filled with gems like "stop using your credit cards" and "eat in a few nights a week." The advice is either too basic to be of any help, or too ridiculous (wasteful, expensive) to be called advice. I don't know about you, but I'm not comfortable telling my friends that I'm on a budget in an effort to get them to cover my tab and/or making sure I hit a bunch of embassy parties because they usually have great, free spreads. While these tactics seem to have worked well for Trejos, they are hardly applicable or even accessible to everyone.

    That is not to say that there is no value in this book, because there is. Trejos' background as a financial reporter saved Hot (Broke) Messes for me. There is some wonderfully useful information about monitoring your credit score, managing debt, "good" vs. "bad" debt, how to choose insurance, and more. There is also cutting edge information about the new rules and regulations affecting student loans, credit card debt, and car and home loan options. Trejos offers all of this information in a very understandable way and with input from various financial experts. An extensive appendix also offers tables to help you figure out your net worth and set up your own financial plan and goals. It also provides detailed information about topics covered earlier such as taxes, mortgages, and student loans.

    Bottom line: follow the big advice Trejos has to offer, but skip the small stuff.


    Book source: Free copy from the publisher through the Goodreads First Reads program.

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