The Financially Confident Woman by Mary Hunt ~ Book Review

Too many women feel like they lack the know-how to take control of their financial lives. But it’s not the level of their knowledge that’s the problem, says personal financial expert Mary Hunt; it’s their lack of confidence. Being in debt isn’t a money problem–it’s an attitude problem. And Hunt is here to help women develop a confident, capable attitude toward money so that they can take control of their finances.

Using the lessons she’s learned from her own hard-fought battle with debt, Hunt empowers women to develop nine essential money habits, including giving, saving, investing, rejecting unsecured debt, preparing for emergencies, getting what you pay for, and more. She also includes a six-week action plan to help women get started right away.

About the Author

Mary Hunt is an award-winning and bestselling author, a syndicated columnist, and a sought-after motivational speaker who helps men and women battle the epidemic of consumer debt. She is founder and publisher of the interactive website Debt-Proof Living, which features financial tools, resources, and information for her online members. Her books have sold more than a million copies, and her daily newspaper column, Everyday Cheapskate, is nationally syndicated through Creators Syndicate. Hunt speaks widely on personal finance and has appeared on shows such as NBC’s TODAY and Dr. Phil. She and her husband live in Colorado. Find out more at

My Thoughts

This book was first published in 1996.  The author does present information and plans to get out of debt and cultivate good financial habits.  I felt at times that this book was written for the single or widowed woman.  Her methods are often presented as if a woman is making financial decisions independently of a spouse.  I did appreciate the glossary of financial terms which might be foreign to women. 

As I read, I felt as if this book was not current.  The author encouraged the reader to write checks and keep a balanced checkbook.  With online/automatic bill pay, bank apps to immediately check balances, and online bank statements, are checks necessary? 

I also felt that the amount of money she suggested be saved each week was not realistic in this economy for the average family of two incomes.  Although saving and getting out of debt should be a priority, I would have preferred to see percentage of income needed to be saved as opposed to dollar amounts.

I believe this book will be beneficial to fans of the author’s website, single or widowed women, and those of higher and more affluent income.

A copy of this book was given in exchange for this honest review.