Smart Is the New Rich: If You Cant Afford It, Put It Down [NOOK Book]

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Smart Is the New Rich

“Christine Romans makes a compelling case that if you want to be rich these days, you first have to be smart—and she shows you how. For those who navigate in rough economic waters—that’s all of us—this is a breezy, easy-to-understand but invaluable guide.”
David Gergen, Professor, Harvard Kennedy School; Senior Political Analyst, CNN

“Christine Romans is one amazing, super-smart woman who has written a seriously valuable book for everyone who wants to ...

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Overview

Smart Is the New Rich

“Christine Romans makes a compelling case that if you want to be rich these days, you first have to be smart—and she shows you how. For those who navigate in rough economic waters—that’s all of us—this is a breezy, easy-to-understand but invaluable guide.”
David Gergen, Professor, Harvard Kennedy School; Senior Political Analyst, CNN

“Christine Romans is one amazing, super-smart woman who has written a seriously valuable book for everyone who wants to understand and benefit from the bewildering new world of money, jobs, healthcare, investing, and much more. Read it right now—Romans can help you live a smarter, much much better life.”
Alexandra Penney, author of The Bag Lady Papers and former editor of Self magazine

“Who else could turn shopping for a $5 Barbie dress in 1977 into a practical lesson in family finance? Christine is close enough to Wall Street to understand the game. Yet she’s far enough away to be plain spoken and practical. From jobs to retirement to mortgages to family, she puts the money picture together. This is a smart book that anyone can understand and put to work.”
Pat Kiernan, Anchor, NY1 News; Host, The World Series of Pop Culture; founder, PatsPapers.com

“Recharge your financial life with this comprehensive guide to smart money choices, from credit cards to housing to health care. Christine Romans reintroduces readers to the ‘retro rules’ of financial well-being lost in a decade of boom and bust.”
Laura Rowley, Yahoo! Finance Columnist, and author of Money and Happiness: A Guide to Living the Good Life

Enjoy a happier, healthier, and wealthier lifestyle by living below your means.

The economy today is full of uncertainties. Will it slowly expand? Fall back into a “double-dip” recession? Or worse? One thing is certain—budgeting is back, and smart savers and planners are now taking a new look at their finances. They are discovering old-fashioned ways for getting more out of life by spending less. Smart is the New Rich: If You Can’t Afford It, Put It Down shows you how to reboot to a more rational way of thinking, how to reset your goals, and how to repair your balance sheet. This will position you for whatever comes next and help you build real wealth instead of bubble riches.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470925676
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/12/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 856,857
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

CHRISTINE ROMANS is the host of CNN’s Your $$$$$, as well as a featured correspondent on the network’s American Morning and CNN International. She is a former correspondent for both Moneyline and Lou Dobbs Tonight, and spent several years reporting from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. In 2004, she received an Emmy Award for her reporting on Exporting America, a Lou Dobbs Tonight investigation into the impact of globalization on U.S. workers. Prior to joining CNN, Romans reported for Reuters and Knight-Ridder Financial News.
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Table of Contents

Foreword.

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Chapter 1 Reset, Repair, Recover.

Pop!

The Retro Reset.

Repair the Balance Sheet.

Recover.

The Payoff.

Chapter 2 Spending Your $$$$$.

Going Retro.

Living Beyond Their Means.

The Value Consumer.

The Recession-Weary.

The Conspicuous Consumer.

A Fool and His Money.

Be a Good Steward.

Retro Spending Rules.

The Payoff.

Chapter 3 Your Job.

Turning the Corner.

Top of Your Game Every Day.

Take a Pay Cut?

Switching Careers.

Where Are the Jobs?

Location, Location, Location.

Education.

Good Pay, No Degree.

Green-Collar Jobs.

You’ve Just Lost Your Job.

You Have a Job—Protect It.

You Think Layoffs Are Coming.

The Permalancer.

Long-Term Unemployed.

No Job Yet? Write It Off.

The Payoff.

Chapter 4 Debt.

Miracle or Mirage?

Sit on an Apple Box.

Generation Debt.

Respect Credit, Pay Off Debt.

The Dreaded Score.

Student Loans.

$200 Saved Now or Pay $396 Later.

Keeping Down College Costs.

Student Loan Defaults.

Mortgage Debt.

Will Borrowing Costs Rise?

The Payoff.

Chapter 5 Credit Cards.

Credit Card “Rich.”

New Rules, Rights, and Traps.

Credit Card Gotchas.

Debt Free in Three.

Card Payment Strategies.

Cutting Up the Cards.

Debt Revolt.

Boring Is Better.

Debtor Beware.

The Payoff.

Chapter 6 Home Sweet Home.

POP!

Affordability.

Mortgage Rate versus Home Price.

Getting a Loan.

The Fancy Kitchen Dream.

Renting.

Losing a Home.

The Inevitable Scams.

The Payoff.

Chapter 7 Save, Invest, Retire.

Good Steward.

The Proverbial Rainy Day.

Getting Started, Starting Over.

Finding Your Magic Number.

Fixing Your 401(k).

Sabotaging Your Retirement.

Stay Focused.

ETF.

The Payoff.

Chapter 8 Family Money.

Lead by Example.

Take Out the Trash!

Generation Y.

Paying for College.

Sandwich Generation.

Caring for a Parent.

’Til Debt Do Us Part.

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do.

The Payoff.

Chapter 9 Health Care.

Reform and You.

Under 26 Years Old.

State Health Exchanges.

CLASS Act.

FSA Changes.

Hospital Responsibility.

Health Care as Livelihood.

The Payoff.

Chapter 10 Small Business.

The Disappearing Banker.

“I Can Create Jobs!”

Social Butterfly.

Shop Local.

Cupcake Sisters.

Yes to Carrots.

Find the Money.

The Payoff.

Chapter 11 Government.

United States of Bailouts.

They Got It Wrong.

Spend, Spend, Spend.

The Payoff.

Appendix A Cover Letters: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly.

Appendix B Web Resources.

Notes.

About the Author.

Index.

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    A new way to "Think" and grow rich. Everyone should re

    A new way to "Think" and grow rich. Everyone should read this book!!! Smart is the New Rich by Christine Romans is undoubtedly one of the best well-written and easy-to-read books on financial matters out there. The author takes you to a familiar disastrous place, the economic situation today. Then she softens the blow by suggesting ways to avoid calamity or climb out from under the clutches of debt. Unlike other "financial freedom" books, you won't find any promise or quick fix to solve any money problems you may have. Instead, she offers sound and realistic advice about being smart about your money and expands her argument using empirical data to supports facts with few instances that lead the reader to believe otherwise. Something to have in mind before reading the book, you won't find any "how to" instructions so don't be too hasty to put the book down fast. What you will find is the concept as it relates to the "how to" manage your finances smartly. Although the book is helpful to all adults, ideally it positions young adults to manage their finances wisely, and thus, inevitably leading to wealth. By the time I finished reading the book, I was all too happy to put down anything I couldn't afford.

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