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Ruth Soukup knows all too well how scary it can feel to have a life - and budget - that seems to be spiraling out of control. Through personal stories and practical action plans, she inspires and empowers women to make real and lasting changes to their personal goals, homes, and finances. Living Well Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life is real, honest, and speaks to the heart of the matter - how can you live the life you've always wanted.
Number of Pages: 240
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)|
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Ruth Soukup is a blogger, wife, mom, and New York Times bestselling author of Living Well, Spending Less. Her site, LivingWellSpendingLess.com, is one of the top personal finance and lifestyle blogs on the web, averaging more than a million visitors per month. She is also the founder of the Living Well Planner™ (www.LivingWellPlanner.com), an all-in-one tool to help you organize your goals, budget, and schedule. Ruth lives in Florida with her husband, Chuck, and two daughters, Maggie and Annie.
Popular blogger, Ruth Soukup offers tips, advice, and inspiration for living on a budget.
Ruth Soukup knows what it is like to want what you can't afford. And she knows the downward spiral of out-of-control spending and how it can consume your life, eat up your time, and destroy relationships. When she finally hit bottom with her finances and her marriage was on the brink of divorce, she had to learn a totally different way to think about money...and discovered true happiness along the way.
In Living Well, Spending Less, Ruth shares her secrets with warmth, total honesty, and practical help in every chapter. Following her wildly successful blog by the same name, Ruth gives her readers even more of what they love: lots of creative, helpful ideas and advice for families on a budget along with stories from her own journey to discovering what the good life is really all about.
With personal and creative challenges in every chapter, Living Well, Spending Less is perfect for small group study or discussion.
AmandaSnowManassas, VAAge: 25-34Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Not what I was expectingFebruary 13, 2015AmandaSnowManassas, VAAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 5Meets Expectations: 3I really like the blog this book is based on, also titled Living Well, Spending Less, but I was disappointed in the book. This read more like a memoir (and not a well-written one) of how Soukoup got over her own spending addiction, than an actual guide on how to spend less money and still live well. There were very few actual frugal living tips, instead, briefly mentioning things in a very basic manner, like budgets and not buying things that aren't necessities, then going right back to her own personal story. I was left wanting a lot more.
DorieAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Commonsense, Practical Tips Repackaged for Modern ReadersJanuary 28, 2015DorieAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Divided into two main sections, Living Well Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life, by Ruth Soukup, attempts to tackle a broad spectrum of topics. However, the main premise of the book is defining the good life and showing readers how to live it without going broke in the process. Soukup intertwines personal life experience into the pages.
In the first section, Living Well, Soukup considers what the good life really is. She offers readers a shift from main stream cultural thinking to a more sound definition of a life lived well. Individual topics include contentment, goals, time management, and decluttering.
Spending Less, which is the second section, builds upon the foundational thoughts established in the first section. In this section, Soukup offers ideas to help readers spend less. Though there are numerous, specific money saving tips mentioned, this is not the main focus. Creating a mind set of frugality and stewardship is the point of the second section.
Each individual chapter, regardless of the section, begins with several related quotes or Bible verses and ends with action points to motivate readers to practice what was suggested in the chapter.
The premise for the book is outstanding. Who doesn't want to live well and not break the bank at the same time? The delivery and set up of the ideas are perfect for modern readers. However, the ideas presented are not ground breaking or new. These are commonsense, practical tips that have been around for a very long time. Perhaps that is the beauty of the book? By taking what we all inherently know, Soukup presents it in a way which promotes our understanding and challenges us to action.
While a straight through reading is easily done, this book would lend itself well to a 12 week personal or small group challenge. The chapters are of an ideal length for such an undertaking, and the quotes, tips, and action points within each chapter could serve well as talking points for a small group.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.