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One Year to an Organized Financial Life: From Your Bills to Your Bank Account, Your Home to Your Retirement, the Week-by-Week Guide to Achieving Financial Peace of Mind by Russell Wild, Regina Leeds

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Introduction
Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
 
—CHARLES DICKENS
 
CERTAIN FOUR-LETTER WORDS CAUSE a stir when uttered in polite society. But a simple five-letter word seems to trump them all: money. You would think it was the Devil’s own invention the way some respond. We treat money as if it had a magical power all its own. We say it “slips through our fingers” or, worse, “burns a hole in our pocket.” Some believe it’s “the root of all evil.” Gordon Gekko, in the movie Wall Street, felt that “greed is good,” while saints of all religions have exhorted us to give it all away and live simply. What’s a person to do?

GETTING A FRESH PERSPECTIVE

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