Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Recovering Spender: How to Live a Happy, Fulfilled, Debt-Free Life #bookreview

 The Recovering Spender:  How to Live a Happy, Fulfilled, Debt-Free Life
by Lauren Greutman

This was a fascinating book. Author Lauren Greutman takes us into her life and shares all of her mistakes with overspending. While most of us might not be as extreme, it was very relatable and convicting!

We are in the process of saving for a vacation and after reading The Recovering Spender: How to live a Happy, Fulfilled, Debt-Free Life I was inspired to save more. We stopped casual shopping and started only buying what we needed. I've managed to put away an additional $750 in just a months time because of this inspiration. I'm motivated to work hard on our debt and to stick to my budget. We've almost cut out all eating out (which is huge in our house) and that has really helped us to save.

I don't think I'm as extreme as Greutman and I'm not going to revamp my whole life quite like she has but I've learned a lot about my spending and I'm challenged to do better. One thing that I wish would work for us is the couponing she mentions. About 5 years ago I could really save a ton of money and had a stocked pantry and toiletry cabinet. However with the television show on extreme couponing everything has changed in my area. Coupons are just not as good and stores are playing the game better so savings is less. Maybe that trend will come back? For now I do my best using occasional coupons and shopping with my redcard and cartwheel at Target when I can.

Overall I think this book has a lot of value and if you like to shop or have debt this is a great read to help you refocus and get a handle on that area of your life. If you put in the work you will see some fantastic results.


After learning how to curb her spending habits, Lauren Greutman shares her hard-earned knowledge on how to get out of debt and live without the financial pressures that many people face today.
Millions of Americans today are near financial disaster-spending more money than they are bringing in, and losing control of their money. Lauren Greutman knows how that feels. For years, she struggled with too many bills to pay and not enough money to pay them. When Lauren found herself drowning in debt, she finally faced her extreme spending habits and took action.

In THE RECOVERING SPENDER, Lauren shares her story and offers advice that is based on the many strategies she developed to change her own life and bring her family budget back to black. Lauren shows her readers, step-by-step, how to get rid of bad money habits, pay down debt, and stay within a budget.

Some of the action chapters in the book are:

  • Take an Inventory of Your Spending
  • Declutter Your Finances
  • Do an Expense Audit
  • Curb Your Spending and Define Your Values

Lauren exchanged the overrated, stressed-out American dream for a new one-a happier life filled with family, friends, and financial freedom-and now you can do the same!

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