Ole Miss Graduate Writes a “Girlfriend’s Guide” to Understanding Finance

Sydney Hedberg is a  December 2015 Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Business with a B.B.A. in Risk Management and Insurance and Managerial Finance.
Sydney Hedberg is a
December 2015 Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Business with a B.B.A. in Risk Management and Insurance and Managerial Finance.

As a bachelor’s degree holder in Risk Management and Insurance and Managerial Finance, Sydney Hedberg knows a thing or two about finance. When taxes, retirement plans and the stock market became the topics of conversation, Helberg decided that her book, “Barneys, Bergdorfs, & Bill$: A Girlfriend’s Guide to Finance” was the answer.

Hedberg realized that if her friends were struggling to understand these topics, other young women might be too. After doing some research, she realized that there was no simple guide marketed towards young women regarding finance.

“They say the best creations are those created out of necessity. There was a void in an untapped market, therefore I embarked to fill it,” said Hedberg.

Targeting women from high school to their 30s, “Barneys, Bergdorfs, and Bill$ : A Girlfriend’s Guide to Finance” explains all the financial topics that young women should understand so that they are better informed when the time comes for them to enter the real world.

“Now that I have graduated, with a job and a high rent, there was so much I needed to learn immediately after graduating. “Barneys Bergdorfs and Bill$” is my go to for everything from deciding if I have enough money for rent and shopping to finance vocabulary. It’s totally changed the way I learn finance” said Ally Arrigo, regarding how Hedberg’s book has helped her post graduation.

This book can be bought on Amazon.com.
This book can be bought on www.barneysbergdorfsbills.com.

Hedberg said, “Everything from the basics of ‘finance:’ supply and demand, inflation to ‘finances.’ Finances are more along the lines of getting a credit card, taking out a loan, budgeting, etcetera. I also go into topics such as writing a résumé, how to properly network and then what to do once that networking gets you an interview.”

With this book, Hedberg is hoping to not only teach young women the importance of finances and handling money but to also enhance their confidence, independence and understanding that to “splurge on a want every once is a while is great, but saving for your future should be very high on everyone’s priority list no matter your age”

Sydney Hedberg (all pictures courtesy)
Sydney Hedberg (all pictures courtesy)

Jenny Coffey has found “Barneys, Bergdorfs, and Bill$: A Girlfriend’s Guide to Finance” to be an outlet to learn how to deal with her future finances when she is out on her own.

“I have been very fortunate to have had the financial support of my parents throughout college. But with my graduation coming up this December, I have turned to “Barneys, Bergdorfs, and Bill$” to find out how to deal with finances and money because my parents aren’t always going to be there to help me to understand how it all works,” said Coffey

Hedberg is currently in New York with a job in global insurance brokerage, specializing in the oil and gas sector.

She recently learned that “Barneys, Bergdorfs, and Bill$ : A Girlfriend’s Guide to Finance” has sold over 250 copies on Amazon and she is striving to market the book to an even larger audience.

To learn more, visit www.barneysbergdorfsbills.com.


Ellie Darcey is enrolled in Meek School of Journalism and New Media. She can be reached at egdarcey@go.olemiss.edu.

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  1. I know Syndey and have read her book. It helped me understand the finances my husband has tried to help me with for years! Great to give for graduating seniors to take with them to college.

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