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"Living Well, Spending Less is about more than planning a better budget or maintaining an organized home; it offers tips for easing stress and improving time management. Here Ruth gifts us with a simple yet powerful blueprint for realizingtrue, deep contentment with all of the good things that this life has to offer."
--KASEY KNIGHT TRENUM, blogger at time2saveworkshops.com
"Living Well, Spending Less is an incredible book that will teach you how to spend smart withoutcompromising a great life. Ruth's stories and practical advice will make you want to be a better mother, wife, sister, and friend."
--RACHEL CRUZE, coauthor with Dave Ramsey of Smart Money, Smart Kids
"Living Well, Spending Less is an inspiring book full of step-by-step instructions and spiritualwisdom. I love how Ruth is transparent about her mistakes as she leadsus to reevaluate our priorities. This book is a great biblical guide to living well and finding joy!"
--COURTNEY JOSEPH, author of Women Living Well and WomenLivingWell.org
"It doesn't take more than a trip to Target or a glance at People magazine for me to come face-to-face with my own insatiable desire for more.More beauty. More designer clothes. More gadgets. More happy. But, asRuth Soukup discloses through her signature honest and down-to-earthstyle, "more" will never make you and me "full." But here's the goodnews: The life you crave is far closer than you can imagine. Ruth willshow you how to get there."
--MICHELE CUSHATT, speaker and author of Undone
From the Author
- File Size : 1281 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 240 pages
- Publisher : Zondervan (December 30, 2014)
- ASIN : B00J1UEACY
- Publication Date : December 30, 2014
- Language: : English
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #292,781 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I'm trying to stay open to this being a good book for some people, but I just don't relate to a stay-at-home mom who has never really had to worry about making something out of nothing. This book does not speak to millennials at all. I made it about four chapters in before abandoning it for books worth spending my time on. I will give her credit on her point made about "blooming where you are" and making the best of your situation. Some of the scripture does serve its purpose about focusing on what matters, but to me they read like any empty inspirational quote. The first few chapters were a redundant and rehashed story about the author's issue with self control concerning materialism and spending. I give her credit for sharing about a bad struggle with depression, and I really do commend her for overcoming it. Maybe someday I will pick this book back up when I have the patience for it, but it doesn't seem likely. This book is frankly annoying. For now I'm sticking to Rich Dad Poor Dad and books by David Bach, among browsing books by other financial authors. Maybe this is for you if you already have a stable income but have issues with impulse control. For the rest of us who are trying to build a financial future, aim for actual financial advice.
The bits and pieces about saving money were mediocore at best. I have been doing no-spend challenges for years, both through online Facebook groups, with Dave Ramsey fellow followers, and with girlfriends and my own husband. There was literally no helpful information about that at all. Instead of giving the reader lots of information about how to chart or track your 'no spending', ideas to fight the urge, ways to use things at home and not spend, it simply outlined the idea, and then went back to talking about her story on how she tried it, still does, but mainly still spends. SO SAD.
I'm also sad to find out that when she started the blog, it was only to write about money saving ideas to pull readers in, and while she did it, learned to help herself with her spending and save money. So the main reason she started the blog was to make money, so she could spend it, but learned a thing or two along the way (but yet, to this day, still overspends). Overall, I was so disappointed. I had to force myself to get through the whole thing, and couldn't believe it was even published. I LOVE her blog, and I guess I just need to print the blog pages I love and put them in a binder, and try to forget that the woman behind the articles really only started writing for the money, and still to this day doesn't stick to what she writes. I get that no one is perfect, but I seek encouragement from people that LIVE frugal, every day, in every way, pushing their self control to have financial peace for themselves and their families. Not people that write about it to only make money off of it.
I would never recommend this book, even to a beginner. There is WAY more helpful information online, and in other books. A good book for going minimalist is 'The Joy of Less', I'm reading it for the 5th time now, it's amazing. And for saving money, anything Dave Ramsey. For organizing, recipes, meal plans, I turn to my online Dave Ramsey Budgeting groups, or search blogs for specific things. Can't wait to go to her blog again to read, but this book is going back!!
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The writer makes a lot of assumptions about her readers. She assumes the reader is American, Christian, married with kids and can drive. I am British, Pagan, single, childless, and can’t drive.
The first section is on living well and the second section is on spending less. I would have liked them to be combined better. Also the spending less section wasn’t very helpful for me. The chapter on saving money on groceries doesn’t seem like most of the advice is applicable here in the UK. Some of the things she suggests, such as shopping at Aldi and eating out less I already do.
I enjoyed all the personal stories and general organisational tips. I did download the recommended goal setting book and filled that in and it was helpful.
I think I would have enjoyed this more if it had a different title so I knew what to expect. As I was expecting a book with practical advice on saving money I was dissapointed.