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Living a Beautiful Life on Less: The Blissful and Domestic Guide to Food, Fun, and Finances Paperback – June 9, 2015
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"Written in a conversational style, Wagasky s book provides valuable insights for both novice and worn-out seasoned budgeters. She is candid and funny with her authentic "been there, done that" voice. Her approach is encouraging and kind and can help people navigate their finances and family budget." --Deseret News
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I wouldn't say this is a detailed how-to book, however. At times, I hoped Danielle would go into greater depth on a topic or provide more specific real-life examples to illustrate her points. I understand that budgets are personal, but it really helps to see actual numbers and figures when you're discussing concepts related to budgeting and debt reduction. (She could use readers' examples or realistic hypotheticals, if she didn't want to share her own numbers.) There were also few meal recipes, which was a bummer since smart grocery shopping and home-cooking are such great ways to cut one's spending! I was also left wondering about how she'd advise planning for events in the faraway future, like retirement (or college for the kids, if applicable). The ideas here seemed to focus on financial security in the near future (1-2 years at a time), but I don't recall much discussion about planning for longer term family goals or the reality of one day retiring. Finally, I was a bit disappointing in the editing, as there were a handful of grammatical mistakes and some areas of unnecessary repetition. That's OK in a blog, but a published work for sale should be more polished.
Overall, if you are a fan of Blissful and Domestic or looking for a simple motivational read, you will enjoy this book. If you're looking for specific financial advice or a detailed guide to revamping your finances, this might not completely meet your needs. I look to Danielle's blog for inspiration, however, so I enjoyed it and will probably re-read it in the future if I'm ever losing focus on my financial goals.
The book covers all the basis from creating your first budget to meal planning and even features a lot of great recipes.