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Suze Orman
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March 27 2007
First time in paperback. The #1 New York Times bestseller from the phenomenal author of The Courage to Be Rich.

The world's most trusted expert on money matters answers a generation's cry for help-and gives advice on

- Credit card debt
- Student loans
- Credit scores
- The first real job
- Buying a first home
- Insurance facts: auto, home, renters, health
- Financial issues of the self-employed

And much more advice that fits the realities of "Generation Broke."

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If you are tired of struggling to make ends meet but don't know a 401(k) from Special K, his book is for you. Aimed specifically at "Generation Broke"--those in their 20s and 30s who are working yet buried in credit card debt and student loans--this user-friendly guide offers a clear introduction to practical investing and money management techniques that can turn even a dismal financial situation around. Bestselling author Suze Orman has a knack for taking the fear out of money matters, and in The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke, she shows readers how to set priorities and achieve goals, whether it is to buy a house or save for retirement or pay for a child's education. She also offers inspiration to readers to face their financial problems and get started on a solution. After all, there is good news: Young people still have the time to correct problems so that they will never be broke again. Readers who find terms such as diversification and IRA rollover scary--or worse, unimportant--will learn much from this book.

In these pages, Orman clearly and succinctly explains what a FICO score is and why it's so important, offers the lowdown on stocks and mutual funds, provides career advice, and offers lots of tips on dealing with student loan debt, saving money even when times are tight, debt consolidation strategies, and the safest way for newlyweds to merge their finances. She also offers information on credit cards, including why canceling cards is not a good idea, when it makes sense to use them, and the best strategies for paying them off. It may not be the only money book you'll ever need, but it's an excellent place to start. --Shawn Carkonen

All About Suze Orman

The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke is financial expert Suze Orman's answer to a generation's cry for help. An Emmy Award winner, Orman is the author of four consecutive The New York Times® bestsellers, The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom, The Courage to Be Rich, The Road to Wealth, and The Laws of Money, The Lessons of Life. The Money Book was written to address the specific financial reality that young people face today, and it offers a set of real, not impossible, solutions to the problems at hand and the problems ahead.

Suze Orman: The Bestsellers

Build Your Own Suze Orman Library
The Essentials

The Laws of Money

The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom

You've Earned It, Don't Lose It

Money Cards: Words That Lead to Wealth

Suze Orman's Financial Guidebook

Pep Talks: Suze Orman Audios

The Courage to Be Rich, CD

The Road to Wealth, CD

The Laws of Money, The Lessons of Life, CD

The Courage to Be Rich, Cassette

The Road to Wealth, Cassette

The Laws of Money, The Lessons of Life, Cassette

Bestselling Suze Orman Books on DVD

The Laws of Money, The Lessons of Life, 2003

The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom, 2004

The Road to Wealth, 2004

The Suze Orman Collection, 2003

The Courage to Be Rich

The Best of the Suze Orman Collection, 2004

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly

No narrator, no matter how skilled, could sell the advice of personal finance guru Orman as well as Orman herself, so it's fitting that she gives voice to this audiobook. In a tone that is commanding (but in a motherly way), Orman lays out money management basics for YF&Bers (the young, fabulous and broke), covering everything from maintaining good credit and investing in the future to building a career and buying a first house. This is the lecture every parent should give their adolescent, and with Orman's emphatic delivery, it certainly has a lecture-like feel. There's no danger of nodding off during this audiobook, however. Orman's just-the-facts approach and spirited reading make this a quick, informative listen—a perfect motivator for anyone who has thought about organizing their finances and then opted for the beach instead. Simultaneous release with the Riverhead hardcover (Forecasts, Feb. 14). (Mar.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Money book for the YOUNG FABULOUS & BROKE Oct. 27 2011
By sylvia
I saw Suze Orman's broadcast at Canadian TV while in Toronto last September. I loved the way she dealed with financial planning & handling personnal financial life of the ones who called for her help.
I decided to order this book for my son, the perfect YOUNG FABULOUS & BROKE. I finished reading the book before handling him. LOVE IT!!! For him and for me it gave us simple objective & concrete guidelines, that made easy to us to organize our financial life.
Should be read by all who whishes to handle without trouble financial life.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I didnt like it. Dec 29 2013
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The book in itself was well written with a friendly tone. However, I felt as though it was talking to a child who is really broke and not a young adult. I did not enjoy it whatsoever as a young adult. But I am sure a teenager would appreciate it more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suze does it again Oct. 15 2006
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Looks like we have come full circle. Suze published books that we could take with us and open for many economical and emotional situations. Then as life got more complicated so her help had to split-up into different books and kits. Then as everything moved too fast for the printed word she gave us the "Laws of Money." A book that is immune to being dated. Now we are back to the practical. Over the years things will change; however this book fits the "here and now" as to what to pay attention to and how to get help.

For the hand full of people that think this is just common sense, it is only if you think about it. Also common sense does not include the why people think about such things as FICO scores or websites that did not exist years ago. I have found that common sense is only common if you know it.

For those people that think this is just a rehash. I can pretty much assume that you have been reading covers again and not the nitty-gritty inside. Of that one of my favorite sections is on 8. BIG-TICKET PURCHASE: CAR. Maybe because I already follow the plan and it gives me more trust in the other section of the book. The information is up to date so it would be hard to be rehash.

Anyway you look at it just opening the book will pay for the purchase price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "money has no power" April 16 2005
If your are a YF&Ber this is the book for you.
This well laid out book will keep you interested from start to finish with well organized chapters and access to Suze's website.
Once I read the book I realized that money has no power on it own!!!
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277 of 282 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why isn't this required reading in high school? March 13 2005
By K. Corn - Published on
How many people graduate from high school and even college within knowing the basics of financial literacy - deciphering credit ratings, maintaining and balancing a bank account, getting through college with a minimum of student debt, making the most of that first job and, eventually, buying a home and planning for retirement?
Orman strives to close this "financial illiteracy" gap by providing invaluable info for those just starting out - although I found plenty of information I needed to know as well - and I'm well outside the "young and broke" range she seems to be targeting.
The info is not only cutting edge but many of the websites have NOT appeared in other books. One example of how new the info is: Orman notes the recent changes in credit rules noting that EVERYONE has access to a FREE credit report once a year.
Because she knows younger adults may be intimidated by a ton of financial info, Orman (wisely) delivers her advice in innovative, user-friendly ways. Each page is short, easy to read and yet chock full of info. In short, she doesn't waste words.
Each section is launched with a Lowdown on what will be covered in the chapter and there is a quick summary at the end with checklists to make sure readers know what they shouldn't have missed. A Glossary at the back of the book explains some of the more complex terms. Important website resources and key terms are boldfaced in green, a great asset when looking for important info.
Reading this book could help young people avoid many pitfalls, since Orman covers the basics such as:
* Understanding that all important credit rating and deciphering your FICO score

*Making a small paycheck stretch as far as possible while maximizing opportunites for career advancement.

* A special area on her website where buyers of the book can get UPDATES on info in the book and CONNECT with others on message boards, a great way to get info and share viewpoints (and Suze stops in regularly to answer a few select questions, giving readers an opportunity to have her answer YOUR questions)

* Current websites to get information quickly and fill in gaps. She even notes that readers can now get their FICO score FREE once a year, valuable information that is on the cutting edge of new legislation. This info alone could well be worth the price of the book.

* The rignt and wrong way to handle student debt

* How to start investing and the best funds for ROth IRAs and 401(k) accoutns.

* Buying a car, auto insurance and a home.

I consider this MUST reading for anyoone just starting an independent life and this will definitely be at the top of my gift list for any high school or college graduate. What better gift than to give someone the tools for an independent and financially secure future?
114 of 120 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD EVEN FOR US FORTY-SOMETHINGS March 10 2005
By Tim Janson - Published on
I haven't watched Suze on TV for that long but she always seems to make sense and what's more, common sense when it comes to making financial decisions. I guess I am a bit outside of the age range that this is intended for being in my early 40's but I still found a lot of very valuable information inside. Granted the book is squarely aimed at younger people who have just gotten out out college and are maybe a few years or more into their careers and faced with the bills of student loans. The information though is of great value to me as my first child is only 5 years away from going to college and the information about financial assistance was invaluable.

Thus while the information inside my not help me directly, I think it sets up a wonderful plan that we can use to its fullest extent when my son starts college as well as the years after. This is always a very hard time, especially when "kids" get their first lines of credit and often make the same extent of forgetting that at some point the bills have to be paid. I had some $15,000 in credit card debts, small compared to many I know, when I was in my early 30's and now have less than $2,000 which is very manageable. If i had had this book 15 years ago I might not have found myself in such a rough position. And certainly had I had the book I would have taken the advice about retirement plans much earlier than I did. As Suze puts forth, getting that 401K setup as early as you can will make life much easier down the road. Great Book!
83 of 89 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If you own other Suze books or watch her show, I would pass on it... Dec 22 2005
By J. Newton - Published on
Personal disclosure: I love Suze Orman. I am not sure why I do, but I do. It's just organic. I watch her show, and I own several of her books.

That is why, with great expectations, I bought an advance copy of her book YF&B. Now, I am not saying it's bad or anything. It's just, well, OK. If you own her other books, she doesn't really say anything that new here.

Plus, she's pandering to a "young" demographic. I'm 29yo, and it's clear she knows nothing about my life. She should just be giving advice without relying on this gimmick-y format that basically just repeats what she writes in her other books and says on her show. Her "new" advice for the YF&B generation is that it's OK to have credit card debt for new "good" debt. Ummm, duh? Having credit card debt is practically a necessity, and I didn't need Suze to tell me that.

Also, her on-line system is really poorly done. It's clunky, and the so-called personalised advice that it gives is repetitive of the stuff she writes in her book and says on TV.

Even so, if you don't own other Suze books and want a leg-up on finances, I would recommend it.

If you own other Suze books and/or watch her show regularly, I would take the money that you were going to spend on this book and give it to MasterCard.
44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish it were common sense March 7 2005
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I purchased this book because I work for a student loan and financial literacy nonprofit organization. Having reviewed the student loan chapter of the book in its early stages, I was interested in the final product.

Not being so young or so broke (of course, I'm not satisfied with my money, but am better off than many), I still enjoyed and respected this book. It is written appropriately for this audience and addresses a number of hot topics.

Before considering this review, I read several others. Many indicated that Suze's advice is just "common sense". If only this were true. Unfortunately, studies show that the average student graduates from high school lacking basic financial literacy skills. To them, "balancing a checkbook" means using a calculator to ensure your adding and subtracking is correct. Even worse, a small percentage of the population thinks that checks in their checkbook mean they have money to spend!

Knowing this, I highly recommend Suzie's book! In addition to her clear writing and good examples, you have access to even more information on her web site, including excellent and FREE resources.

Here's to good reading and financial savvy!
69 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The LAST of my Available Credit-Chinese Food or Orman's Book March 7 2005
By Peter V. Cannice - Published on
Faced with a true financial conundrum, with a mere $30.00 in available credit on my Student Platinum Visa, I chose to purchase Suze Orman's book and settle for a doctored up frozen pizza instead. I made an incredible choice and found myself engulfed in reading a book that seemed to answer ALL of my questions and concerns about my finances wtih REAL SOLUTIONS!

I can remember how intimidated I was at completing my first Federal Student Loan Applications and Pell Grant Requests. I was terrified at the consequences of answering one of those "trick questions" improperly and ending up with little or no financial assistance. Little did I know how easy it was to get loans and to later learn that I could use a portion of the funds for material things that likely were not necessary for the completion of my degree. This is a common mistake that Ms. Orman describes in her book. Again, she turns our anxiety into UNDERSTANDING and helps us to TAKE BACK CONTROL OF OUR MONEY!

The Financial Aid Office was full of credit card offers that seemed almost too good to be true. Within a month I had accumulated 3 credit cards. Could it really be this simple? How could I manage to get extremely high credit limits from banks that knew little or nothing about me? I take full responsibility for overextending myself, but what were they thinking when they offered a Junior College Student a $4000 line of credit, especially when my source of income read "Full Time Student with No Income?"

The job market is quite anemic right now, so I settled for a position that offers great benefits in exchange for a salary that makes flipping burgers appear to look better and better! So much for ranking in the 98th percentile in the field of International Relations! Instead of working abroad, helping to make the world a better place, I'm working for a bank in the collections department for their credit card division. SUZE ADDRESSES SIMILAR ISSUES, ABOUT THE LACK OF JOBS FOR COLLEGE GRADUATES, AND HELPS US TACKLE THIS PROBLEM WITH EASE!

Enough of the negativity as my career is just beginning and I'm being productive and making payments towards the debts I owe. "I Owe, I Owe, So Off to Work I Go...!" This is one of the best books, of this important genre, that I've ever read and been so enlightened by-in every possible way. I finished reading it this evening and had so much energy that I went for a run, focused on her many strategies for making positive changes in my life, and arrived home to sit down and face all of my "Debt Demons" head on. ORMAN REACHES THE HIGHEST LEVEL EVER AND TEACHES US HOW TO RECOVER FROM ANY TEMPORARY BUMP IN THE ROAD!

In the typical financial sense, I might be considered "...Young...and Broke!" But money is only one form of currency in life. It is NOT everything and there are many other important forms of "Currency" in life. I'm blessed with a good amount of spiritual currency and friendship currency-so I'm far from being broke. I'm still Young and, for the first time in a very long time, I feel Fabulous about myself and my future. Orman's book gives each of us every possible tool we need to start saving money AND to help us take action steps to start making positive changes in many aspects of our lives.

For a long time I felt as if I was no longer the conductor of my life. "The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous and Broke" has instilled in me that I AM in control of my life and the outlook of my future is Fabulous.

If any of this makes sense to you, my suggestion is that you either purchase this book or check a copy out at the library. Because the book has so many useful tips and strategies for guaranteed success, you'll probably want to make some notes in your own personal copy.

THIS IS A BOOK THAT IS FULL OF SOLUTIONS. I review books that I think others will either enjoy or benefit from in some way. This is a book for young and old, students and parents of students, educators and financial aid planners. Don't spend another dime on another book that addresses our "Generation Debt" until you give this comprehensive and intelligent book a thorough read.

Good luck to all of you! If I can make it through this financial mess that I have created, so too can the rest of the world. And one day, I'll hear from someone who is seeking a really nice, intelligent, YOUNG and FABULOUS employee for a position in any form of International Relations.

Feel free to contact me, Peter Cannice, of Scottsdale, Arizona, at for additional comments or a copy of my entensive review.
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