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The Recovering Spender: How to Live a Happy, Fulfilled, Debt-Free Life Paperback – September 13, 2016
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About the Author
Since early 2010, Lauren Greutman has been a go-to resource for busy moms who are sick of keeping up with the Joneses and ready to learn a better way spend with their heart, stay true to their values, and live the lifestyle they want.
Here's why Lauren is the right person to help you achieve the financial freedom you deserve. Not so long ago, her husband, Mark, and her were living the American Dream. On the surface we had it all. Custom home, luxury cars, beautiful babies, and all the bells and whistles that credit cards, bank loans, and money could buy. Underneath, though, was a different story. I talk all about this in my book The Recovering Spender.
They were so consumed with keeping up appearances that before they knew it they had a mortgage underwater, a car towed away, were $40K in debt, running a deficit every month and finding it hard to buy diapers and groceries without using credit cards.
In the end, it was the connection between money and heart that really brought it all together for them. They had only ever learned about budgets and numbers and coupons in a very dry, clinical (boring) way. But when Mark and Lauren made the heart connection by bringing values and vision into the mix, that's when the breakthrough happened. They committed to focusing on living a happier, simpler life and getting back to the things that matter most
A few years later and now Lauren has graduated from teaching local couponing seminars to making regular appearances on our local ABC morning TV show as well as guest spots on The TODAY SHOW, The TD Jakes Show, ABC's Nightline, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, WNBC New York City and the Marlo Thomas Show. She continues to teach others how to live a debt free life on her blog LaurenGreutman.com
Top Customer Reviews
What really turned me off from the book and ultimately led to me putting it down at Step 7 was the several plugs for her other products. Each chapter seemed to be an advertisement for her Financial Revolution Community. Frustrated, I started to flip back through what I've read and each chapter had a reference back to her website or contained a URL for a product on her website. I felt like I was being sold to, even though I had already made a purchase. On top of that, I ordered her Financial Planner (for $50!) two months ago, and still haven't received it. So, I will be asking for a refund there.
If you are truly at rock bottom and have NO idea where to turn and have a few dollars on your pocket, it may be worth the purchase. Better yet, wait for it to be released at your local library. Or I will sell you mine. And rather than pay the $129 to join the community; spend $90 and attend a local Financial Peace University class by Dave Ramsey - THAT is life changing.
I began to flip through pages when I received it. First thing I noticed was that the writing style was casual and easy to read. It was not stiff, clinical, and boring. I had a few minutes to spare, so I sat down to read the first few pages..... suddenly, an hour had passed. It reads THAT easy!
Lauren tells her story from the beginning, telling not just the happy stuff, but the nitty gritty details, emotions, and events that led her to where she is now. There is nothing glamorized in her descriptions. She tells it like it is.
Her story is laid out and reads like she was sitting there with you, telling her story in person. A real person. Speaking directly to you. You see her life unfold with nothing held back or glossed over. I had several "I thought I was the only one" moments as I perused the pages. It is the kind of wake-up call I needed.
What is even better is the straightforward way she presents her method of getting out of debt. Its a no b.s. plan. Its not glossy and flashy. It really makes you look in the mirror and evaluate yourself and your choices. Its real and its not easy and its not pleasant, but it works. It was also something I can share with my finance-a-phobic husband so we can work together.
Her story is empowering. Learning from her is as easy as two friends talking over coffee.Read more ›
The part that resonated with me the most personally is how Lauren has set up rules/boundaries for herself that will help her not fall back into the trap of overspending. One of those rules is that she doesn't attend home parties of any kind or make purchases from those working with MLM companies. Although I don't consider myself a spender normally these types of businesses can get me in trouble because I really want to support my friends and help them when they are trying to do something good for themselves and family.
Reading Lauren's book has helped me see that although I want to help friends I just have to say no for the sake of my own budget so I can reach important financial goals for my own family. There are other ways I can support and encourage my friends.
The Recovering Spender is full of practical information and doable tips on how to stop overspending and turn things around to get back on track financially. Lauren did it herself and this book is a guide for the rest of us to make these same changes in our lives.
But this book wasn't just about those practical things. It was SO MUCH more!
I met Lauren for the first time a few years ago and a blogging conference. We were actually roommates - and discovered that we have a mutual friend that lives near me (it's a small world!) I remember looking up to Lauren thinking she has it all together with her successful blogging business, and is just so friendly and outgoing. She is so knowledgeable, caring and real. I wanted to learn as much as I could from her that weekend because she seemed to have it all together.
And then I read her book and realized I didn't know her story at. all.
This book Lauren gets down to the nitty gritty, painful details of her spending addiction that resulted in her family being $40,000 in consumer debt! A large chunk of that was from "buying customers" to earn a "free" car from another business she had in the past. My jaw just dropped when I read how she'd go to Target, buy whatever she wanted, and hide it in the trunk of her car so her husband would see it until she put everything away. She revealed how terrible communication was about finances in her marriage. She shared her insecurities and how they drove her to "live the American dream" to have nice things, no matter the consequences.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I couldn't even get halfway through this book before I threw it away. It's not well-written, it's repetitive, and it's more of a memoir than an actual lesson on spending less. Read morePublished 7 days ago by AshleyD523
I enjoyed this book because I can relate to the author! I hope her advice helps us become debt freePublished 12 days ago by Jordanshue
I absolutely loved this book! Lauren writes and Honest, even funny at times account of how she went from overspending to being able to claw out of debt. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Nicole L
I didn't really think this book would be as helpful as it is. After reading reviews I decided to order it. I love it. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
I have read other finance books, but I really related to this one. Lauren seems down to earth, and the ideas don't feel so "recycled. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Jeni
This was a real gem! It has really made me take a closer look at my finances and pay attention to how I'm over spending and how to fix my shopping addiction. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
It was a great book for spendaholics like me. She made it easy to understand & I could relate to her so well.Published 1 month ago by Cathy Gamble