Do you have a credit card?
Roughly 70% of adults in the U.S. do.
In fact, Americans average 3.5 credit cards per person – that‛s a lot of plastic! Even with all that buying power in their wallets, most consumers have no idea the ways that they use (or misuse) their credit cards can affect their health, their relationships, and their credit scores. Many factors go into mounting credit card debt: impulse shopping, health emergencies, the loss of a job, marriage, divorce, a death in the family. With this debt comes stress, arguments, loss of sleep, inability to pay other bills, worry, health problems, crumbling relationships.
Does any of this sound familiar?
Increasing credit card debt and a lack of knowledge about how credit cards really work have created a new social phenomenon called The Plastic Effect. And if you have a credit card, The Plastic Effect can affect YOU.
In this new book, internationally recognized credit card expert, Polly A. Bauer, CPCS and attorney Stephen Lesavich, PhD, JD, have selected 25 of the most common urban legends influencing the use and misuse of credit cards. The authors, as business leaders and credit card experts, walk you through these urban legends about how credit cards are used and misused, explaining what is true and what is likely to cause you trouble.
You will get access to resources and additional information about each myth, tips from industry experts, and guidance that will help you use your credit cards more intelligently and effectively. You‛ll also learn how to understand your credit reports, improve your credit score and manage your debt in a way that puts the power back in YOUR hands. In short, this book will help you break free of The Plastic Effect."
Fortunately, help is now at hand with Credit Card Stressbusters. This plain-English, Q&A guide will help you to slash your credit card debt in just 90 days. Not only will you learn how to cure credit card addiction, but you’ll also learn some of the best-kept stressbusting secrets for using your card responsibly.
Inside you’ll discover:how to choose the right card -- credit or otherwise how to control your spending, instead of letting it control you how to reduce your debt -- fast how to make your credit card work for you.
Whether you’re struggling with credit card chaos or just trying to stay ahead, Credit Card Stressbusters is the book for you!
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The Joneses are broke.
Life looks good, but hidden beneath that glossy exterior are credit card bills, student loans, car payments, and an out-of-control mortgage. Their money situation is a mess, and they're trying to live a life they simply can't afford. So why exactly do we try so hard to keep up with the Joneses?
Are we really living the lives we want, or are we chasing someone else's dream, just trying to keep up appearances on social media, at church, and in our community? Why are we letting other people set the pace for our own family's finances?
In Love Your Life, Not Theirs, Rachel shows you how to buy and do the things that are important to you--the right way. That starts by choosing to quit the comparisons, reframing the way you think about money, and developing new habits like avoiding debt, living on a plan, watching your spending, saving for the future, having healthy conversations about money, and giving.
These habits work, and Rachel is living proof. Now, she wants to empower you to live the life you've always dreamed of without creating the debt, stress, and worry that are all too often part of the deal.
Social media isn't real life, and trying to keep up with the Joneses will never get you anywhere. It's time to live--and love--your life, not theirs.
"I've never read a book about money that takes this approach--and that's a good thing! Comparison has a way of weaving itself throughout all aspects of our lives, including our money. In Love Your Life, Not Theirs, Rachel Cruze outlines the seven money habits that really matter--and they have nothing to do with keeping up with the Joneses!"
Actress, author, and co-host of The View
"Love Your Life, Not Theirs is full of the kind of practical, straightforward advice we've come to expect from Rachel Cruze. She offers guidance on paying down debt, smart saving, and the right way to talk to your spouse about money. These indispensable tips can help with day-to-day spending decisions and put you on a path to establishing healthy financial habits."
Editor-in-Chief for Woman's Day
"Cruze's self-deprecating and honest voice is a great resource for anyone wanting to take charge of their money. With humor and approachability, she helps her readers set themselves up for success and happiness, no matter what current financial state they may be in."
New York Times best-selling author of Where the Light Gets In
"In today's world of social media, the temptation to play the comparison game is stronger than ever. Love Your Life, Not Theirs is the perfect reminder that, when it comes to money, comparison is a game you can't win. A terrific--and much needed--read."
Financial Editor, NBC TODAY and Host of HerMoney with Jean Chatzky Podcast