Popular blogger Anna Newell Jones of AndThenWeSaved.com delivers this self-help manifesto that reveals how a "spending fast" will help you get on the road to living debt free.
In 2009, young photographer Anna Newell Jones was rapidly suffocating under the weight of too much debt. An inveterate spender, she was in way over her head, to the tune of almost $24,000. She knew her debt was only going to get worse if she didn't take action, but she didn't know where to look for help. On a whim, Anna decided to go on a spending fast - an idea she heard in passing but knew little about. Creating her own method, 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 only 15 months! She was interviewed in Forbes, Self, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, and the Chicago Tribune.
Anna's journey inspired people and showed them that they too could change the way they dealt with their own money woes. The Spender's Guide to Debt-Free Living takes listeners through a detailed, step-by-step plan on how to do a spending fast and get out of debt, including:
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 get a new job to change your life.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.
©2016 Anna Newell Jones (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
I loved this. I was worried I wouldn't learn anything new since I've followed Anna's blog for so long. I was wrong, and now I have some action items to start on.
Anna takes things a bit far and to a major extreme with suggestions like dumpster diving (which is not needed to get out of debt!). On the flip side, however, she offers a lot of resources such as websites to visit and a toll-free number to Opt-Out of those annoying "You're Pre-Approved!" credit card offers. So my plan is to take what I like (and what applies to my situation) and merging it with what I like from Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover to create a custom system for myself.
On a side note, I would highly suggest re-recording in Anna's own voice instead of using someone else. It would make the readers/listeners feel more connected to Anna, (when she is obviously trying to promote her website) and would give Anna the ability to make appropriate voice afflictions. This narrator sounded bland and boring, and that is because she obviously doesn't have a connection to the content.
Fun, relatable, and easily applicable "advice" on the benefits of living life debt-free.
Her voice and style was perfect for this story....Very engaging.
Enjoyed most chapters . The descriptions and tips were helpful .
Authors revelations of her spending patterns and ways she overcame them were interesting
Some really great tips within this book. I will be using quite a bit of them. I now feel energized and very hopeful of paying off my debts. I feel as though I now have a plan and am well equipped.
I loved this book. The author's "voice" and writing style was engaging and funny. The narrator did an excellent job of messaging the material interesting too. The ideas presented are useful, practical and relevant. I'm eager to get started!
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