Book Review and Giveaway: Smart Women Finish Rich by David Bach

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Because this month was seemingly all about women and money (Are Financially Independent Women a turn on? drew a record 89 responses on my blog, woot!), I thought I would do a giveaway for a book tailored to women, as well.  I'm a big fan of David Bach's books, namely The Automatic Millionaire.  He's the one who taught me that paying yourself first is the way to go, and that if we skip daily luxuries such as that Starbucks latte, we will be on our way to financial freedom.

When I stumbled upon Smart Women Finish Rich: 9 Steps to Achieving Financial Security and Funding your Dreams at a bookstore, I had thought it might just be another spin off of his bestselling book, with a focus on women.  I was pleasantly surprised and actually think this book is better than The Automatic Millionaire.

He begins by talking about why women nowadays are taking control of their financial futures, and gives anecdotal evidence as to why this is crucial (more divorces, women are in the dark about the finances because the husband usually handles the finances).  He then goes on to explain WHY we need to do more financial planning than men- we live longer than men (sorry guys!), we earn less than men, oftentimes women are the ones let go by corporate downsizing… the list goes on.

In the next step, David asks you to re-evaluate your values, and list them.  Money is a vehicle in which we can express our values.  He says men often seek to gain money for the sake of gaining money (e.g. “I want to make $100,000 a year by the time I hit 30”) and women seek money to so they can use that money to manifest their values (be it: have more time for family life, being financially secure etc.).  I really enjoyed this chapter because it made me think hard about where my values lie- this is something I don't do often, admittedly.

In the next few chapters, he talks about finding where your money is.  Really finding out where your money is, and how much you're paying in commissions and fees etc.  how much is in your registered portfolios, how much is in your non-registered portfolios, how much cash you hold.  The nitty gritty.

Of course a David Bach book isn't complete without mention of the Latte Factor, in which he explains that if you cut out your daily needs (like that daily lunch out, daily coffee and a muffin) you can amass some serious wealth.  He does use a 12% annual return, which to me sounds somewhat unrealistic, though.

David Bach's Grandma instilled some pretty sage advice about money into little David Bach.  So much so that he writes about her advice, namely the three-basket approach to financial security.  One is your security basket, one is your retirement basket, and one is your dream basket.  Dreams are categorized into short term dreams and long term dreams.  You know which basket is my favourite! Dreams!! 🙂  In this section, he goes into detail about how to invest, and why you need to invest (and not just put your money in a high interest savings account earning next to nothing after inflation).  I really like how he does it “step by step” and its easy to read.

Another thing that's different from his initial book is that David Bach talks about the major mistakes investors make and how to best avoid them, he writes about how to raise children so that they are not financially incompetent, and how to attract greater wealth.  Basically how to make sure you are getting paid for what you're worth.  Men may make more than women because they're not afraid to ask for a raise, they're not afraid to quit a job and move onto another job if they aren't getting paid well (uh, case in point: boyfriend is on his 5th or 6th job and he's been out of school for 6 years!).

All in all, I was really impressed by this book and I think I can safely say Smart Women Finish Rich is my favourite David Bach book now.  I like how he incorporates empowerment of women in the book (coming from a GUY I thought it would be difficult to do, because I was thinking “what do you know about being a woman, boyyyy?”).  Grrrrl power!  I would highly recommend this book to any female.

Book Giveaway:

I'm giving away the book I just read (am I being minimalist?) to a lucky Y&T.ca reader (females, good luck! Males, maybe you can give it to your wife/girlfriend?)!  It's the Canadian edition, so it talks a lot about Canadian finances (like RRSPs and the whole gamut).

There are two ways to enter:

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  3. If you already subscribe, thanks for reading (I heart you)!  Just let me know below and I’ll give you one entry
  4. For an additional entry (you have to do 1,2, or 3 as well), spread the word of the giveaway by tweeting this:

David Bach's Smart Women Finish Rich book giveaway (ends Sept 7 @youngandthrifty) http://bit.ly/n4ksDS

Winners will be drawn via random.org and announced on September 9, 2011.  Contests closes September 7, 2011 (Wednesday) at 11:59PM PST.

Good luck everyone!  Thanks for reading Y&T!

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Young is a writer and former owner of Young and Thrifty and the main "twitter' behind Young and Thrifty's twitter account. She lives in Vancouver, BC and enjoys long walks on the beach, spending time with her anxious dog, and finding good deals. If you like what you read, consider signing up for email updates.

30 Comments

  1. Mike on August 29, 2011 at 8:36 am

    I rss and think this would be a perfect read for my wife.



  2. x_ine on August 29, 2011 at 10:36 am

    I am a subscriber to your feed – love reading your posts as they have been a source of inspiration for me since I finished school and have started paying down my student loan. Thanks for this!



  3. Joel on August 29, 2011 at 10:58 am

    I RSS you 🙂



  4. Laura on August 29, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    I already subscribe, congrats on the West Coast Trail btw, but I’ll tweet your giveaway for sure too!



  5. rhetoric on August 29, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    I subscribe by RSS



  6. fabulouslyfrugirl on August 29, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Thanks for doing the give away and the review!

    I subscribe via RSS and just tweeted this!



  7. Sustainable PF on August 30, 2011 at 6:13 am

    Subscribe in my readers already and will tweet after I save this message.
    Mrs. SPF will like this book! (and I may read it too)
    I never thought of giving away books i’ve read – i’ve got a number of PF books now …



  8. Emily on August 30, 2011 at 6:23 am

    Hey ! Just finishing up the Robert Kiyosaki’s Cash Flow Quadrant, which I thank you again for, and I’m ready for another awesome read recommended by YOU. I proudly subscribe and tweeted your message ! ! BTW- I also went to a free Rich Dad seminar, if you’re at all interested in hearing about that- let me know !



  9. Patricia on August 30, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Subscribe by RSS feed and subscribe by e-mail. Thanks for the contest.



  10. Christine Wilson on August 30, 2011 at 7:59 am

    Hi I already subscribe and I tweeted the line…. twitter account cj4wilso. Thanks!



  11. Ginger on August 30, 2011 at 8:20 am

    I’ve already subscribed, young and thifty. I love that book as well. I’ll be tweeting this as well.



  12. My Own Advisor on August 30, 2011 at 10:32 am

    I already subscribe and enjoy reading your posts 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway offer!



  13. SophieW on August 30, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Pick me! Pick me! 🙂

    I’m already subscribed via email and look forward to your posts (just about) daily.



  14. KarenO on August 30, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Already subscribe and thanks for contest!



  15. Be'en on August 30, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Will be a great gift for my daughter, who, I believe, is financially illiterate!



  16. young on August 30, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    @SophieW- lol but I only post 3x a week! 🙂 Thanks for subscribing 🙂



  17. young on August 30, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    @Emily- Glad you enjoyed the book! I have another book giveaway next week as well- stay tuned!



  18. young on August 30, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    @SPF- Yeah, it’s super sustainable, in my opinion 😉



  19. young on August 30, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    @fabulouslyfrugirl- Thanks! 2 entries for you! good luck!



  20. young on August 30, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    @Laura- Thanks Laura!



  21. young on August 30, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    @Joel- I heart you for RSSing me! 🙂



  22. young on August 30, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    @Mike- It was really good- good luck! I think your wife will enjoy it if you win.



  23. T.M @ My University Money on August 31, 2011 at 5:55 am

    If you make millions selling books on how to make millions and always get a 12% long-term return on investments, I’ll bet that at the very least “Smart Personal Finance Authors Finish Rich” 😉



  24. Heather on August 31, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    I read by RSS, and would love this! It’s great to see more focus on Canadian personal finance. Thanks for doing the giveaway!



  25. LC on August 31, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    I subscribed by email! Good luck all 🙂



  26. Single To The Penny on September 1, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    I subscribe via RSS



  27. Single To The Penny on September 1, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Just twitted this! It will be a fantastic read!



  28. Nicole on September 3, 2011 at 10:57 am

    I’ve subscribed by email. Thanks!



  29. Nicole on September 3, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Tweeted about the giveaway here: twitter.com/#!/en…2624377856

    Thanks!



  30. young on September 7, 2011 at 12:36 am

    @Nicole- Thanks- good luck!



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