Are you short on cash? Worried about retirement? Not sure how you’ll pay for college? Join the crowd! These challenges trouble most Americans, but few people have time or interest to sort through countless internet sites or bulky books filled with complicated financial advice. Is there somewhere simple to turn? Yes! In this book, you get the answers you’re looking for.You’ve got to learn the basics if you want to be financially successful, and Kathryn Hauer gives them to you in 152 readable, fact-based, compelling pages. In order to make a sometimes dull subject leap off the page and into your financial toolbox, Kathy references deer-hunting, shoe-shopping, Puff the Magic Dragon, and more. With this in-depth look at the financial challenges facing Americans today, Financial Advice for Blue Collar America gives a growing blue collar work force the tools needed to thrive.Conventional wisdom says: “Go to college if you want to succeed.” That’s not necessarily true. In today’s job market, blue collar workers can earn a better salary than many college-educated people without the debt associated with going to college. But what should a blue collar worker do with this money? In this book, Kathy answers this question and more. Championing the blue collar worker, Kathy challenges colloquial wisdom and offers advice for the blue collar worker of our time:•Make more money: a guidance counselor’s salary of $43,000 works out to about $2.4M over a lifetime career; an ironworker making about $72,000 could earn about $4M.•Get paid for every hour you work: in most blue collar fields, you get paid for your overtime, often at a time-and-a-half rate; most white collar jobs expect overtime and few pay for it.•Keep your money safe: visit the safe websites listed in this book to get answers without being sold to; this book is a good read and an invaluable reference.Today’s blue collar careers offer high salaries and gratifying work. Don’t underestimate the financial opportunities open to the blue collar worker! With this book, you’ll learn how to maximize your potential and minimize your risk as you climb the ladder of financial freedom.