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Complete Financial Guide For Young Couples [Paperback]

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¿ Can we ever afford to buy a house?
¿ Is it wrong to borrow this much money?
¿ Which of us should be the record keeper?
¿ Are credit cards a no-no?
¿ Do we really need life insurance?
¿ Why is it we never seem to have enough?

Questions like these can keep you awake at night-or worse. Without a solid financial and spiritual foundation on which to base sound decisions, problems--- not just money problems--tend to multiply in a marriage. And they come whether you're struggling on $20,000 a year or "coasting" on a six-figure income.

Whether you are about to marry or are still in marriage's early years, best-selling author Larry Burkett can steer you around the pitfalls that result from mishandling your money. In this valuable guide he will help you:

¿ Establish a workable budget
¿ Discover what kind of insurance you need and how much
¿ Teach your children about finances
¿ Diagnose economic danger signs in your marriage
¿ Explore different types of investments and decide which are best for you and much, much more.

Solid biblical direction, practical advice, and years of "field-testing' make this a book that won't gather dust on your shelf!

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Over 100,000 copies in Print
LARRY BURKETT
The Complete Financial Guide for Young Couples
A Lifetime Approach to Spending, Saving, and Investing

Now in paperback
- Can we ever afford to buy a house?
- Is it wrong to borrow this much money?
- Which of us should be the record keeper?
- Are credit cards a no-no?
- Do we really need life insurance?
- Why is it we never seem to have enough?
Questions like these can keep you awake at night- or worse. Without a solid financial and spiritual foundation on which to base sound decisions, problems-and not just money problems-tend to multiply in a marriage. And they come whether you're struggling on $20,000 a year or "coasting" on a six-figure income.
Whether you are about to marry or are still in marriage's early years, best-selling author Larry Burkett can steer you around the pitfalls that result from mishandling your money. In this valuable guide he will help you:
- Establish a workable budget
- Discover what kind of insurance you need and how much
- Teach your children about finances
- Diagnose economic danger signs in your marriage
- Explore different types of investments and decide which are best for you and much, much more.
Solid biblical direction, practical advice, and years of "field-testing" make this a book that won't gather dust on your shelf
The late Larry Burkett was founder and president of Christian Financial Concepts in Gainesville, Georgia, a nonprofit organization that specializes in teaching Christians biblical principles for managing money. The host of two daily radio programs, "How to Manage Your Money" and "Money Matters," Larry wrote numerous books on finances, including "Investing for the Future, The Complete Financial Guide for Single Parents, The Coming Economic Earthquake, " and "Preparing for Retirement."


Item Specifications...

Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 29, 2002
Publisher   David C. Cook
ISBN  1564761304  
EAN  9781564761309  
UPC  612608761308  


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Finances and Marriage  Jun 7, 2008
Marriage is tough enough without making it any harder. I'm sure our parents meant well when they tried to set the best examples possible. But, I don't know many people who's parents really laid out how money and marriage work. This book is a great tool to easy the frustration and aggravation that can accompany financial issues in marriage. It has worked wonders with my fiance and I.
 
Outdated but mostly useful  Jan 22, 2006
I like some of what Larry has to say, but I find much has changed since the book was first written. Some of the principles don't change, like developing a budget, but many things are difficult to work in a modern age. Most young couples are problably fall into the 'Dual Incomes No Kids' category. You generally don't go to the grocery store with your grocery envelope, or take the family check book and write them a check.

My favorite quote from the book is 'Arthur Andersen and Company could not have balanced that checkbook'. In light of events at Enron, it seems they probably could have 'balanced' the checkbook.

He makes many broad generalizations which may offend either the husband or the wife. For example: 'I find with most couples I counsel that the wife, given training, is usually the better bookkeeper. Normally she has more time and is a little more diligent.'

The book has many stories of finances gone bad, which should at least make you feel that your finances are in a lot better shape than some peoples.
 
A Must Have for Every Couple  Dec 16, 2005
If you are not one to be led by Biblical values, then this book will not be very appealing to your sensibilities. Larry Burkett writes from a conservative, Christian based perspective. He gives Biblically-based practical guidance on budgeting, approaching debt, life insurance, retirement, teaching financial principals to your children, as well as several other financial issues. His assumption is that family is your priority and that when a married couple has children, the wife will stay home to care for the children -- thus he gives most guidance assuming that at some point a couple will have only one income. He also assumes that the husband takes his Biblical place as head of his home as leader, protector and provider. He uses the Bible to support his assertions.

What has helped us most is the easy-to-implement envelope system. It has helped us get a handle on our spending. He has other publications that explain the envelope system more indepth, but the overview provided in this book gives enough info to get you started.

In the end, this book helps you gain a Biblical approach to handling your finances. Some advice may seem contrary to worldly wisdom, but we know who we are to look to for guidance...
 
Sound advice, but a little outdated  Aug 27, 2004
I noticed the reviews are either 5 stars or 1 star! This book definitely deserves more than 1 star as it does contain some very sound advice and is great for those who need good solid financial training.
I am a Christian, but found many of his principles to be outdated and just a little too conservative. This book was first published in 1989 and SERIOUSLY needs a updated version. He implies throughout the book that the woman should not work and if she does her income should only be used for "extra purchases" not for basing a budget on. Why? Because she might get preganant, some terrible ill befall her, and no longer work to support the family. (I am a nurse and have found that this is the exception, not the rule)
I also have a problem with the fact that he continually refers to the husband as the "wage-earner". I know plenty of families where the wife earns more money than the husband and they both share duties and expenses within the household. He also says that you should not spend your money on buying life insurance for the wife just to cover "funeral expenses" because of course all budget expenses should be based on the "wage-earner's" (the man's) salary. Therefore, life insurance is only truly necessary for the husband.
I don't want to sound like I'm bashing the book because the sections on training children to use money wisely and how to save for your future and get out of debt include some really excellent advice.
However, his theology and principles behind a lot of his advice are quite "old-school".
 
One of the Best!!!  Apr 15, 2003
Larry Burkett's advice cannot be highly stated enough. He has solid biblical direction, practical advice, and years of "field testing," making this a book which won't gather dust on your bookshelf.

He explores many topics, such as being able to buy a car or house; as well as is it wrong to borrow large amounts of cash. He also explores credit cards and life insurance, as well as the standards, such as budgets, teaching your children about financial principles, and seeing ahead towards economic trends and dangers.

For a good and practical read which can be applied to any situation, a great resource!!!

 

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