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on October 7, 2015
very prompt delivery very informative
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on December 22, 2003
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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on November 23, 2002
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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on August 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."
The only saving grace of this book, in my opinion, is the Resource Guide in the back of the book, where the author tells you where you can find information that will actually be useful.
I strongly recommend against this book if you're looking for solid information and trying to learn about the world of financial planning and investing.
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on November 30, 2001
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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on June 4, 2001
I thought this book was silly. I didn't like how it was written...
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on December 7, 2000
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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on June 26, 2000
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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on 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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on November 22, 1999
I have had this book for two hours. My husband has been trying to get me to take over the chequebook and I have been sticking my head in the sand-- knowing how much we need and what is going out and coming in has been depressing. I read Barbara's first chapter and asked for all the information on our finances which he gladly gave to me. I will be up all night sorting this mess out and instead of feeling safe in my ignorance, I feel a huge burden lifting as I am becoming informed as I begin to untangle things.
Barbara's most valuable degree is the one that she got from her gilded life and then being forced into the University of Hard Knocks. She is forthright and direct in her writing approach and shows how anyone can suffer from ignorance and benefit by finding out about things that directly affect them-- and to never trust lawyer ex husbands!
I am so thankful that I bought this wonderful book and for her exposing the emotional side that I wasn't aware that I was dealing with in confronting monetary issues. Thank you, thank you Ms Stanny!
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