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Not Buying It: Stop Overspending and Start Raising Happier, Healthier, More Successful Kids Paperback – March 15, 2016
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Brett Graff combines the humor of a stand-up comic with the experience of a highly respected business reporter. The result is a guide that will take you from blankies to Brown University (if that's where you want to go). This is not just a book on saving you money as you raise your child but saving you time, heartache and sanity. -- Andrea Brody, Emmy Award-Winning Broadcast Journalist
"Drawing on cutting edge research, Brett Graff offers sensible and timely advice for parents wanting to raise financially savvy kids.”
Michael Norton, co-author, Happy Money: The Science of Happier Spending
In Not Buying It, Brett Graff has uncovered the proof that drowns out the noise, relieves the pressure and alleviates the fear driving parents to overspend at every turn. Finally, someone who shows us that home finance is easy."
Carol Brooks, Editor-in-Chief, First for Women
"With a combination of her natural wit and the wisdom of having been there, done that, Brett Graff explains why parents should just say no to consumerism. In short, it will help you raise happier, healthier, more independent and responsible young adults, who won't be forced to support you when you're old.”
Kathi Kristof, author of Investing 101 and CBS MoneyWatch Contributor
"There is no ,em>Cliffs Notes to parenting, but Not Buying It: Stop Overspending and Start Raising Happier, Healthier, More Successful Kids is a must-read for anyone with young spawn for whom money is the other white meat.”
Lesley Abravanel, Miami Herald gossip columnist and mother of twin toddlers.
For parents trying to achieve the American Dream by buying a home for your family, Not Buying It shows you how to protect your life-savings while making you laugh the whole time.”
Judy Dutton, editor Realtor.com, formerly of Glamour and Redbook
Author Brett Graff shows 21st Century parents who want the best for our children why we need to rethink what that means. In Not Buying It, she prods parents to examine the overindulgence we have come to consider ordinary, and look at ways we can spend smarter to raise successful, happy children. In today’s high pressure parenting climate, this book serves as a reality check to help us recognize when we are doing our children more harm than good, and remind us that being a great parent can be accomplished on any budget.”
Cindy Krischer Goodman, columnist for The Miami Herald, co-author of RaisingTeensBlog.com.
"If your goal is to raise happier, healthier, more successful children, read Not Buying It. The examples in this book will lead you to question modern day parenting as we know it and Brett Graff's wry sense of humor will make doing so an absolute delight. I only wish she'd written this book years ago!"
Tony Hernandez, CEO of The Man Guide
From the Author
When you're finished reading this book, I hope you'll see that the less expensive parenting routes often offer more opportunity for cognitive development, safety, social & academic growth, excellent health, and critical family bonding than the steeply-priced, overrated options. You may still buy the most expensive stroller or designer clothes. You may continue to spend $150 on private coaching or $45,000 on private school. You may move to a giant house and spend thousands each year on costumes or sports equipment. But you'll buy these things because you want them. Not because you're afraid of not having them. My hope is that when your fellow parents are sitting around the coffee table, boasting about their latest Child Improvement Purchases, you'll be prepared to counter all their expensive claims and simply say, nope, Not Buying It.
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