Table of contents for The everything guide to personal finance for single mothers / Susan Reynolds and Robert A. Bexton.

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Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Single Mothers and Personal Finance
Everyone Needs a Personal Financial Plan
Your Feelings About Money 
Surrender the Fairy Tale
How Money Myths Affect You
How Your Past Shapes Your Future
Divorcing Your Marital Habits
Chapter 2: On Your Own . . . Again
Making Smart, Necessary, Immediate Decisions 
Establishing Your Bottom Line
Making Long-Term, Calculated Decisions 
Assuming Fiscal Responsibility 
Keeping the Ex-Husband Accountable
A Healthy Foundation for New Relationships
Chapter 3: Where You Want to Be: Setting Goals
Why Goals Are Important
What to Do First
How to Create Long-Term Goals
How to Create Short-Term Goals
How to Monitor Your Progress
Chapter 4: Becoming Financially Literate
Learning the Lingo
Creating a Workable Budget
Calculating Your Net Worth
Consulting a Financial Advisor
Establishing Your Values and Trusting Your Instincts
Investment Clubs Versus Investing Solo
Chapter 5: Banking and Short-Term Investing
What You Need to Know About Banking
Selecting a Bank 
Controlling Your Finances
The Virtues of Short-Term Liquidity
The Virtues of Mid-Term Liquidity 
Chapter 6: Conquering Your Debt
A Maxed-Out Economy
Good Debt Versus Bad Debt
Pros and Cons of Credit Cards
Avoid Department-Store Credit Cards
Create a Game Plan to Reduce Debt
Develop a Cash Mentality 
Chapter 7: Repairing Credit and Improving FICO Scores
Credit Reports Defined
Credit Report Errors
FICO Scores Defined
How to Improve Your FICO Score
When and How to Take Drastic Measures
Chapter 8: Avoiding Identity Theft
Identity Theft Defined
How Does It Occur?
How to Protect Yourself
If Your Identity Has Been Stolen
Chapter 9: Starting Your Own Business
Time to Start Your Own Business
Assessing Your Motives
Assessing Your Skills and Talents
Spotting Global and Regional Trends
Creating a Business Plan
Creating an Action Plan
Financing Your Business
The Pros and Cons of Franchises
Chapter 10: Budgeting for Wealth
Mapping Out Your Real Situation
Establishing Concrete Savings and Investment Goals
Saving Early Can Make You Rich
Investment Goals Based on Age
Managing Income Property
Inheritances Can Make You Wealthy
Rules for Creating Wealth
Chapter 11: Deciding Whether to Rent or Own
The Pros and Cons of Renting
The Pros and Cons of Home Ownership
All About Condos
Buying a Home
Using a Real Estate Agent
When You¿re Ready to Buy
How to Sell a Home
Buying a Car
Chapter 12: Investing in Stocks and Mutual Funds
How to Establish Realistic Goals 
The Virtues of Long-Term Investments
Mutual Funds
Variable Annuities
Individual Investing
DRIP Investing
Do Your Research
Chapter 13: Protecting Your Assets
Why You Need Insurance
Health and Dental Insurance
Life Insurance 
Home and Mortgage Insurance
Car Insurance
Disability, Long-Term Care, and Children¿s Life Insurance
How to Research Insurance Options
How to Find a Reputable Broker
Naming Guardians and Beneficiaries
Wills and Trusts
Chapter 14: Affording Child Care
The Family and Medical Leave Act
Day Care Options and Their Costs
The Pros and Cons of Nannies Versus Au Pairs
The Pros and Cons of Day Care Centers
The Pros and Cons of Family Day Care Centers
How to Lower Child Care Costs
Chapter 15: Funding College
Weighing Your Options
Coverdell Education Savings Accounts
529 Educational Savings Plans
Custodial Accounts
Education Savings Bonds
Education Reward Programs
The Hope Credit
Lifetime Learning Credit
Federal Student Aid Programs
Other Ways to Maximize College Savings
Chapter 16: Funding Your Retirement
Take Control of Your Retirement Savings
Tax-Advantaged Retirement Savings Accounts
Employer-Sponsored Defined-Contribution Retirement Plans
Alternate Employer-Sponsored Plans
Individual Retirement Plans
Self-Employed/Small-Business-Owner Retirement Plans
Chapter 17: Maximizing Your Tax Advantages
Special Tax Breaks for Single Parents
Tax Deductions Versus Tax Credits
The Dependent Exemption
Child Tax Credits
Child Care and Dependent Care Tax Breaks
Health Care Tax Breaks
Ways to Maximize Your Tax Advantages
Chapter 18: Teaching Your Children About Money
The Benefits of Starting Early
How to Develop a Wealth Consciousness
Why Allowances Must Be Earned
They¿re Never Too Young to Save
The Pros and Cons of Credit Cards for Kids
Using the Internet As a Teaching Tool
Chapter 19: Living a Frugal Life 
Changing Your Money Attitudes
When You Need to Spend Lavishly
When a Bargain Is Not a Bargain
Having Fun Without Spending Money
Concrete Ways to Foster Frugality
Other Fun Ways to Live a Fabulously Frugal Life
Chapter 20: Avoiding Common Financial Mistakes 
Face Reality and Make a Plan
Establish a Retirement Fund
Watch Those Deductions
Get in the Game!
Investing Pitfalls
Appendix A: Resources
Appendix B: Additional Reading

Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:

Finance, Personal -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Women -- Finance, Personal -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Single mothers.