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The Recovering Spender: How to Live a Happy, Fulfilled, Debt-Free Life Paperback – September 13, 2016

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street (September 13, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455595802
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455595808
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I follow Lauren Greutman's blog and have always been inspired by her story. So, I was extremely excited to get my hands on this book, I even pre-ordered it! I loved the first half of the book; getting to know more about her story and the details of the financial crisis she had gotten her family into. It was all so easy to relate to. (Even though it could all be found in blog posts on her blog) I noticed there were a few mentions of her website and the other products she offered. Once we got to the steps, I was really excited. I don't know what I was expecting -- I guess some extremely world changing ideas. Naive of me. The steps are along the same format you would get from any financial course or coach.

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.
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I have to admit, I purchased this with a bit of skepticism. I have read many a budgeting/saving/financial peace book trying to find something that would work for my family. Most are very fact filled, form filled, and rather boring. Its like going to school again and would put me into a "I am likely to fall asleep at my desk as the professor drones on" mood. NOT WITH THIS BOOK!!
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.
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I recently finished Lauren's book and I was so impressed with her story. It takes a lot of courage to open up and share some of the things Lauren shares in her book about her spending habits and how she hid so much debt from her husband. This honesty really makes this book stand out to me because I know that by being real so many others who are spenders can truly be helped. Being in debt and having trouble managing your money well is something that most people won't talk about - much less write a book about all their mistakes!

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.
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I recently brought my copy along with me while on vacation so that this could be my "down time on the beach reading material". I'll be honest though - I wasn't super duper excited reading another book about finances. If you know me, I'm a huge proponent of budgeting, using coupons, and finding good deals, but I didn't want to read a tutorial on something that I feel I have already mastered.

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.
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