Money Girl's Smart Moves to Grow Rich: A Proven Plan to Taking Charge of Your Finances

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Tired of worrying about your financial situation but aren't sure what to do or where to start? Stop stressing! No matter how much you earn (or how much you owe) you can take control of your money—and it won't be nearly as hard as you think.

Millions of people already benefit from the expert advice Laura D. Adams dispenses in her weekly Money Girl podcast and know firsthand that little changes can lead to big rewards. Laura doesn't tell you what you can and can not buy with your own hard-earned money; instead, she gives you guidance, tips, and tricks you need to make the most of it by finding out how to:

- Assess your current financial situation and set achievable, realistic goals
- Get out of debt faster—and stay out for good
- Manage your 401(k) or Roth IRA like a pro
- Take advantage of every available tax deduction to owe less and save more
- Choose smarter investments so you can watch your money grow
- Use the most up-to-date technology to make managing your money much easier

Whether you're learning the quickest way to improve your credit score or the seven essential tips for preventing identity theft, you'll be surprised—and relieved—at just how doable it all is. Chock-full of quick and dirty tips that explain what you need to know without bogging you down with what you don't, Money Girl's Smart Moves to Grow Rich will ensure you have the kind of life you want and the future you've always dreamed of.

Money Girl's Smart Moves to Grow Rich won the prestigious Excellence in Financial Literary Education (EIFLE) Award for 2011.

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About the author

Laura Adams is the host of Money Girl on Macmillan's Quick and Dirty Tips digital media network. She shares weekly tips and advice on a variety of personal finance topics. Her experience as an entrepreneur, real estate investor, corporate sales and marketing trainer, human resources professional, and instructional designer enriches her writing and brings vast experience to her audience.
Laura was born in Charleston, South Carolina. She received a B.S. in Natural Resources from The University of the South in Sewanee, TN and an M.B.A. from the University of Florida. She lives in central Florida with her husband and their yellow Lab.

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Publisher
St. Martin's Griffin
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Published on
Dec 21, 2010
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Pages
272
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ISBN
9781429942669
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / Personal Finance / General
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