The Real Cost of Living: Making the Best Choices for You, Your Life, and Your Money (Google eBook)
Every decision, from buying a home to grabbing a daily latte, has costs and benefits-personal as well as financial. The Real Cost of Living helps you make better decisions, both big and small- decisions that involve money, but aren't all about money. Well-known personal finance expert Carmen Wong Ulrich makes personal finance personal and takes into account that we all have motivations that go way beyond number crunching. From marriage and family to career, investing, and more, Carmen examines the "real cost" of the choices we all make every day.
* Is deciding whether to go back to work full-time after you have a child really all about money? Should it be?
* Is prepaying a mortgage a smart-money move, or is it really about craving security and stability- and which means more to you?
* How much do your bad habits really cost you? And is saving thousands of dollars enough of a motivation to get you to stop?
* Are college degrees really worthwhile? And if so, how can you maximize the odds of gaining all the benefits of a degree, both personally and financially?
* Is becoming your own boss the answer to your career malaise? Can you handle the costs?
The Real Cost of Living is a rare melding of personal psychology and personal finance at an important time when we have discovered that having more money may not bring more happiness, but knowing what really will make you happy can be worth any cost.
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Review: The Real Cost of Living: Making the Best Choices for You, Your Life, and Your MoneyUser Review - Tracy - Goodreads
I liked how she laid out the "real cost" of various life choices with no judgment of any choice. I think this is a must read for everyone. Read full review
Review: The Real Cost of Living: Making the Best Choices for You, Your Life, and Your MoneyUser Review - Andrea - Goodreads
Pretty good book. Would be better financial advice if there was a Canadian version. Read full review
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THE REAL COST OF OWNING A HOME
IS THE COST WORTHWHILE?
THE REAL COST OF GETTING IN TROUBLE WITH YOUR HOME
THE REAL COST OF GETTING MARRIED
THE REAL COST OF DEBIT CARDS
HOW TO LOWER THE COST OF CREDIT CARDS
THE REAL COST OF NOT SAVING CASH
SAVING MONEY COSTS MONEY
THE BENEFITS OF SAVING AND HOW TO DO IT BETTER
WHERE TO PUT YOUR SAVINGS
WHY THE MATTRESS SUCKS
THE REAL COST OF HAVING KIDS
OPTING IN OR OPTING OUT
IT DOESNT END WITH THE NURSERY
WHY SO HIGH?
THE REAL COST OF STUDENT LOANS
THE POTENTIAL GRAD SCHOOL GOUGE
DISTRACTED RECKLESS DRIVING
THE COST OF CREDIT CARD DEBT
THE PERSONAL COST OF CREDIT CARD DEBT
THE COST OFNOTHAVING CREDIT CARDS
LACK OF CONFIDENCE
BRINGING IN THE PROS?
The Real Cost of Home
The Real Cost of Marriage and Divorce
The Real Cost of College
The Real Cost of Bad Habits
The Real Cost of Being Your Own Boss
The Real Cost of Saving