A B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree
"Human beings are very imperfectly rational, especially when it comes to money and especially when it comes to planning for the future. In Save Yourself, financial planning professional Julie Grandstaff uses her years of experience to explain how savings work, to alert people to the money traps they might fall into, and to guide them to developing a new set of habits that gives their future the attention it deserves. The book is full of clear, detailed guidance that should help anyone move onto a path that gets their financial house in order."
--- Barry Schwartz, Visiting Professor, Haas School of Business, U.C. Berkeley, and author of The Paradox of Choice.
Imagine what it would feel like if you had enough money to survive a medical emergency or a short time out of work, or if you had enough money set aside to pursue your dreams or retire without worrying about money. Save Yourself will show you how to take control of your finances and build the confidence and security you’ve been wanting.
Save Yourself is a comprehensive guide to saving for retirement and shoring up your financial security so you can do whatever it is you want. Through the stories of real people, it shows you exactly how you can make the changes that will allow you to save for a long and secure retirement so that you don’t need to work for pay. In addition, it covers other aspects of true financial security, giving you peace of mind throughout your life.
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About the Author
Through diligent planning and saving, Julie and her husband, Jeff, were able to retire more than a decade early, at the ages of fifty-one and fifty-five, respectively. She volunteers her time managing the finances for a small theater company and serving on the investment committee for a local university. When she's not simply enjoying the freedom of not having to work, she spends her time educating others on how to plan and save for their financial futures through her blog at www.juliegrandstaff.com, one-on-one, and in workshops. She and Jeff live in Portland, Oregon, with their daughter, Kaye.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Rise and Fall of Retirement: The history of America's retirement system
Chapter 2: Saving Is Hard, but You Can Learn: Overcoming psycological barriers to saving and managing money
Chapter 3: Everyone Needs to Save: Why no one can get away with not saving
Chapter 4: You Can Save If You Have a Goal: Setting effective financial goals
Chapter 5: The B-Word: Budgets: How to create a budget that will allow you to achieve your financial goals
Chapter 6: Cutting Your Expenses: Places to look for savings in your spending habits
Chapter 7: Debt: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: How debt works and how to pay it off
Chapter 8: When Things Don’t Go According to Plan: Creating buffers against and recovery from financial adversity
Chapter 9: Where to Put Your Money: The type of accounts to open to hold your savings
Chapter 10: Introduction to Investing: Fundamentals of investments
Chapter 11: You Don’t Have to Master Investing: Straight forward approaches to having your money managed for you
Chapter 12: The Afterlife: Documents and insurance to put in place in the event you die or cannot speak for yourself
Chapter 13: How to Begin: Step by step instructions for creating your personal financial plan
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