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Master Your Debt: Slash Your Monthly Payments and Become Debt Free

Master Your Debt: Slash Your Monthly Payments and Become Debt Free

Jordan E. Goodman, Bill Westrom

ISBN: 978-0-470-48424-1

Jan 2010

224 pages

Out of stock

$24.95

Description

Strategies and tools to live debt free

The world of borrowing and debt management has changed dramatically, leaving people confused about how best to secure their financial future. This book is the only guide with detailed advice to help you become debt free or master the debt you have, based on the latest laws and new government programs and policies implemented under the Obama administration.

Is the information and advice on debt management different than in years past? Definitely. In this savvy, engaging guide, bestselling financial expert Jordan Goodman will tell you how to

  • Win the mortgage game: avoid foreclosure, obtain the best refi, and modify your mortgage even if it is ""under water""
  • Clean up your credit report and dramatically boost your credit score
  • Negotiate new terms and payments for burdensome medical bills, student loans, and credit cards
  • Protect yourself from the devastation of identity theft
  • Master the new credit card rules, and avoid the rate and fee traps
  • Learn a revolutionary strategy that will help you become mortgage free in 5 to 7 years, change the way you pay all your bills, and save hundreds of thousands of dollars

Master Your Debt recommends many pioneering strategies as it lays out an innovative plan for achieving the elusive goal of financial success. The book is filled with helpful web sites, toll free numbers, associations and government agencies, and vetted companies and services to help you implement this advice. In today's volatile economy, getting out of debt is the key to surviving and thriving, and author Jordan Goodman provides you with the strategies and tools to live debt free.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction: Master or Victim? You Decide.

Chapter 1: How Did We Get Here? and Where Are We?

Chapter 2: Find out Where You Stand.

Chapter 3: Other People Are Grading You, Too.

Chapter 4: Avoiding A Modern-Day Identity Crisis.

Chapter 5: Win the New Mortgage Game.

Chapter 6: Mortgage Free in Five to Seven Years.

Chapter 7: Credit Cards: Just Because It's Called MasterCard Doesn't Mean It's the Boss of You.

Chapter 8: Car Deals: Making Sure You're In the Driver's Seat.

Chapter 9: An Education in College Costs.

Chapter 10: Don't Let Bad Luck Derail your Finances.

Chapter 11: Surviving Bankruptcy.

Chapter 12: Debt Strategies for Every Age.

Chapter 13: Permanent Mastery, Going Forward.

Appendix: Resources.

About the Author.

Index.

Goodman (Everyone's Money Book), former Wall Street correspondent for Money magazine, offers a lifeline to Americans drowning in debt—with attention to explaining the new rules that the government has put in place since unveiling its stimulus package, including new borrowing guidelines by banks and new policies to avoid mortgage foreclosures. After a brief sketch of the origins of the credit crisis, the author provides a way to determine just how much debt one is in and shares tips on negotiating various payments. Addressing refinancing and paying off mortgages, avoiding identity fraud, selecting the right car deals and student loans, and surviving bankruptcy, the book covers virtually all the debt bases with hard-hitting advice. Goodman offers a detailed appendix with contact information for further reading as well as various resources to empower readers and help them regain their financial footing. (Feb.) (Publishers Weekly, December 21st, 2009)