Clark Howard's Living Large for the Long Haul: Consumer-Tested Ways to Overhaul Your Finances, Increase Your Savings, and Get Your Life Back on Track

Clark Howard's Living Large for the Long Haul: Consumer-Tested Ways to Overhaul Your Finances, Increase Your Savings, and Get Your Life Back on Track

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Overview

Clark Howard's Living Large for the Long Haul: Consumer-Tested Ways to Overhaul Your Finances, Increase Your Savings, and Get Your Life Back on Track by Clark Howard, Mark Meltzer, Theo Thimou

The follow-up to Clark Howard's #1 New York Times bestseller, Living Large in Lean Times, offers no-nonsense financial tips for achieving lifelong prosperity

Americans from all walks of life are still feeling the roller-coaster effects of the Great Recession. For many, home values are still too low and unemployment is still too high. Others have prospered despite the ups and downs. In Clark Howard’s Living Large for the Long Haul, the renowned broadcaster examines our new paradigm through the eyes of those whose financial portfolios have beaten the odds, and those whose economic situation has gone off course. Through these fascinating personal accounts, readers uncover amazing opportunities and smart decisions, finding advantages in bleak times for lasting payoffs in the long run.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781583335253
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/06/2013
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 784,394
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Clark Howard’s national radio show airs on more than 200 stations throughout North America. He also co-hosts HLN’s Evening Express news program, and three of his previous books were New York Times bestsellers. Mark Meltzer is executive editor at the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Theo Thimou is director of content for ClarkHoward.com. All three live in Atlanta.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Credit 5

The Rising Star: Anthony raised his credit score by 300 points while earning under $30,000

The Fallen Angel: Joyce and Don killed $40,000 of debt in twenty-four months

Golden: Melinda and Doug's income dropped by 80 percent, but they kept their credit rock solid

Credit Newbies: Patricia navigated the American credit system as an immigrant

Homes and Real Estate 29

The Happy Renters: Foreclosure leads Rowena and Rodolfo to a less stressful life

Welcome to the Foreclosure Jungle: Janet buys homes for up to 75 percent off-critters and all

The Wannabe Hotelier: Samantha turns an underwater property into a cash cow

The Twenty-Eight-Year-Old Landlord: Joel is a real estate mogul in the making

Cars 53

"Can't Get Any More American Than That": Robert and Cia dumped their cars for bikes and saved more than $90,000

Confessions of a Retired Auto Salesman: Gerry sold new cars for forty years but drove one that cost him $300

That New Car Smell: John proves that leasing isn't a lemon

Technology 69

The Gadgeteers: Betsy and Scott slash their technology budget by $2,000 annually without suffering

The Negotiator: Krista wheels and deals to save big bucks on monthly bills

Requiem for a Deal: Martin has made sacrifices to stay on top of technology

Retirement 89

Keep On Truckin': Unable to retire, seventy-two-year-old Grandpa John stays behind the wheel

Silent Endurance: At thirty-two, Mandy has amassed almost $200,000 for her future

The Early Retiree: Hilly hangs it up ten years early. You can too!

Welcome to the Eleventh Hour: Mike is playing catch-up on his savings at fifty

Investing 111

Gold Digger: Rick puts all his eggs into one shiny basket

Bright Future: Mike is under twenty-five and sitting on a $50,000 retirement nest egg

Big Sky, Big Savings: Cathy and Ned realize it's the little things that make the biggest difference in your financial picture

All the Right Moves: Matt realizes saving for his future is as easy as pie

Scared Stiff: Burned by the stock market, immigrants Victoria and Dan stash money under the mattress

Energy 139

BBQ My Ride: Raye and Jay use kitchen grease to fuel over $2,000 in auto savings a year

Solar Saver: For Steve, being green is all about the money

Off the Grid: Laura and Rutherford's EcoManor shows you can save big bucks with small changes in your home

Living Below Your Means 161

Making Lemonade out of Lemons: Darcy exemplifies resilience by finding freebies and silver linings

The Thrifty Dentist: On the edge of "affluenza," Steph and Steven pull back and decide to live more modestly

El Cheapo Man and Wife: Living below their means gives Matt and Jamie the freedom to enjoy small splurges

Entrepreneurship 181

Self-Made Man: Fired at thirty-five, Arthur Blank goes on to co-found one of the world's most successful companies

Dress for Success: Raymond turns T-shirts into treasure with $2,000

Dying-Everybody's Doing It: Mike turns a personal tragedy into a thriving business to help grieving families

Travel 199

Around the World on a Dime: From Dumpster diving to couch surfing, Michael made a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Antarctica

The Savvy Business Traveler: Professional road warrior Chris reveals his secrets for scoring great deals on the go

Staycation Paradise: Tony and Peggy show that sometimes there really is no place like home

Family 217

Full House: It's diapers to degrees for Scott and Jeannine, raising five kids from ten months to twenty-two years

The Great American Sandwich: For Heather and Tim, taking care of two generations meant major life changes

Boomerang: Cesar is part of a generation of college grads moving back in with parents-even while making good money

Meet Mr. Mom: Tony learned the hard way that his job was not recession-proof

Health Care 241

Chronic Illness and Never-Ending Bills: Heather looks on the bright side while dealing with chronic illness and medical debt-the No. 1 credit score killer

Feet Don't Fail Me Now: Even with health insurance, small business owner Mimi struggles with medication costs

You Gotta Have Heart: At the crossroads of health care and bargain travel, Willy discovers medical tourism and pays pennies on the dollar

The Young and the Riskless: Sara and Travis are young, healthy, and saving a boatload of money on health care with a high-deductible health plan

Working and Learning 263

Clark Smart Classroom: With the cost of college a hardship for many, Alex finds a way to pay the bills and hone his skills

The Graduate: Kate finds a way to defuse her share of debt from the nation's $1 trillion student loan time bomb before it blows

Search and Employ: Adrift in the age of the joblet, Jannet pieces together opportunities to make ends meet

The Iceman Cometh: Steven got laid off from an insurance giant and reinvented himself as the King of Pops in the frozen-treat business

The Empowered Consumer 285

Going Social: Megan uses technology to help other consumers spar with misbehaving businesses

Old School: Polite persistence and a pen that's mightier than a sword allow Betty to enjoy customer satisfaction

Expert Advice: Anita shows why sometimes calling in outside firepower is the best way to handle an insurance dispute

Conclusion 305

Acknowledgments 307

Index 309

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Clark Howard's Living Large for the Long Haul: Consumer-Tested Ways to Overhaul Your Finances, Increase Your Savings, and Get Your Life Back on Track 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
darkie51 More than 1 year ago
Great book! Helpful & on target!