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The Spender's Guide to Debt-Free Living: How a Spending Fast Helped Me Get from Broke to Badass in Record Time Paperback – April 26, 2016
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“After accumulating over $23,000 in debt,…Jones…commits to a yearlong “spending fast”…Following 15 months of extreme thrift…she successfully regains financial freedom… Through a light, youthful tone and nontechnical language, this book offers a back-to-basics guide for those in need of debt-relief strategies.” (Library Journal)
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An inveterate spender, Anna Newell Jones was desperate to end the cycle of overspending, debt, and shame. On a whim, Anna decided to go on a Spending Fast—an idea she’d heard in passing but knew little about. Creating her own method to pay down her debt, she learned what worked and what didn’t and wrote about it on her blog, AndThenWeSaved.com. Amazingly, Anna was able to eliminate all $23,605.10 of her debt in a mere fifteen months—while making only $33,000 a year! Anna’s journey has inspired people and shown them that they too can change the way they deal with their own money woes. The Spender’s Guide to Debt-Free Living takes readers through a detailed step-by-step plan for their own Spending Fasts, including:
- Creating a personalized Get Out of Debt Pledge. • Mastering Needs-Only spending.
- Finding additional income sources and generating side gigs.
- Learning techniques to handle difficult categories such as clothes, groceries, and social situations.
- Dealing with slip-ups and recommitting to debt reduction.
- Reintegrating spending into your life once you’re out of debt—so that you stay out of debt.
Filled with do-it-yourself ideas, insight from experts, and tons of motivational tips and real-life practical advice, The Spender’s Guide to Debt-Free Living proves that you don’t have to win the lottery or land a high-paying new job to change your life.
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She also discusses the way you will feel so much better once you are out of debt because now you can save more or put money towards a house or vacation or whatever you want. Anna Newell Jones also hits the nail on the head when she mentions that you are going to see your finances differently once you are done fasting and paying off debt.
Before i read this book, i was already in the process of paying down debt my own which has been working just fine, my system just needed a little tweaking... enter Anna's book... and while paying down my own debt i began to see money so differently. Not more important per se, just something that really did matter. I have kids and can't afford to be spending like its my day job because frankly its not. I'm a Navy wife with limited income and bills to pay and so i relate to Anna when she mentioned in the book that you are going to appreciate your money more and be careful what you are buying. The Needs and Wants lists were also dead on. I saw that my husband and I were constantly buying random stuff online, endless drinks at 7/11, tools from Lowe's, not to mention that the weekly Wal-Mart trips were adding up, etc. I had to put an end to it and im glad i did. Now we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and the dream house and dream vacations are almost within reach.
As future "wanna be homesteaders," not having to rely on everyday things like internet, a mortgage, car loans, etc., is a seriously important thing to my family and i see now that i can make this dream happen. Anna's book definitely helped light a fire under my you know what!
I would recommend this book to those that need that push away from the edge.