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The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke Paperback – March 27, 2007
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"An especially useful book for people who are young, in debt, and inexperienced. Fabulous!" —The Miami Herald
"Ah, how we wish we'd read something like this when we were young, fabulous, and stupid. Financial advice for the loan-saddled, credit-card-maxed-out twenty-five to thirty-five-year-old set." —The Seattle Times
"Orman does a good job of addressing in her friendly, conversational style the financial topics relevant to a younger audience." —The Kansas City Star
"Orman has made her reputation being a financial know-it-all, and she is out in full force with her latest. As always, she doesn't mince words... Orman's writing is direct, her tone friendly. Orman believes in empowering her young readers by talking to them straight... Each page draws you in with tips, questions, strategies, and lots of information. It is a lively book." —Pittsburgh Tribune Review
"Downright useful... Orman takes on the financial woes of the under-thirty-five crowd in this how-to book that tackles the mystery behind credit ratings, when to finance your dream business with credit-card debt, and how to talk to your boyfriend about his check-bouncing habit." —Publishers Weekly
"The first to target teens and twentysomethings, and she adapts her message appropriately, offering 'The Lowdown' on topics from credit scores to career moves to consolidating school debt." —Newsweek
"Written in a noncondescending manner, and Orman modifies some of the suggestions she has made for her older readers." —New York Post
"Unlike other finance books, this one is accessible and addresses real problems. In her usual passionate tone, Orman counsels how to consolidate student loans, how to squeeze a bit more money out of your paycheck if you're making just enough to get by, how to deal practically with credit-card debt, how to shop for a new or used car, what type of auto insurance to purchase, and how to focus on getting the right job." —The Hartford Courant
About the Author
Suze Orman is a two-time Emmy Award–winning television host, #1 New York Times bestselling author, magazine and online columnist, writer/producer, and one of the top motivational speakers in the world today. Orman has written nine consecutive New York Times bestsellers and has written, co-produced, and hosted seven PBS specials based on her books. She is the seven-time Gracie Award–winning host of The Suze Orman Show, which airs on CNBC. She is also a contributing editor to O: The Oprah Magazine. Twice named one of the “Time 100,” Time magazine’s list of the world’s most influential people, and named by Forbes as one of the 100 most powerful women, Orman was the recipient of the National Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign. In 2009 she received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and in 2010 she received an honorary doctor of commercial science from Bentley University. Orman, a Certified Financial Planner™ professional, directed the Suze Orman Financial Group from 1987 to 1997, served as Vice President—Investments for Prudential Bache Securities from 1983 to 1987, and was an account executive at Merrill Lynch from 1980 to 1983. Prior to that, she worked as a waitress at the Buttercup Bakery in Berkeley, California, from 1973 to 1980.
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This book touches on many aspects of personal finance which are important whether you are just getting out into the real world OR you are trying to clean up your financial mess and start doing smart things with your money.
I like the way the book is structured-each chapter has a "Lowdown" or overview in the beginning, strategy sessions that are working examples of real-life scenarios along with proposed, detailed solutions, and a Recap which is a summary of what to do/not to do for each situation.
Suze uses actual real finance terms, but explains them in plain English-the takeaway is that when you are done reading, you KNOW and understand what you have just read. And if you are like me, you see immediately what you have been doing wrong based on friendly advice of people you know, and you end up with a plan to correct this and turn your finances around to your advantage.
I smacked myself in the forehead a lot while reading this book, but I now feel empowered with knowledge and am making a lot of improvements to my financial plans. That feels great!
I strongly recommend The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke to almost everyone, especially: parents who don't want their kids to move back home after they leave, college and high school students who are just stretching their financial legs, and even mid-lifers who would like to look at what they are doing and see how they could be doing better with their money.
Personal finance really isn't that hard if it's explained well-this book is an excellent resource to get understandible explanations you need and take control over your financial life.
The ONLY reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that it's a few years old and she really needs to do a post-recession update because some of the info has changed.
I bought this book as a YF&B-er myself, but found much of the hard-hitting reality of life in a post-recessionary economy out of line with Suze's advice; advice like placing ordinary living expenses on credit while you're young (you can pay it off when you get a good job out of college), finance your car (you can afford the payments once you get a better job), and other debt-loading activities...all out of line with the new reality many young people like myself (22) face, even with my substantially above-average income coming from a "designer" degree (USC).
Still, I have to rate the book 4/5 stars, as you will still find a good 75% of the advice still relevant. Just slash down her high interest rates on gains such as IRAs, 401(k)s, and investing. Definitely DO NOT take her advice for loading up credit cards while you're young...with the premise that you'll have the income to pay it off later. I see so many of my fellow college graduates doing this, and now have a hard slap of reality as they settle into their $30-40,000 jobs, with twice as much as that in college debt. Focus on living as frugally as you can (don't confuse frugality with being a cheap-ass), live with your parents, minimize student loans, and ALWAYS have an emergency fund.
For a more 'up-to-date' book with the same basic advice, try Zac Bissonette's book, How to Be Richer, Smarter, and Better-Looking Than Your Parents. A self-described fan and follower of Suze, Zac's book may be a little more in line with today's realities, while keeping in line with much of Suze's amazing and time-tested advice.