The Recovering Spender by Lauren Greutman

Are you deep in credit card debt? Do you hide purchases from your spouse? Do you have more bills than income? If so, then you are probably a spender who needs some help to get back on track financially. Lauren Greutman shares her story of living life as a reckless spender and how she changed her habits and improved her family's life in The Recovering Spender.

Greutman offers a lot of helpful advice on spending, financial inequality, learning to work together financially in marriage and how to budget, among other topics in this book. The first half of the book shares her personal story along with some great information on spending relating to class/status, family history and money personalities. The second half of this book offers a complete set of twelve steps for recovering spenders.Greutman shares how spenders can be addicted to spending like alcoholics are addicted to alcohol.

I am not a big spender. I have never been in thousands of dollars of credit card debt. Actually, neither my husband nor I are big spenders. However, we do need to get on track with some of our financial goals. The Recovering Spender has some excellent tips even if you aren't over-spenders. I did learn several extra ways to earn money that I wasn't familiar with and other tips to improve our finances so that we can complete our goal of paying off our house early. We had a good budget and plan, but then moved 4 times in 3 years so we got off track. With Greutman's tips, I think we can soon be back on track to accomplishing our financial goals.

I would highly recommend The Recovering Spender to anyone, not just those with a huge spending struggle. Greutman's book is full of helpful tips and advice that I think could be of help to anyone wanting to improve their financial situation.  Greutman's information is easy to read and understand without being overly technical. Her plan and tips are straightforward and easy to follow. The Recovering Spender offers more than enough advice to pay for itself. However, I would mention that there are a few places where she plugs her on-line class and financial website, which is where she derives her income. For anyone wanting more of a support system, I think her class could be quite helpful though.

I received The Recovering Spender from Hachette Book Group. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.


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