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The Smart Woman's Guide to Planning for Retirement: How to Save for Your Future Today [Kindle Edition]

Mary Hunt

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The knowledge and confidence you need to shape your future--today

"With her usual warmth and compassion, Mary Hunt takes the fear out of an often-terrifying topic. Any woman who's ever wanted to be able to retire confidently can benefit from the down-to-earth knowledge in this book."--Liz Pulliam Weston, MSN Money columnist and author of The 10 Commandments of Money

"From cover to cover, an informative and even delightful read on a tough-to-face subject! In her personal style, Mary cuts to the chase on exactly how to make the most of the opportunities and resources you have today, so that you can sail through the golden years. Mary holds your hand and walks you through it step by step. Just what I needed right now! Thank you, Mary!"--Teri Gault, CEO and founder,

"The Smart Woman's Guide to Planning for Retirement takes the fear out of financial planning and gives women a financial blueprint they can relate to. Any woman who reads this book will walk away confident and in control of her finances."--Ellen Breslau, editor-in-chief,

"You don't have to live in fear of your future in retirement. The Smart Woman's Guide to Planning for Retirement brings clarity to all your financial questions. Mary Hunt feels like a friend sharing hope for the future."--Melissa Montana, CEO/president, STAR Educational Media Network

"Powerful, practical, and solid advice on facing retirement with confidence. Apply Mary Hunt's knowledge and you'll feel empowered."--Gerri Detweiler, nationally recognized credit expert and host of Talk Credit Radio

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You can make your retirement dreams come true

What do you want to do when you retire? Travel? Pursue hobbies? Spend time with friends and family? If you want to turn those dreams into reality, you need a plan. If you're not sure where to start, you need personal financial expert Mary Hunt.

With her signature no-nonsense, energetic style, Mary clearly covers every aspect of retirement planning during every season of your life--all in language you can understand. Whether you're staring retirement in the face or you have decades of work ahead of you, Mary offers sound advice on everything from savings and investment to debt reduction and Social Security.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1595 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0800721136
  • Publisher: Revell (Nov. 5 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #140,606 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Just the facts and motivation you need, in a warm and conversational way" Nov. 8 2013
By Mike Piper - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Admittedly, as a male (and a nonreligious one at that), I'm not exactly a part of this book's target market. Still, given how much I've enjoyed Hunt's writing in other places, I figured I should give this book a go as well. I wasn't disappointed.

In the introduction, Mary writes, "I think women need a different kind of book, one without all the jargon, charts, and mind-numbing data, one that simply and honestly cuts through the complicated information that’s out there and provides just the facts and motivation they need in a warm and conversational way— the way we’d chat over coffee about something that is very important to both of us."

Mission accomplished. That's exactly what this book is.**

The book covers a wide range of topics, from budgeting, to home ownership, to paying down debt, to investing. One of my favorite sections was the chapter on choosing a financial advisor. Hunt gives very helpful warnings about some of the pitfalls you'll want to be sure to avoid.

I also especially enjoyed the discussion of paying for your children's education. It's a bit of a "tough love" message, but that's what many people need. Most families simply cannot afford to send each of their children to four (or more!) years of private university education, while still saving sufficiently for retirement.

**As a side note, if you're the spreadsheet-loving type who *does* enjoy charts, data, and technical details, I highly recommend a book by another smart woman: Control Your Retirement Destiny by Dana Anspach.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A retirement planning must!! Nov. 5 2013
By midlifemusingsmom - Published on
The Smart Woman's Guide to Planning for Retirement, is a helpful `how to' guide for planning for retirement.

The book is based on six strategies for getting on track to a successful financially secure retirement:

Develop a money management system
Build an emergency fund
Get out of debt
Maximize your retirement accounts
Own you home outright
Build your personal investment portfolio

Mary takes you through all six strategies and shows you how to make the most of each one. I was delighted to find a bunch of NEW information that I didn't know, and some great practical advice on how to get started if you are, ahem, a bit closer to retirement than you'd like.

This book will help you get prepared for retirement no matter how old you are, how much money you saved or haven't saved, or if you make very little in way of salary. The six strategies will help you get in the best possible position you can be in for retirement. Although this book is based on the six strategies, there are chapters that cover how much you'll need in retirement, social security, savings accounts with the highest interest amounts and investment strategies that ANYONE can do.

A must read for anyone wanting to prepare for retirement!!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smart Guide for Smart Women Nov. 6 2013
By ruthjoec - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Unfortunately, this is not the book that is going to tell you how you can live it up today and still manage to have money in the future. It is another one of those control your expenses and save your money books. While aimed at women, it has advice that both men and women should follow. Mary Hunt recommends getting out of debt, saving regularly, buying half the house you can afford and paying the house off early. She recommends maxing out your Roth IRA before putting more money than necessary to gain an employer match in a 401k plan because of the high fees associated with 401k plans.

While most of the book will appeal to anyone looking for a basic financial planning information. However, there is one chapter that discusses financial planning in relation to the Bible, particularly as it relates to the parable of the talents. There are also small references to God in other places in the book. If you are looking for a book that honors Christian religious beliefs while discussing financial planning, this may appeal to you.

In general the book is short, easy to read, and is written in a conversational style. It manages to convey basic information without assuming the reader is stupid.

I'd like to thank the publisher for providing a complimentary review copy. Grade: B.

"Available November 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as much information as I was hoping March 29 2014
By DebS. - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It is a very basic book for women who have no idea what to do. I was actually hoping it would help me understand investments and explain IRA's and 401Ks but it didn't.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Straightforward Financial Advice Nov. 6 2013
By Kalyn Brooke - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
In The Smart Woman's Guide to Retirement, Mary Hunt explains why we as women need to be thinking about the issue of matter our age.

This book isn't full of complicated charts and investment numbers, it's filled with practical, hard-core advice to get your spending in order, debt paid off, and a solid emergency fund built. And the author does all this before diving into retirement and investing principles!

You will really be empowered to start saving right away, even if it's just a little bit each month in a personal savings account. It's the little things that add up to big accomplishments!

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