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Buy This Book – Deal With Your Debt by Liz Weston

Written by Steve Rhode

Screen Shot 2013-03-05 at 10.39.39 AMMy dear friend Liz Weston has just published an update to her book “Deal With Your Debt: free yourself from what you owe.” On Amazon it is available for just $15 or so.

Liz is a knowledgeable and talented journalist that covers the money, credit and debt world. I’ve know her for years and I’m proud to say that I do know her. She’s always covered the debt world as she sees it.

This book by Weston is a breath of fresh air for those looking for real world practical advice. It’s not the type of “debt is horrible and you are a sinner if you have debt,” approach. Instead weston lays out the practical reality of being in debt in real and understandable terms.

People with serious debt problems may try to do too much too fast and then give up in despair. Or they might pay off the wrong kinds of debt, stranding themselves with too little flexibility to survive a financial crisis. In their zeal to pay off debt, some people neglect other important goals, such as saving for retirement, a home, or college, and ultimately end up hundreds of thousands of dollars poorer than they might have been.

Worse yet, they might be encouraged to continue fighting a battle they simply can’t win.

If you’re having debt problems, you need information, advice, and a clear-eyed assessment of your financial situation so that you can make the best choices for yourself and your family. Short-term fixes and inspirational slogans might help, but you shouldn’t choose them at the expense of your long-term economic health.

Even if you’re not in a crisis, it will help you enormously to view debt for what it is: a financial tool that’s virtually essential for building wealth, reaching your goals, and living happily.Source

When I read such down to earth open talk about debt from Liz, frankly, I just want to hug her for being dead honest with readers and people who need help.

Being totally debt free is never the ultimate goal. It’s finding a balance between the life you want to lead and manageable obligations that are reasonable for your income. Weston nails it on the head in her new book.

The book also does an exceptional job of laying out the dangers of borrowing or raiding retirement funds to pay off debt. Liz points out a key fact many advisers totally miss in their recommendations, that tapping the retirement funds will cause you to lose out. “You lose out on the tax-deferred returns that your money could earn in the plan if you left it alone. Every $10,000 you take out of a 401(k), for example, could cost you $100,000 or more in future retirement income, assuming it had been left alone to grow at an 8% average annual rate for 30 years.”

Credit Cards Are Not Evil

More straight talk from Weston helps to dispel the outright myth that some prominent financial gurus like Dave Ramsey insist on espousing. West lays out why credit cards are not evil and do provide significant consumer protections when not abused.

So many times the easy way to sell debt help is by selling the fear of credit cards and to vilify the banks and taint credit cards with the prohibition era stink of alcohol. It’s just not factual, although it is sensational.

Blaming the credit card for debt problems and swearing off credit cards is like having a traffic accident and swearing off driving. It’s not a logical or reasonable approach to take. Liz lays this all out in Deal With Your Debt.

Bottom Line

I can’t think of enough words to use to tell all my readers that buying Deal With Your Debt is a smart thing to do. It’s well written, provides concrete practical advice, talks truthfully about the reality of beating back debt, and is a great resource to have on hand.

I’m off to buy my copy of the book right now. You should to, click here.


You are not alone. I'm here to help. There is no need to suffer in silence. We can get through this. Tomorrow can be better than today. Don't give up.

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About the author

Steve Rhode

Steve Rhode is the Get Out of Debt Guy and has been helping good people with bad debt problems since 1994. You can learn more about Steve, here.


  • Interesting take by Liz – using debt as a tool. Especially given her keynote address at a Financial Blogger Conference I attended in Denver last year where I was completely turned off by Liz. In her speech she said (quoting to the best of my abilities here – but I think it’s pretty close given it *really* rubbed me the wrong way) – I used to think all people who were in debt were just stupid. But then I realized that some people get into debt due to circumstances out of their control – then she went on to talk about medical emergencies and other ways people may get into debt that is no fault of their own.

    She was speaking to a group of 300-400 financial bloggers, a very large group of them who got into debt due to bad spending decisions (including myself) and are blogging as an accountability measure as they struggle to regain control of their financial lives.

    First rule of being a speaker – know your audience. Calling a large part of an audience “Stupid” is probably not going to win them over. Yes I made bad decisions. Yes, I’ve owned up to them and am working very hard to correct those bad decisions. I am NOT stupid.

    From that point on, she sounded a lot like Charlie Brown’s teacher (wah, wah, wah, wah) because she completely lost me as a listener.

    • Interestingly, many comments on this site are critical of reader questions and have the same attitude that the person was, lazy, stupid, dumb, or intentionally tried to ripoff the system.

      Once you live through debt you learn to see it in an entirely new way. The emotional assumptions people have to debt and things like bankruptcy are most often based in impressions and feelings rather than fact and reality.

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