My parents gave me a copy of Smart Women Finish Rich for my birthday, about 2 weeks before I left for a job in France. I love my job but it pays about $900 a month, however I managed to save around $65 a month by skipping the little things that I always thought were nessecery in the USA. I had no idea how much that money was going to come in handy until I was trying to come home for the holidays and my passport got lost in the train station in Paris. I ended up taking a $60 taxi ride to the airport trying to get there in time, then $100 to change my ticket after I missed the flight and another $50 on a hotel room since the next flight was not until the next day. I’m back to square one right now but I know that I can do it, and I know how important it is to continue to save. You just never know when you are going to need that money that would otherwise be spent on coffee and magazines!