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On My Own Two Feet: A Modern Girl's Guide to Personal Finance Paperback – May 1, 2007
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"You can either manage your financial life, or let it manage - and torture - you. Financial service professionals and CFAs Thakor and Kedar recommend the former and show you how to achieve it. This guide to financial planning for young women (men, this applies to you, too) is sound and prudent... Thakor and Kedar are more like financial physicians than financial consultants." -- Kirkus Review - April 2007
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"This is the path to true liberation: how to handle all those hard-earned dollars. Or make do with what you've got. And if I were a modern boy, I'd put on a wig and buy one as well. We all need this guidebook."
- Lynn Sherr: ABC News Correspondent & Author of OUTSIDE THE BOX: A Memoir
"ON MY OWN TWO FEET is a must-read for all women who want to own their own destiny. In clear, penetrating prose, Thakor and Kedar guide their readers along the journey to financial security and personal freedom. Whether you are going to run a corporation, a household, or your own extraordinary life, this book is indispensable."
- Nancy F. Koehn: James E. Robison Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
"A real page turner - and that's not something typically said about personal finance books! ON MY OWN TWO FEET is chock full of powerful, straightforward advice about how to take charge of your financial future. Trust me, you can't afford to miss this book."
- Denise Brosseau: Co-Founder, Forum for Women Entrepreneurs
"ON MY OWN TWO FEET is the financial equivalent of the basic black dress and red handbag in every woman's closet. Choose it early and use it often for maximum positive effects. I mentor many young women, and this book will be one of my recommended financial tools as they build for future professional and personal dreams."
- Betsy Heller Cohen: Vice President & Futurist, Nestle Purina Petcare Company
"If you've got a nagging sense of needing to put your financial life in order but dread facing up to it, ON MY OWN TWO FEET gives you the solid, straightforward advice you need, in a brief and super-efficient manner. This guide is an excellent place to start when you don't know where to begin (and don't even feel like getting going!)"
- Shira Boss: Author of GREEN WITH ENVY: A Whole New Way to Look at Financial (un)Happiness
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Below are the different subjects discussed in this book and the kinds of issues discussed with each:
SAVINGS – (1) why you should save, (2) how much to save, and (3) where to store savings
CREDIT CARDS – (1) the true cost of debt, (2) the harm in only paying the minimum monthly payment (3) common credit card pitfalls (4) understanding credit scores and how to improve them
INSURANCE – (1) the 3 critical types you need, (2) where to buy
BUDGETING – (1) How to make a budget (2) what type of expenses to expect
INVESTING – (1) Why you should invest (2) which investments are the smartest ones to make
RETIREMENT – Types of retirement options
HOME – (1) renting vs buying (2) avoiding buying a home you can’t afford
CAR – (1) avoiding buying a car you can’t afford (2) buying used vs new (3) leasing vs. buying
INCOME TAXES – (1) types of taxes you’ll owe (2) how to file taxes
LOVE AND MONEY – (1) the importance of financial compatibility (2) joint vs. separate bank accounts (3) deciding who’ll handle financial chores (4) how stay-at-home moms can protect their finances (5) why it’s unwise to assume your Prince Charming knows more about money than you
Overall, this book offers a great start towards achieving financial responsibility.
The book is very well written, easy to understand and provides just the "right" amount of detail. I bought a copy for each of my twenty something daughters and will buy many more copies to give as gifts.
Imagine that in less than 160 easy to read pages, you learn about credit, insurance, investments, savings, mortgages, whether to lease or buy a car (buy, used), retirement savings, budgeting and much more. And it is done in a very interesting, easy to read, engaging way.
While I have been practicing many of the tactics and strategies outlined in the book for many years, I must admit that I learned a thing or two and am seriously rethinking some of my investment strategies.
I have recommended this book to a few people at work. Hopefully it will help them develop an action plan like it did me.