Debt-Proof Living: How to Get Out of Debt & Stay That Way by Mary Hunt ~ A Personal Finance Book Review

Mary Hunt
Nonfiction / Personal Finance

Back of the book:

Mortgages, credit card balances, student loans, car loans, and home improvement loans have become a way of life. All that debt is putting not only our present at risk as we live paycheck to paycheck but our futures in jeopardy, as shockingly few of us have enough put away for retirement. But personal financial expert Mary Hunt wants you to know a radical but simple truth--you really can get out of debt and stay out of debt--for the rest of your life.

If you have been struggling to pay the bills, if you feel like you just can't make your finances work, if you feel like your money situation is getting out of control, you need this book. It can change your life, just as it's changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of others already.


My thoughts:

I first read Debt-Proof Living back in 1999 when it was originally published. I gained tools to not only manage our debt but ultimately it helped our family get completely out of debt. So why would I go back and read a book that I had already read? The simple answer is that our economic times have changed and with it our personal finances. I desperately needed a refresher course on all things related to debt-free living.

I was pleasantly surprised by this newly updated version of the original book. Mary didn't just rearrange things and slap on a new cover. She has extensively revised this book to take in the current economic situation in America and presented her time tested strategies in light of these new situations we find ourselves dealing with.

Reading the book through this time was a great reminder about things that we had let slip. There were also many areas that didn't really catch my attention the first time because they didn't pertain to our situation. But like many Americans we have entered into a whole new era and find ourselves dealing with things that we have never dealt with before.

If you have read this book before, I would encourage you to give it another look. I can almost guarantee that there will be things that still leap off of the page for you. If you have never had the pleasure of reading this book I recommend that you give it a try. It is my opinion that even the most financially sound family will still gain valuable insights into debt-proofing your lives from Mary's vast wealth of knowledge on the subject.

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