- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Riverhead Books; Reprint edition (March 27, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594482241
- ISBN-13: 978-1594482243
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 586 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 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.