For Genre I Typically Avoid, I was able to hit a two for one: religion and self-help. Living Well, Spending Less by Ruth Soukup is something I really need at this time in my life. My savings are as low as I want them to go, my credit card is near maxed out, and my checking account has been laughably small more than once this year.
While I agree with a lot of the points she makes, I was ambivalent about all the Bible passages she includes. I realized she was Christian going in so I wasn’t surprised but it didn’t spark anything in me. Some of the quotes at the start of each chapter were cheesy AF.
Despite my lack of excitement about the Good Word, I did enjoy her points about how more stuff will never make us happy. Shopping creates a void rather than filling it. The best things in life, what brings us fulfillment are free. I also needed to hear about how fiscal responsibility is entirely doable. She also gets major props for providing resources to act on her advice on her website.
While I didn’t love Soukup’s book, it was something I needed to hear. I think moms and Christians will get more out of this but it’s worth a read if you like her core ideas.