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You and Your Money: A No-Stress Guide to Becoming Financially Fit

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You and Your Money: A No-Stress Guide to Becoming Financially Fit

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Based on extensive research to determine what people need to become more financially informed and self sufficient.

  • Lois Vitt is the leading authority in the US on financial education and has been quoted by Alan Greenspan in testimony before Congress on the state of financial literacy in the US.
  • The book begins with the Life Values Profile, placing the reader at the center of the "story".
  • Foreword by Dallas L. Salisbury, President and CEO of the Employee Benefit Research Institute.
  • Description

    • Copyright 2007
    • Dimensions: 6x9
    • Pages: 336
    • Edition: 1st
    • Book
    • ISBN-10: 0-13-100310-0
    • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-100310-1
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    • ISBN-10: 0-13-234982-5
    • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-234982-6

    “With over 70% of American workers living paycheck to paycheck, basic money management skills are needed desperately. This is a masterful work that guides us to discover our own money dysfunctions and takes us on a journey to healthy financial behaviors.”

           –Sally Hass, Employee Benefits Life Planning Manager, Weyerhaeuser Company

    “This book combines solid knowledge of societal trends in personal finance with guidance on how to develop a sense of purpose about money and get financially fit for a lifetime. I heartily recommend it.”

           –Kelvin Boston, host Moneywise PBS Series and author of Who's Afraid To Be A Millionaire?

    “The rules have changed on how to achieve the American Dream. What many of us consider a fundamental right will be out of reach unless we get smart and take action now. The authors get right to the point by helping readers define what they care most about and then set them on a path to achieving true financial well-being.”

           –Carol Anderson, President and CEO of Money Quotient, specialists in financial planning education

    “The authors have looked at the current disastrous consumer model and envision a ‘New’ American Dream. They break the rules, set up a new framework for humanized finances, and challenge consumers to change the future by changing their habits, now.”

           –Dean Brassington, Financial Educator and U.S. Navy Quality of Life Program and Design Consultant

    “The great merit of this book is that it reads like an engaging conversation. Given the mass of undigested financial information, everyone needs this discourse that helps to position and orient oneself in the money universe, and then act. It bridges the gap between a complicated world out there and one's personal and family orbit.”

           –Jurg Siegenthaler, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, American University

    Based on extensive nationwide research conducted by the author and the Institute for Socio-Financial Studies about what people need to learn and do to become financially savvy, You and Your Money gives you the skills you need to be financially competent and self-sufficient...so you can make the right decisions about money–today, tomorrow, always!

    You don’t need to know everything about personal finance. You do need to know three things: where you stand today, what you can do now, and how to become more financially secure for the rest of your life.

        This book helps you answer those three questions. It’s easy, readable, practical, and quick.

        It gives you simple, common-sense tools for achieving financial success...tools you can use in every part of your life, not just finance!

        It brings together real stories from real people. People like you. People who know what they want, and just need to know how to get there. 

    •  CREATE YOUR OWN PERSONAL LIFE VALUES PROFILE: The book helps you develop your unique personal profile so you can better assess your own goals and know how to achieve them
    • GET SAVVY, AND FEEL MUCH MORE IN CONTROL: Easy, quick ways to take charge of your financial well-being
    • GROW YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT SYSTEM, STEP-BY-STEP: Learn to communicate about money–and find objective, honest help when you need it
    • PLAN YOUR FINANCES AROUND THE CHANGES IN YOUR LIFE: Plan for life transitions, prepare for disasters, and learn how to recover from financial setbacks

    Foreword xvi

    Preface xviii

    Acknowledgments xx

    About the Authors xxi

    PART I: MAINTAINING A POSITIVE OUTLOOK 1

    Chapter 1: The Right Stuff 3

    Chapter 2: The “New” American Dream 13

    Chapter 3: How We Decide 25

    Chapter 4: Your Life Values Profile 33

    Chapter 5: Moving to Secure Money Management 51

    Chapter 6: A Word About Fear 63

    PART II: BEING ACTIVE IN FINANCIAL AFFAIRS 75

    Chapter 7: Who’s in Charge of Your Financial Well-Being? 77

    Chapter 8: Becoming a Savvy Consumer 89

    Chapter 9: Getting and Keeping Good Credit 103

    Chapter 10: Staying Ahead of Scammers and Thieves 119

    Chapter 11: Committing to a Savings Plan 133

    PART III: BUILDING A FINANCIAL SUPPORT SYSTEM 145

    Chapter 12: Communicating About Money–Count the Ways 147

    Chapter 13: Tapping Into the Financial Marketplace 165

    Chapter 14: Building Your Assets 181

    Chapter 15: Choosing Housing Wisely 201

    PART IV: COPING WELL WITH CHANGE AND LOSS 221

    Chapter 16: Planning for Life Transitions 223

    Chapter 17: Preparing for Disasters 239

    Chapter 18: Recovering from Adversity 253

    Chapter 19: Finding the Help You Need 265

    Appendix: Personal Finance Education Internet Sites 277

    Endnotes 293

    Index 299

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    Table of Contents

    Foreword xvi

    Preface xviii

    Acknowledgments xx

    About the Authors xxi

    PART I: MAINTAINING A POSITIVE OUTLOOK 1

    Chapter 1: The Right Stuff 3

    Chapter 2: The “New” American Dream 13

    Chapter 3: How We Decide 25

    Chapter 4: Your Life Values Profile 33

    Chapter 5: Moving to Secure Money Management 51

    Chapter 6: A Word About Fear 63

    PART II: BEING ACTIVE IN FINANCIAL AFFAIRS 75

    Chapter 7: Who’s in Charge of Your Financial Well-Being? 77

    Chapter 8: Becoming a Savvy Consumer 89

    Chapter 9: Getting and Keeping Good Credit 103

    Chapter 10: Staying Ahead of Scammers and Thieves 119

    Chapter 11: Committing to a Savings Plan 133

    PART III: BUILDING A FINANCIAL SUPPORT SYSTEM 145

    Chapter 12: Communicating About Money–Count the Ways 147

    Chapter 13: Tapping Into the Financial Marketplace 165

    Chapter 14: Building Your Assets 181

    Chapter 15: Choosing Housing Wisely 201

    PART IV: COPING WELL WITH CHANGE AND LOSS 221

    Chapter 16: Planning for Life Transitions 223

    Chapter 17: Preparing for Disasters 239

    Chapter 18: Recovering from Adversity 253

    Chapter 19: Finding the Help You Need 265

    Appendix: Personal Finance Education Internet Sites 277

    Endnotes 293

    Index 299

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