Pulliam Weston (Your Credit Score), columnist for MSN Money and author of the nationally syndicated column "Money Talk," provides a practical, easy-to-understand guide to taking control of personal finances and establishing financial security. Like most financial advice books, this collection covers the basics, such as creating a financial toolkit, investing, planning for retirement and saving for college. While Pulliam Weston provides insights into these areas-especially for those without a financial background-she also charts new territory with her "60 Percent Solution" and "50/30/20 Plan," both aimed at spending control, as well as getting the most out of your credit cards and what to do if you've overspent on a car purchase. An advocate of online banking, Pulliam Weston maps out the right way to pay bills and advocates account aggregation and consolidation. She also provides a useful resource guide for finding a financial planner, a tax professional and an estate planning attorney. Checklists are included in each chapter, as well as helpful charts and tables that aid in getting and staying organized.This book will be a valuable guide on the path to financial control and security. --Publishers Weekly "If you want to simplify your life and make solid decisions--fast--this book is your answer. It's one more reason Liz remains one of America's most trusted financial columnists. Quick, easy, and empowering!" --Jennifer Openshaw, Author of The Millionaire Zone and CEO, WinningAdvice.com "As usual, Liz cuts to the chase to provide readers with practical, easy to implement tips for living a rich life. If you follow only half of her on-the-money recommendations you'll be exponentially better off tomorrow than you are today." --Lois P. Frankel, Ph.D., Author of Nice Girls Don't Get Rich and Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office Simplify your financial life! now and forever! / By the Internet's #1 personal finance expert, MSN's Liz Pulliam Weston / Stop feeling overwhelmed by your finances: take control, the easy way! / Save time, avoid mistakes, and help secure your future Common sense. Easy solutions. Plain English. Best selling author, Liz Pulliam Weston, takes on the problem everyone has, and nobody talks about: the sheer hassle of managing your money!Weston offers practical guidance and easy checklists for every decision: investments, credit cards, insurance, mortgages, retirement, college savings, and more! Discover how to consolidate, delegate, and automate your finances!save time and money!and live a more rewarding, secure life.