Review: The Smart Woman’s Guide to Planning for Retirement

The Smart Woman’s Guide to Planning for Retirement by Mary Hunt
(Goodreads Reviews)

smartwomansguideWhether she feels entitled to retire at age 65, hopes she’ll be able to stop working “someday,” or is convinced she’ll never be able to retire, every woman will find real help in these pages. With her signature no-nonsense, energetic style, Hunt assures women that it’s only too late if they don’t start now. She clearly covers every aspect of retirement planning during every season of a woman’s life, giving women the confidence they need to shape their futures.

I enjoyed Mary Hunt’s book Raising Financially Confident Kids, and I expected to get a lot of information from this book as well. While much of it was a repeat of what I’ve gleaned from other books and websites about money (the envelope system, build up an emergency fund, stick to a budget, cut unnecessary costs), there was enough different information for me to still learn something (and to reinforce those previous ideas and remind me to keep up with them).

As the title says, this book focuses on retirement for women. While there are a few areas that assume the reader is not the breadwinner, it is not biased or condescending. Hunt is honest about her past financial mistakes and does not gloss over the hard work it takes to get out of that hole you dug for yourself. I did find myself a little panicky (I’m 29! I’ve wasted so many years and I could have already had a huge amount in savings!), but Hunt takes the time to pat you on the back for at least being interested in getting started (it is the first step, after all) and then gives you a shove so that you follow through.

4 out of 5 stars.



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