Life after School, Explained

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Credit cards, HMOs, leases, business dinners... this witty book explains all of the "life skills" that no one bothers to teach in the classroom. The book was written by a team of young professionals, and is full of funny first-hand experiences from their first few years in the real world. This book is the definitive reference guide for life after school. It is full of helpful and humorous hints for anyone who eats, spends money, works, or pays taxes. The book draws on tips from the popular Cap & Compass ...
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Overview

Credit cards, HMOs, leases, business dinners... this witty book explains all of the "life skills" that no one bothers to teach in the classroom. The book was written by a team of young professionals, and is full of funny first-hand experiences from their first few years in the real world. This book is the definitive reference guide for life after school. It is full of helpful and humorous hints for anyone who eats, spends money, works, or pays taxes. The book draws on tips from the popular Cap & Compass campus seminars, and includes a lot of feedback from graduating seniors and recent grads. It's the perfect gift for recent graduates (college or high school). A few of the topics covered include: mutual funds, 401k's, work dinner etiquette, buying vs. leasing a car, engagement rings, student loans, auto insurance, dressing for the job, taxes, ...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780971736603
  • Publisher: Cap & Compass
  • Publication date: 7/28/2011
  • Pages: 164
  • Sales rank: 247,144
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

The Cap and Compass team consists of Jesse Vickey, Andy Ferguson, and Nicole Vickey. Their combined experiences as recent grads in the banking, consulting and teaching worlds form a practical foundation for their humorous writing style. In addition to the book, Cap & Compass also offers seminars on college campuses around the country.
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Table of Contents

Seminar 1 Avoid Looking Stupid at Dinner 13
The three golden rules 16
Seating 18
Glasses and bread plates 20
The drink order 22
The basics of wine 23
Ordering wine 25
The awkward wine presentation 27
See no evil 27
Smell no evil 30
Taste no evil 31
Ordering food 32
Made-to-confuse menu 33
Sushi 34
Steakhouses 35
Silverware 38
Finishing the meal 40
After dinner 41
Seminar 2 Love Your Money 43
The basics 46
Bringing it in 47
Nowhere 48
Checking accounts 49
Savings accounts 51
CDs 52
Money market funds 54
Stocks and mutual funds 57
Mutual fund fees 61
How bonds work 62
Indexes and tracking stocks 63
Buying stocks and funds 64
Stock and fund tables 66
Giving it away 68
Student loans 69
Secret perks 70
Subsidized loans 71
Repayment options 71
Credit cards 72
Minimum payments 73
Value of credit cards 74
Credit report 75
Types of credit cards 76
Debit cards 77
Bad credit 78
Uniting the Love 79
Seminar 3 Getting Your Apartment 81
Before you get there 83
Web resources 83
Credit issues 84
Up-front payments 85
Once you arrive 86
Small audiences 87
Newspaper ads 87
Lingo 88
Abbreviations 88
Brokers 88
Things to check 89
Closing the deal 90
Signing the lease 91
Starter Kits 92
Seminar 4 Translating Day 1 at Work 93
Work attire 95
Business professional 96
Business casual 98
Health insurance 99
Insurance jargon 100
HMOs 101
PPOs 103
Point of service plans 105
Short-term coverage 108
Flex accounts 109
401k's 111
Value of investing early 112
Matched 401k's 115
W-4 form 116
Putting a 0 or 1 on the form 117
Why refunds are a bad idea 119
Part-year method 120
Seminar 5 The Least You Need to Know About Taxes 121
W-4 form 124
Paycheck 125
Who needs to file 126
"Money You Make" vs. "Money They Tax" 127
Sexy words 129
Dependent 130
Deduction 131
Retirement accounts 133
Special deductions for grads 136
Tax brackets 137
Holding periods 139
Filing your taxes 140
Different tax forms 141
1040EZ 142
1040A 143
1040 144
Preparation for filing 145
Pros and cons of filing yourself 148
The non-seminar: Odds and Ends 149
Moving 151
Auto insurance 152
Buying vs. leasing a car 153
Rental cars 154
Engagement rings 155
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