“The first six chapters read like a gripping novel that you can’t put down.”
That’s how one reader describes Doris’s story as told in Part I of Protect Your Purse. After sharing the details of how she went from being a successful academic to a widow with no real income and more than $400,000 of debt, Doris Belland shares the hard lessons she learned along the way.
Supported by interviews of more than three dozen women, none of whom foresaw the difficult life events they encountered, Doris connects the common issue of women not being in true control of their financial health because they did not make key decisions nor plan for what if.
Protect Your Purse goes beyond a list of “to-dos” to highlight larger issues for women and provide insights around:
- Getting your head in the right space as your first step to financial control
- How to approach money challenges both before and after unexpected change
- Money being a tool to learn, not an emotion to manage, and
- How money creates options, not security
It’s time to rethink how secure you are and take control of your own financial future. Doris will show you how to move through your fears, make a proactive plan, and build the confidence to create your life on your terms, regardless of what comes your way, secure in the knowledge that you are not alone.
What People Are Saying
This book puts into perspective how quickly your world can change. Although my wife and I (or maybe it was just I) thought we had everything absolutely squared away with respect to finances, wills and insurance, Doris's book sparked some discussion on “what if”? And surprisingly, we were not on the same page in all cases. We are now. Protect Your Purse will help a lot of husbands like me, who want to do the right thing, but perhaps, don’t really want to think about it.
Doris took a topic that I find quite boring and successfully turned it into something I am excited to learn about! Her personal stories and take-home lessons helped me become much more interested in my financial well being. She even inspired my husband and I to have monthly "wine and finances" meetings to stay in synch with each other and fine-tune our family plan. I highly recommend this book for anyone in a serious relationship!
I’ve met many business women throughout my life and I can attest with confidence that Doris is, by far, the smartest and most practical woman I know about finance and investing. I am astounded by the clarity she brings to complex issues around family and finance, and she offers practical and actionable advice you can bank on. I will refer her book to all the women in my life.
An absolute must-read for all women. If you think this book does not apply to you, then you need to read this book! Doris is a gifted writer, sharing a hard-to-talk-about subject in an easy-to-read way. The stories are compelling and the advice practical. Invest in yourself. Read this book. Open your eyes. Protect your purse.
Doris’ personal story is compelling and inspirational. Her book provides valuable insights — particularly for women — but the lessons in it are really for everyone.
Reading Protect Your Purse helped me on two fronts. First, it brought into clear focus what I needed to know about my finances, why, and how to proceed. Secondly, it showed me the humanity behind everyone’s story and took the drama out of mine. This book saved my sanity on many levels.
I thoroughly recommend this book not just for women, but for couples and families. It can start some important, but difficult, conversations about each person's individual financial state should one partner no longer be around. The book interweaves personal stories of loss, through death and divorce, and the painful financial lessons learned along the way. It combines this with really practical advice to help put you in a position to weather these life changing events. It's an engaging read, and you can't help but get to the end of the book and feel that you need to make some serious changes.
Doris Belland relies heavily on her own story and those of other women she knows to help you find your financial path without relying too much on a spouse or partner. Being widowed at 32 and having to repay a mound of debt helps her teach lessons she’s learned at great personal expense. I found the book a quick and entertaining read, full of practical tips to help you get started and stay on track.