Free eBook: Women & Money by Suze Orman

What do you do when you lose everything in a heartbeat?  Oprah had Suze Orman on her show today, and as part of it they are giving out a free download of her latest book Women and Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny. You can find more information and the download link on this page, but it’s only available until 2/14 at 8pm EST.  Please note that the book is copyrighted. You may view and download the file, but you may not copy the file or share or forward it to any other person.  So download it now, and read it later!

Thanks My Money Blog!

The greatest insight I’ve gotten out of Suze’s book: be as committed to yourself as you are to others. Say your name out loud: unleash the power of the woman inside and take control of your destiny. Sit down and write your definition of a rich life. Articulate your needs and wants and determine what steps are needed to get there.

Other takeaways:

Establish a healthy relationship with your money. It takes more to say no out of love than to say yes out of weakness.  How true!  Daggamit, how many of us have made ill-advised money decisions in order to save a (dysfuctional) relationship with family members, friends, lovers?

For stay at home moms: the one who brings home the paycheck doesn’t have the power to decide how it’s spent. The two of you who share that money have equal decision-making power. Give the relationship power over the money – do not make money more powerful than the relationship.

For moms: be honest with yourself and your kids. Involve them early and teach them to be financially responsible. Let them know how much life costs…. those happy meals add up.

For BFFs/daughters: money should not be a prerequisite for maintaining a relationship. Stop feeling guilty. Emotion does not build financial security.  For me, this is the hardest lesson to internalize.  How do you say no to a friend or a family member? Sigh.  This is often the reason why the hard earned money of many OFWs are gone within a few years.

Things I need to research:  Do we have long-term-care insurance?

Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. ~Meryl Streep

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5 Responses

  1. Hi! I actually just finished Suze’s The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke. 🙂 ‘missed downloading the Women and Money e-book, but I’m borrowing it from the libe next. ‘noted your points and i can only agree… Cheers!

  2. Thanks man
    Nice Post 🙂

  3. Very good and useful post.
    Thx, your blog in my RSS reader now 😉

  4. rgas9R Excellent article, I will take note. Many thanks for the story!

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