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Living Well Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life Paperback – December 30, 2014
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"More than just a financial guide. Packed with doable tips and infused with warmth, honesty, & humility, this fabulous title will touch the hearts--and lives--of women of all ages."
--CHRISTY PITNEY, CBA Retailers Resources
"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 realizing true, 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 without compromising 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 spiritual wisdom. I love how Ruth is transparent about her mistakes as she leads us 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, as Ruth Soukup discloses through her signature honest and down-to-earth style, "more" will never make you and me "full." But here's the good news: The life you crave is far closer than you can imagine. Ruth will show you how to get there."
--MICHELE CUSHATT, speaker and author of Undone
Ruth’s book inspires, motivates, and comforts at the same time. Her book is about far more than saving money; it’s about learning how to be content and satisfied, regardless of your financial situation. It made me wish Ruth lived down the street so I could meet her for coffee and a chat.
-- Stephanie Nelson, founder of CouponMom.com
In this book, you will be inspired by Ruth’s authenticity and honesty as she shares her own journey from constantly spending time and money chasing after more to discovering she already has all the makings of a rich and full life right where she’s at. If you struggle to simplify your life and wish you could savor the here and now, this book is a must-read.
-- Crystal Paine, founder of MoneySavingMom.com and New York Times bestselling author of Say Goodbye to Survival Mode
Ruth Soukup knows firsthand how mamas like us live crazy busy lives, and she steps in as a friend to help us manage and love every minute of it. In Living Well, Spending Less, Ruth offers her best tips for gaining control over the chaos with wisdom-based insights on all things thrifty and family. I’ll be reading it again and again and recommending it to friends who long to live and love the good life that God has for them!
-- Renee Swope, bestselling author of A Confident Heart (book and devotional) and Proverbs 31 Ministries’ radio coho
Living Well, Spending Less is an inspiring book full of step-by-step instructions and spiritual wisdom. I love how Ruth is transparent about her mistakes as she leads us 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, as Ruth Soukup discloses through her signature honest and down-to-earth style, “more” will never make you and me “full.” But here’s the good news: The life you crave is far closer than you can imagine. Ruth will show you how to get there.
-- Michele Cushatt, speaker and author of Undone.
Living Well, Spending Less is relatable and helpful without being condemning. Ruth takes a complicated, emotionally laden issue like spending and makes it seem possible to come to terms with what’s keeping us stuck both in our finances and in our lives.
-- Edie Wadsworth, author of Coming Home and blogger at Lifeingrace
Ruth Soukup has learned contentment does not come with a Pottery Barn label. Every woman who struggles with wanting more should read this book before she discovers a stack of receipts and a trail of regrets. It’s never too late, as Ruth so engagingly and shares, to discover that the Good Life---God’s best---is free.
-- Glynnis Whitwer, author and executive director of communications at Proverbs 31 Ministries
I couldn’t stop reading Living Well, Spending Less. I tried to---only because I had other things I needed to do---but I couldn’t. Rarely is there a book so adept at weaving personal story with practical tips. I found myself craving this good life that Ruth writes of---a life that is possible for anyone who reads this book.
-- Emily T. Wierenga, author of the bestselling memoir Atlas Girl
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 realizing true, 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 without compromising a great life. Ruth’s stories and practical advice will make you want to be a better mother, wife, sister, and friend. Trust me, you’ll be happy you read this book.
-- Rachel Cruze, coauthor with Dave Ramsey of Smart Money Smart Kids
From the Back Cover
In Search of the Good Life
Have you ever felt like your life--and budget--is spiraling out of control? Do you sometimes wish you could pull yourself together but wonder exactly how to manage all the scattered pieces of a chaotic life? Is it even possible to find balance?
In a word, yes.
Ruth Soukup knows firsthand how stressful and unorganized life and budget can be. Through personal stories, biblical truth, and practical action plans, she will inspire you to make real and lasting changes to your personal goals, home, and finances in order to discover the life you've always wanted--the Good Life. With brutal honesty and the wisdom of someone who has been there, Ruth will help you:
- Overcome the destructive cycle of "more is never enough" by learning how to choose contentment.
- Step off the treadmill of always just trying to keep up, and instead take back your time and schedule by making simple shifts in your daily habits.
- Stop busting your budget and learn to cut your grocery bill in half by making five simple tweaks to the way you shop.
- Bring order to a messy life and create a practical cleaning schedule that works for your own home and family.
- Develop a concrete plan for sharing the Good Life with others in order to bring lasting joy.
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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!!
The world doesn't need another lecturer, but it could certainly use more honest, humble and encouraging women like Ruth!