Essential Survival Guide to the First Year on Your Own
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Independent living for your young adults is only a read away with this practical handbook! Filled with advice about laundry, cooking, goals, roommates, mortgages, and more, this lively collection of quick tips will make life less of a chore and more of an adventure. Includes space for you to add your own ideas!

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 7.5 X 5.38 (inches)
ISBN: 1416549692
ISBN-13: 9781416549697

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Publisher's Description

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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  1. Grant Rees
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 7, 2008
    Grant Rees
    Regardless of your age, there is always something new to learn -- like "Techno Lingo" or "essential emoticon list"; and it's always great to get another opinion of the essentials for the pantry, refrigerator, etc. The overall theme seems to be a mix of "getting organized" and learning how to cope with the many responsibilities of life -- and to take on those responsibilities by knowing the "essentials of survival" in today's world. This book is a very good resource for responsible families to teach their children (and themselves) various topics which will help them be responsible citizens.
  2. Patricia Chadwick
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 29, 2008
    Patricia Chadwick
    This is a wonderful tool for young adults moving out on their own. It is full of practical advice such as setting goals, what do do when you are sick, taking care of your car, eating well, how to pay your bills on time, and housework. While this may seem dull to some, the author writes in an engaging style that keeps your interest. I had my oldest son look it over (he's 24 and soon to be married) and he said he wished he'd read this before he moved out...he had to learn these things the hard way!This will make a great graduation gift.
  3. Kim Cooper
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 17, 2008
    Kim Cooper
    Great graduation present. A must to get this year. My two college students reviewed the book and said that it has a lot of practical information and is easy to read. Parents - if you have students leaving home this next year then you need to get this book for them.
  4. kevin
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 11, 2008
    Essential Survival Guide to Living on Your Own is fantastic! I have a niece who is headed off to college, leaving home for the first time and I cannot think of a better gift for her. This book is simply loaded with information that only life teaches. It will save her money, many hours of work and prevent tons of headaches. A really nice feature of the book is the page in almost every chapter where I was able to add my own advice or where she can take notes for future reference.If you are not familiar with the book, it provides information on everyday living, like doing your laundry, finding an apartment, picking a roommate, buying a house, buying a car, finding a church, dealing with finances etc. Sounds kind of mundane, but with a teenager in my house those are things I am starting to realize I had to learn on my own when I left home, sometimes painfully. This book covers everything I went through and would say to my niece or son. And it does it from a Christian perspective!
  5. Babs
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 9, 2008
    I have never seen a more practical How to guide! From how to fry an egg, to knowing when to go to the doctor, to sorting laundry, to registering to vote every conceivable question a person going out on their own might have seems to be addressed here. This book is easy to read and easy to use. There are checklists and charts, and the author doesnt assume that the reader has any previous knowledge of the subject. I bought the book with a college graduate in mind, but have read and am using it myself, and Ive been out on my own for over 30 years!
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Sharon Siepel
Located in: Goshen, OH
Submitted: January 27, 2008

    Tell us a little about yourself.  Howard Books contacted Sharon Siepel about publishing her first book the same day the Navy Reserves called her husband, Kevin, to a year of active duty in Iraq. Ironically, Sharon completed Essential Survival Guide: for the First Year on Your Own while surviving on her own for the first time in over 20 years.

SharonÂ’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul,, The Pen and Sword, and the Cincinnati Enquirer. A full-time mother of four, Sharon serves on the staff of Faith Church, Milford, OH, as the Associate Director of Communications and co-leads Faith Writers, a local writers group. Sharon and her family live in Goshen, OH.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  Trying to find the perfect book to give to young adults who are graduating or getting married, I became aware of the lack of books that offer practical living advice from a Christian perspective. From this experience came the concept for Essential Survival Guide: for the First Year on Year Own, which offers both practical and spiritual information, like how to find a church, how to balance a checkbook, or how to do laundry.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  Combining practical and spiritual advice, Essential Survival Guide gives young adults the knowledge they need for successful independent living. Full of resources and tips for every day life, this is a book every young person will refer to again and again. Topics covered include everything from how to do laundry, how to find a good church, internet safety tips, how to balance a checkbook, first aide, and how to get involved in your community. Each chapter is brief and concise, making information easy to find. The fact that Mom, Dad or other gift-giver can personalize this book with their own suggestions and information makes each book a unique treasure.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  Every copy of the Essential Survival Guide has the potential to be unique because of the space provided for the reader, their parents, family, or friends, to personalize their book. Along with writing down advice on which car to buy or which appliance not to purchase, important information, like your family health history, has a place to be recorded.

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