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From the Back Cover

Michelle McKinney Hammond learned everything she knows about money the hard way—she ran out of it. But any diva worth her weight in gold knows how to turn lemons into lemonade. So get ready to join Michelle as she shares dozens of diva-licious secrets, tips, and tricks guaranteed to help you squeeze every last drop out of even the tightest budgets!
With Michelle’s help, you’ll
  • find out how to get everything a girl wants for free or next to nothing!
  • discover how to dine like a diva on a dime!
  • learn how to shop in your own closet! And more . . .
Whether your money issues are a result of an unexpected economic downturn or willful shop-o-holism, Divanomics will show you how to make the most of what you have, get what you want, and maintain your diva standards without spending money you don’t have!
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (March 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141433382X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414333823
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,070,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michelle McKinney Hammond is the author of over 30 books on living, loving, and overcoming. She is the President and Founder of HeartWing Ministries, which hosts annual DIVA Weekend Getaway Conferences. As a relationship and empowerment coach, internationally known speaker, singer and television co-host, it is Michelle's mission and passion to help women and men to first be intimately connected to God and then empowered to become their personal best in order to experience victory in every area of their lives.

Michelle's ministry began many years ago when she suffered a devastating leg injury from being hit by a car. The accident was a spiritual turning point, a wake up call to embrace her purpose and fulfill her destiny. Those bedridden months gave her time to complete her first bestselling book, "What to Do Until Love Finds You."

Michelle eventually left behind her career as an advertising art director/writer/producer for clients such as Coca Cola USA, McDonald's Corporation, Ford Motor Company, and others, to speak to audiences, encouraging people to fulfill their God-given purpose in life.

Customer Reviews

I'm sorry i'm late with my review .I thought i sent you one .Its a good book .Thank you much.
Margaret Potteiger
This is a fun book about spending less, but a lot of the time I felt like she was too focused on getting stuff--like what she could get out of other people for free.
Brenda
She gives very practical (and as some readers put it, comon sensical) advice which is easy to apply.
A. A.

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Karen Wilber VINE VOICE on May 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
The subtitle of this latest book by Michelle McKinney Hammond is "How to Still be Fabulous When You're Broke" and she is pretty fabulous. But girlfriend, I have mixed feelings about this book.

Michelle McKinney Hammond has written an overview of how to live large on a small budget. She gives some sound advice: shop at discount stores, separate your wants from your needs, clip coupons, don't buy more than you can afford. She encourages women to focus on their relationship with God over their relationship with credit cards.

More autobiography than advice, some of her tips are definitely big city, single gal: make dinner out of cocktail hour snacks in hotel lobbies. This won't work for the mom schlepping it out in the suburbs. Never having had the lifestyle Ms. Hammond once enjoyed, I found my self thinking "I already knew that" through most of the book.

However, she has an incredibly warm and engaging style that makes me want to read more of her writing or hear her speak at a conference. I'd recommend this book for Divas whose fortunes have fallen with the stock market. For the rest of us middle class folks, I say "Girlfriend, we're way ahead of you."

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Catherine L. on May 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
Divanomics tells the story of looking, feeling and staying fabulous, without living beyond your means. The information in this book is up to date, relevant, real and will offer help to DIVA's everywhere. In Divanomics, Michelle McKinney Hammond shows the reader, that we can make changes to get out of debt without giving up everything. Who says YOU can't be fabulous while living on a budget? Not Michelle McKinney Hammond... And Divanomics she will show you how. In fact Michelle shares her personal financial struggles and experiences to back the advice she gives. This book is also great because it offer fresh insights with practical tips, that can be used in everyday life.

If you're overspending has gotten you into a financial rut, then Divanomics will show you how to adjust to a lifestyle you can afford. Divanomics is filled with fabulous frugal tips on fashion, entertaining, housing, beauty, home decor and more. The book is aimed at women, so with Mothers Day right around the corner grab a few copies today and share them with all the DIVAS in your life.

Disclosure: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nicole R. Elliott on July 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
I was so excited when I got the chance to recieve a copy of Divanomics to review from Tyndale House Publishers. As a stay at home (recently become work at home mom) in a family of soon to be 4 making hubbies lower ranking military paycheck stttrrreeetttcchhh is a valuable trait to have! I'm all about learning "how to still be fabulous when you're broke"!

Unfortunately I felt that this book didn't really help me do that! Michelle is coming from a lifestyle that I will never be a part of, and ended up dropping out of it based on some foolish decisions on her part mixed with the rotten economy. As I read the first several chapters in which she describes all of this I kept thinking, "Ok...so we get it, you were rich-now you're broke-when are we getting to the good tips and tricks?!" She did eventually get there but virtually every single thing she talked about fell into the "been there, done that" category for me. Although it was all great, wonderful advice for someone who's been rich and has never had to stop and think where each penny is going before, as someone who's never had extra money lying around I felt like I could honestly write a book with more and better "how to save money" tips in it. She did list several websites I hadn't hear of with resources on them and I plan on checking out, and for that reason alone I will probably keep the book.

So if you're a fabulous single girl who's used to buying Christian Dior, has her own accountant and is suddenly down on her luck--buy all means pick up this book.

For the rest of us I'd recommend reading your favorite Frugal Living Blog for the most unique ideas and tips on how to stretch your dollar!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Myopinion on December 21, 2010
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Huh. Really. All common sense from a single gal not struggling. Shopping at discount stores...common sense. Cooking, living within our means... common sense. Good read, good writing, with some sound everyday life advice. Just seems a bit redundant. Nothing new.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brenda on November 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
I'm not sure that I'm really the target audience for this book. Yes, I'd like to budget better and get tips for spending less money, but this book seemed to be more for people who had expensive tastes (something I've never had) and it seemed to be geared more towards single woman. Since I'm a married mother of three, my life looks a lot different than the authors.

I think if you're looking for a good book on budgeting and financing, check out something by Dave Ramsey. In fact, the author even suggests his books in Divanomics, so I think she's aware that she's not an expert on finance. What this book reads more like is sitting down for a cup of coffee with a girlfriend who found herself in financial trouble, figured out how to help herself, and wants to give you her advice and experiences.

I think what I liked best about the book were the little snippets at the end of each chapter called "What's a diva to do". These were basically a summary of the chapter, but in the form of a list of things you could try. Since I'm all about lists, these were good for me. This is a fun book about spending less, but a lot of the time I felt like she was too focused on getting stuff--like what she could get out of other people for free. There were times that it wasn't in a bad way, like trading clothes with your friends, but there were other times where it seemed like she was giving pointers for getting men (or others) to buy you things or give you things. It rubbed me the wrong way a little bit.

All in all, this was a quick read (when I actually picked it up and read it), but definitely not the best if you're looking to get your finances in order. If you're looking for something lighthearted about finances, though, this may be a good option.

*I received this book for review from Tyndale publishers.
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