For many people, the announcement last year that the three major credit reporting agencies would remove paid medical debts from credit reports was a welcome relief. Medical bills and the confusion those bills and insurance cause, has led to many people owing debts they never planned for. Here is an update on the changes to credit reports, credit scores, and how to manage medical bills.
Books for Teens & Young Adults
Following is a list of books recommended by American Financial Solutions’ certified credit counselors for teens and young adults to learn about personal finance. Use the select list below to choose the subject that you are interested in and click the book title to get more information or to purchase from Amazon.com. To save money, consider buying a used book instead of new.
The Motley Fool Investment Guide for Teens: 8 Steps to Having More Money Than Your Parents Ever Dreamed Of
By David Gardner, Tom Gardner and Selena Maranjian
Budding tycoons and those with more worldly concerns will appreciate this title. The editors of the Motley Fool Web site offer sound advice on everything from finding a job, investing in the stock market and avoiding financial pitfalls. "Take It from Me" and "Keep in Mind" sidebars offer brief advice from peers and the authors, respectively. Ages 12-up.
Enjoy Your Money!: How to Make It, Save It, Invest It and Give It
By J. Steve Miller
Had I read this book in my 20's, I'd be financially independent today. It's a remarkable blend of fabulous research with clear and lively writing. You'd pay an expert quite a sum for this caliber of counsel. That's why I say that the best investment you make this year just might be this book. Your second best investment will be the copies you buy for your children. -- Dr. Dwight "Ike" Reighard, former Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer, HomeBanc - One of Fortune's 100 Best Places to Work, four years in a row.
Play The Real-Life Money Game With Your Teen
By Sarah Williamson
Written by a parent, tested on teenagers, Play the Real-Life Money Game With Your Teen is an easy and fun approach to building your teen's financial skills, resolving conflict around money issues, and helping your son or daughter become a financially responsible adult. Hands-on financial tools include: a step-by-step approach to developing a plan, a score-keeping box to gauge progress, plus worksheets and practical tips for earning, spending, saving, giving, borrowing, lending, investment and taxes.