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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
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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.
But what really turned me off about this book is that the second half is an overt upsell. Every single page tells you how great her online community is and how wonderful and supportive the community members are. She gives success story after success story never (of course) telling how many people don't succeed with her program.
I think it's totally disingenuous to sell a book for spenders with the guise of helping them to stop spending - and then make a strong upsell in said book. I wouldn't recommend this book to any spender.
Lauren Greutman has been there, done that. She understands the real, tangible feelings of the shame and fear that debt brings on. She owns up to her part of it. For example, she admits about being salty from driving a luxury car to going to a POS car. A real person, with real emotions, and real experience.
The Recovering Spender starts you off right away on the path to getting some control of whatever mess you may have made with your finances.
At first, I didn't always agree with her initial tactics...like envelopes. (Read the book, you'll see what I mean. I don't care that some other Financial King swears by them. Envelopes are a cause for anxiety and arguments where one steals from Peter to give to Paul....but I digress....)
I'm in debt in a disgusting amount that we just got a loan and consolidated everything. We're moving out of our condo after 12 years and into my mother's house to save money and get back on our feet so one day we can get an actual house. Like Lauren suggests, I'm eBaying, couponing...which is confusing. But Lauren makes it look simple. She shows you how to stack, gives you the jargon of couponing, etc. She shows you how to source the good stuff at the Goodwill that makes money on eBay. She knows how to get your cable for almost nothing, your banking for almost nothing, and spend the minimum at the grocery without having to starve.
Lauren has a million tricks up her second hand shirt sleeve to get you finding money you didn't even know you have. You have doubts? She's pretty crafty. I wouldn't doubt Lauren. She won the war against debt and she's just a person. She's not a famous financial guru or millionaire writing a book about how they made it to the 1%. Just a person who got in over her head, brushed her shoulders off, and rose to her feet.
Like I said, you can get on the path out of debt NOW. She gives you your control back. She understands the situation you're in. It's all in this book.
Now...go buy The Recovering Spender. Give yourself a break and some peace of mind that you don't have to wait years to start to get out of debt. You can start right now.