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The 25-day financial makeover : a practical guide for women
Huff, Francine L., 1967-
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Publication Information:
Grand Rapids, Mich. : Fleming H. Revell, [2004]

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201 pages ; 22 cm
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HG179 .H836 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Francine Huff, an editor at the Wall Street Journal, has some good advice for her fellow women to get their financial houses in order. With more financial independence and control over money than ever before, women can find themselves stumbling into debt and other financial difficulties.
The 25-Day Financial Makeover is a clear, practical guide for the woman who is ready to get serious about her financial situation. This accessible book includes useful advice on paying down debt, saving money for retirement, cutting expenses, and sticking to a budget. Huff avoids difficult financial jargon while effectively illuminating financial pitfalls.
This is a great learning tool and resource for single women, couples, single mothers, and parents.

Author Notes

Francine L. Huff is a news editor with the Wall Street Journal, where she has been the spot news bureau chief and a copy editor. She has also worked for the Boston Globe, Pittsburgh Press and Valley News Dispatch. Huff has served as a panelist for the New York Association of Black Journalists and Newswomen's Club of New York and has spoken widely on finances, careers, and journalism. She and her husband, Gregory, co-founded the Fellowship of Christian Artists and Writers of New Jersey, where they make their home. Visit her website at

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 9
Day 1 How Do You Feel about Money?p. 15
Day 2 Track Your Spendingp. 23
Day 3 Take a Look at Yourselfp. 32
Day 4 Generational Legaciesp. 37
Day 5 Review Your Monthly Billsp. 44
Day 6 Your Credit Reportp. 50
Day 7 Credit and Loansp. 57
Day 8 Get Rid of Debtp. 65
Day 9 Know Your Savingsp. 72
Day 10 Savings Goalsp. 77
Day 11 Planning for Retirementp. 82
Day 12 Retirement Incomep. 89
Day 13 Tithing and Givingp. 95
Day 14 How Do You Feel about Investing?p. 103
Day 15 Building a Portfoliop. 110
Day 16 Technology and Moneyp. 117
Day 17 Net Worthp. 125
Day 18 Tax Savvyp. 132
Day 19 All about Insurancep. 138
Day 20 Getting Insurancep. 143
Day 21 A Place to Call Homep. 151
Day 22 Plan Your Estatep. 158
Day 23 Home Inventoryp. 165
Day 24 Stick to a Budgetp. 170
Day 25 Shop Smarterp. 178
Conclusionp. 185
Appendix A Useful Web Sitesp. 187
Appendix B Stop Telemarketing and Junk Mailp. 191
Appendix C Financial Companiesp. 195
Notesp. 197