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Ultimately, the book made me feel incredibly grateful for two things: my current relationship, and the advice my father gave me as a child--to always embrace my paranoia when it comes to money. I know that Dad's advice helped protect me from getting burned, and I know that my husband and I are on the level financially, which is an incredible gift that I'm not sure I appreciated prior to reading Ms. Rind's book.
This book should be required reading for high school students.
That alone would be great, but not enough. Ms. Rind then gives some (very good) common-sense advice about how to avoid getting into this situation in the first place, and what to do if you find yourself caught in the middle of one. Financial devastation does not have to be permanent, but you have to see the problem and get out to start to change it. Gold Diggers and Deadbeat Dads is an excellent start.
Anyone seeking a long-lasting relationship would benefit from reading Gold Diggers and Deadbeat Dads first. Hats off for a complete and professionally done book.
The purpose of this book is to share Valerie's own episodes of financial abuse, but also to show how people can ruin people by lying, making injudicious loans or co-signing losing loans, by divorce and pre-nup crises, entering into relationships already bogged by hidden debts, women not paying attention to men who are divorced and have children for whom he does not provide child support (a pattern to observe....), the anxieties and battles over Wills, caring for the elderly (checkbook, that is) and more. Each section of the book closes with Valerie's astute conclusions. And at book's end she provides tips on `prevention' of all the aforementioned calamities: "Read contracts and other legal documents before you sign, Don't sign anything you don't understand, Don't agree to financial transactions if you are being pressured, Don't marry or commit to another person until you've asked all the key questions about money and are comfortable with the answers, Share all relevant financial information with your partner, Don't lie to your partner about important things, Be alert for the signs that your partner is deceitful, Sign your will and other estate documents and tell people what you want, because one day you won't be capable of making decisions or expressing your wishes, Stay connected with your friends and family members - don't become isolated or dependent on a single person, Help our senior citizens live their final years with dignity and the respect they deserve."
There is more free qualified information in this book than visiting a cadre of lawyers. Buy it, read it, believe it, and be safe. Grady Harp, November 14
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