Managing Debt For Dummies

Front Cover
John Wiley & Sons, Jan 30, 2007 - Business & Economics - 312 pages
0 Reviews
Tips on spending less and getting more for your money

Manage your money wisely, stop accumulating debt, and start paying it off today!

Are you carrying too much debt? Relax! This practical guide gives you simple, effective methods for paying off your bills as quickly as possible and getting your finances back on track. You'll find proven strategies for slashing spending, consolidating debts, dealing with collectors, handling high-risk debt such as a mortgage or car loan, and avoiding future debt problems.

"Managing Debt For Dummies arms consumers with all of the tools and information they need to pay down their debts. It's an essential guide for anyone with money troubles."
—Richard Alderman, Director of the Center for Consumer Law, Associate Dean, University of Houston Law School

Discover how to

  • Create a debt-busting budget
  • Improve your spending habits
  • Use credit cards responsibly
  • Negotiate with creditors
  • Manage past-due debt
  • Rebuild your credit history
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Introduction
1
Getting a Grip on Your Finances
3
Getting a Grip on Your Finances
7
Facing Financial Facts
23
Adopting an Attitude for Success
37
Building a Budget
49
Slashing Your Spending and Making More Money
65
Negotiating with Your Creditors
85
Dealing with Debt Collectors
121
Tackling Your HighStake Debts
141
Keeping Your Wheels on the Road
157
of Your Utilities
173
Handling Medical Bills
197
Federal Student Loan
231
Avoiding Debt Problems
245
Staying on Track
263

Consolidating Your Debts
95
Using Credit Counseling to Get a Grip
109
Avoiding Debt Settlement Firms
117
Ten Great Resources for Dealing
273
Index
281
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2007)

John Ventura: John is a best-selling author and a nationally boardcertified bankruptcy attorney. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law School and the director of the Texas Consumer Complaint Center at the Law School.
As a young boy, John dreamed of becoming a Catholic priest so he could help everyday people, and he spent his high school years in a Catholic seminary. After graduating, however, John decided to achieve his dream by combining journalism with the law. Therefore, he earned an undergraduate degree in journalism and a law degree from the University of Houston Law School. Later, he and a partner established a law firm in Texas, building it into one of the most successful consumer bankruptcy firms in the state. He subsequently began a successful consumer law firm in South Texas.
Today, as Director of the Texas Consumer Complaint Center, he supervises law students as they help consumers with their legal problems. He is also a regular speaker at law conferences around the country and serves on the Bankruptcy Council for the Texas Bar Association.
John is the author of 13 books on consumer and small business legal matters, including Law For Dummies, 2nd edition; The Everyday Law Kit For Dummies; Divorce For Dummies, 2nd edition; and Good Advice for a Bad Economy (Berkeley Books). John has been interviewed about consumer money matters by numerous national media including CNN, NBC, NPR, Bloomberg Television & Radio, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Newsweek, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Money, Inc. Martha Stewart's Living, Bottomline, Entrepreneur, Bankrate.com, CBSMarketWatch.com, and MSNMoney.com. In addition, his comments and advice have appeared in major newspapers around the country, and he has been a frequent guest on local radio programs.

Mary Reed: Mary Reed is a personal finance writer who has coauthored or ghostwritten numerous books on topics related to consumer money matters and legal rights. The books she has coauthored with John Ventura include The Everyday Law Kit for Dummies, Divorce For Dummies, and Good Advice for a Bad Economy (Berkeley Books). Mary has also written for the magazines Good Housekeeping, Home Office Computing, and Small Business Computing, and she has ghostwritten numerous articles that have appeared in national and local publications.
Mary is also the owner of Mary Reed Public Relations (MR-PR), an Austin, Texas-based firm that provides public relations services to a wide variety of clients, including authors, publishers, attorneys, financial planners, healthcare professionals, retailers, hotels, restaurants, and nonprofits.
Prior to starting her public relations business and writing career 20 years ago, she was vice president of marketing for a national market research firm, marketing director for a women's healthcare organization, and public relations manager for Texas Monthly, a national award-winning magazine. She received her MBA from Boston University and her BA from Trinity University in Washington, DC.
In her free time, Mary serves on the board of a community development corporation in her neighborhood. She also enjoys long morning bike rides, road trips with her husband, gardening, working her way through the stack of books by her bed, taking care of her six cats, and spending time with her family and many friends.

Bibliographic information