Live Well on Less Than You Think

The New York Times Guide to Achieving Your Financial Freedom

Fred Brock

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A smart, down-to-earth primer on financial survival-and prosperity-in today's uncertain economy, from the author of the bestselling Retire on Less Than You Think

With Retire on Less Than You Think, New York Times business columnist and editor Fred Brock challenged the conventional wisdom on the real costs of retirement. Now he turns his attention to the hype that is driving money decisions during the working years-credit card debt, health care costs, stagnant wages-and shows how it is possible for all of us to build a secure and prosperous household on less than we think.

Brock offers his distinctive brand of savvy, real-world advice, including how to
- assess the real money value of your job based on commuting costs, benefits, and job market opportunities
- get the most out of location, from tax savings and living costs
- minimize your housing costs while maximizing your assets
- manage major expenses, like college tuition and cars
- cut expensive habits and pay attention to the "little" things to boost your savings
- get to the bottom line on insurance
- play the credit card game to your advantage

Brock shows readers how to analyze their true costs of living so that they can live debt- and worry-free while enjoying themselves and securing their future. A substantial list of national, regional, and online resources as well as work sheets once again give readers the tools to customize and realize their financial plans.

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From Live Well on Less Than You Think:
Getting debt under control is the most important move you can make to cut expenses-particularly the amount you pay in interest. But be wary of the conventional advice to cancel or cut up your credit cards. Learn instead to control your credit, rather than have it control you:

Shun brand loyalty and "miles" or other affiliate programs, which can saddle you with
uncompetitive interest rates.

Stick with cards with steady lower rates rather than cycling between cards carrying zero
interest during the first months of use.

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Praise for Retire on Less Than You Think:
"A valuable new book." -Jane Bryant Quinn, Newsweek
"Plenty of helpful and useful material . . . For workers intrigued by the idea of retiring for less, Brock's book is well worth reading." -The Boston Globe

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About the Author

Fred Brock

Fred Brock, a former business editor and current contributor to The New York Times, is the author of Retire on Less Than You Think (0-8050-7374-4) and is the R. M. Seaton Professor of Professional Journalism at Kansas State University. He has also been an editor and reporter covering politics, business, and finance for The Wall Street Journal, the Houston Chronicle, and the Louisville Courier-Journal. He lives in Manhattan, Kansas.

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Live Well on Less Than You Think
The New York Times Guide to Achieving Your Financial Freedom
Fred Brock

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Henry Holt and Co.
Times Books
January 2005
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780805077254
ISBN10: 0805077251
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 192 pages, Includes ten charts and graphs, as well as worksheets
$18.00

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Henry Holt and Co.
Times Books
April 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429900201
ISBN10: 1429900202
192 pages
$7.99
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