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Downsized but not defeated : the family guide to living on less

Author: Hope Stanley Quinn; Lyn Miller-Lachmann
Publisher: Kansas City : Andrews McMeel Pub., ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Recent books have shown in personal and dramatic fashion the emotional and financial toll extracted from employees who have lost long-held jobs because of corporate downsizing or restructuring. Such books have helped provide psychological support for anyone facing similar circumstances, but this new guide offers specific advice on how to cope with the financial aspects of job loss and career setback. Quinn's family
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Genre/Form: Life skills guides
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hope Stanley Quinn; Lyn Miller-Lachmann
ISBN: 0836236599 9780836236590
OCLC Number: 36589154
Description: xiii, 295 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Other Titles: Family guide to living on less
Responsibility: Hope Stanley Quinn, Lyn Miller-Lachmann.

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Recent books have shown in personal and dramatic fashion the emotional and financial toll extracted from employees who have lost long-held jobs because of corporate downsizing or restructuring. Such books have helped provide psychological support for anyone facing similar circumstances, but this new guide offers specific advice on how to cope with the financial aspects of job loss and career setback. Quinn's family faced this situation when her husband was laid off just before Christmas in 1995. With the help of professional writer Miller-Lachmann, she put together this practical and helpful survival manual. The pair discuss how to adjust to the first several weeks of 'shattered dreams' and 'new realities,' and they explain how to assess a family's financial situation, laying out strategies for cutting back on discretionary purchases and paring necessary ones. Warning against hasty decisions, the two offer examples of the 'bad' choices that are sometimes made, and they recommend organizations and resources that may be of assistance. And, unfortunately, there is a continuing need for the kind of good advice this book offers.

BUS Downsizing has become a fact of life of the Nineties, affecting not only the corporate world but families as well. A family that has to 'cut back' because of a loss of income be it through a layoff, divorce, disability, or death can be devastated, especially when a comfortable lifestyle had been maintained in the past. In this upbeat, step-by-step guide to staying afloat while launching a comeback, Quinn and Miller-Lachmann draw on their personal experiences as well as the experiences of others. They examine every area of family expenditures, including food, education, child care, transportation, insurance, household necessities, and discretionary spending. The strategies they offer to help retrain thinking and reshape spending habits are similar to those given by Cathy Beyer in Surviving Unemployment (LJ 5/1/93). A list of resources are included for further exploration. A highly useful book.

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