Worth It ... Not Worth It?: Simple & Profitable Answers to Life's Tough Financial Questions

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Credit or debit? Rent or buy a house? Buy or lease a car? Take or decline the rental car insurance? Renovate the kitchen or finish the basement? Buy stocks or mutual funds?

Every day we are forced to make financial decisions, but the right answers all seem to require complicated, mind-numbing research. And who has time for homework when you're paying for a bag of Fritos at 7-11? Or filling out a payroll form on the first day of a new job? ...

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Overview

Credit or debit? Rent or buy a house? Buy or lease a car? Take or decline the rental car insurance? Renovate the kitchen or finish the basement? Buy stocks or mutual funds?

Every day we are forced to make financial decisions, but the right answers all seem to require complicated, mind-numbing research. And who has time for homework when you're paying for a bag of Fritos at 7-11? Or filling out a payroll form on the first day of a new job? Thankfully, there's WORTH IT . . . NOT WORTH IT?

WORTH IT . . . NOT WORTH IT? demystifies complex, real-world dilemmas and breaks the answers down into simple, Do This/Not That solutions. Organized around six basic topics-Getting Started, Shelter, Automotive, Investing, Family Matters, and Retirement-this handy book is the Swiss Army knife of personal finance.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Armed with a sense of humor, a lot of energy, and beaucoup financial know-how, Otter offers readers a quick and easy guide to finance-from initial savings to retirement plans. "The vast majority of financial decisions you face in life are very simple," Otter writes, and for the most part, the "cheaper answer is the right one." If he stopped there, readers might cry, "Not worth it!," but Otter, executive editor at CBS MoneyWatch.com, goes on to provide plenty of practical info. In engaging layman's terms, he covers topics that range from the quotidian (Is going organic worth the high price?) to the long-term (The cheaper the mutual fund, the better.) But the key to this book's success is Otter's consistent deferral to the individual-though he guides readers through key considerations, the final decision is always the reader's to make. Structured more like a coffee-table book than an exhaustive reference tome, Otter's book nevertheless contains a wealth of understandable finance basics. Photos & illus.
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David Bach #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Automatic Millionaire and Start Late
I wish I had written this book! "Worth It/ Not Worth It"-this books is definitely WORTH IT. Jack Otter, is great writer, fabulous editor-and has written a wonderful, fun book that quickly answers your most pressing financial questions. The format is also unique, which I really enjoyed. I think this is a great "gift book" for the graduate season that is quickly approaching. Enjoy!
Gayle King
Where have you been all my life, Jack Otter!
The New York Times
The premise of reducing every investment decision to either/or is entertaining, and if it challenges you to think why you are deviating from his suggestions, so much the better.
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I wish I had written this book! "Worth It/ Not Worth It"-this books is definitely WORTH IT. Jack Otter, is great writer, fabulous editor-and has written a wonderful, fun book that quickly answers your most pressing financial questions. The format is also unique, which I really enjoyed. I think this is a great "gift book" for the graduate season that is quickly approaching. Enjoy!
David Bach #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Automatic Millionaire and Start Late, Finish Rich
Founder of FinishRich.com

Where have you been all my life, Jack Otter!

Gayle King, CBS This Morning

The premise of reducing every investment decision to either/or is entertaining, and if it challenges you to think why you are deviating from his suggestions, so much the better.—The New York Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455508440
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 435,685
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Otter is the editor of Barrons.com. Formerly the executive editor of CBS Moneywatch.com, he has more than a decade of experience as a business journalist, having been on staff at Newsday and SmartMoney. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and two children. Follow him on Twitter @JackOtter.

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  • Posted January 9, 2013

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    Just when you want to be careful with money, along come confusin

    Just when you want to be careful with money, along come confusing life choices: buying a car, renting a house, investing in the market, obtaining life insurance, and so on. Happily, MoneyWatch's Jack Otter provides superior advice. He lays out a series of either-or spending choices and explains the pluses and minuses of your options. getAbstract - which does not give financial advice, other than suggesting due diligence in light of your own situation - recommends Otter's savvy mini-essays on financial choices and his nicely illustrated pro-and-con presentation. If you seek clear-headed spending advice in a pretty package, you will appreciate his authoritative, easy-to-understand comparisons. On the other hand, if you find jazzy pages overflowing with big pictures laced with short doses of advice way too distracting, you may think this illustrated manual is a bit over-the-top visually. However, for the inexperienced young person or the financially daunted, the popular packaging may just open the door to sound fiscal counsel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Highly recommended!!

    This is a great easily readable book with basic financial information that is so applicable for our times. My husband read it and commented that he wished he had this info when he was much younger. We both felt that the information has proved true with past experiences. We gave it to each of our children (all in their very early thirties) for Christmas.

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  • Posted August 21, 2012

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    Great book. Answers financial questions quickly, and was actuall

    Great book. Answers financial questions quickly, and was actually kind
    of fun to read. I didn't know I was blowing so much money in hidden fees
    until I read this. And easy to read, well, let's just say each topic is
    handled quickly, so you can put it in the room where you might find
    yourself sitting for short periods. A great way to put that time to good
    use. Great gift too.

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    Posted May 23, 2012

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