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The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke Paperback – March 27, 2007
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If you are tired of struggling to make ends meet but don't know a 401(k) from Special K, this book is for you. Aimed specifically at "Generation Broke"--those in their twenties and thirties who are working yet buried in credit card debt and student loans--this user-friendly guide offers a clear introduction to practical investing and money management techniques that can turn even a dismal financial situation around. Bestselling author Suze Orman has a knack for taking the fear out of money matters, and in The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous &: Broke, she shows readers how to set priorities and achieve goals, whether it is to buy a house or save for retirement or pay for a child's education. She also offers inspiration to readers to face their financial problems and get started on a solution. After all, there is good news: young people still have the time to correct problems so that they will never be broke again. Readers who find terms such as diversification and IRA rollover scary--or worse, unimportant--will learn much from this book.
In these pages, Orman clearly and succinctly explains what a FICO score is and why it's so important, offers the lowdown on stocks and mutual funds, provides career advice, and offers lots of tips on dealing with student loan debt, saving money even when times are tight, debt consolidation strategies, and the safest way for newlyweds to merge their finances. She also offers information on credit cards, including why canceling cards is not a good idea, when it makes sense to use them, and the best strategies for paying them off. It may not be the only money book you'll ever need, but it's an excellent place to start. --Shawn Carkonen
All About Suze Orman
The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke is financial expert Suze Orman's answer to a generation's cry for help. An Emmy-award winner, Orman is the author of four consecutive New York Times® bestsellers, The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom, The Courage to Be Rich, The Road to Wealth, and The Laws of Money, the Lessons of Life. The Money Book was written to address the specific financial reality that young people face today, and it offers a set of real, not impossible, solutions to the problems at hand and the problems ahead.
Suze Orman: The Bestsellers
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The Laws of Money
The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom
You've Earned It, Don't Lose It
Money Cards: Words That Lead to Wealth
Suze Orman's Financial Guidebook
Suze Orman's Will And Trust Kit
The Courage to Be Rich, CD
The Road to Wealth, CD
The Laws of Money, the Lessons of Life, CD
The Courage to Be Rich, Cassette
The Road to Wealth, Cassette
The Laws of Money, the Lessons of Life, Cassette
The Laws of Money, the Lessons of Life, 2003
The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom, 2004
The Road to Wealth, 2004
The Suze Orman Collection, 2003
The Courage to Be Rich
The Best of the Suze Orman Collection, 2004
From Publishers Weekly
No narrator, no matter how skilled, could sell the advice of personal finance guru Orman as well as Orman herself, so it's fitting that she gives voice to this audiobook. In a tone that is commanding (but in a motherly way), Orman lays out money management basics for YF&Bers (the young, fabulous and broke), covering everything from maintaining good credit and investing in the future to building a career and buying a first house. This is the lecture every parent should give their adolescent, and with Orman's emphatic delivery, it certainly has a lecture-like feel. There's no danger of nodding off during this audiobook, however. Orman's just-the-facts approach and spirited reading make this a quick, informative listen—a perfect motivator for anyone who has thought about organizing their finances and then opted for the beach instead. Simultaneous release with the Riverhead hardcover (Forecasts, Feb. 14). (Mar.)
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I think it's fair to say that getting money isn't the real battle that most of us encounter, correctly managing what we have and making it grow is the true battle. I have a real passion for financial literacy. EVERYONE should read this book no matter your financial literacy level. Suze breaks down various topics ranging from fico scores, credit debt, retirement accounts, mortgages, investments, and much more, in a every Simple, Easy, and Direct way. I can't think of a single stone she leaves untouched that's financially critical to know from the first day you turned 18.
Financial literacy is IMPORTANT. The financial decisions you make today are either going to help you or haunt you later in life. You owe it to yourself to make sound, informed decisions, and the topics that Suze covers are all things that we all encounter or hear about at some point in the early parts of our adult lives. If you haven't taken the financial plunge, wonderful, Suze's will help you navigate to achieve financial prosperity. If you've already sunk your ship, no worries, Suze lays out precises ways to rebuild and move forward.
What are you waiting for ?!? This book is one of the best investments you will ever make, PERIOD! It only costs a few bucks and you owe it to yourself to be financially successful and knowledgeable, so go get this book and read it NOW !! Don't thank me, I'm just paying it forward and you've been blessed with divine intervention. Best Wishes..
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.
I wish I had read this when I was in 12th grade (or before). Luckily, I had a descent background in finances, but young people, starting college, often do not have the skills they need to make the right decisions for their future.
Suze explains things in a very easy to read fashion. I bought this book for a couple of late twenty something folks I am friends with. It really opened their eyes, and I watched as I started to see them save more money, and realize they didn't need that $40,000 car.
There is so much more to this book, but it has been written in other reviews. Buy one for a young person and change their life. :)