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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books; 1 edition (March 27 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594482241
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594482243
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #105,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
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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By B. Chandler TOP 100 REVIEWER on Oct. 15 2006
Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
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. www.suzeorman.com
Once I read the book I realized that money has no power on it own!!!
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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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311 of 317 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97660630) out of 5 stars Why isn't this required reading in high school? March 13 2005
By Kcorn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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?
117 of 125 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97660a38) out of 5 stars GOOD EVEN FOR US FORTY-SOMETHINGS March 10 2005
By Tim Janson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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!
100 of 108 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97660ab0) 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 Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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.
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97660e40) out of 5 stars This Ain't Your Parents' Money Book March 16 2005
By mmb10r - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Suze's book caught my eye as I was browsing my local bookstore. Young, Fabulous, and Broke is the perfect descriptor for my life right now. The cover price was ridiculous--why ask $25 for a book for broke people? Because the first thing you read in the book will make you at least that much back.

I've read dozens of personal finance books that tell you how to "just save" this much money and how life is better when you can just control your spending. Until this book, there has been nothing out there on what to do when you already are controlling your spending, and you can't make ends meet.

Suze offers advice on how to find out your credit score, how to keep it pristine (the drilldown of the components of the FICO score and how you can take advantage of each part is just fantastic). She doesn't say, "Pay off your balance every month," because she knows that a lot of the younger crew just honestly can't do that. This is about how to manage your debt, realistically, how to bank on career advances, how to understand everything from credit scores to government bonds to mortgages to 401(k)s and IRAs.

This is the book that will tell you when to prioritize saving over paying down debt, when to withdraw money from your savings and which savings, and to pay for what, how to understand the fine print on all those applications for this money fund and credit card, and what pitfalls to avoid. This is the book that generation broke has been waiting for.
47 of 53 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97660f78) out of 5 stars I wish it were common sense March 7 2005
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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!