Definitive Guide to a Debt Free Life – Chapter 16: Required Reading for Those in Debt

Do you want to learn more about debt and debt relief? If you are deep over your head in debt, then there is no doubt that you do. A thorough understanding is the key to getting out of and staying out of debt.

Fortunately, there is a plethora of excellent and reliable information out there. In addition to The Definitive Guide to a Debt Free Life, several books and websites should be perused by anyone fighting the problem of debt. To put it simply, you can never learn too much about debt.

The resources below are a handful of the very best of the best in no particular order. They should be considered required reading for anyone struggling with this common problem.

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Project Debt Relief

The Project Debt Relief website is one of the absolute best for information regarding debt. Sure, this is shameless self-promotion, but we honestly believe that we can help you on the path to a debt free life. In addition to our many blog posts and debt relief articles, we offer expert consultations and access to some of the best debt relief services in the nation.

A few of the most popular articles on debt on Project Debt Relief include:

Nolo is an excellent website that contains a vast amount of information on a number of legal topics, including debt, debt relief, bankruptcy, and student loans. Furthermore, the website is very reputable and reliable and is backed by many experts in the legal and debt relief fields. Simply browsing around on Nolo will net you dozens of useful pieces of information (some of which you will be hard pressed to find elsewhere) that will help you in your quest for a debt free life.

Maxed Out: Hard Times in the Age of Easy Credit

Maxed Out: Hard Times in Easy Credit is an excellent book for anyone struggling with debt. It is written by James Scurlock and is very simple and straightforward while still providing boatloads of useful information. It does a perfect job at explaining and breaking down how our financial system works and how credit and lending is such an important part of today’s society.

The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness

Penned by the well-known Dave Ramsey, the book The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness is another book shelf must. You might know Dave Ramsey as the brains and brawn behind the popular “The Baby Steps” plan to debt relief. He is a firm believer that it is just not possible to get out of debt quickly and without effort. His Baby Steps program is definitely doable for nearly everyone and effective a large percentage of the time but requires hard work and perseverance. The book also discusses the importance of living a debt free life and how to do so and stick with such a lifestyle for the long run.

The Richest Man in Babylon

The Richest Man in Babylon is a book on debt written by George Clason. It is a short but sweet read that contains several very useful nuggets of wisdom. Interestingly, the book was written from a Babylonian perspective. This style includes a number of parables and principles to help highlight what the author is trying to relate. The Richest Man in Babylon focuses on financial management, self-control, and discipline.

Zero Debt: The Ultimate Guide to Financial Freedom

Lynnette Khalfani-Cox wrote Zero Debt: The Ultimate Guide to Financial Freedom and produced such an excellent book that it is worth a read by every debtor. Unlike the other books on this list, Zero Debt focuses on what you should do when you are already in debt, especially deep debt where you are being plagued by debt collection calls. The book outlines a number of beneficial steps that you can use to dig yourself out of the debt hole and get your finances back on track. The wisdom in the book is all about changing your lifestyle so that you can better manage your money and never fall into debt again.

Bank Rate

Another top quality website, the information on Bank Rate is always up to the minute and incredibly accurate. They cover a wide range of topics including bank accounts, credit cards, loans, and debts. Their handy search function makes finding the information that you need a snap.

Dave Ramsey is an excellent website run by the author of The Total Money Makeover. The information on the website all expresses his particular and expert point of view on all things debt. In addition to blog posts and informative articles, there is also a wide variety of information on his classes, live events, and regular web show. You might also consider checking out the Dave Recommends feature for a list of his favorite debt relief services and other resources that he finds valuable.

Ready for Zero

If you are struggling with debt, then you absolutely must check out the Ready for Zero website. One of the best debt resources around, it contains a huge amount of excellent information. In addition to being effective, well-written, and intuitive, the content on Ready for Zero all has a particularly friendly and casual feel to it. It almost seems like a financially well-versed friend is there giving you advice. Student loan debt, credit card debt, and budgeting tips are three areas that the website particularly shines in.

Being in debt is a bummer. You know that by now. And one of the best ways to deal with it is by educating yourself about it and thoroughly understanding its ins and outs.

The resources discussed above can all help you do this. Take a look through any of them and you will learn a whole lot that you didn’t previously know. And that information might just be what it takes to help you get out of debt and stay out of debt for good.

Thanks for reading The Definitive Guide to a Debt Free Life. We know you can get out of debt if you work hard at it, put in the time needed, and use the helpful tips we’ve related in this guidebook.

Good luck!

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