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What To Do When the Economy Sucks

Book Description

Let's face it: Today's economy sucks!

There's a housing crisis, a credit crisis, and an unemployment crisis. And that's just for now. But families don't need to move into refrigerator boxes and start scrounging for spare change.

This book offers readers concrete, specific strategies to:
  • prevent foreclosure
  • create and stick to a family budget
  • repair bad credit ratings
  • streamline spending
  • save for the future
  • and more

Elected leaders and economic theories come and go. But author Peter Sander shows how to maintain financial stability, no matter who's in charge.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Dedication
  4. Contents
  5. Introduction
    1. If It Walks, Talks, and Acts Like a Duck . . .
    2. What Is Defensive Personal Finance?
    3. A Little Perspective on Downturns
    4. Naturally, a Cycle
    5. Shorter Than You Think
    6. “What DO You Do When the Economy Sucks?”
    7. Three Defensive Fronts: Your Job, Your Home, Your Lifestyle
  6. Part I: Hold On to Your Job
    1. Chapter 1. The Art of Hanging On
      1. It’s All about Value—Your Value
      2. Don’t Be Good—Be Great
      3. Tip #1: Be the MVP
      4. Tip #2: Work Like a Well-Oiled Machine
      5. Tip #3: Master Reading, ’Riting, and Rhetoric
      6. Tip #4: Don’t Stick Out
      7. Tip #5: Stay Positive
      8. Tip #6: Build Your Internal Brand
      9. Tip #7: Above All, Be a Leader
      10. Tip #8: Build a Safety Net—Just in Case
    2. Chapter 2. Improving the Merchandise
      1. Why Is It Important?
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    3. Chapter 3. The Other Side of the Fence
      1. But Is This the Time?
      2. Greener Grass Doesn’t Always Taste Good
      3. Tip #18: Find What Speaks to You
      4. Tip #19: Niche and Get Rich
      5. Tip #20: Take This Piggy to Market
      6. Tip #21: Run the Numbers
      7. Tip #22: Build the Business Plan
      8. Tip #23: Keep a Foot in Both Camps
      9. Tip #24: Don’t Be Afraid to Ask
      10. Tip #25: Get Ready, Get Set, Bail
    4. Chapter 4. If the Ax Falls
      1. Why Is It Important?
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  7. Part II: Hold On to Your Home
    1. Chapter 5. Time for a Crash Diet?
      1. Why Is It Important?
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    2. Chapter 6. Renegotiate, Refinance, but Don’t Renege
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    3. Chapter 7. Moving On When You Must
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  8. Part III: Hold On to Your Lifestyle
    1. Chapter 8. Financial Forensics
      1. Why Is It Important?
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    2. Chapter 9. Should You Live on a Budget?
      1. Why Is It Important?
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    3. Chapter 10. Smart Debt, Smart Credit
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    4. Chapter 11. Protect Your Ass(ets)
      1. Why Is It Important?
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    5. Chapter 12. Downsize with Dignity
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  9. Appendix A: List of Resources
  10. Appendix B: List of Tips
  11. Copyright