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Cold Hard Truth On Men, Women and Money: 50 Common Money Mistakes and How To Fix Them

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Getting a handle on finances can be challenging at any age. Whether you're a parent struggling to explain savings to your children, a newly engaged couple considering joint bank accounts, or a baby boomer entering retirement, Kevin O'Leary has advice to help you make and keep more money.

Asa lead Dragon of CBC's Dragons' Den and ABC's Shark Tank, Kevin's success with money
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published December 18th 2012 by Doubleday Canada
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Jodelene
Jan 23, 2013 Jodelene rated it it was amazing
I read this book in one night! While it had most information I have learned over the past few years, I appreciated it coming from a males perspective. I am going to try Kevin's 90 day challenge (which I already started Jan 1) and see what improvements I can make to debt reduction and investing. Highly recommend this book!
Jack Oughton
Dec 03, 2013 Jack Oughton rated it liked it
Summary: stop spending all your money on stupid shit. It was a good reminder.
Rachelle
Jul 23, 2014 Rachelle rated it really liked it
“Cold Hard Truth on Men, Women and Money” lays out our money problems in simple terms. The cold, hard truth is that “No matter how much money you make, the world is designed to take it away.” He emphasizes three guiding principles about money: keep money and emotions separate; eliminate debt; and be grateful for what you have. According to O’Leary, the secret to becoming wealthy is: “Don’t spend too much. Mostly save. Always invest.” O’Leary offers practical and helpful tools to save money and t ...more
Krystal Summers
Makes me want to save, save, SAVE!
Kim Gross
Jan 15, 2014 Kim Gross rated it really liked it
As many on here have said already, much of what O'Leary says is common sense. But he still gives sound advice, even for the savvy investor. I loved his blunt, honest writing style; you could practically hear his tone of voice in your head!
Howie Fly
Jan 04, 2013 Howie Fly rated it it was amazing
Read this book so you will never have to buy shit
Alvaro Berrios
Aug 04, 2014 Alvaro Berrios rated it liked it
This is a good, easy and fast book to read. I'm only giving it three stars though because I didn't really learn anything new. I'm already very careful with my money spending/investing habits and have been practicing what Mr. Wonderful is preaching for many years. I also don't completely buy the sections where he talks about frugal he still is (i.e. when he was upset at the $50 charge he had to take at the CoinStar machine) because this is the same man that said (on Shark Tank) he frequently buys ...more
Andrew
Nov 04, 2012 Andrew rated it liked it
As the most acerbic panelist on CBC's Dragons' Den, Kevin O'Leary has an unique approach to life and personal finance. His new book follows the pattern of other personal finance books such as The Wealthy Barber Returns in laying out common sense advice on financial decisions around key life moments - university, marriage, and children. The opportunity to offer advice on these subjects is, of course, an irresistible target for the straight-talking O'Leary who undoubtedly will both offend and deli ...more
Tracey
May 26, 2013 Tracey rated it really liked it
I picked this up out of curiosity because I've never been a Kevin O'Leary fan and was curious what I'd think of this book. Turns out his tone and approach to money are totally perfect for this kind of book, because it was great. I didn't learn much I didn't already know, but I like to read books like this from time to time to help reinforce good money habits. This book would be a great choice for teenagers that are earning some money and starting to think about post-secondary education.
Chuck Slack
May 18, 2013 Chuck Slack rated it really liked it
The book is written in a simple, easy to read style. The financial advise is straightforward and totally pertinent. There wasn't much new here for me but that is the point. Mr. O'Leary is not reinventing the wheel rather he emphasizes what has worked for him. His advise isn't gimmicky but an emphasis on a lot we should already know.

A recommended read for anyone wishing to take control of their finances.
Kruizzer Alvarez
Apr 03, 2016 Kruizzer Alvarez rated it liked it
Really wanted to read this being a fan of shark tank and as an aspiring successful entrepreneur. Its very insightful and really helpful. Mostly benefiting people above minority as it tackles subjects involving long term relationships and separation, although it's also good to be aware.
Nancy Beach
Jul 11, 2016 Nancy Beach rated it really liked it
Summary

"Don’t spend too much. Mostly save. Always invest."

Kevin O'Leary offers simple advice from his years of experience on how to save money, avoid debt and invest for your future.

My Review

One of my goals at the beginning of 2016 was to read a book a month on the art of writing. I have found that when three or four different authors suggest the same thing (ie. tighten up your sentences) my ears begin to perk up. So, after a discussion my husband and I had about planning for retirement, he sent
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Dan
Jun 10, 2014 Dan marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
Much as I love "Shark Tank" and Kevin, anyone really looking for personal finance advice should instead read Ramit Sethi's "I Will Teach You To Be Rich" and nothing else. The chapters I read in Kevin's book were fine, mostly solid advice, but Ramit's book has all of it, and more, with practical steps to take.

For one, Kevin talks about how much it costs to pay for lunch every day and how much money that "wastes" over ten years. I'm frugal, but this is not great advice. You'll read it and say wow
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Cristina
Apr 07, 2014 Cristina rated it it was amazing
What I love about this book is that it is giving me ammunition to talk to my husband about our money issues.
Julie Kennedy
May 18, 2016 Julie Kennedy rated it really liked it
I read this book because I love Shark Tank. Kevin O'Leary write EXACTLY how he talks, which is hilarious because while you're reading this book you hear his voice narrating it. For example when he talks about flowers at a wedding being a "Tragic Waste of Money", I can see and hear his facial expression and intonation. The financial advice really is more for people in their 20s, and probably 30s and is pretty simplistic - don't run up charge cards, save money, don't waste money on dumb things lik ...more
Dima
Jul 24, 2015 Dima rated it it was amazing
Must read for everyone who uses money
G.
Feb 07, 2016 G. rated it really liked it
I love "Shark Tank" on ABC television (Fridays ay 9PM) and try to watch it whenever I can. It seems to be the least contrived reality show on TV nowadays, meaning that they haven't introduced any irritants into the mix, like Puck from Real World, or Celebrity Apprentice's perennial harpy Omarosa Manigault. Of the 5 regular sharks, Kevin O'Leary seems to be the most unlikeable but also the most cautious when it comes to investing his own money. He rarely offers up deals, and when he does, they us ...more
Yvette Bowlin
Jan 25, 2016 Yvette Bowlin rated it really liked it
For writing style, content, cheapskate viewpoint and the fact that he didn't get me to change all of my spending ways, but yet I was still hooked on every word as if he was schooling me over lunch, I give it 4 stars.

Mr. Wonderful's fanatical about money. And he's cheap. Not everyone is, so to read his advice is to take it with a grain of salt. He gives some common mistakes we make in dating, marriages and raising kids and tells us how to fix them. For example: 1) consider not going to college ju
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Kristal
Nov 24, 2015 Kristal rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I've read a few financial books this year, and while there is a lot in this book I have read before, there are some new things for me to consider as well. One thing about O'Leary that is different from Gail vaz Oxlade (I've read a few of her books and follow them pretty well) is that O'Leary talks a lot more about investing. Right now my focus is still, as O'Leary would put it, working like a dog and paying off debt and saving (which is no surprise, as I'm in my 20s and that's what O'Leary recom ...more
Edward Tse
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Teena in Toronto
Dec 31, 2014 Teena in Toronto rated it really liked it
Shelves: canadian
I work in the retirement planning industry plus I'm a fan of Dragons' Den and Shark Tank ... so I thought it would be interesting to get O'Leary's thoughts on financial planning. I conduct one-on-ones in addition to seminars and it's amazing the amount of people I talk with who don't have a clue how they should be planning for their retirement or assume that though they have very little savings, they will be able to retirement early and live well. This book would be a big help to them.

The chapte
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Alain Burrese
Oct 27, 2014 Alain Burrese rated it it was amazing
Shelves: success
“Cold Hard Truth On Men, Women & Money: 50 Common Money Mistakes And How To Fix Them” by Kevin O'Leary is a very good book to get you thinking about what you make, how you spend, your debt, and your money in general. I, like many others, became familiar with Kevin O'Leary because of his role as a Shark on the popular television show, “Shark Tank.” Often referred to as the heartless Shark, or the one with no feelings, because of his insistence that money and investing should be kept separate ...more
Leonidas Kaplan
Mar 13, 2014 Leonidas Kaplan rated it it was amazing
The cold hard truth about men, women, money
By Kevin O'Leary

I've read his first book. It was hard hitting, and effectively said, make your own company, work for yourself (whenever you get the opportunity), but remember, that you are always replaceable.

This was the message in his first book, among other things (which I reviewed previously). Then while working at the airport, I saw this book: men, women, money.

O'leary is developing his brand name, while occasionally pitching his mutual funds and in
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Mark Monsma
Jan 13, 2014 Mark Monsma rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
Although I started with Kevin O'Leary's second book, I have already gained so much more understanding of this well known TV personality. To be bluntly honest, O'Leary is not as bad or as much of a jerk the TV makes him out to be. Here is a man who puts family first. Now don't get me wrong, O'Leary does love his money! But not just his money, he loves all money. When entrepreneurs go on the Dragon's Den or Shark Tank, O'Leary gets agitated when money is being wasted and businesses misguided. In O ...more
Raghu Kalyan
Nov 24, 2014 Raghu Kalyan rated it really liked it
You can either hate him or love him! Kevin O'Leary is one of the reasons that I watch "Shark Tank". The other reason being "nicer" Robert Herjavec and "slobbish" Mark Cuban. But these guys can never beat O'Leary on his quipping’s. I must confess that I do owe my most recent vacation to some of the tips/points mentioned in this book. Financial planning & money multiplying books hit the market by truckloads but where this book contradistinguishes is in pointing out something which is quite obv ...more
Oleksiy
Jun 05, 2016 Oleksiy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Solid, but very opinionated advice

Really liked the sobering tone of most advices in the book. Kevin is very opinionated about everything, but I tend to agree with most of what he is saying here. A lot of advices may feel too harsh, but I think it is something today's society is severely lacking, so he's doing the reader a favour by being blunt about things we find hard to talk about.
David
Apr 21, 2015 David rated it liked it
mostly pretty obvious personal finance advice delivered in the emphatic, somewhat hostile voice he effects on "Shark Tank". The quirky personal interests keep it lively. For example, in the role usually played in these books by the daily Starbucks latte you're supposedly buying every day on the way to work (put that money in an index fund instead, starting at age 21, and you'll own a small island in the Bahamas by the time you retire!), he inserts flowers. Must have a bad flower allergy or somet ...more
Deb
Dec 17, 2014 Deb rated it did not like it
Although it was easy to read because it was well written, it was very boring and very very basic stuff. if people don't know this already, they are in serious trouble.
David Geschke
Mar 19, 2016 David Geschke rated it it was amazing
Fantastic. One of the best "money" books I've ever read (and I've read a LOT of them). Easy to read, great advice, very "conversational" writing style. If you like "Mr. Wonderful" on Shark Tank you'll love this book. Heck, even if you don't like him I think you'd like it. You might even start to understand him more if you went ahead and read it, he does open up a bit for a look into his personal life and how he came to have the opinions expressed here. I'll read more of his books because I liked ...more
Andrew Dunn
Nov 28, 2015 Andrew Dunn rated it it was ok
This book is full of solid personal finance advice, but I was hoping to learn more about how Mr. Wonderful built his business.
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Kevin O’Leary was born to a middle class family in 1954. The combination of Kevin’s mother’s family heritage as merchants and his father’s Irish charisma truly meant that O’Leary was born for business. Kevin learned most of his business intuition from his mother. She taught him key business and f
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