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The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke Paperback – March 27, 2007
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The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke is financial expert Suze Orman's answer to a generation's cry for help. They're called "Generation Debt" and "Generation Broke" by the media — people in their twenties and thirties who graduate college with a mountain of student loan debt and are stuck with one of the weakest job markets in recent history. The goals of their parents' generation — buy a house, support a family, send kids to college, retire in style — seem absurdly, depressingly out of reach. They live off their credit cards, may or may not have health insurance, and come up so far short at the end of the month that the idea of saving money is a joke. This generation has it tough, without a doubt, but they're also painfully aware of the urgent need to take matters into their own hands.
The Money Book was written to address the specific financial reality that faces young people today and offers a set of real, not impossible solutions to the problems at hand and the problems ahead. Concisely, pragmatically, and without a whiff of condescension, Suze Orman tells her young, fabulous & broke readers precisely what actions to take and why. Throughout these pages, there are icons that direct readers to a special YF&B domain on Suze's website that offers more specialized information, forms, and interactive tools that further customize the information in the book. Her advice at times bucks conventional wisdom (did she just say use your credit card?) and may even seem counter-intuitive (pay into a retirement fund even though your credit card debt is killing you?), but it's her honesty, understanding, and uncanny ability to anticipate the needs of her readers that has made her the most trusted financial expert of her day.
Over the course of ten chapters that can be consulted methodically, step-by-step or on a strictly need-to-know basis, Suze takes the reader past broke to a secure place where they'll never have to worry about revisiting broke again. And she begins the journey with a bit of overwhelmingly good news (yes, there really is good news): Young people have the greatest asset of all on their side — time.
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"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
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- Publisher : Riverhead Books; Reprint edition (March 27, 2007)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1594482241
- ISBN-13 : 978-1594482243
- Item Weight : 1.23 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.01 x 0.95 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #53,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is very well-designed, so pretty, unlike ordinary financial books. It contains real questions from real people about money, debt, 401k etc. and Suze answered them. All questions/answers are put into each category and divided by each chapter.
As I am a Thai living in Bangkok, Suze's information in this book are US oriented, not global enough. All laws, regulations, investments, are for US only. Which I found it's the wasted opportunity to reach global people.
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.