Let’s all turn to Suze Orman finally officially out as a lesbian for sound financial advice
In a February, Suze Orman told a New York Times reporter that she’s a 55-year-old virgin, having never slept with a man. The pixie-haired financial guru also revealed she’s been in a relationship with her partner, Kate Travis, for the past seven years.
The news was hardly shocking. Orman has been triggering gaydars for a while. I’m happy she finally got her toaster oven.
Also in the Times article was a tidbit about Orman’s wealth, because when Orman dies, Travis will lose “millions of dollars” on estate taxes because they cannot legally marry.
A few weeks ago, Penguin Audio sent Dallas Voice a copy of Orman’s 2005 audio book “The Money Book for the Young Fabulous & Broke” ($29.95). Since the 2006 tax season is alive and kicking, what a great time to undergo some financial therapy Orman style.
Once you get used to Orman’s super-thick Chicago accent, you begin realize how smart she is. The woman has an answer for everything. But “Young, Fab and Broke” is advice for the less fortunate like most of us.
Listening to tedious details of financial matters is rough on anyone, which Orman clearly understands. So when she maps out strategies like improving your FICO score, getting better loan rates, how to buy a home, why cars are the worst investment you can make she thoroughly walks you through each step. Then she gives a much-needed refresher review, which makes all the difference.
Orman wasn’t born rich. After she graduated from college, she spent seven years slinging hash at a Boston cafe and making less than $10,000 annually. In her 30s, she got into financial trading. And when she started earning dough, she couldn’t curb her wasteful spending habits. Orman paid dearly from her mistakes and is helping others of Generation Broke avoid them.
The book also has an online component that links to Orman’s Web site, which sounds like a marketing strategy that Donald Trump would make you do. You can get tons of great advice did you know when making a down payment on a home, you can draw from your 401K without penalty? just by listening to her book.
Oh yeah, Orman does maintain great efforts to always say “life partner” instead of “spouse.”
Daniel A. Kusner
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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 13, 2007