Best Books for Saving Money

Practicing mortgage professional Carolyn Warren has the inside scoop on all the dirty deals perpetrated by some mortgage brokers and lenders. Her first book, "Mortgage Rip-Offs and Money Savers," was a bestselling phenomenon, because it revealed money-saving secrets that only an insider would know. When the housing market started spiraling downward, Warren rushed to provide a new resource with up to date information relevant to the new realities of mortgage lending. She's done it again. Warren writes in this fabulous perky- sneaky style, while revealing the tricks and traps her fellow mortgage professionals use to make money off of you.

"Your Credit Score, Your Money and What's at Stake," by Liz Pulliam Weston

The biggest of ways to SAVE BIG is to protect and promote your credit score so you can get loans for less. I happen to know this personally because I used to have bad credit. Yup. I calculate I have saved about $132,000 over the last decade because I raised my credit score and got a lower interest rate on my mortgage. Where did I learn the smart steps to take? From Liz Pulliam Weston's "Your Credit Score." Weston has a reputation for getting it right where others go wrong and this book proves it. She describes in detail exactly what you should -- and shouldn't -- do in order to maintain a good credit score. This is the definitive book on the subject. And a good credit score is more important now than ever.

"Girlfriends 2.0," by Cindy Morrison

Notice that all of the books above were written by women? I think of them as my "girlfriends' guides" and here's one more on that precise topic. Girlfriends 2.0 is what happens when you take a strong, smart woman and give her a layoff and a cancer scare to deal with all at once. Cindy Morrison survived -- and thrived -- by tapping into her network of great girlfriends and now she writes about what she learned. She considers girlfriends more than just a casual resource and offers advice on how to drop the "Needy Nancys" and "Sabotage Suzis" in your life. Instead, Morrison says your girlfriends can give you a solid foundation that can propel you to greatness. Whether you're trying to save money, start a career or build a business, "Girlfriends 2.0" is savvy –sassy-- and an inspiration.

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