The book has been a life changer for me and my finances!!! When I read this book over a year ago I had $16,000 in total debt, a loan with an APR of 16.99 percent and a feeling like I was living in austerity. Since then I have stopped using credit cards completely, paid off $6,000 in debt including paying off my student loan and a store credit card. It recommends simple techniques that have made a huge difference. You write down everything you spend and then put it into categories. Create a spending plan based on the expenses you write down but also set up long term goals. I created a savings account for vacation, clothing, pampering, Christmas, taxes, etc. The most important thing I learned from this book was to pay myself first. My old spending plan had me trying to paying off a bunch of bills and then trying to live off the rest. Now I have flipped that and feel like I'm really enjoying my life and still making progress towards being completely debt free.
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