Right on the Money!: Taking Control of Your Personal Finances

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With countless new ways to manage money and spend it, Chris Farrell provides what is most needed: reliable information on personal finance.

In the tradition of the great “how-to” series on public television, Right on the Money! offers a practical, hands-on approach to making savvy financial decisions. In each chapter, finance expert Chris Farrell visits an individual or family facing a financial crossroads in their lives and, aided by a team of street-smart experts, helps them take control of their finances.

From setting up a budget to saving for retirement, Right on the Money! not only gives readers the knowledge and tools they need, but also shows how to make informed decisions among the options at hand. Subjects discussed include balancing love and money, investments, the stock market, credit cards and how to get out of debt, buying a car, buying a home, creating a household budget, and paying for college.

Informative and fun, with a “roll up your sleeves and solve the problem” attitude, Right on the Money! is destined to become a new classic of personal finance.
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About the author

Chris Farrell is the senior economics contributor for Marketplace, American Public Media's nationally syndicated public radio program. He is also an economics commentator for Minnesota Public Radio. An award-winning journalist, Chris is a regular contributor to Next Avenue, Money.com, Businessweek, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
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Villard
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Published on
Feb 4, 2009
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Pages
300
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ISBN
9780307566164
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / Personal Finance / General
Business & Economics / Personal Success
Self-Help / Personal Growth / General
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This content is DRM protected.
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