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Essential Survival Guide to Living on Your Own [Paperback]

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Pages   321
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.55" Width: 5.99" Height: 0.83"
Weight:   0.66 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 4, 2008
Publisher   Howard Publishing
ISBN  1416549692  
EAN  9781416549697  

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An inspirational guide for young adults preparing to begin their first months away from home makes recommendations for viewing independence as an adventure, counseling readers on such topics as goal setting, finances, and establishing one's own living space. Original. 45,000 first printing.

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Are you ready to strike out on your own?
In today's competitive world, you need all the help you can get. "Essential Survival Guide" provides you with how-to and hands-on instruction to make life less of a chore and more of an adventure.
Sections include:
Getting through the Day Setting goals, organization, and understanding essential documents Money, Money, Money Learning about banking, credit, and debt; understanding taxes Getting Your Own Place Finding the right roommates, resolving conflicts, and purchasing a home Wheels Buying a car and purchasing car insurance; maintaining your new or used car And much more
Independent living is only a read away. Full of practical advice in an easy-to-use format, this book covers everything from sorting laundry (yes, you have to sort) to choosing a church. The concise chapters and quick tips will make the learning fun and easy to apply.

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Wish I had this going off to college  May 5, 2009
I found several chapters very helpful and wish someone had helped me with issues like: how to find a church and the relationship inventory. When I was in college, I was clueless on how to evaluate churches because I only followed my parents to their church for 18 years. The same is true for assessing if a group is a cult. Sharon's checklist is right on and very practical.

I could have used the "relationship inventory" in Chapter 24 When You're More Than Just Friends to test my relationship with my college boyfriend and saved myself a lot of problems. Instead I had to learn the hard way.

This is the kind of book a graduate should read before they leave home and then take with them to use as a future reference. I'm sending my daughter to college with a copy.
A great gift for young people leaving home.  Apr 29, 2009
I think this book is an excellent guide for young people who are starting out on their own. It contains a wealth of information from purchasing big ticket items, obtaining various kinds of insurance, menu planning, to first aid kits. A great gift for graduates.
Very "Essential" for youngsters heading out on there own!  Apr 25, 2009
Essential Survival Guide definitely lives up to what written on its back cover, "full of practical advice in an easy-to-use format, this book covers everything from sorting laundry to choosing a church." I found the sections on car maintenance and how to find a doctor really helpful. I also really like the fact that Siepel gives more tools then advice. For example, she doesn't tell you how to spend your money; rather she gives you tools for you to make your own decisions. I am really surprised at the Christian bashing in some of the other reviews. There is so much covered in this book that applies to everyone and Siepel is never preachy. Besides, all you have to do is look at the table of contents to see the topics covered, plus Howard Books, the publisher, is the Christian division of Simon & Schuster.
A Must-Have for High School Grads  Apr 24, 2009
It seems this author has thought of everything and written it concisely and compactly in one terrific handbook that people of all ages will enjoy. The chapter on community is full of wise advice for graduates moving out of the house for the first time - look for friends who bring out the best in you. The tips for having guests over are super-practical, things new hosts and hostesses probably wouldn't think of - invite at least three men and three women so it doesn't feel like a double date, play background music to cover awkward silences, etc. The section on loving and respecting others and yourself is something every parent wants their young adult to know - well-stated reasons for taking care of yourself - not written academically, but interestingly. The kitchen basics chapter is wonderfully helpful with a ready-to-go shopping list for establishing your first kitchen. Menu planning and grocery shopping are covered - priceless tidbits such as teaching how store displays tempt you to buy items not on your list. Cleaning chores to do daily, weekly, seasonally, etc. - everything from discarding expired medicines from the medicine cabinet to how to clean the refrigerator. These are only a sample of the life skills young adults will learn from this fun-to-read, packed-with-practical-wisdom manual.
Preachy Christian undertones remove all credibility  Apr 15, 2009
While there is no suggestion of this on the book's cover or description, this book has several chapters that give advice on "how to live on your own" based on Christian principles. I felt that the author is suggesting that you must be Christian in order to be a responsible, mature adult. Chapter 16 "making time for god," 17 "your church," and 18 "your church your part" are blatantly preachy, but even in the section about "when you're more than just friends," Siepel piles on the religious garbage. For example, the relationship checklist asks whether you can "serve the lord better" if you date this person.

If I had wanted a guide to being a good Christian, I would have purchased a bible. Siepel sacrifices her credibility on the actual subject of this book because it seems to be evangalism in disguise. Please do not purchase this book for a non-Christian; they are likely to be insulted and disgusted by your attempt to convert them through such underhanded means.

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