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  • Copyright 2013
  • Edition: 2nd
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-344588-7
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-344588-6

A brand new collection of up-to-the-minute personal finance guidance from award-winning columnist Liz Weston… 4 authoritative books, now in a convenient e-format, at a great price!

All the realistic, trustworthy money advice you need! 4 up-to-date books from Liz Weston, America’s #1 personal finance columnist

Money! Debt. Credit Scores. Investments. Retirement. College. You need answers you can understand, trust, and actually use! That’s where Liz Weston comes in. In this amazing 4 book collection, America’s #1 personal finance columnist helps you create and execute your own action plan for long-term financial security. No hype, no lectures, no nonsense: just realistic, up-to-the minute help delivered in plain English. Start with the latest edition of Weston’s nationwide best-seller, Your Credit Score, Fourth Edition – complete with brand-new information on protecting (or rebuilding) the 3-digit number that rules your financial life. Learn how today’s credit scores work… exactly how much skipped payments, bankruptcies, and other actions will lower your score… how companies can and can’t use your score against you. Get crucial new information on “FAKO” alternative scores, short sales, foreclosures, FICO 8 mortgage scores, new credit risks from social networking and mobile banking, and how to fight score-related credit limit reductions or higher rates. Next, in Easy Money, learn how to simplify and take control of your financial life, now and forever! Weston takes on the problem everyone has: the sheer hassle of managing money! You’ll find practical guidance and easy checklists for investments, credit cards, insurance, mortgages, retirement, college savings, and more! Discover how to consolidate, delegate, and automate your finances…save time and money…and live a more rewarding, secure life. In Deal With Your Debt, Updated & Revised Edition, Weston offers up-to-the-minute help on averting disaster, recovering from serious money setbacks, getting real help, and taking action that works. Weston reveals why it’s simply impractical to “live forever debt free” - and why trying to do so can actually make you poorer. You’ll find up-to-the-minute strategies for calculating how much debt is safe, and assessing and paying off the right debts first... and if you’re too far in debt, Weston will gently and non-judgmentally guide you back into your “safety zone.” Finally, in There Are No Dumb Questions About Money, Weston offers up-to-date, common sense answers to the financial questions people ask most often. You’ll find quick, sensible advice on setting priorities… choosing investments… saving for college, home-buying, retirement, or other major expenses… getting past the pain, arguments, and guilt surrounding money, and doing what works!

From award-winning personal finance expert Liz Weston

Sample Content

Table of Contents

Your Credit Score: How to Improve the 3-Digit Number That Shapes Your Financial Future, 4/e

Introduction xxii
Chapter 1 Why Your Credit Score Matters 1
Chapter 2 How Credit Scoring Works 15
Chapter 3 FICO Versus “FAKO”--Competitors to the Leading Score 39
Chapter 4 Improving Your Score--The Right Way 51
Chapter 5 Credit-Scoring Myths 71
Chapter 6 Coping with a Credit Crisis 83
Chapter 7 Rebuilding Your Score After a Credit Disaster 109
Chapter 8 Identity Theft and Your Credit 133
Chapter 9 Emergency! Fixing Your Credit Score Fast 157
Chapter 10 Insurance and Your Credit Score 167
Chapter 11 Can Bad Credit Cost You a Job? 183
Chapter 12 Keeping Your Score Healthy 189
Index 205

Easy Money: How to Simplify Your Finances and Get What You Want out of Life

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Setting Up Your Financial Life 3

Chapter 2 Take Charge of Your Spending 27

Chapter 3 Get the Most Out of Your Credit Cards 47

Chapter 4 The No-Sweat Guide to Retirement (and other) Investing 61

Chapter 5 The Easy Way to Save for College 87

Chapter 6 Insurance: Protecting What You Have--And Will Have 99

Chapter 7 Buying Homes and Cars 117

Chapter 8 When You Need Help 135

Chapter 9 Be a Savvy Shopper 145

Chapter 10 Changing Your Uneasy Mind 157

Chapter 11 Setting Goals, Or What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life? 167

Resources and Recommendations 175

Index 181

Deal with Your Debt: Free Yourself from What You Owe, Updated and Revised

Introduction xvi

Chapter 1 Isn’t Debt-Free the Way to Be? 1

Chapter 2 Your Debt Management Plan 15

Chapter 3 Credit Cards 39

Chapter 4 Mortgages 63

Chapter 5 Home Equity Borrowing 85

Chapter 6 Student Loans 99

Chapter 7 Auto Loans 119

Chapter 8 401(k) and Other Retirement Plan Loans 133

Chapter 9 Loans You Don’t Want to Get--or Give 147

Chapter 10 Dealing with a Debt Crisis 159

Chapter 11 Putting Your Debt Management Plan into Action 177

Index 195

There Are No Dumb Questions About Money: Answers and Advice to Help You Make the Most of Your Finances

Introduction 1
Chapter 1 Balanced Budget, Balanced Life: Setting Your Financial Priorities 5
Chapter 2 Slay the Debt Dragon 21
Chapter 3 Burnish Your Credit Score 39
Chapter 4 Couples and Money 59
Chapter 5 Family Money: Keeping the Financial Peace 75
Chapter 6 How to Stop Working Someday: Saving and Investing for Retirement 89
Chapter 7 Protect What You Have 105
Chapter 8 Identity Theft 117
Chapter 9 Home Sweet Home: What You Need to Know About Real Estate 127
Chapter 10 Pay for College Without Going Broke 145
Chapter 11 Find an Advisor You Can Trust 165
Chapter 12 At the End: Caring for Elders and Planning Your Estate 173
Index 191


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