Complete idiot's guide to personal finance in your 40s and 50s
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So you've got the basics of your personal finances under control (at least-you've controlled your credit card spending, purchased a house, started saving for retirement) but wait! Now that your kids are growing up and your career is moving along, you're facing a whole new set of personal finance challenges. College, weddings, your son or daughter's first car! How to manage these big expenses and still stay afloat?! And how to deal with unexpected changes such as downsizing or a move?! Help is here. The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Personal Finance in Your 40s and 50s is the guide you need to everything from helping your kids get on their feet to buying a second home.
I.TAKING A LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE.1.So, How's Mid Life Treating You?
How Time Flies. Dealing with Changes. How's Your Health? Feeling a Little Bit Stressed? Welcome to the Sandwich Generation.2.Figuring Out Where You Are in Life.
Knowing What You Need. Emergency Fund. The Right Accounts. Insurance. Knowing What You Want. Understanding the Difference Between Want and Need. Get Real.3.On the Plus Side.
Your House. Income. Savings and Investments. Vehicles. Your Family. A Place in Your Community.4.On the Minus Side.
Your Mortgage. Credit Card Debt. Car Payments. Expenses, Expenses, Expenses. And Then There's Your Ex.5.Getting It All Together.
What Is Net Worth? Figuring It Out. Maybe You Need a Budget. Planning for What You'll Need. Keeping Your Finances on Track.
II.YOUR KIDS AND YOUR MONEY.6.The Big, Expensive Parent Trap.
Cell Phones, Jeeps, and PlayStation 2s. But Mom, All My Friends Have One. Teaching Kids About Money. Letting Them Earn Their Own. You're Not a Fairy Godmother. Helping Out with Big Expenses.7.Trading In the Bikes for Cars.
When Your Kid Wants a Car. Knowing If He or She Is Ready. Who Should Buy the Car? What About a Lease? New Jetta or a Junker? The Cost of Keeping a Car.8.Paying for College.
The Cost of Higher Education. Starting Early to Save for College. Traditional College Accounts. Other Options for College Savings. Figuring Out What You Can Afford. Finding Financial Aid. Other Ways to Finance College. Extras, Spending Money, Cars, and Credit Cards.9.Wedding Bells.
Your Baby's Getting Married. Who Pays for a Wedding These Days? Wedding Costs. Saving on Wedding Costs. Avoiding Temptation.10.Helping Your Kids Get on Their Feet.
The Cost of Getting Started. How Much Should You Help? To Loan or to Give? Keeping It All Up Front. Boomerang Kids.
III.HEARTH AND HOME.11.To Stay or Not To Stay?
If Your Housing Needs Are Changing. Welcome Home, Mom. Considering a Brand-New Home. Adapting the House You Have.12.A Home Away from Home.
Thinking About a Vacation Home. Tax Advantages. Other Advantages. The Downside of Vacation Homes. What About a Timeshare?13.Paying for a New Home or Second Home.
Knowing What You Can Afford. Considering Extra Costs. Deciding How You'll Pay for It.14 - Selling the House You Already Have.
Hire a Realtor or Sell It Yourself? Finding the Right Realtor. Timing Is Everything. Costs Associated with Selling. Preparing for a Move. When the Big Day Arrives.
IV.LIFE CHANGES.15.Knowing That Nothing Stays the Same.
Coping With Change Isn't Easy. Types of Changes You May Encounter. Strategies for Handling Life Changes. Knowing When You Might Need Some Help.16.Job Changes.
The Changing Workplace. Voluntary Job Changes. Involuntary Job Changes. Heading Back to the Classroom.17.Dealing With Losing Your Job.
Downsizing and Other Dirty Words. You Job and Your Identity. Bridges Aren't Built to Be Burned. Practical Concerns When You're Not Working. Financial Strategy Planning. Resources to Help You.18.Going Out on Your Own.
Entrepreneurial Opportunities. Risks of Starting Your Own Business. Rewards of Going It Alone. Thinking Toward Retirement. Working at Home vs. Renting an Office.19.Other Changes