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Get Money: Live the Life You Want, Not Just the Life You Can Afford

Get Money: Live the Life You Want, Not Just the Life You Can Afford

by Kristin Wong
Get Money: Live the Life You Want, Not Just the Life You Can Afford

Get Money: Live the Life You Want, Not Just the Life You Can Afford

by Kristin Wong


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Learn how to live the life you want, not just the life you can afford in this highly engaging, step-by-step guide to winning at personal finance!

Managing your money is like going to the dentist or standing in line at the DMV. Nobody wants to do it, but at some point, it's inevitable: you need to clean your teeth, renew your license, and manage your personal finances like a grown-up. Whether you're struggling to pay off student loan debt, ready to stop living paycheck to paycheck, or have finally accepted that your Beanie Baby collection will never pay off, tackling your finances may seem immensely intimidating. But it doesn't have to be. In fact, by approaching it as a game—or something that requires you to set clear goals, as well as face challenges you must "beat"—personal finance can not only be easy to understand, but it can also be fun!

In Get Money, personal finance expert Kristin Wong shows you the exact steps to getting more money in your pocket without letting it rule your life. Through a series of challenges designed to boost your personal finance I.Q., interviews with other leading financial experts, and exercises tailored to help you achieve even your biggest goals, you'll learn valuable skills such as:

  • Building a budget that (gasp) actually works
  • Super-charging a debt payoff plan
  • How to strategically hack your credit score
  • Negotiating like a shark (or at least a piranha)
  • Side-hustling to speed up your money goals
  • Starting a lazy investment portfolio...and many more!

Simply put, with this gamified guide to personal finance, you'll no longer stress about understanding how your finances work—you'll finally "get" money.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316515658
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 03/27/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 259,673
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Kristin Wong regularly writes about personal finance, career, and human behavior for Lifehacker, the New York Times, and New York Magazine. She's also written about the economy for NBC News, and her work has been featured in Business Insider, Forbes, and MSN Money. She has produced online videos about Millennials and money for companies like Fidelity and Kristin has also won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, LA Web Fest, and the Worldfest International Film Festival. She lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Table of Contents

Foreword David Goetsch ix

Tutorial: Why We Suck at Money (and How to Use This Book to Get Better at It) xiii

Stage I Power Up

Level 1 Define Your Mission, Choose to Accept It 3

Level 2 Power Up with an "Oh, Crap, I Didn't See That Coming" Fund 17

Level 3 Make Frugality Work for You 29

Level 4 Budget Like You're Building a House 50

Level 5 Don't Let Money Destroy Your Relationships 72

Stage II Optimize

Level 6 Break Up with Your Bank 91

Level 7 De-consumerize Your Brain 107

Level 8 Join the 800 Club (We're Talking Credit Scores) 126

Level 9 Supercharge Your Debt-Payoff Plan 145

Level 10 Take the Fear Out of April 15 176

Stage III Grow

Level 11 Build a "Lazy" Investment Portfolio 207

Level 12 Learn to Negotiate Like a Shark (or at Least a Piranha) 242

Level 13 Do the Side Hustle, Boost Your Money Goal 257

Conclusion: Get Money 273

Acknowledgments 279

Notes 281

Index 285

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