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The Laws of Money, the Lessons of Life: Keep What You Have and Create What You Deserve [Paperback]

Suze Orman
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19 April 2004
Live by these laws and you and your money will stay out of trouble. Break them and you won't. In her fourth consecutive runaway "New York Times" bestseller, America's most trusted personal finance expert, Suze Orman, reveals the 5 Laws of Money that apply to everyone. Whether you are young or old, whether you have put away a nice nest egg or you are in serious credit card debt, if you care about your money and your life, then you have got to know these 5 Laws of Money. Are "you" breaking the 5 Laws of Money? -Do you go out to eat afraid that your credit card will be declined? If so, you are breaking Law Number 1. -Are you always looking at your money in the rearview mirror and regretting what you have or have not done with it? If so, you are breaking Law Number 2. -Are you going into debt to send your kids to college? If so, you are breaking Law Number 3. -Have you leased a car, bought a home with all your available cash, or been branded with a low credit score? If so, you are breaking Law Number 4. -Do you think you will be more powerful when you have more money? If so, you are breaking Law Number 5. Once you put these 5 Laws of Money to work, your financial life will immediately start to improve. Valuable Guidebook Included With this essential guidebook, you will be able to put all five laws to work for you in your own life. After answering a few questions, you will be able to assess your financial situation, acquire a sure sense of what to do with your money or your debt, and take action to get out -- and stay out -- of financial trouble. Profound and practical, this book will jolt you out of any financial confusion or paralysis and forever alter your relationship with money.

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  • Paperback: 323 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st Free Press Trade Pbk. Ed edition (19 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743245180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743245180
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 13.8 x 21.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,012,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doom and gloom - but what you need 11 Mar 2003
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The third of Suze Orman's books that are suitable for the British market, this book was written after 2.5 years of the stock market bear, and it basically tells you to be safe, and how to stay safe, and not just finanically.
There are some disappointments with the book. The text part of the book is not very thick, especially as the writing is not as dense per page as previous books. And there are only five principal things to think about.
However, if those five can stop you from making an expense mistake, then it would be worth it - and I wish I had this book two years ago. Sometimes the advice must be simple and clear for the message to stick.
The second part of the book is an exercise for you - room to think and contemplate lessons learned, with their application to your own situation.
So, I can recommend this book - you can see that by the five stars - but the caveats must be that this wouldn't be the first Suze Orman book that you, as a Britain, should buy. Buy The Courage to be Rich (UK version) as a guide to everything, and The 9 steps to Financial Freedom as a more philosophical book (but ignore a few, but only a few, pages which are American-orientated). Ignore "the Road to Wealth" book, as that is 100% American-orientated, and this should be your third book, if you liked the previous two.
And remember: people first, then money, then things.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily her best book yet 27 Feb 2003
Suze Orman has offered advice for years and most of it is sensible basic stuff. This time around she offers 5 basic principles (she calls them 'laws') about money. These laws are right on the money and apply to almost every reader. Adopting these laws will definitely lead the reader to a more satisfied financial life. The second part of the book is a guide enabling the reader to make these laws part of his own life.
The very first law is to be truthful about money and to stop lying to yourself and others. For example, if you drive a more expensive car than you can afford, or if you dress in the latest expensive styles, even though they are beyond your means, or if you pile up credit card debt to buy items merely to impress others, then you are lying to both the outside world (pretending you can afford those items) and to yourself (telling yourself it is ok to live on borrowed money). Coming to terms with those lies, being truthful and living within your means is the road to avoiding financial misery. This lesson is not new, but Orman's presentation is.
The message is powerful and presented well. Some might try to compare this writing to that of Kiyosaki, but that is unfair. Kiyosaki's writings are inspirational and uplifting, but short on real advice. Orman's latest book is not only insightful, but offers good advice and the guide is helpful in getting the reader to follow the advice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Packed With Knowledge! 8 Jun 2004
By Rolf Dobelli TOP 500 REVIEWER
Amid the slew of personal finance books on the market, Suze Orman's unique approach stands out. Although she has more than 20 years of financial experience and expertise, her books don't merely dispense advice from on high. Her monetary rules may be universal and timeless, but she describes them with the sympathetic voice of a best friend. Written in the aftermath of the collapse of the Internet bubble, her latest advice book aims to comfort shell-shocked investors who are facing huge losses. Orman's primary tactic is to remind readers that money is a means to an end, not an end in itself, and that decisions about money take place in a larger personal and spiritual context. To that end, a helpful workbook is included. We recommend this book to anyone who is wary of making financial decisions in today's unsettling market environment, as well as to those looking to sort out their financial priorities.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great education for everyone 15 Nov 2009
Many people work hard their entire lives hoping that they someday will be able to enjoy the retirement years. What if all of the sudden, someone stole everything you ever worked for? This might very well happen to you and that someone is called "Ignorance about Money." Educate yourself to prevent this from happening. There are so many resources available: the internet, bookstores, and libraries.

Suze Orman does a phenomenal job explaining finances to people in an easy-to-read format. The book talks about five laws: 1) Truth Creates Money, Lies Destroy It, 2) Look at What You Have, Not at What You Had, 3) Do What Is Right for You Before You Do What Is Right for Your Money, 4) Invest in the Known Before the Unknown, and 5) Always Remember: Money Has No Power of Its Own. The second part of the book gives readers guidance on how to live these laws.

- Mariusz Skonieczny, author of Why Are We So Clueless about the Stock Market? Learn how to invest your money, how to pick stocks, and how to make money in the stock market
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