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Achieve financial peace of mind with the million-copy #1 New York Times bestseller, now revised and updated for 2018, featuring an entirely new Financial Empowerment Plan and a bonus chapter on investing. The time has never been more right for women to take control of their finances. The lessons, revelations, and shocks of the past few years have made it clear that standing Achieve financial peace of mind with the million-copy #1 New York Times bestseller, now revised and updated for 2018, featuring an entirely new Financial Empowerment Plan and a bonus chapter on investing. The time has never been more right for women to take control of their finances. The lessons, revelations, and shocks of the past few years have made it clear that standing in our truth is the only way to care for ourselves, our families, and our finances. With her signature mix of insight, compassion, and practical advice, Suze equips women with the financial knowledge and emotional awareness to overcome the blocks that have kept them from acting in the best interest of their money--and themselves. Whether you are single or in a committed relationship, a successful professional, a worker struggling to make ends meet, a stay-at-home parent, or a creative soul, Suze offers the possibility of living a life of true wealth, a life in which you own the power to control your destiny. At the center of this fully revised and updated edition, Suze presents an all-new Financial Empowerment Plan, designed to get you to a place of emotional and financial security as quickly as possible--because the most precious commodity women have is time. Divided into four essential components, the plan will teach you how to - Protect yourself - Spend smart - Build your future - Give to others Also included is a bonus chapter on investing--for those who are living by Suze's unbreakable financial ground rules and ready to learn how to invest with confidence. Women & Money speaks to every mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, and wife. It gives readers the opportunity to tap into Suze's unique spirit, people-first wisdom, and unparalleled appreciation that for women, money itself is not the end goal. It's the means to living a full and meaningful life.


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Achieve financial peace of mind with the million-copy #1 New York Times bestseller, now revised and updated for 2018, featuring an entirely new Financial Empowerment Plan and a bonus chapter on investing. The time has never been more right for women to take control of their finances. The lessons, revelations, and shocks of the past few years have made it clear that standing Achieve financial peace of mind with the million-copy #1 New York Times bestseller, now revised and updated for 2018, featuring an entirely new Financial Empowerment Plan and a bonus chapter on investing. The time has never been more right for women to take control of their finances. The lessons, revelations, and shocks of the past few years have made it clear that standing in our truth is the only way to care for ourselves, our families, and our finances. With her signature mix of insight, compassion, and practical advice, Suze equips women with the financial knowledge and emotional awareness to overcome the blocks that have kept them from acting in the best interest of their money--and themselves. Whether you are single or in a committed relationship, a successful professional, a worker struggling to make ends meet, a stay-at-home parent, or a creative soul, Suze offers the possibility of living a life of true wealth, a life in which you own the power to control your destiny. At the center of this fully revised and updated edition, Suze presents an all-new Financial Empowerment Plan, designed to get you to a place of emotional and financial security as quickly as possible--because the most precious commodity women have is time. Divided into four essential components, the plan will teach you how to - Protect yourself - Spend smart - Build your future - Give to others Also included is a bonus chapter on investing--for those who are living by Suze's unbreakable financial ground rules and ready to learn how to invest with confidence. Women & Money speaks to every mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, and wife. It gives readers the opportunity to tap into Suze's unique spirit, people-first wisdom, and unparalleled appreciation that for women, money itself is not the end goal. It's the means to living a full and meaningful life.

30 review for Women & Money

  1. 4 out of 5

    Selena

    I received a free copy of Women & Money by Suze Orman from Goodreads for my honest review. First off, I have followed Suze Orman and her writings, CD's for creating your own will, and even a blue suitcase to keep all my financial information in in case anything happens to me. My children always know where the blue suitcase is. I am always gaining knowledge from Suze Orman in regards to becoming a smart, financially safe and strong and secure woman. Knowledge is power my Grandfather always taught m I received a free copy of Women & Money by Suze Orman from Goodreads for my honest review. First off, I have followed Suze Orman and her writings, CD's for creating your own will, and even a blue suitcase to keep all my financial information in in case anything happens to me. My children always know where the blue suitcase is. I am always gaining knowledge from Suze Orman in regards to becoming a smart, financially safe and strong and secure woman. Knowledge is power my Grandfather always taught me. This book is a revised book of her original and is updated with new information everyone can gain from. Notice I said gain. LOL! She breaks her book down in several parts so you can take them a step at a time. You've Earned it, Don't Lose It The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom The Courage to Be Rich The Road to Wealth The Laws of Money, the Lessons of Live The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke Suze Orman's Action Plan The Money Class The Adventures of Billy & Penny I highly recommend this book to anyone who is wanting to improve their financial wealth. It will benefit you if you are trying to get out of debt, make smarter money choices, save more money, or just become wealthy. Gain financial power!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    steph

    This is my second time checking out this book from the library. It's not a perfect financial book by any means (It's a update from her 2007 edition) and I don't agree with everything the author says. However this book is finance explained in perfectly digestible short chapters and that is really useful for me. One, because I can skip to the chapters I need to read instead of having to read 300 pages of financial stuff to find them and two, because the author is really good at taking complex mone This is my second time checking out this book from the library. It's not a perfect financial book by any means (It's a update from her 2007 edition) and I don't agree with everything the author says. However this book is finance explained in perfectly digestible short chapters and that is really useful for me. One, because I can skip to the chapters I need to read instead of having to read 300 pages of financial stuff to find them and two, because the author is really good at taking complex money matters and breaking them down into easily understood paragraphs. Her chapter on investing really helped explain and clarify things for me that were a bit murky. And she has sections on rent vs. own, car buy vs. car lease, life insurance vs. none in which she asks readers questions that let them make the best decision for them and their current stage of life. I appreciate that over other financial books that make broad, sweeping generalizations that may not be the best choices for every individual. And yes, there is a bit of "empowered women, hear me roar" in here that might be off putting to some individuals but growing up in a household where my dad was mostly in charge of the finances and the biggest arguments my parents had were ALWAYS related to money I will say that I am all for women being in charge of their finances and/or equally partnered with their partners. It's your money, it's important to know where it is going and what it is doing or not doing for you. Would recommend.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Iris

    i’m definitely not qualified to leave a review based on the quality of financial advice given. relatively easy read, but the target audience seems to not be women, but rather middle class, cis, straight white women who faces the expectation of not holding financial responsibility in a household.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Darby Smale

    I listened to this as an audiobook. This book was good but would probably be a better fit for a woman who is just starting out and needs some encouragement to look at her finances. Suze spends a lot of time in this book empowering women to take control of their money and have tough conversations with family and friends who they may be supporting. If someone was having trouble in those areas they probably got a lot out of this book. The financial advice was a little redundant from her other books I listened to this as an audiobook. This book was good but would probably be a better fit for a woman who is just starting out and needs some encouragement to look at her finances. Suze spends a lot of time in this book empowering women to take control of their money and have tough conversations with family and friends who they may be supporting. If someone was having trouble in those areas they probably got a lot out of this book. The financial advice was a little redundant from her other books. I liked her other books better because I thought they were more helpful to where I am currently. But if you’re just starting out with finances this is a good read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Laurel Schulert

    This is by far the best personal finance book I have read. Her advice is practical, would be easy to implement if you have the motivation and personal discipline (I admit I struggle with that) and this book definitely helped me re-prioritize a few goals and gave me some concrete actions to take. I recommend this book over Smart Women Finish Rich (written in the 90s so none of the advice factors in the internet and seemed appallingly out of date) and Total Money Makeover (which was really preachy This is by far the best personal finance book I have read. Her advice is practical, would be easy to implement if you have the motivation and personal discipline (I admit I struggle with that) and this book definitely helped me re-prioritize a few goals and gave me some concrete actions to take. I recommend this book over Smart Women Finish Rich (written in the 90s so none of the advice factors in the internet and seemed appallingly out of date) and Total Money Makeover (which was really preachy - both in a religious sense and overall had a condescending tone).

  6. 4 out of 5

    Leandra

    Excellent money book for women or anyone. She doesn't mess around with having hard conversations with our children or our elderly parents. She does an thorough job of giving steps to saving, investing and retiring. However, she hammers home the mindset of being a worthy powerful woman as we are. She did a good job interweaving mindset into the "how to's" I own this book because I plan on using the checklists and ideas for the different phases of my life. Worth the time investment of reading. Excellent money book for women or anyone. She doesn't mess around with having hard conversations with our children or our elderly parents. She does an thorough job of giving steps to saving, investing and retiring. However, she hammers home the mindset of being a worthy powerful woman as we are. She did a good job interweaving mindset into the "how to's" I own this book because I plan on using the checklists and ideas for the different phases of my life. Worth the time investment of reading.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kara

    Best advice from the queen.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    Short with practical advice, which I need.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Laura Coffman

    Thank you Goodreads, for a great book! This was a very concise, inspiring book. It caused me to re-think my current situation and make a few changes for my betterment.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Angelina

    QUOTES: "Put a value on what you do and do not let anyone to undervalue you"; "Change shame and blame attitude in your relationship with money. Change the believe that you don’t know anything about personal finance and stop hiding behind historic patterns. No amount of shame or blame can keep you away for getting what you want"; "Say no out of love than yes out of weakness" ; "Relationship that is defined by what you put in materially is not a healthy relationship. By thinking otherwise you are d QUOTES: "Put a value on what you do and do not let anyone to undervalue you"; "Change shame and blame attitude in your relationship with money. Change the believe that you don’t know anything about personal finance and stop hiding behind historic patterns. No amount of shame or blame can keep you away for getting what you want"; "Say no out of love than yes out of weakness" ; "Relationship that is defined by what you put in materially is not a healthy relationship. By thinking otherwise you are devaluing yourself, never put yourself on sale. You never give money that affects your financial security. You can not give when it weakness you" Exercise: "What wealth means to you? Remind yourself what you love about your life and how you wish to love it more fully? Articulate that what you cherish Define your own version of reach life? This will help to find your own motivation and achieve your destiny" 8 qualities of the wealthy woman: Be a woman in control of her own destiny by embracing harmony, balance (surround yourself with people who meet your needs- do not rub yourself from happiness power and self respect; end toxic/bad relationship, give space to other people to come into your life), courage ( ask for that salary increase), generosity (its when you give something to aright person at the right time and it benefits you both; give straight from your heart, if you feel that you need to give to be included, you give because you think you should or worry what others will think if you don't, you give out of guilt or embarrassment - thats not a true generosity. Rules for giving: 1. It's a gift, you don't want anything back. 2. You must feel strongly that your gift is the offering 3. The gift should never cause harm the giver4. It must be done consciously, be aware how it will affect the giver and wont be a burden.5. It must be done at the right time. 6. The gift must come from empathetic hard, giving should enhance you not demising you), cleanness (is clarity, precision in your action- get read off clutter and welcome prosperity into your life; happiness (state of well being and contentment), wisdom and beauty. Change the believe that you don’t know anything about personal finance and stop hiding behind historic patterns. No amount of shame or blame can keep you away for getting what you want." MONEY & WORK PLACE: Always ask for the salary increase by setting a meeting, a day before send 1 page outline how you met and exceeded the expectations; salary discussion in 6 months get it in writing, set the plan. Don't let others to dictate your worth, never undervalue yourself again. Change shame and blame attitude in your relationship with money. - Save yourself plan- start with basics financial precipices: month 1-2 savings accounts/banks/credit(open savings account with highest interest rate, make sure its insured); 3. retirement plan through work and what you need to do on your own. 4. Critical documents to have in place 5. protection life insurance ect- what do you need to be financially secure. "Know your credit rating, check out Irish Credit bureau" "Know the difference between single stock (shared stock (equity)) and mutual funds." "Participate in work retirement scheme and save on your own for retirement; watch out for tax; know the tax breakers."Put a value on what you do and do not let anyone to undervalue you" On SAVINGS: "Know the difference between checking account and savings account; understand annual percentage yield term- use this as comparison in between banks"."Have saving and market account accounts; choose account options with highest annual yield, watch out for service charges in comparison how much you will make" "Make sure your bank is credited" "Savings ac/c tips: choose financial institutions with highest ARY/AER; make sure that your account is insured and know how much can be insured/secured; make sure the financial institution is regulated; when choosing market account watch out for hidden costs, know what is insured and what’s not." "Savings ac/c tips: choose financial institutions with highest ARY/AER; make sure that your account is insured and know how much can be insured/secured; make sure the financial institution is regulated; when choosing market account watch out for hidden costs, know what is insured and what’s not." "Always have account of your own/ separate from your partner Ideally savings account should have 8months salary and another one 3 months salary for emergencies."On documents and insurance-"When buying insurance check the financial strength rating; invest into life insurance only if you have dependent or beneficiary;" "Have trustee who will act on your behalf in case indeed, when buying a house make sure it’s on your name, by including other person gives him entitlement/rentals insurance be insured for replacement cost not the actual value; personal liability cost." - Financial education/knowledge:"Always update your financial knowledge: read media on finance once a month; tune in to money talk shows read a book on finance every half year; do financial health self check every month"."Subscribe to bob brinker market time pot cast / newsletter; bob tinker.com, buy mutual funds he suggest; create an investment fund club to review freely investment health and knowledge" - Money and relationship:Pay bills together, no slip ups no excuses- this will help to understand how financially responsible the partner is; know credit score of your partner; know and discuss what you expect to share; pocket money how its distributed. What if you don't have any left "Pay bills together, no slip ups no excuses- this will help to understand how financially responsible the partner is; know credit score of your partner; know and discuss what you expect to share"Agree with your partner on how you will split the finances. How to determine fair balance: take you partner take home pay and your take home pay= total household income 2. Total monthly expenses : total of take home pay= % how much each should contribute from your monthly expenses. Equal percentage not 50/50 split. Create join account."Always have account of your own/ separate from your partner. Ideally savings account should have 8months salary and another one 3 months salary for emergencies." When someone ask to borrow the money treat it as a business transaction, sign an agreement. "Do not put your time and services for sale or for barter until you sure you have the money you need to take care of yourself. Money first, barter second eg your time 100€ and friends 50€ -> potentially 200 € per month is missed" Co workers- chipping in, say as it is I would love to help out but I am short on cash. I am happy to help out by collecting the money or going and getting the present. How to choose financial professional for support? How did you get their contact (know who they are, back check, no referrals on fee bases; disciplinary actions; what their expertise, will they show the reports- have annual return, how much invested over the years; never sign money to the individual not the person, do they ask about your will, credit score, health; mortgage, kids, afraid; go to their office; if their try to sell you variable annuity, variable universal life insurance policy - leave if she did try;) - financial advisor: know how long their have been a financial advisor (min 10 years required as they would have experience through diff econ. situations; what certificates and license they have? (credentials, at least 2 and more); certified financial planner, should be recent credential; how they charge ( good sign is when they tell you), if the advisor only pay for commission-DO NOT USE THEM, as they will make money no matter if you buy or sell. Best advice- use financial advisor if you have 50K or more to invest, as their hourly rate can be high. - Money advisor or registered advisor, under no circumstances DO NOT you should pay more than 1 % fee, if they charge annual fee make sure you get a good value for your money- you should invest into individual stocks or low cost mutual funds; the advisor who charges on annual bases and invests in loaded mutual funds with high expense ration - bad news you will pay too much money in fees. If the advisor recommend to invest into mutual funds, they should be no load mutual funds ,with very low expense ratio. PRESENT YOURSELF- say your name, who you are- be powerful, take control of your destiny.Revise 8 qualities of a wealthy woman

  11. 4 out of 5

    Gabriell Gaiter

    I think this book was written for women who don’t have any idea about how to handle their finances. The author‘s first chapter is about making sure you have an emergency savings account. Then she goes into making sure you have some sort of budget. There are also a lot of innuendos and assumptions in the book that infer that people -sorry women -are wives who make less than what their husbands, kept out of the financial conversations in their relationships, taking care of children, and have no fi I think this book was written for women who don’t have any idea about how to handle their finances. The author‘s first chapter is about making sure you have an emergency savings account. Then she goes into making sure you have some sort of budget. There are also a lot of innuendos and assumptions in the book that infer that people -sorry women -are wives who make less than what their husbands, kept out of the financial conversations in their relationships, taking care of children, and have no financial starting plan. As a millennial woman, (black) I could tell this wasn’t written for me. This is more of a financial empowerment book and should be titled finances 101. This is disheartening because she is a woman herself and instead of coming at us with esoteric financial strategies, she’s giving a lot of pep talks and watery basic financial advice. Is that how she sees her demographic? Not sure, but I know this book wasn’t for me.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Wise

    Some books you read once, then you return it to the library or it stays in your online library. This is not that kind of book. I plan on ordering a hard copy so that I can go back and reread and revisit information. This is a great book to get yourself back in control of your money rather than the other way around. I wish I would have read it many years ago and been able to focus on the knowledge within. But--I'm here now and going through the right steps. And my husband and I can hopefully impa Some books you read once, then you return it to the library or it stays in your online library. This is not that kind of book. I plan on ordering a hard copy so that I can go back and reread and revisit information. This is a great book to get yourself back in control of your money rather than the other way around. I wish I would have read it many years ago and been able to focus on the knowledge within. But--I'm here now and going through the right steps. And my husband and I can hopefully impart this knowledge to our own daughters so they don't make as many of the same mistakes we did. Thanks, Suze, for all the insights.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cristina Hutchinson

    This was a very basic and simple approach to managing your money. I wouldn't recommend it for someone who already has a basic idea of how to be smart with their money (ie. not carrying credit card debt, and not getting into loans that they can't pay off), but I would think that there are a lot of people out there who can benefit from this book. Very easy approach to money ideas, and Suze breaks down a lot of the math for the reader. Recommend for young people who don't know about money, or just This was a very basic and simple approach to managing your money. I wouldn't recommend it for someone who already has a basic idea of how to be smart with their money (ie. not carrying credit card debt, and not getting into loans that they can't pay off), but I would think that there are a lot of people out there who can benefit from this book. Very easy approach to money ideas, and Suze breaks down a lot of the math for the reader. Recommend for young people who don't know about money, or just a basic refresher course.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    One of the best in the business! There is not a day that goes by that I don't find a need to improve upon my finances especially after being left bankrupt and homeless from a divorce nearly 6 yrs ago. The problem I do have is that many expect women to be in control of their own finances but if you're in my situation in extreme poverty and dealing with a malignant narcissist in court every few years it's hard to prepare for a future when you're in constant fight or flight mode. In addition the impo One of the best in the business! There is not a day that goes by that I don't find a need to improve upon my finances especially after being left bankrupt and homeless from a divorce nearly 6 yrs ago. The problem I do have is that many expect women to be in control of their own finances but if you're in my situation in extreme poverty and dealing with a malignant narcissist in court every few years it's hard to prepare for a future when you're in constant fight or flight mode. In addition the importance of establishing credit cannot be overstated. You cannot get a rental, purchase a car, get a loan without it. So let me explain as I'd love for Suze to address the how to ways in solving this issue in particular: Just like when I was married I was provided an allowance. Now it's in the form of 'child support' that is deemed proper by the family courts to raise my 3 teens. That number changes depending on whether or not I file an appeal for an increase or my ex spouse files for a decrease claiming financial hardships as is the current issue. I'm supposed to get payments every two weeks in a set amount (bi weekly) but I'm often lucky to get payments on time especially if it occurs on or near a holiday or a Friday. In addition being below poverty keeps you 'locked in' to poverty as for every dollar obtained 10 in taken away from somewhere else. For example when I lost my son's SSI for disability (even though he's born disabled and will be for life with Vater Syndrome) I was then increased for EBT based on lower income. It also works the other way around when child support pays out 3 payments in one month rather than two than my EBT would decrease. In other ways damned if you do and damned if you don't. If my teens go to work that lil they would earn being it's $7.25 min wage here in NEPA w0uld go against what I receive in aid from the government therefore you can't improve upon yourself unless you're able to secure at least a living wage. I would know as I have a Masters before having had three kids and raising them the past 18 yrs. I now have the lost time in earning potential and employers won't hire me. I've tried since 2010 to today with rejections galore. I also filled in the gap with over 20 yrs volunteering and yes even with the Points Of Light Award for the nations greatest community service volunteers it means nothing against getting an actual paid job. The courts don't recognize my unpaid labor as work nor have I ever received compensation for those lost earnings. So now what is my question to you Suze? In addition I'd like to now address your book as I loved it aside from this issue I personally have above. "How we relate to money is a reflection of what we feel about ourselves." As an abuse survivor who dealt with 'financial abuse' from a malignant narcissistic spouse for over 11 yrs I can tell you this is the most accurate statement you could've provided to your readers. Women feel powerless to control money based on external factors especially those women like self who lacked love and support or even guidance in their earlier child rearing days. Self worth determines one's net worth! So follow these 8 Essential Qualities: Harmony, Happiness, Balance, Wisdom, Courage, Cleanliness, Generosity, and Beauty. I would add know your worth and your value. If you must use your spouse's income to establish credit do so to save yourself if stuck in loveless and abusive marriage. Know what comes in and goes out in terms of paperwork including unpaid utility bills and or taxes. My malignant narc paid taxes using Turbo Tax online w/o my signature required so it was rather easy to not know our financial situation. I'm a very well educated woman but you must note these men are vultures who pray on unsuspecting women . They will try to get you to use your credit to purchase them items with promises of repayment that never arrives. Mine was constantly requesting new furniture, new appliances, new washers/dryers yet I had no job nor income but fab credit. Watch also for his snail mail being sent to other p.0. addresses to keep you less informed and or using private bank accounts set up as business accounts in which he'll transfer funds w/o knowledge and plead poverty. I laugh now when I realize while I live in extreme poverty being told to vacate our property or be taken out with a constable and having our utilities turned off without one dime in child support for over a year accruing to 15k he was pleading poverty having never filed for bankruptcy or governmental aid as his own wife and kids had to do. Watch for toxic men ladies who will promise you the world, love bomb, and then discard and devalue it's the classic sign of a whir wind romance. I'm actually quite shocked this wasn't mentioned but perhaps in a follow up edition. I also would like to thank whoever sent me this signed copy edition of this book. I will forever cherish! Thank you!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Liliana Juniper

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book covers the following (this is a pretty detailed summary): 1) A few statements on how to empower yourself as a woman/how our maternal instincts hold us back. 2) Life Insurance (she recommends to get a “level term policy” early on, preferably when you first have a dependent, and how to calculate how much you will need). 3) The four documents you need in place before you die (a will, a living revocable trust, a financial power of attorney and a durable power of attorney for health care) whi This book covers the following (this is a pretty detailed summary): 1) A few statements on how to empower yourself as a woman/how our maternal instincts hold us back. 2) Life Insurance (she recommends to get a “level term policy” early on, preferably when you first have a dependent, and how to calculate how much you will need). 3) The four documents you need in place before you die (a will, a living revocable trust, a financial power of attorney and a durable power of attorney for health care) which she explains what each is and directs you to purchase the draft outlines for $65 on her website. 4) The do’s and don’ts of funding your child’s college tuition, explaining types of loans and their percentages/aid and when to let them take charge. 5) Retirement planning (what type of retirement accounts to set up, explaining the max on Roth IRA and workplace investment plans, how much to put in, and a bonus chapter on in depth instruction and portfolio roadmaps on how to self invest once you have maxed your other funds and are financially free) 6) Savings accounts, how much emergency fund to have and types of high yield or 529 College savings plans 7) Planning for our own assisted living as we age 8) Tips on raising money smart teenagers 9) Caring for your parents and helping them with finances/trusts 10) A financial empowerment checklist summary (pay of credit cards, build 8 month emergency fund, buy term life insurance, consider 15 year mortgage, put retirement funds above kids college, save 15% for retirement, work until 70, look into long term care insurance at 50, be sure to retire mortgage free, only give if you can truly afford it, teach kids money smarts, help parents age gracefully.) I certainly don’t think this book is the end-all be-all to women taking charge of their finances. If I was to write a book for a young woman like myself I would write things much differently, but I am much more staunch when it comes to loans and how to be money smart and frugal in other ways. That being said, I did learn quite a bit from Suze. She has mostly motivated me in regards to retirement. Now I will be investing my $6000 maximum into my Roth IRA and now I know how. I’ll also match my employers funding at work. I also do like how she wants to empower women to take charge of their money. I will be getting a term life insurance when I have a kid. She really did explain investing well, in a way that someone who doesn’t understand it yet would make sense of it and want to take charge of their finances. It is easy and fun when you think about it. I will definitely be passing on some info in this book to some of the people in my life that I feel comfortable enough to, and I feel more motivated to look at my annual incoming/outgoing and fund things accordingly.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    I think this is a great book for people wanting to learn more about financial security and empowerment for themselves and their loved ones. I feel it is accessible to those who might even be uncomfortable with the topic of money and how to manage it. It's titled Women & Money, but while some parts are female-focused, generally I feel the content is not exclusive to women. I really like how Suze doesn't just go into the practical steps of financial management, but also the emotional side of money I think this is a great book for people wanting to learn more about financial security and empowerment for themselves and their loved ones. I feel it is accessible to those who might even be uncomfortable with the topic of money and how to manage it. It's titled Women & Money, but while some parts are female-focused, generally I feel the content is not exclusive to women. I really like how Suze doesn't just go into the practical steps of financial management, but also the emotional side of money and any mental blocks that may be holding you back. She seriously comes across almost as a spiritual financial coach! Suze tries not to get overly detailed in any part of the book as not to overwhelm people and I think she succeeds. I feel pretty good about my/our own financial health, but I was anxious to read this book to make sure I had all my bases covered. While there were certainly parts I already knew, Suze definitely surprised me a few times with some great suggestions. One was thinking about downsizing your home before or at retirement. She makes excellent points about why this is such an important decision and related financial impacts/benefits. As a result, we are thinking about downsizing our home sooner than we may have otherwise. Some elements of this book are basic, but I feel the book deserves five stars for being holistic in its approach (understanding the emotional relationship we have with money) as well as its breadth in covering all the major topics of financial health.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Serena

    Suze Orman provides general and specific financial advice in a way that will be accessible and resonate with many women. Orman is able to frame financial literacy and self-advocacy as attributes consistent with the traditional female gender roles that many women feel pressure to conform to. This is a feat, as many women feel talking about money is taboo, selfish, or otherwise "unladylike". Orman explains how, in fact, being in control of your finances and not undervaluing yourself is a great act Suze Orman provides general and specific financial advice in a way that will be accessible and resonate with many women. Orman is able to frame financial literacy and self-advocacy as attributes consistent with the traditional female gender roles that many women feel pressure to conform to. This is a feat, as many women feel talking about money is taboo, selfish, or otherwise "unladylike". Orman explains how, in fact, being in control of your finances and not undervaluing yourself is a great act of love towards yourself and your family. Just as you need to put on your own oxygen mast first on the plan, you must also take care of your own finances first so you can be there for your family in the long-run and not end up creating a financial burden for those around you. I found her message very empowering, and Orman provides specifics to help the reader enact the promise to value oneself take financial control over her life. If you've been feeling like dealing with finances is just not something you want to think about because it makes you uncomfortable, this would be a great read for you.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    Thank you Andrea DeWerd and Random House Marketing for this Goodreads Giveaway. Women & Money by Suze Orman is a wonderful book and would make a great gift to just about every woman. This book is written clearly and simply and offers so many wonderful tools to help anyone take the right steps to take control over their finances. Just like Dorothy's ruby red slippers, you will discover that you've had the power all along! This book should be mandatory reading for high-school seniors - better yet, Thank you Andrea DeWerd and Random House Marketing for this Goodreads Giveaway. Women & Money by Suze Orman is a wonderful book and would make a great gift to just about every woman. This book is written clearly and simply and offers so many wonderful tools to help anyone take the right steps to take control over their finances. Just like Dorothy's ruby red slippers, you will discover that you've had the power all along! This book should be mandatory reading for high-school seniors - better yet, required reading in a Personal Finance Class adopted into the curriculum for all high schools) - I wish I'd had this information way back then. As a procrastinator when it comes to facing certain areas of my own finances and woman closer to retirement than I like to acknowledge, this book was a much needed wake up call for me. I'm already taking steps to correct that and look forward to reaching the ultimate goal of living a clean and balanced life, thanks to Suze Orman's plan. This will likely become a great gift for many friends and definitely a book to share! Thank you.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Leila

    This is a great starter book for women (targeted audience 20s-40s) entering the workforce who need guidance on how to manage their personal finances. It will guide you to make wise and sound money decisions. If you are a more seasoned woman with your money (you have saving accounts, emergency fund, investment accounts, retirement account, real estate, and little to no debt), then this book may be a waste of your time since it will not teach you anything new. Some of the other interesting element This is a great starter book for women (targeted audience 20s-40s) entering the workforce who need guidance on how to manage their personal finances. It will guide you to make wise and sound money decisions. If you are a more seasoned woman with your money (you have saving accounts, emergency fund, investment accounts, retirement account, real estate, and little to no debt), then this book may be a waste of your time since it will not teach you anything new. Some of the other interesting elements discussed in the book were the eight qualities of a wealthy woman - not sure where she got those particular qualities but somehow she tied it to money habits; value your time just as you'd value your money and don't put yourself on sale; money in relationships with partners, children, and others in your circle of influence.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dulcinea El Toboso

    Another great read by Suze, of whom I'm a huge fan. I read this as I wanted to give my daughter a copy, but wanted to make sure it would work as a gift for a 24 year old young woman who has a bit of difficulty imagining retirement. I think this will help prompt her to save and plan even more, although she's pretty good now. As Corona has us working from home, it's great timing, too, as now she has the time to read more and understands why I insisted she have an 8 month liquid safety net. This wi Another great read by Suze, of whom I'm a huge fan. I read this as I wanted to give my daughter a copy, but wanted to make sure it would work as a gift for a 24 year old young woman who has a bit of difficulty imagining retirement. I think this will help prompt her to save and plan even more, although she's pretty good now. As Corona has us working from home, it's great timing, too, as now she has the time to read more and understands why I insisted she have an 8 month liquid safety net. This will help to drive those lessons home even harder. This book also outlines some of the behaviors that women are prone to, which may take us out of the financial game. Suze gives some great reinforcement- the whys women don't act in our own best interests, and how to overcome those either learned or genetic tendencies. Three thumbs up!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alejandra

    Women & Money is a easy read. The first few chapters, Suze is telling you how to think about money, her story, and what you should start doing daily. She tells you to create a short declarative statement and say it 25 times a day; Really believe it when your saying it. No more volunteering your time and discounting yourself short. Be proactive, Be impatient, Be prepare, always be harmony, have balances, have courage, be generosity, have happiness, wisdoms, cleanliness, and beauty. Chapter 5 is t Women & Money is a easy read. The first few chapters, Suze is telling you how to think about money, her story, and what you should start doing daily. She tells you to create a short declarative statement and say it 25 times a day; Really believe it when your saying it. No more volunteering your time and discounting yourself short. Be proactive, Be impatient, Be prepare, always be harmony, have balances, have courage, be generosity, have happiness, wisdoms, cleanliness, and beauty. Chapter 5 is the an important chapter. This is when you do the work. This is a must read if you want to start understanding your finance and preparing for the future.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Logan Schoonover

    I usually enjoy learning about personal finance, but I didn’t enjoy this book. There were no unique insights that you wouldn’t have read about previously if you’ve ever read other personal finance books, and this book reads like an extremely watered down version of a Dave Ramsey book. I didn’t like the fact that this book seemed to be a pep talk for women who have supposedly lost all confidence in themselves and control over their personal lives and finances. That rhetoric did not feel very empo I usually enjoy learning about personal finance, but I didn’t enjoy this book. There were no unique insights that you wouldn’t have read about previously if you’ve ever read other personal finance books, and this book reads like an extremely watered down version of a Dave Ramsey book. I didn’t like the fact that this book seemed to be a pep talk for women who have supposedly lost all confidence in themselves and control over their personal lives and finances. That rhetoric did not feel very empowering. I think this is an okay book for women with no background in personal finance or investing, but if you do have that background, it’s probably not worth reading.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    A great finance book for women with a lot of great tips, including financial planning for the future. A lot of the tips are women-specific, for example many women rely on men to handle their finances, or feel squeamish to talk about money or financial planning for the future. Suze Orman encourages women to take the power back to themselves, to learn about money, and financially plan for the future. Not only that, but saving money so that you can invest in yourself. I made a lot of notes from thi A great finance book for women with a lot of great tips, including financial planning for the future. A lot of the tips are women-specific, for example many women rely on men to handle their finances, or feel squeamish to talk about money or financial planning for the future. Suze Orman encourages women to take the power back to themselves, to learn about money, and financially plan for the future. Not only that, but saving money so that you can invest in yourself. I made a lot of notes from this book and it’s also a good reference book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    A book every woman should read, not just for the personal finance basics, but for the validation. Being a stay at home parent has value, being female has value. Sometimes doing the most generous thing for friends and family isn't loaning them money when they need it, it's making sure you have life insurance or a retirement account. While she doesn't delve into what to do when you fall short on the monthly budget, her advice for what to do with your money when you have some is spot on. This book A book every woman should read, not just for the personal finance basics, but for the validation. Being a stay at home parent has value, being female has value. Sometimes doing the most generous thing for friends and family isn't loaning them money when they need it, it's making sure you have life insurance or a retirement account. While she doesn't delve into what to do when you fall short on the monthly budget, her advice for what to do with your money when you have some is spot on. This book is worth a read on the advice about paying for college alone.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    I love all that suze has to say about finances and how we can get ours in check... this book, however, i think mainly speaks to those women that are a little more advanced in the process... some of her books she writes for the older women, and some for the younger... in my opinion, this book is for the 50+ community... the young, dumb, and broke one is more for a 2o to 30 crowd... great book altogether, great tips as usual, and also i loved that suze put some clippets of her past into the book t I love all that suze has to say about finances and how we can get ours in check... this book, however, i think mainly speaks to those women that are a little more advanced in the process... some of her books she writes for the older women, and some for the younger... in my opinion, this book is for the 50+ community... the young, dumb, and broke one is more for a 2o to 30 crowd... great book altogether, great tips as usual, and also i loved that suze put some clippets of her past into the book to make us relate a little bit... all her books are a must read!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Davis

    I liked it. Part self-help, part financial advice for women. I see why people tend to flock to Suze rather than Dave Ramsey or Tim Ferris or any of the numerous male financial gurus that can help you. All of them have sound valid advice, but I feel like Suze addresses the emotional parts. There is a difference between fixing the reason why you impulse spend, instead of just cutting your credit card. After finish reading this book, I didn't have the urgency to rush into an IRA. I had the intellig I liked it. Part self-help, part financial advice for women. I see why people tend to flock to Suze rather than Dave Ramsey or Tim Ferris or any of the numerous male financial gurus that can help you. All of them have sound valid advice, but I feel like Suze addresses the emotional parts. There is a difference between fixing the reason why you impulse spend, instead of just cutting your credit card. After finish reading this book, I didn't have the urgency to rush into an IRA. I had the intelligence to know I am doing okay and my next step is better choices.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Vickie Harris

    My daughter gave me this book to read, and I am using it as a personal reference. I only wish I had read it 30 years ago. Orman tackles the financial world of women in a way that enables their progress through protective documents, life insurance needs, investments, and more. She encourages women to look at their relationships that involve money, and to stand up for their rights in the workplace, at home and in the world. It’s an easy read, with the ability to use as a reference as needed. A goo My daughter gave me this book to read, and I am using it as a personal reference. I only wish I had read it 30 years ago. Orman tackles the financial world of women in a way that enables their progress through protective documents, life insurance needs, investments, and more. She encourages women to look at their relationships that involve money, and to stand up for their rights in the workplace, at home and in the world. It’s an easy read, with the ability to use as a reference as needed. A good book in its genre.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rachelle

    Women and Money... a comprehensive list that women of any age or income need to be aware of. Suze Orman teaches basic principles to help women stay strong, smart, and secure in their personal and financial lives. Practical stories and tips are included, and valuable resources and formulas are mentioned to increase wealth. From savings accounts, investing, retirement accounts, insurance, desirable qualities of women, this book has it all!

  29. 4 out of 5

    R

    I love Suze Orman's advice--she is tough and cuts right to the quick of what's important. Sometimes I don't want to hear that I shouldn't do this or that, but I have focused on her advice before and gotten ahead, as I wanted to do. This book is an update on previous books, but still has the same good advice. I highly recommend this book to anyone, but especially women who want to clarify the direction they are headed with their money. I love Suze Orman's advice--she is tough and cuts right to the quick of what's important. Sometimes I don't want to hear that I shouldn't do this or that, but I have focused on her advice before and gotten ahead, as I wanted to do. This book is an update on previous books, but still has the same good advice. I highly recommend this book to anyone, but especially women who want to clarify the direction they are headed with their money.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    If you’re an absolute beginner (ie - no emergency fund, no retirement accounts, dealing with debt), then this book is wonderful for you! Overall, the book reaffirmed what I’d taught myself and motivated me to take the next steps that I needed to do. And I learned a handful of new things along the way too. However, if you don’t already like Suze Orman’s forceful style, this book will be a tough read.

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