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Girl, Get Your Money Straight: A Sister's Guide to Healing Your Bank Account and Funding Your Dreams in 7 Simple Steps Paperback – January 8, 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Business (January 8, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767904885
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767904889
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #539,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Using a variety of self-help techniques, journalist and "financial recovery specialist" Bridgforth has designed a "holistic" program for people who find personal finance stressful. While explicitly addressed to black women, this book would be useful to anyone comfortable with feel-good, recovery program lingo and practices, although those looking for detailed explanations of how stocks and mutual funds work should look elsewhere. Bridgforth advises meditating and repeating inspirational "affirmations" for those who find the idea of designing a spending plan daunting; lighting an aromatherapy candle on an "altar of abundance" may also help. Feeling good, she maintains, is essential to the success of any plan, while low self-esteem, which Bridgforth feels is a particular problem for black women, can result in ruinous, compensatory spending. She recommends careful recording of expenditures to help people get back in touch with the realities of their finances. Beyond debt management, Bridgforth urges readers to "fund" their dreams by constantly visualizing goals, wrapping up her program with a reminder to readers to tap into the spiritual energy of deity worship. While Bridgforth's basic position, that financial stress can be relieved with a better attitude and better record-keeping, may offend readers with a more political perspective on wealth and poverty in America, her consoling advice on how to stay calm and cope, which is attractively packaged for its target market, isn't likely to do much harm. (Jan. )
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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If you?re tired of feeling powerless over your finances and are ready to start funding your dreams, then come on girl?it?s time to get your money straight! Author and financial expert Glinda Bridgforth knows that healthy money management is rarely just about dollars?it?s about getting to the root of why we spend what we do and recognizing the emotional and cultural issues that play out in our unhealthy financial habits. Girl, Get Your Money Straight! presents her seven-step program for holistic financial healing?an upbeat, empowering road map that you can use to identify your heart?s desires, break away from negative spending patterns, pay off outstanding debts, develop a spending plan, conquer the checkbook blues, and create new wealth. Filled with Bridgforth?s warmhearted wisdom and advice, and complete with worksheets exercises, affirmations, and inspiring stories of African American women who have found financial peace of mind, Girl, Get Your Money Straight! is a fresh, fun, and eminently practical guide to healing your bank account and building a life that you love.

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This is the book to help you understand why you spend the way you do.
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Just reading this book, encouraged me to start balancing my checkbook regularly and investing money, no matter how small an amount, in myself and my family.
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This book prompted me to really think about the emotional aspects behind my debt and money problems.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By S. Hudson on June 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
A holistic and straightforward approach to managing your money, Girl, Get Your Money Straight!, is written in plain English and simple enough for even beginners to comprehend. There are no complicated terms or intimidating jargon, which require a financial planner to interpret, thus easing the reader's way to fall in step towards change. Making amendments to your financial future starts with seven simple, precise steps, you can take now. As stressed in this book, there are no preliminary steps other than to determine in your mind that you want to make a change. Specifically written in a vernacular that would appeal to the African-American woman, Glinda Bridgforth gets down to the nitty gritty when talking about finances. Not a subject easily broached in the Black community it would seem, finance is something that we must get under control in order to prosper. From years of counseling people, Girl, Get You Money Straight contains many scenarios in which readers can relate. Though written several years ago, the information is still pertinent and viable. The scenarios examine the root cause of the behavior and works on changing the root to yield a more prosperous bloom. One example would be the misguided concept of "keeping up with the Jones'" and what a tremendous financial burden that creates on the family when appearances overshadow necessity.
Written several years ago, the information in this book is still pertinent and viable. If you have decided to change your financial life, this book is necessary to help you along your journey. With strength from above and a purposeful goal in mind, you can overcome the bonds of financial dependence and free yourself by starting now.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kanika Wade on January 24, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I have read many financial books on how to manage money but Ms. Bridgsforth does a superb job in 'Girl Get your money straight' on how to truly get your finances together. The steps that she provides in this book are clear, comprehensive, and concise and can easily be applied into your personal life with success over a period of time. These holistic ideas and concepts along with her own testimonial and those of several clients (who are mentioned in the text along with her) who have applied these elements and have been debt free are truly inspirational and this book has been so helpful in my quest to get my money straight. This is one book that I would recommend to all especially young and old sisters who are looking to get their money straight. Thank you Ms. Bridgsforth for bringing this book to the community.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sherree on January 24, 2003
Format: Hardcover
i love the approach that bridgforth takes here. this is the best book about money that i've ever read. i've been attempting to "straighten" my money for a long time by buying books to educate myself. this is, however, the only book that does not lose me in the middle. it addresses issues that other 'money' books dont address like bad credit, not being able to get a bank account, and the like. all of these issues dont apply to all african american women, but i appreciated that she did take the time to take it into consideration. it shapes the reader's mind in such a way that she truly believes that getting her financial situation together is not impossible. i have recommended this book to all of my girlfriends. even if you have a hard time reading books that arent novels, i can assure that you will enjoy this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Carmen Matthews on February 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
When you change "budgeting" to "Spending Plan," as Glinda B does you convert your feeling deprived, ashamed and frightened into feeling good about being prosperous.
As I read this book, and diligently did each exercise, I didn't want this book to end. This book has guided me on a journey that I had previously longed to be on, yet feared getting started.
In the week that I read this book, I have uncovered so many beliefs, feelings and attitudes about my family history with money. I also became more understanding of them. I also discovered that many of their self-destructive money habits were also my habits. Our actions were different, but our money beliefs were the same. And at first this shocked me.
This empowered me to feel better about my history, and to forgive everybody. It lifted a load off my shoulders. I realized that this was not about not having money, but really about my fears, my shame, and my not allowing myself to be responsible for what I could do to solve my problems.
Every scenario in this book guides you face what has been getting in your way, and to turn those "obstacles," into what compels you to create a vision of yourself with financial peace of mind.
This book is about using your past to create a compelling life for yourself, one where you have options, joy, balance and authenticity.
The results of having read this book is a huge improvement in my life.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lady Kelly on February 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
At last, someone who understands me. For the longest I couldn't understand why I kept spending and spending when I knew good and well I didn't have the money to "shop until I dropped".
Glinda explains the root causes of why many sisters spend, spend spend. I never realized my issues with money stem from how I saw my mother and other family members handle money. I also never tied the connection between my emotions and my shopping habits.
This book is not just another "finance" book - but it speaks directly to your heart. When I read the book I saw myself and felt like someone actually knew what I was going through.
Glinda tells the stories of many women, including herself, who were in overwelming amounts of debt and have now become debt free while applying her principles. Nothing is more uplifting and inspiring than to see someone else in the same situation, or even worse, completely change their life around.
Once you discover the root cause of your spending you can attack it head on and start living a stress free and debt free life. As sisters, we add so much drama to our life when we really don't need to.
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