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A Two-For Mary Hunt Book Giveaway!

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Mary Hunt totally understands debt.

After 12 years of shopping 'til they dropped, she and her family found themselves in over $100,000 of unsecured debt (credit card debt, that is). Over a 13-year odyssey of relearning everything they knew about money, they paid off every last cent.

Many people would have declared bankruptcy and started over without learning a thing, but Mary felt it necessary to make good on the money they'd charged--and to make some very valuable life changes, which she now shares with others. To debt-proof our lives, Mary advises living on the 80/10/10 rule: Live on 80% or less of your income, set aside 10% for savings and retirement, and give 10% away to charity. "Giving just sort of quiets that greed," Mary says.

With her unparalleled understanding of debt and how to avoid it, Mary has since then become a motivational speaker and writer, founding both Debt-Proof Living and Everyday Cheapskate.

She also has the opportunity to sometimes be on television, for which I envy her. (One of my greatest and most-likely-to-be-unmet ambitions is to be interviewed on The Daily Show. Which is probably okay because I would freeze up in the presence of Jon Stewart, anyway.)

In honor of an upcoming television appearance by Mary, I am holding a giveaway of not one, but two, of her books! Next Monday, November 26, Mary will be featured on The Today Show. (Which I will finally forgive for axing Ann Curry.) That seems like a great reason to give away some of her sanity-saving writing on debt and money.

You have an opportunity to win one of two of Mary's books: Raising Financially Confident Kids or Debt-Proof Your Christmas. Each book has a retail value of $12.99, but they can be yours for free! Just post a comment to this blog between now and noon on Friday, November 30, telling me which book you are interested in. Two winners will be chosen randomly, one for each book.

If you're not sure which book you'd most like, check out these blurbs:

Raising Financially Confident Kids: "One of the most important lessons you can teach your kids is how to handle their money. Unfortunately, for most of us, giving our kids a financial education is an afterthought. Where do you start? And what if you don't feel financially confident yourself?

In Raising Financially Confident Kids, financial expert Mary Hunt draws from solid statistics and her own hard-won knowledge and experience as a mom who made it back from the brink of financial ruin to help you teach your children how to handle money responsibly. From preschool through the teen years, every stage of your child's development is covered, including how to talk to them about money at each age, how to help them start saving money and giving it away, and how to avoid the pitfalls of easy credit and a culture built on debt.

Money can't buy your children happiness. But giving them the skills to manage their money will allow them to take control of their future and work toward successful and satisfying lives."

Mensch here: I love that she draws on solid statistics. Maybe that's just the geek in me, but I really appreciate money writing that uses hard numbers to explain things.

Debt-Proof Your Christmas: "Christmas may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it's also one of the most stressful--and most expensive. Expectations run high and it's tempting to whip out the credit cards to create the perfect Christmas for your family, with lavish meals, new decorations, and the latest, greatest gadgets and fashions for everyone on your Christmas gift list. But you don't have to overspend or go into debt to have a fabulous holiday.

Financial expert Mary Hunt shows readers how. She helps readers assess their financial situation, commit to no new debt, and think creatively about their gift list. With Mary's guidance, readers will identify what has caused them to overspend in the past and approach this Christmas with a plan and a new attitude toward holiday spending. This just might be the best gift you can give yourself and your family."

Mensch here: You only have to read my rant from yesterday about Black Friday to know that I agree about dialing down the money hemorrhaging each holiday season. Just say no to the all-consuming message that nothing says I love you like crippling debt.

Basically, I think Mary and I would get along just fine. I look forward to watching her on The Today Show next Monday, and I hope you'll take the time to see her, as well. And please comment to win one of her books!



maggie.glos said:

I just finished reading 7 Money Rules for Life by Mary Hunt today! I would be interested in the book Raising Financially Confident Kids. Thank you!

November 20, 2012 2:54 PM

carlasue101 said:

We are interested in "Raising Financially Confident Kids" :)

November 20, 2012 3:26 PM

bobi said:

Wow, I would so love to see you on The Daily Show; I love that show and Colbert too! As for the books, I'm not interested in either one. Mary Hunt has certainly proven herself as a money guru, but I own The Tightwad Gazette books and along with Your Money or Your Life, these books provide all the money-saving advice anyone could ever need.

November 20, 2012 5:52 PM

Jane Jones said:

I'm interested in "Debt-Proof Your Christmas". Thanks for the giveaway!

November 20, 2012 9:46 PM

mommabee said:

I have enjoyed reading Mary Hunt's website articles at Debt proof living and have read a couple of her books from the library. If I win, either book would be a delight for me. She has great advice for everyone and is quite thought provoking. I have used alot of her sound advice on money issues and have listened to her foresight dealing with credit cards and such. I rank her up there with Dave Ramsay.

November 24, 2012 4:40 PM

MountainMamma said:

Love Mary Hunt! Interested in debt-proofing your Christmas. Thank you!

November 25, 2012 6:23 PM

Live Like a Mensch said:

Image courtesy of Pawel Drozd and Elzbieta Czerwinska-Drozd As we boarded our plane back to Indianapolis

November 26, 2012 10:24 AM

frugal_fun said:

I'd like the one about kids, if I could. :)

November 26, 2012 2:28 PM

dmt said:

I'm interested in "Debt-Proof Your Christmas".

November 27, 2012 7:54 AM

happym said:

I would love to read either book!

November 27, 2012 11:25 AM

Live Like a Mensch said:

Even though I still seem to be incapable of embedding the video, I thought you all would like to see

November 28, 2012 10:20 AM

whitney37354 said:

Raising Financial Confident Kids

November 28, 2012 1:13 PM

stardust said:

I am interrested in the book "Raising Financially Confident Kids" for my 2 granddaughters.

November 28, 2012 2:46 PM

slinsokla said:

I would love to win Raising Financially Confident Kids because giving our children skills to manage their money now will provide them with control of their future and how to work towards a successful life financially.  That means one less stress in their adult lives.

November 28, 2012 3:15 PM

SnowGirl16 said:

I would love to win Debt Proof your Christmas!  (I have several of Mary's books, but not this one!) THANKS for the great giveaway!

November 28, 2012 5:21 PM

vblos said:

I would love to read and own "Debt Proof your Christmas" by Mary Hunt. I have read her other books and enjoyed them. But you are more forgiving than I......I haven't forgiven the Today show for showing Anne Curry the door!

November 28, 2012 6:41 PM

bmxmom said:

I'd love a chance to read either book.  I struggle every holiday season to give my children SOMETHING for Christmas but not go into debt to do it, and I'd love more ideas to make sure they are financially responsible adults.

November 28, 2012 8:40 PM

Aiti said:

I'd love to read "Debt-Proof Your Christmas".  Thanks!!

November 28, 2012 8:56 PM

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November 28, 2012 11:35 PM

Bar2969 said:

I'm sitting here wondering how I am going to make it thru Christmas debt free and so, I would be interested in reading the Debt-Proof Your Christmas book by Mary Hunt. Thank you for offering both of these books to your readers. :)

November 29, 2012 8:41 AM

SarahThib said:

Mary, you an inspiration.  I love your tips and suggestions.

November 29, 2012 5:57 PM

kikalita said:

I would LOVE "Raising Financially Confident Kids" to help me teach my 12-year-old son how to handle money and not make the same mistakes I did!  

November 30, 2012 2:16 AM

jentam said:

I'd love to read Debt-Proof Your Christmas.

November 30, 2012 9:00 AM

frugal_fun said:

Raising Financial Confident Kids (still!!)

December 3, 2012 6:25 AM

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