You’ll Probably Die Alone
March 10, 2010 20 Comments
Yes, we’ll call this “Depressing Wednesday”.
I got a copy of “Get Financially Naked” in Well Heeled’s give away. Now, I find it pretty ironic that this single girl would end up with a copy of a book aimed at getting couples on the right track financially, but we’ll just chalk that up to “Depressing Wednesday” as well. 😉
I’ve decided that I would review this book for you guys a chapter at a time as I go through it. Mainly because I’ll probably go through it really slow (I’ve got a lot on my plate right now, have you heard?) and there is a lot of interesting stuff in this book.
And we’re starting today with just the introduction.
Now the introduction is pretty basic, it is just laying out the need of this book and how it is organized.
But, the very last threw a bomb-shell at me that I have yet to recover from:
Did you know that 80% of men die married while 80% of women die single?
Holy cow. Did you guys get that? 8 out of 10 of us is going to die… ALONE.
And here we thought that the entire point of getting married was so that we wouldn’t have to die alone, right? That’s the whole point? (I jest, I truly do)
What is truly frightening about this number is that if we’re going to be dying alone, we should also probably be self sufficient. And the irony of all of this is that the sex that dies alone is also the sex that is the least prepared to do so.
Thankfully modern women have started to become more independent. But I worry when I see women who’s sole goal is just to find a husband to take care of her financial life for her. And I see a lot of them, unfortunately.
There is really no excuse for any women to not take control of her finances. Even if you’re married. Okay, especially if you’re married.
If you’re not the one paying the bills each month, you should at least know where all that information is. Know where each check is going. Know how your husband organizes things. There is a good possibility that he won’t be there someday, and you need to know how to get by on your own.
Now, I realize that my blog demographic is not the older, married woman. However, let me just give a fair warning to all you young married or single women out there. Money is power. And knowing where the money is gives you power. Power to know exactly where you stand financially, power to leave at any point if you need to, power to be an equal with your partner.