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Prince Charming Isnt Coming [Paperback]

Barbara Stanny
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Jan. 1 1999
As the daughter of one of the founders of H&R Block, Barbara Stanny grew up depending on her father, and later her husband, to manage her money--until a devastating financial crisis became a dramatic wake-up call. She knew she had to take control. But how? Stanny began her inspirational journey to financial enlightenment by interviewing successful women from diverse backgrounds. As a result of her research, she discovered a surprising series of common-sense ideas that smart women shared. In this informative financial guidebook, Stanny uses these insights to show women how to go from feeling helpless to being knowledgeable and confident about money. Prince Charming Isn't Coming weaves together sensible advice, refreshing anecdotes, and the author's own poignant experiences. It addresses the psychological stumbling blocks that prevent many women from managing their own money and offers savvy, practical checklists to guide them toward financial stability. This is the book that can take any woman from an unsure future to a secure one--before a crisis strikes.

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A heart-to-heart talk about the psychological and financial tools women need to take control of their economic destiny. (The Seattle Times)

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Barbara Stanny is a journalist, former syndicated columnist, career counselor, and co-author of two books, including How to Be Happily Employed. She holds a master's degree in counseling psychology and lives in Washington state.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1.0 out of 5 stars A Motivational Speech Minus the Motivation Aug. 7 2002
I bought this book thinking that it would offer tips and strategies pertaining to how to begin investing, planning for future and retirement, or even just how to better understand financial jargon. It offered none of the above.
The book details (repeatedly) how women grow up thinking some man is going to come along and take care of them. Sure, I get that. The book is, after all, called "Prince Charming Isn't Coming". Ok, so I get it in chapter one. Why then is the author still going on about societal brainwash and female dependancy halfway through the book? We, the readers, are still stuck on the same lesson started on page one! I found that frustrating and condescending.
Instead of educating the reader about IPOs, Stock Mutual Funds, IRAs, or even general budgeting techniques, the reader is dragged through murky and irrelevant topics such as the psychological stages of learning: Unconscious Incompetence, Conscious Competence, Unconscious Competence, and Conscious Competence. Hmm... thought this was a book on money, not psychology!
Perhaps most infuriating is the assumption that the reader, a woman, will not be able to comprehend anything that a financial pro might say to her. For example, this charming passage insinuates that even the author, daughter of one of the founders of H&R Block and the 'guide' who is leading us through this 'journey' needs to have it 'dumbed-down'.
"Sometimes when I met with financial professionals, I brought my statement along. 'This is a very conservative portfolio,' they would say. I had no idea what that meant. They would patiently explain everything, but their words, like rising steam from a boiling kettle, floated right over my head.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend this one! Dec 22 2003
By A Customer
This book was fun to read and inspiring. I'd recommend it for any woman, (and a few men I know) who need to get their arms around the whole money issue. I'm about to buy her newest book. Hope it's just as good!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Got Smart Nov. 23 2002
By A Customer
I read the book and I read the reviews. Would like to add that today's generation of women don't need this book. It was written to address those who grew up in a generation when men's and women's roles were categorically divided and there was no blurring of gender roles.
Many of us aren't so ancient. In our forties or older, but we are out there and Barbara Stanny addresses this large portion of the population. We are single, divorced or widowed and suddenly faced with educating ourselves about issues today's women grew up learning about. Lucky you.
Thanks, Barbara for your insightful and helpful book that is meant only as a door opener. And it does that beautifully.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not for experienced investors Dec 1 2001
By A Customer
The book is for beginners. It doesn't offer anything new or useful to experienced investors--women or men. Waste of time.
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1.0 out of 5 stars It was a bore... June 5 2001
By A Customer
I thought this book was silly. I didn't like how it was written...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Take financial responsibility Dec 8 2000
By A Customer
Women need to take financial responsibility. Married, single or divorced, women need to be in control of their money. Waiting for Prince Charming to rescue you from financial ruin is another way of saying, "I'm helpless."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading! June 26 2000
By A Customer
I'm not sure how she did it, but by the time I finished reading *Prince Charming Isn't Coming*, I was inspired to pull my head out of the sand and start paying attention to my money. There was no "a-ha!" moment, nor did any lightbulbs go off over my head, but I now feel more confident about investing and have started reading financial magazines. Joan Rivers points out that others may be smarter about money than you, but no one will care more about your money than YOU will. That stuck with me. This is definitely a book for beginners, but Barbara has a list of suggested reading, as well as some organizations worth looking into at the end of the book. I highly recommend this book to any woman who has always let her husband (or some other man) take care of the finances for her. If the women profiled in the book can become successful investors, so can you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who Needs Prince Charming April 11 2000
This has been an excellent reading experience for me. I have gained valuable insight into the world of managing money. Barbara has written the book such that anyone regardless of income or knowledge level can benefit and grow. I feel so much better knowing that I am not the only women out there with fears about money management and investing. I truly appreciate the reference section and the suggested reading. I have recommended this book to all my friends and family. My future is looking so much brighter now thanks to the information presented in this book. I feel empowered!
Thanks Barbara!
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