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Ways For Women to Work Through the Recession

Ways For Women to Work Through the Recession

We have all heard the dos and don’ts from media outlets telling us what we should and shouldn’t be doing during the economic downturn.  One Seattle author is offering something a little different.  About a year ago Jill Keto, ex-Boeing engineer and business owner, sat down to pen a recession guide specifically for women called Don’t Get Caught with Your Skirt Down: A Practical Girl’s Recession Guide.

Since the economic crisis has come on fast these last few months Jill Keto knew she had to get her book published right away.  She also wanted to find an economic way to publish the guide that would go along with her theme of teaching women how to live economically.  She decided to self-publish her book through Amazon for a mere $40.  Since then her book has become very popular on the website and prompted Simon and Schuster to offer Keto a traditional book deal. 

Keto explained to her local news affiliate the reason she chose to write on this subject was because women are losing their jobs at a faster rate and have riskier mortgages compared to men.  Keto offers a variety of tips in her new book like how women can keep their jobs, create backup income, cut grocery bills in half, and look gorgeous without spending a fortune. 

The author also expands on four essential skills that can help women succeed during a recession.  The skills she discusses are:

?    Learn a new language to expand business and job opportunities. (Keto learned Mandarin)
?    Be able to fix things in order to save and make money.
?    Learn to negotiate.
?    Cultivate a strong mind.  Your attitude is the only thing you truly control.

What do you think of a recession guide targeted to women?

Does Jill Keto’s book sound like something you would read or give someone as a gift this year?
 

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  • hjropp By hjropp
    12.06.08  

    I'll be checking this one out!

  • Ashlynnsmom By Ashlynnsmom
    12.06.08  

    I am all about saving money!!! I would be interested in ready any books on this topic. So far, I have learned to coupon (it is an art). I have gotten many free or really cheap items this way.

  • a1patriotic_mom By a1patriotic_mom
    12.06.08  

    I wish there was a place for people to post different ways they personally save. Then we could all share ideas on what we do to help save on the cost of living.

  • lillia By lillia
    12.08.08  

    I would really like to read this book. I think i will ask for it as a christmas present as i am broke. I also clip coupons and get alot of things really cheap or free just leaving me to pay the sales tax.

  • mfayard By mfayard
    12.08.08  

    This book sounds very intersting, especially now a days.

  • mrsdreajulian By mrsdreajulian
    12.08.08  

    The book does have interesting topics, although since we are in a recession, I do not think I can afford to purchase it!

  • rockhound24 By rockhound24
    12.09.08  

    I would be interested in reading this book. I have learned many ways to cut costs this year, and have taken on a 2nd job in order to pay down debt. The greatest money saver for me has been the website http://www.hotcouponworld.com where I have learned to combine sales with coupons to maximize my savings. My last grocery purchase was $209, and my out of pocket after coupons and sales was $37. Check the site out!

  • Barrysmom By Barrysmom
    12.10.08  

    Keto seems to be offering down-to-earth guidelines, rather than high-flown investing strategy we can get from other sources. Sounds like this book would appeal to most women, especially women who have not already learned some of these skills. I've been a stay-at-home mom for most of the last 15 years and have already implemented many of these strategies.

  • haveitoldyoulately By haveitoldyoulately
    12.10.08  

    Good idea...can always learn new ways of cutting corners. I'll have to check this out at the library tomorrow. :)

  • marid144 By marid144
    12.11.08  

    I agree with Sanja. I would prefer to find a way to fix the small problem myself rather than spend money I would like to use to pamper myself or reserve for an emergency. Recently, I joined a book club, Double Day, and I got to receive five books for about .20 cents. I took advantage of that deal and ordered a repair book. Ha Ha Ha. I win.

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