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Spend Well, Live Rich (Previously Published as 7 Money Mantras for a Richer Life): How to Get What You Want with the Money You Have, Paperback/Michelle Singletary





Brand: Ballantine Books


The best financial planner Michelle Singletary ever knew was Big Mama, her grandmother. Big Mama raised Michelle and her four brothers and sisters on a salary that never reached more than $13,000 a year. Yet at her death, Big Mama owned her own home, had paid off a car loan, and had a beautiful collection of Sunday-go-to-meeting church hats and a savings account that supplemented her Social Security check and small pension. Most important, she had taught Michelle ``7 Money Mantras for a Richer Life.`` Those mantras serve as the inspiration for this straight-talking book of practical personal financial advice that really works. The 7 Money Mantras are: 1. If it's on your ass, it's not an asset 2. Is this a need or is it a want? 3. Sweat the small stuff. 4. Cash is better than credit. 5. Keep it simple. 6. Priorities lead to prosperity. 7. Enough is enough. Michelle Singletary is a syndicated columnist for The Washington Post whose popular personal finance column appears in more than 120 newspapers. She's also a mother of three children who understands what it's like to live on a budget. In a plainspoken, sassy, no-nonsense voice, Michelle provides answers to the financial issues that confront almost every household: how to teach children the value of money; how to address money issues in a relationship or marriage; household saving tips; getting the best loans; and much more. ``This book is about saving enough money to have choices,`` she writes. ``It's about feeling free to be cheap if you can't afford to buy a ton of gifts at Christmas. It's about eliminating wasteful spend-ing so you can begin to save and invest. It's full of uncommon commonsense lessons and guidance on the way people should use their money.`` With humor and down-home financial wisdom, Michelle Singletary offers practical and realistic advice that will help you live well with the money you have. Michelle Singletary on . . . Romance and Money ``It's okay to say: 'Honey, I love you and everything, but if you need money, ask your mama.'`` Credit Cards ``We are minimizing our financial potential by making minimum credit-card payments.`` Car Buying ``If you want to save money, keep your car until you're on a first-name basis with the local tow-truck drivers.`` Leasing a Car ``You, too, can drive a car you can't afford and then have to give it back. It's crazy.`` Gift Giving ``Generosity isn't about how much you spend. It's about how much thought you put into the gift.`` Penny Pinching ``I once bought a stick-shift car because it was $1,000 cheaper than the automatic in the same model. There was just one little problem. I couldn't drive a stick-shift. But at least I saved $1,000

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