The Money Rules

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Pub. Date: 2003-11-19
Publisher(s): McGraw-Hill
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Practical tips to help today's women become financially savvy As marketing manager for a personal finance company, Susan Knape discovered that even accomplished women have questions about managing and making money. The Money Rulesis an essential and practical collection of tips that addresses the missed opportunities and oversights many women experience --and the profound consequences on their financial situations. Readers will learn to: Estimate their cost of living and the cost of the lifestyle they want--and develop a plan to get there Overcome embarrassment surrounding money issues Understand that whether one is married or single, the key to financial security is creating a financial life that is independent of someone else Develop confidence, hope, and practical strategies

Author Biography

Susan Annette Jones Knape has developed training programs and advertising and public relations campaigns for companies such as Prudential Healthcare, ExxonMobil, and AMR Services. She has worked supporting social causes, including services that specifically benefit women. Currently, she is a marketing consultant specializing in products purchased by women.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. xiii
First, 25 DOs
Do expect to take care of yourselfp. 3
Do understand the magic of compound interestp. 6
Do read the fine printp. 9
Do make managing your money a priorityp. 12
Do understand that you can have surprise debtsp. 16
Do consider a prenuptial agreementp. 19
Do keep separate property separate if you live in a community-property statep. 21
Do check your credit report once a yearp. 24
Do make one or two extra house payments each yearp. 29
Do insure yourselfp. 31
Do make sure your spouse is insuredp. 34
Do fund your futurep. 38
Do have a 401(k) and understand itp. 41
Do learn to investp. 44
Do understand that you are every advertiser's targetp. 47
Do understand that your kids are what credit-card companies dream ofp. 50
Do protect yourself against identity theftp. 53
Do keep track of important documentsp. 56
Do find out about your finances before you are in a crisisp. 58
Do consider professional helpp. 61
Do make small changes that can save moneyp. 64
Do keep one credit card on icep. 67
Do pay off your credit-card balance each monthp. 68
Do beware of debt-consolidation plansp. 70
Do enjoy your moneyp. 72
Next, 25 Don'ts
Don't think everybody knows more than youp. 77
Don't tell your friends that you are on a budgetp. 79
Don't think that it's too latep. 80
Don't blindly trust the man in your life with the money in your lifep. 82
Don't sign papers that you don't understandp. 84
Don't accept that retail store's great offer of a discount with a credit-card applicationp. 87
Don't assume that your credit report is correctp. 90
Don't deny yourself every material joyp. 93
Don't think that you have to know everythingp. 95
Don't think poorp. 98
Don't blindly trust your financial advisorp. 100
Don't assume that you can afford a loan just because you qualify for itp. 103
Don't make minimum payments on your credit cardsp. 106
Don't protect your kids from every hard timep. 108
Don't think that you have to save a lot to make saving worthwhilep. 110
Don't think that all home mortgages are the samep. 112
Don't be clueless about your expensesp. 115
Don't underestimate your earning capacityp. 117
Don't live in denialp. 121
Don't ignore your gut instinctsp. 124
Don't think that you have to use an individual broker to make investmentsp. 126
Don't sign personal guaranteesp. 129
Don't believe in financial miraclesp. 131
Don't live without a willp. 133
Don't worry about moneyp. 135
DOs and Don'ts
The Gray Areas of Your Money Lifep. 139
Resourcesp. 159
Endnotesp. 167
Indexp. 171
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