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Why is it that women, who are so competent in all other areas of their lives, cannot find the same competence when it comes to matters of money? Suze Orman investigates the complicated, dysfunctional relationship women have with money in this groundbreaking new book. With her signature mix of insight, compassion, and soul-deep recognition, she equips women with the fina Why is it that women, who are so competent in all other areas of their lives, cannot find the same competence when it comes to matters of money? Suze Orman investigates the complicated, dysfunctional relationship women have with money in this groundbreaking new book. With her signature mix of insight, compassion, and soul-deep recognition, she equips women with the financial knowledge and emotional awareness to overcome the blocks that have kept them from making more out of the money they make. At the center of the book is The Save Yourself Plan--a streamlined, five-month program that delivers genuine long-term financial security. But what's at stake is far bigger than money itself: It's about every woman's sense of who she is and what she deserves, and why it all begins with the decision to save yourself. Join the Movement to Save Yourself with this Unprecedented Offer to Readers of Women & Money: Suze Orman believes that having an account of your own is the cornerstone of long-term financial security, and so she has begun a national movement called Save Yourself to turn this wish--that every woman have an account in her own name--into a reality. She is joined in this crusade by the financial brokerage firm TD Ameritrade, which has come up with an extraordinary offer for readers of WOMEN & MONEY. Follow Suze's Save Yourself Plan and open an account in your name with TD Ameritrade. Commit to an automatic deposit of at least $50 per month for twelve consecutive months, and TD Ameritrade will provide the incentive in the form of a $100 deposit into your account in the thirteenth month. In other words, you save $600 or more over the course of a year, and TD Ameritrade will reward that effort with a $100 bonus. Learn more inside the book or at www.saveyourself.com. Offer valid for one new TD AMERITRADE account (non-retirement) opened between 2/27/07 and 3/31/08, and funded by 12 monthly consecutive automatic electronic deposits of $50 or more. First $50 must be deposited within 30 days of opening account. To be eligible, you must be a U.S. resident aged 18 or older. See www.saveyourself.com for obligations and limitations and to accept this offer. This is not an offer or solicitation in any jurisdiction where TD AMERITRADE is not authorized to do business. Random House, Inc., does not endorse, is not associated with, and has no responsibility for the TD AMERITRADE offer. TD AMERITRADE, Random House, Inc., and Suze Orman are separate and not affiliated, and each of them is not responsible for the services and information provided by the other(s). TD AMERITRADE, Inc., member NASD/SIPC.


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Why is it that women, who are so competent in all other areas of their lives, cannot find the same competence when it comes to matters of money? Suze Orman investigates the complicated, dysfunctional relationship women have with money in this groundbreaking new book. With her signature mix of insight, compassion, and soul-deep recognition, she equips women with the fina Why is it that women, who are so competent in all other areas of their lives, cannot find the same competence when it comes to matters of money? Suze Orman investigates the complicated, dysfunctional relationship women have with money in this groundbreaking new book. With her signature mix of insight, compassion, and soul-deep recognition, she equips women with the financial knowledge and emotional awareness to overcome the blocks that have kept them from making more out of the money they make. At the center of the book is The Save Yourself Plan--a streamlined, five-month program that delivers genuine long-term financial security. But what's at stake is far bigger than money itself: It's about every woman's sense of who she is and what she deserves, and why it all begins with the decision to save yourself. Join the Movement to Save Yourself with this Unprecedented Offer to Readers of Women & Money: Suze Orman believes that having an account of your own is the cornerstone of long-term financial security, and so she has begun a national movement called Save Yourself to turn this wish--that every woman have an account in her own name--into a reality. She is joined in this crusade by the financial brokerage firm TD Ameritrade, which has come up with an extraordinary offer for readers of WOMEN & MONEY. Follow Suze's Save Yourself Plan and open an account in your name with TD Ameritrade. Commit to an automatic deposit of at least $50 per month for twelve consecutive months, and TD Ameritrade will provide the incentive in the form of a $100 deposit into your account in the thirteenth month. In other words, you save $600 or more over the course of a year, and TD Ameritrade will reward that effort with a $100 bonus. Learn more inside the book or at www.saveyourself.com. Offer valid for one new TD AMERITRADE account (non-retirement) opened between 2/27/07 and 3/31/08, and funded by 12 monthly consecutive automatic electronic deposits of $50 or more. First $50 must be deposited within 30 days of opening account. To be eligible, you must be a U.S. resident aged 18 or older. See www.saveyourself.com for obligations and limitations and to accept this offer. This is not an offer or solicitation in any jurisdiction where TD AMERITRADE is not authorized to do business. Random House, Inc., does not endorse, is not associated with, and has no responsibility for the TD AMERITRADE offer. TD AMERITRADE, Random House, Inc., and Suze Orman are separate and not affiliated, and each of them is not responsible for the services and information provided by the other(s). TD AMERITRADE, Inc., member NASD/SIPC.

30 review for Women & Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    A few montsh ago, I saw an episode of Oprah and Suze Orman was on to discuss money and women. I knew at the time who she was a bit, but had never paid much attention to her or her work. During that episode, she had it set up that you could go onto Oprah's website for the hour that the show was on and download her newest book, Women and Money, for free. So I did. I forgot I had it saved to my jump drive for the longest time, but then I stumbled across it a few days ago. I decided to give it a rea A few montsh ago, I saw an episode of Oprah and Suze Orman was on to discuss money and women. I knew at the time who she was a bit, but had never paid much attention to her or her work. During that episode, she had it set up that you could go onto Oprah's website for the hour that the show was on and download her newest book, Women and Money, for free. So I did. I forgot I had it saved to my jump drive for the longest time, but then I stumbled across it a few days ago. I decided to give it a read through since I've been having some hard times financially of late, partly because of the economy and partly just because I'm not the best at saving money and I know it. I was astonished to find that I actually enjoyed this book. I thought it would be boring as hell--and to be honest, there were some parts that WERE boring--but each and every single section was so useful. I learned a lot about finances and was rather pleased with myself that I've already been doing some of the things she suggests. My mom taught me. But there was sooooo much I didn't know, which I expected. What I didn't expect was that Suze would make it something that was easy to understand. She seems so passionate about making sure women know about their money and are able to take care of themselves. I really appreciated reading this because now I know that there are a lot of things I need to do to make myself the truly independent woman I see myself as. Some things I had heard of, many I'd considered but haven't addressed, and others I had no clue about and think they're a great idea. I was really worried about my finances because these are not easy times. But I am going to make the effort to follow the five month plan outlined in the book and see how I do. Maybe it will take a long time to get as much money saved up as I'd like, but I feel much better equipped now to tackle the issue. I would highly recommend this book to ALL women, married or single, mothers or not, wealthy or struggling. I bet there is at least one thing in here that you hadn't considered that will help you.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Della S.white

    Money management applies to everyone - not just women, but I understand how she wanted to target the female audience to try to get more women involved in the family finances. Some of the information is outdated, since it was written before the huge bank bailouts and housing bubble collapse in 2008. Some of the information offered is inaccurate since legislation has changed a lot for credit cards, mortgages, and other things. The first few chapters are her usual touchy-feely chapters to attempt t Money management applies to everyone - not just women, but I understand how she wanted to target the female audience to try to get more women involved in the family finances. Some of the information is outdated, since it was written before the huge bank bailouts and housing bubble collapse in 2008. Some of the information offered is inaccurate since legislation has changed a lot for credit cards, mortgages, and other things. The first few chapters are her usual touchy-feely chapters to attempt to have you dig for emotional reasons behind your spending or your way of handling your money. It is much more effective in her first book. I did however like the Action Plan she has in the book, it is a great checklist for things to do to get your finances in order or even just do a mental checklist to see if you are on track. She claims it as a 5 Month Plan, but you could easily do all of it in 6 weeks or so if you put aside the time

  3. 4 out of 5

    Debra Daniels-Zeller

    Blah, blah, blah--what a sexist book. Couldn't bring myself to finish it. Apparently this book was meant for women who volunteer and barter and need some help with their self esteem. I got tired of her talking about "We" and what all women do to discount themselves at about chapter 5. I'm not sure now why I thought a woman with a seven figure income and numerous houses could give the average woman any helpful advice that isn't already out there. I already heard all the stories she shared about h Blah, blah, blah--what a sexist book. Couldn't bring myself to finish it. Apparently this book was meant for women who volunteer and barter and need some help with their self esteem. I got tired of her talking about "We" and what all women do to discount themselves at about chapter 5. I'm not sure now why I thought a woman with a seven figure income and numerous houses could give the average woman any helpful advice that isn't already out there. I already heard all the stories she shared about herself--her lisp, her stock market losses, etc. before and I wonder if she didn't make up friends' stories for this just to make her point--women have low self esteem and are afraid to deal with money. I was looking for some good tips, but this book doesn't have anything new to offer. I think she's just another mouth piece for herself. The world has enough know-it-alls.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Holy hell, I saw this woman on television tonight at the gym, now I'm fucking obsessed with her. I just absolutely love her insanely amazing glowing white jaws. I'd seen pictures of her before, but I had no idea how her teeth are shaped, and how cool they look when she talks -- I finally get the whole hyper-bleached look! She's great. Plus according to Wikipedia, she used to be a social worker! I am going to read this book, and see what she has to tell me about woman and money, not to mention my Holy hell, I saw this woman on television tonight at the gym, now I'm fucking obsessed with her. I just absolutely love her insanely amazing glowing white jaws. I'd seen pictures of her before, but I had no idea how her teeth are shaped, and how cool they look when she talks -- I finally get the whole hyper-bleached look! She's great. Plus according to Wikipedia, she used to be a social worker! I am going to read this book, and see what she has to tell me about woman and money, not to mention my destiny.... I'm sorry, Rachel Maddow. Yes, we had something, but you are no longer my number-one televised lesbian.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    The book contained a lot of helpful ideas and information, but I found parts of it condescending and annoying, but perhaps it's a generational thing. There were portions of the book directed towards women who have secret shopping addictions that lead to credit card debt and there were suggestions on how to begin to understand your finances if you've been relying on your husband to do it for you for years. I'm a woman and I'm married, but I don't rack up credit card bills for shoes and I don't le The book contained a lot of helpful ideas and information, but I found parts of it condescending and annoying, but perhaps it's a generational thing. There were portions of the book directed towards women who have secret shopping addictions that lead to credit card debt and there were suggestions on how to begin to understand your finances if you've been relying on your husband to do it for you for years. I'm a woman and I'm married, but I don't rack up credit card bills for shoes and I don't leave the family finances up to my husband, so I found it curious that Orman proceeded as if her main audience consisted shoe-hoarders who don't have their own savings accounts. I found that Young, Fabulous, and Broke seemed to be more directed at readers like myself who are capable and eager to control their finances but just need some direction.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda

    highly recommend! !!! This gives lots of information and advice for putting your financial affairs in order. My mom loves using getting your ducks in a row as an analog. . and this gives you a list of things to consider doing and reasons its important. I try to be prepared for things that could go wrong .. but this opened my eyes to areas I hadn't considered. and im shocked how many of my adult friends ... have no will.??? highly recommend! !!! This gives lots of information and advice for putting your financial affairs in order. My mom loves using getting your ducks in a row as an analog. . and this gives you a list of things to consider doing and reasons its important. I try to be prepared for things that could go wrong .. but this opened my eyes to areas I hadn't considered. and im shocked how many of my adult friends ... have no will.???

  7. 5 out of 5

    Marianne K

    It took me an embarrassingly long time to get through this book. I am just starting to take over my finances and this book was just what I needed. I especially liked the info on buying home insurance, and how to change your relationship to money. I was going to buy the new edition but several commenters mentioned it did not match this edition for useful information.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Brekke

    4 stars. A great book for women who have no clue abut finances and want to take charge. While this is definitely geared toward women in their 40s (and up) who are wives/mothers, I still benefited greatly from Suze Orman's great no-nonense advice. She lays out a 5 month plan for getting out of debt and beginning to save and she breaks down finance concepts that were foreign to this humanities major in clear language. Basically, if you're f the female persuasion and you feel anxious about money, th 4 stars. A great book for women who have no clue abut finances and want to take charge. While this is definitely geared toward women in their 40s (and up) who are wives/mothers, I still benefited greatly from Suze Orman's great no-nonense advice. She lays out a 5 month plan for getting out of debt and beginning to save and she breaks down finance concepts that were foreign to this humanities major in clear language. Basically, if you're f the female persuasion and you feel anxious about money, this is a great first stop as you begin to take charge. My two criticisms are: this was published in 2007 (at least mine was) and is dated. Her website has lots of updated info, but some of the recommendations in the book might not translate exactly. And, this really is geared towards moms. As a single, childfree young progressional, lots of the appeals to modeling good behavior for children was obnoxious. I'd love to see a spinoff for young single women specifically. Still a good and accessible read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    This is an excellent book for women who need to know all the basics of taking care of their finances. I really like Suze's approach to the book, which is that knowlege about your finances leads to more power and control over your life as a whole. She encourages women, whether they are single and just starting out (like me), married and used to letting their husbands deal with the finances, or even stay-at-home-moms, to develop a healthy relationship with their money in order to take more control This is an excellent book for women who need to know all the basics of taking care of their finances. I really like Suze's approach to the book, which is that knowlege about your finances leads to more power and control over your life as a whole. She encourages women, whether they are single and just starting out (like me), married and used to letting their husbands deal with the finances, or even stay-at-home-moms, to develop a healthy relationship with their money in order to take more control of their own destinies. She lays out a step-by-step plan for all those important financial decisions, such as paying off credit card debt, building an emergency fund, saving for retirement and even setting up a will and life insurance. It's a very comprehensive book and while she doesn't talk down to her readers, she doesn't assume that they know everything either. She makes sure to cover all the basics and I feel much more confident about dealing with my money after reading this book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Grace Villard

    I have this as an audiobook- and I use to think "she was highminded? But that was when I didn't know any better. This woman knows her stuff. What I am learning is that learn from those who can give you sound advice who has a proven record of failures to successes. She came from a "poor" background. Find out how she can show you simply money management steps and investments tools where ever your budget may be. She was featured in the Essence magazine in 2007 appealing to the African Amercian and I have this as an audiobook- and I use to think "she was highminded? But that was when I didn't know any better. This woman knows her stuff. What I am learning is that learn from those who can give you sound advice who has a proven record of failures to successes. She came from a "poor" background. Find out how she can show you simply money management steps and investments tools where ever your budget may be. She was featured in the Essence magazine in 2007 appealing to the African Amercian and Hispanic culture. Telling us "stop buying" all those "name brands" and start investing in your future. Someone else's name is not going to pay your bills, retirement or make you rich. But your own money, with wise investments tools, will help you connect and communicate to a different arena of people. Time to EXHALE and be what God created you to be "wealthy!"

  11. 5 out of 5

    Deb

    *Women & $elf-worth* Believe it or not, this book is a book about women and relationships. That is, the relationships women have with their money. In her characteristically direct, clear, and here's-what-you-need-to-know style, Suze exposes (in a no-shame/no-blame way) the dysfunctional relationship women have had with money, and then provides a step-by-step five-month plan to help set the stage for a lifetime of financial security. Whether or not you follow all the steps now, this book provides a *Women & $elf-worth* Believe it or not, this book is a book about women and relationships. That is, the relationships women have with their money. In her characteristically direct, clear, and here's-what-you-need-to-know style, Suze exposes (in a no-shame/no-blame way) the dysfunctional relationship women have had with money, and then provides a step-by-step five-month plan to help set the stage for a lifetime of financial security. Whether or not you follow all the steps now, this book provides an amazing guide to the essentials of financial planning--from setting up a checking and savings account to investing in stocks and bonds to creating wills and trusts. The overriding theme of the book is quite an empowering and inspiring one: it's time that women realize the value of what they are truly worth...and protect themselves accordingly.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Ever notice how in each of Suze's books, she writes, "This is the most important book I've ever written," but they all invariably suck? Same story here. Sexist, condescending, low on useful guidance and bursting with self-promotion. Weird mantras and lots of forced teaming. I have to wonder how many of the little anecdotes are even true. It was also written and published shortly before the Depression, so some of the advice is a little quaint (1% interest on a checking account and 5% on a savings Ever notice how in each of Suze's books, she writes, "This is the most important book I've ever written," but they all invariably suck? Same story here. Sexist, condescending, low on useful guidance and bursting with self-promotion. Weird mantras and lots of forced teaming. I have to wonder how many of the little anecdotes are even true. It was also written and published shortly before the Depression, so some of the advice is a little quaint (1% interest on a checking account and 5% on a savings account, for example) or a flat-out relic of the pre-Dodd-Frank era. She does, surprisingly, admit to being a paid shill for Fair Isaac and Company in this book. Her eight qualities of a wealthy woman are : Harmony, Balance, Courage, Generosity, Happiness, Wisdom, Cleanliness, and Beauty. I'd give it one star, but the section on essential documents makes it worth another one.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    Lots of great info clearly presented. The tone of the book could be described as...emphatic. Also, in moments, annoyingly though unintentionally condescending??? There was a lot in the book that didn't apply to me, but I still learned a ton. Worth a read, and I might reference it in the future. I believe in her message and the intention behind the book, but sometimes I felt like I was getting lectured by my mom. Perhaps it was like this because I listened to the audiobook instead of reading. Ove Lots of great info clearly presented. The tone of the book could be described as...emphatic. Also, in moments, annoyingly though unintentionally condescending??? There was a lot in the book that didn't apply to me, but I still learned a ton. Worth a read, and I might reference it in the future. I believe in her message and the intention behind the book, but sometimes I felt like I was getting lectured by my mom. Perhaps it was like this because I listened to the audiobook instead of reading. Overall, worth the time. But I can't quite get to four stars.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Good simple advice to ensure you have a good financial plan in place.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Halligan

    This book is 12 years outdated. If your blood isn't boiling at the condescending tone the author takes towards the reader and basically every woman out there, it will be when you realize that all of the financial advice is also out of date. This book was published in 2007, right before the 2008 crisis that threw all financial advice on its head and forced the US to revise financial legislation and banking a whole lot. So this book will give you useful terms and a few topics you need to look into This book is 12 years outdated. If your blood isn't boiling at the condescending tone the author takes towards the reader and basically every woman out there, it will be when you realize that all of the financial advice is also out of date. This book was published in 2007, right before the 2008 crisis that threw all financial advice on its head and forced the US to revise financial legislation and banking a whole lot. So this book will give you useful terms and a few topics you need to look into (ex, wills, trusts, insurance, joint ownership of property, etc.), but chances are, how things work are likely different from how she portrays them in this book. She also makes some theories and advice about a few specific kinds of investements (like Roth IRAs) -- and it isn't until later that she says those aren't due to be implemented until a few years after publication of the book. With the 2008 financial crisis, I'm lost. I have no idea how those things went over, if 2008 changed details about those, or if they turned out to be terrible ideas when she was insisting I put all my money in Roth IRAs. The stereotyping of women and misogyny is through the roof. Maybe back in 2007 these ideas were commonplace and that was the dominating pop-psychology of women of the time, but in 2019, those ideas clash so much. Best advised to avoid the first 3 chapters and final chapter to avoid the worst of it, but you'll still get a dose of how all women show love by giving away their money. Yes, you read that right. In 2019 we have the idea of "love languages" and how giving is a way that some people tend to show their love rather than through actions or words, but the author spreads it to all women. One tidbit that I was especially fired up about was that this woman worked as a financial advisor for a long time. She claimed that all women who came to her just wanted to shove responsibility of their money onto her -- well, OBVIOUSLY. That's your JOB. To ADVISE THEM ON MONEY MATTERS. The author was in a position of being the expert on money, it's only obvious that someone who HASN'T spent years studying finances would defer to the expert! It's so pretentious. The author is on Twitter, and apparently has her own podcast on money now. I can only hope that her views on women have changed over the past decade. Other reviews on this book have mentioned that her website contains up-to-date financial advice. Two stars because I learned financial terms and the bare-bones of those topics. It's not three because of the sheer condescending tone and that I didn't learn much else financially because it's that outdated. I walked into my bank last week and had a conversation about brokerage accounts and savings accounts that directly contradicted what this book said about those two topics. Get a book written within the last five years if you want helpful financial advice.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Blair Carpenter

    As a v poor young woman with an outlandishly upside down net worth (yay student loans!), many of the financial steps outlined in this book simply do not apply to me yet (for example, I have literally none of the assets she outlines should be placed in a revocable living trust). That did not stop me from gaining valuable insight from this book. As someone who has always been very interested in personal finance and women owning their destiny, this book is an INCREDIBLE resource. She touches on som As a v poor young woman with an outlandishly upside down net worth (yay student loans!), many of the financial steps outlined in this book simply do not apply to me yet (for example, I have literally none of the assets she outlines should be placed in a revocable living trust). That did not stop me from gaining valuable insight from this book. As someone who has always been very interested in personal finance and women owning their destiny, this book is an INCREDIBLE resource. She touches on some of the economic/cultural values that cause many women’s dysfunctional relationship with money without dwelling on them, and she makes an excellent case for gaining financial security for yourself before giving of yourself so freely it actively harms you (as many women do). Some of her generalizations are slightly outdated, but probably mainly apply to her audience. Despite my sad financial situation, her explanations of various accounts and processes is both the most clear and most thorough I have read (and I love me a financial blog). She explains the types of documents/accounts you can have thoroughly, and rather than pandering by providing lame savings tips (that are ultimately insulting) she provides concrete tips towards more “grown up” financial goals. The main reason I gave this book 4 stars is the unequivocal, unimpeachable nature of her advice. While she had thorough reasoning and was very clear and concise about her strategies, I find it rare that any kind of advice applies 100% to every person. She does explain that some of her most hardline advice (such as saving 8 months of living expenses) is based on the economic climate and legislation at the time of writing (I have the 2010 version), but I’d advice any impressionable reader to absorb the knowledge and do what they ultimately feel is best. She also doesn’t address the student loan crisis (which admittedly, was not on the national consciousness at the time of writing), and I would love to read an updated version of the book with a portion on student loans. Overall, I look forward to rereading this book as my assets and financial literacy grow.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Maya Mathew

    In my opinion, Suze Orman has done a great service for women by telling them they have a responsibility to themselves to care about their financial well-being. Although I do not agree with some recommendations made in the book and some information being outdated ( I had a used 2010 version), she goes beyond the practical to the psychology of money and how it affects women. Readers will gain confidence while learning that money decisions they blindly leave to others is their responsibility, and as In my opinion, Suze Orman has done a great service for women by telling them they have a responsibility to themselves to care about their financial well-being. Although I do not agree with some recommendations made in the book and some information being outdated ( I had a used 2010 version), she goes beyond the practical to the psychology of money and how it affects women. Readers will gain confidence while learning that money decisions they blindly leave to others is their responsibility, and as Suze suggests will begin to take an active interest in preserving and growing their wealth. She wants women to love themselves as much as they love others. She hopes they will pay themselves in a way that shows they value their work. She urges them to have boundaries around money and limit what others can extract from them. She has a nurturing voice and a compassionate writing tone that engages women while simultaneously holding them accountable. There is an urgency to her message. I see Ms. Orman as a social engineer who by sharing this collection of tools and teaching the language of wealth educates and empowers a group undervalued in this society. To permanently help those who have been outsiders to the financial world, Suze shares information using the buzz words of the industry. She is a pioneer, giving women the ability to negotiate and self-protect wealth they did not know they had a right to. This is clearly a woman on a mission who has done a wonderful job communicating to her readers.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kat Chou

    Even though it was written over a decade ago, I still found it useful. She is direct and straightforward. Side note: I met Suze several years ago at a conference. I hardly knew her or her work but my mother respected her even though none of us were taking her advice (we chuckle about his now as I am pulling our finances into order). So, as a gift to my mother, I got a book I hadn't read, signed by her. She astutely asked me why I was going to do with this autographed book and I explained it was Even though it was written over a decade ago, I still found it useful. She is direct and straightforward. Side note: I met Suze several years ago at a conference. I hardly knew her or her work but my mother respected her even though none of us were taking her advice (we chuckle about his now as I am pulling our finances into order). So, as a gift to my mother, I got a book I hadn't read, signed by her. She astutely asked me why I was going to do with this autographed book and I explained it was for my mother -- she gave me the brightest and most encouraging smile, and then wrote in the book, "Your daughter loves you very much, Suze." She could not have given my mother a better note. Honestly, she cuts through the noise straight to the chase both with finances and motivations. For example, why are financial advisors not as clear as she is with roth 401k/IRAs? Why are we puzzled by the various options for insurance? Why is this not taught in high school? This book is not just for women, it's for anyone looking for self-empowerment and building a healthy relationship with money. I am grateful she wrote it even if other reviewers seem skeptical. Thanks, Suze.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Julie Suzanne

    I love her straightforward, easy-to-understand style of speaking to women about money matters, and I have to say that this book really is targeted at women only. The book is broken down into 5 months worth of activities to get yourself financially secure, and she asks A LOT of you (with thorough and convincing explanations as to why each step is essential). I have an action plan, and I'm well on my way! I was already in great shape for months 1 & 2 thanks to having read her books 15 years ago an I love her straightforward, easy-to-understand style of speaking to women about money matters, and I have to say that this book really is targeted at women only. The book is broken down into 5 months worth of activities to get yourself financially secure, and she asks A LOT of you (with thorough and convincing explanations as to why each step is essential). I have an action plan, and I'm well on my way! I was already in great shape for months 1 & 2 thanks to having read her books 15 years ago and getting myself completely out of debt and creating a savings cushion, but I REALLY needed refreshing on insurance, my Will, and investing issues! She gives you a checklist of things to look for and questions to ask if you find an independent financial advisor, and I really appreciated that. I feel such gratitude for the work she's done; she's probably saved my future! My advice is to read every page, even if you think there's sections you already understand. I'm glad I did!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cedra Wilson

    This my second Suze Orman book and I have to say that it will be my last because clearly I am not her target demographic. I'm a college educated woman that is debt because I'm working two jobs just to day all my bills. Her advise it for people who already have established careers/trades or for people that are well into their career/steady jobs. I don't have that despite my best efforts so all that advise goes out the window. Her delivery is also really harsh and I don't mean tough love harsh, I This my second Suze Orman book and I have to say that it will be my last because clearly I am not her target demographic. I'm a college educated woman that is debt because I'm working two jobs just to day all my bills. Her advise it for people who already have established careers/trades or for people that are well into their career/steady jobs. I don't have that despite my best efforts so all that advise goes out the window. Her delivery is also really harsh and I don't mean tough love harsh, I mean victim blaming because she thinks that just because she could make it work in an era that was more financially stable than everybody else should be able to as well in this economy. I understand that this book was written in in 2007 but 12 years later, her advise feels pretty dated and just not relevant for anyone that I know in 2019 that is applicable.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    The first chapter had me questioning whether this book was going to be worth the time because it started out a bit “RA RA” initially. However then it does get into the very basics of financial planning and money management. The sections that apply to me right now - retirement savings, buying a car, saving, and spending, etc were mainly things I already knew but it was helpful to reiterate many of the things I already know or are already doing. And for future topics - buying a home, estate planni The first chapter had me questioning whether this book was going to be worth the time because it started out a bit “RA RA” initially. However then it does get into the very basics of financial planning and money management. The sections that apply to me right now - retirement savings, buying a car, saving, and spending, etc were mainly things I already knew but it was helpful to reiterate many of the things I already know or are already doing. And for future topics - buying a home, estate planning, retirement, etc. I learned a lot and would like to revisit this book later in life to check in on how it doing in these areas. I would recommend this book to anyone who is just starting out thinking about their finances and wanting a broad and easy to understand overview of how to set yourself up for long term financial success.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Please read this book This is a must-read for every woman (really, every person). Suze walks the reader through key steps to owning your financial life and making sure you and your loved ones are as prepared as can be for any eventuality, with plenty of action steps and goals to achieve. The version I read was copyright 2007, so try to find a more updated version if I've exists, and also keep in mind that some of this will be shocking to those of us millennials (border millennials)—like, it sure Please read this book This is a must-read for every woman (really, every person). Suze walks the reader through key steps to owning your financial life and making sure you and your loved ones are as prepared as can be for any eventuality, with plenty of action steps and goals to achieve. The version I read was copyright 2007, so try to find a more updated version if I've exists, and also keep in mind that some of this will be shocking to those of us millennials (border millennials)—like, it sure is hard to have a year's salary saved by the time you're 25 when you don't have a full time salary until you're 25 (this is a guideline recommended across the financial web, but just in this book)—but there is a wealth of great information in here.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Io

    this book is pure gold. though if you don't live in the US there is a lot in this book that will not be on point for you, the perspective it brings is priceless. there's a lot of talk about how to build your future, from buying a house, a car, deciding for college and especially retirement for you and your parents, and all this turns into great nuggets of wisdom. what is extraordinary about this book is the non judgemental attitude, the understanting yet the firmness with which every advice is giv this book is pure gold. though if you don't live in the US there is a lot in this book that will not be on point for you, the perspective it brings is priceless. there's a lot of talk about how to build your future, from buying a house, a car, deciding for college and especially retirement for you and your parents, and all this turns into great nuggets of wisdom. what is extraordinary about this book is the non judgemental attitude, the understanting yet the firmness with which every advice is given, and the feeling that you still got time to plan and act, no matter what. however, the greatest gift this book gives is power. the last chapter is so simple yet such a fantastic motivation piece. it is true that every woman should read this book, it's a gift of knowledge.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Suze Orman speaks to you in an honest and caring approach. I think this is her main strength that she empowers women who read it as her intended audience. Empowering women to learn more about the basics as well as background of owning their power towards financial freedom and wealth is at the heart of Suze's book "Women and Money" Her straightforward approach will put you on the right path towards wealth and financial freedom. She also gives good advice of the pros and cons of each financial inv Suze Orman speaks to you in an honest and caring approach. I think this is her main strength that she empowers women who read it as her intended audience. Empowering women to learn more about the basics as well as background of owning their power towards financial freedom and wealth is at the heart of Suze's book "Women and Money" Her straightforward approach will put you on the right path towards wealth and financial freedom. She also gives good advice of the pros and cons of each financial investment as well as what you really need to avoid. A must read for women who are empowering themselves towards their own financial freedom.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlyn Krna

    While this book seems like it is geared toward mothers in their 40s, I still found much of the information presented in the book to be beneficial. Orman breaks down and explains finance concepts in a very easy-to-understand manner. I am following the Baby Steps (most popularized by Dave Ramsey, though he didn't invent them), but I am always eager to read widely so I picked this book up to see what Orman has to say specifically about women and managing money. She gives no-nonsense advice and expla While this book seems like it is geared toward mothers in their 40s, I still found much of the information presented in the book to be beneficial. Orman breaks down and explains finance concepts in a very easy-to-understand manner. I am following the Baby Steps (most popularized by Dave Ramsey, though he didn't invent them), but I am always eager to read widely so I picked this book up to see what Orman has to say specifically about women and managing money. She gives no-nonsense advice and explains her advisement very well. My big issue with the book wasn't so much with her writing as it was that I chose to read this at the wrong time in my life as I am a single, child-free, young professional and this book read as if it was geared toward moms. I benefitted from reading this and found it to be an accessible read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carmen

    I don't recommend the audio book version - it's read by the author and she's very shouty. Some of the information is interesting, some of the advice is completely delusional for any income bracket that borrows books from a library, and some info is out-dated since this was published in 2007. In addition, I found it preachy, judgemental and repetitive. The best part was the introduction where she talked about living in a van and suing her employer. I don't recommend the audio book version - it's read by the author and she's very shouty. Some of the information is interesting, some of the advice is completely delusional for any income bracket that borrows books from a library, and some info is out-dated since this was published in 2007. In addition, I found it preachy, judgemental and repetitive. The best part was the introduction where she talked about living in a van and suing her employer.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Brianna

    I did learn a lot from this book. However, a lot of the concepts she explained still left me confused. I could have done with more explanation and less feel-good, you-can-leave-your-abusive-husband encouragement. I think her target audience was more the struggling wife and mother who is truly in a bad situation; whereas I'm just a woman who wants to educate herself on personal finance. I can read other woo-woo self-help books if I want that sort of encouragement. I did learn a lot from this book. However, a lot of the concepts she explained still left me confused. I could have done with more explanation and less feel-good, you-can-leave-your-abusive-husband encouragement. I think her target audience was more the struggling wife and mother who is truly in a bad situation; whereas I'm just a woman who wants to educate herself on personal finance. I can read other woo-woo self-help books if I want that sort of encouragement.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    Lots of good, straight-forward advice. Tone of writing was very encouraging and Suze Orman's plan has a reasonable list of achievable action steps that she explains section by section. I'd recommend this book to just about any woman ready to learn more about personal finance. Since this book was published in 2007, it's important to note that some of the specific information (such as IRA MAGI limits) is outdated. She also refers to sections of her website that no longer exist. Lots of good, straight-forward advice. Tone of writing was very encouraging and Suze Orman's plan has a reasonable list of achievable action steps that she explains section by section. I'd recommend this book to just about any woman ready to learn more about personal finance. Since this book was published in 2007, it's important to note that some of the specific information (such as IRA MAGI limits) is outdated. She also refers to sections of her website that no longer exist.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Vannara Sadie

    This book is old and so a bit outdated however still very useful. My own mother has tried to explain financial things to me (I’m so lucky to have a financially literate mum) but I just couldn’t get it. The first half of the book was basic things that I already knew (loads of personal research), but many people still struggle with. With this book however, I was able to visualize the details of the various retirement plans and life insurance.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Great book to help explain, in plain english, how to manage your finances and how to prioritize for retirement. I am going to read the updated version she has out because I know some of the rates/percentages she mentioned have changed drastically, so I'd like to get her updated take on some things given the current market. Still, very insightful and easy to read! Great book to help explain, in plain english, how to manage your finances and how to prioritize for retirement. I am going to read the updated version she has out because I know some of the rates/percentages she mentioned have changed drastically, so I'd like to get her updated take on some things given the current market. Still, very insightful and easy to read!

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