Take a bite out of debt

Book Review: 'The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Out of Debt'

If years were keywords, perhaps 2009 was "frightened frugality." This year was all about belt-tightening in the face of a very uncertain financial future, for our nation and ourselves, as individual families and people. Now that we’re on what most agree is the other side of the financial apocalypse, albeit just barely, my guess is that 2010 will be the first of perhaps several years of recovery for most Americans.

This year, everyone I knew hoarded their cash because they weren’t sure what would happen next. Next year, most of us who haven’t already done so will be putting an action plan in place to rebuild our finances, from the foundation up.

So what is the foundation of these new and improved personal finances so many of us will be building in 2010?