About Fred Brock

Fred BrockFred Brock is the author of the best-selling Retire on Less Than You Think: The New York Times Guide to Planning Your Financial Future (2nd Edition – Times Books/Henry Holt, 2008); Health Care on Less Than You Think: The New York Times Guide to Getting Affordable Coverage (Times Book/Henry Holt, 2006); and Live Well on Less Than You Think: The New York Times Guide to Achieving Your Financial Freedom (Times Books/Henry Holt, 2005). For more than a decade he was a business editor and columnist at The New York Times. For six years he wrote that paper’s “Seniority” column and was the author of the “Off the Rack” media column prior to that. He has also worked as an editor and reporter for The Wall Street Journal, The Houston Chronicle and The Louisville Courier-Journal. He holds an M.Ed. from Temple University and a B.A. in English literature from Hanover College, and has taught undergraduate and graduate reporting and editing at New York University and at Kansas State University, where he held the R.M. Seaton Professional Journalism Chair. He has been a fellow at the Washington Journalism Center, with a concentration in public affairs reporting. He lives in Arizona, where he is an adjunct professor at the University of Arizona's School of Journalism and continues to contribute to The New York Times.

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Health Care on Less Than You Think

“Now, if you're going to title your book Health Care on Less Than You Think, you'd better have some real tips on how to lower costs, and this book does.” – Zen Personal Finance

“A useful guide to maximizing health-care coverage without breaking the bank. Money-saving maestro Brock examines the best options for procuring affordable health insurance, suggesting tactics for successfully dueling with your insurance company, negotiating with health-care providers, saving on prescription drugs (one hint: purchase them in Canada) and learning about the advantages and disadvantages of a Health Savings Account. With a pragmatic, pro-active tone, he advises on how to shop for insurance and how to go about planning for your transition to Medicare.” – Kirkus Reports


Retire on Less Than You Think

“A valuable new book.” – Jane Bryant Quinn, Newsweek

Retire on Less Than You Think is invaluable.” – Ken Dychtwald, author of Age Wave and Age Power

“Need some encouragement to think boldly? Get yourself a copy of Retire on Less Than You Think.” – Dallas Morning News

“Plenty of helpful and useful material . . . Brock’s book is well worth reading.” – The Boston Globe


Live Well on Less Than You Think

“Fred Brock provides the sort of street-smart, commonsense, take-charge thinking that is too often missing in financial advice.” – Stephen M. Pollan, author of Fire Your Boss and Die Broke

“Former New York Times columnist Brock uses ‘financial freedom’ to full effect, creating a mini-franchise out of his popular instruction. Live Well on Less Than You Think is the latest salvo in his anti-hysteria campaign against Americans’ misuse of money. (see Retire on Less than You Think, 2004). With his methods, common sense reigns . . .” – Kirkus Reports


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Health Care on Less Than You Think: The New York Times Guide to Getting Affordable Coverage

Health Care for Less Than You ThinkInvestigates the best insurance options available, offering a one-step guide to maximizing your coverage while minimizing your costs—with potential savings of thousands of dollars each year. Drawing on the experiences of regular Americans and his practical, dollars-driven analysis, Fred Brock shows how to:

  • choose among the health plans and minimize
  • costs based on location
    shop for coverage when your job does not provide insurance
  • assess whether health savings accounts help your budget
  • track down the biggest savings on prescription drug costs
  • master you insurer's fine print and win battles over payments
  • manage Medicare and long-term-care insurance to protect your retirement savings

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Retire on Less Than You Think: The New York Times Guide to Planning Your Financial Future

Retire on Less Than You Think book coverDebunks the myths concocted by the mutual fund industry about retirement—that you need to replace most of your preretirement income, that Social Security can't be counted on—and gives instead strategies and tools for achieving your personal retirement plans. Fred Brock offers updated thinking and real-life examples about how to:

  • find untapped asset streams, such as   reverse mortagages
  • work during retirement
  • maximize your health insurance   coverage
  • choose a community and housing

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Live Well on Less Than You Think: The New York Times Guide to Achieving Your Financial Freedom

Live Well on Less Than You Think book coverHelps you take control of your expenses and essentially give yourself a raise, making your money go further in today's tight economy. Fred Brock offers his distinctive brand of savvy, updated thinking, and real-world examples about how to:

  • assess the real money value of your job and your location
  • cut expensive habits and pay attention to the little things to boost your savings
  • get to the bottom line on insurance and health care
  • manage major expenses, like college tuition and cars

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