Last week I finished Ruth Soukup's new book Living Well Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life. It was way more that I thought it would be!
I was hoping she would include good stuff about finances and budgets (which I need a kick in the butt about) and she did. But she also included a lot of thought provoking other chapters too!
Part One was all about Living Well and included encouragement to simplify, get rid of clutter, goal setting, time management and finding your passion. While a lot of this wasn't NEW stuff, it was great encouragement to keep working hard toward those goals.
Part Two covered Spending Less. This section is where I actually implemented some of her advice. Soon after finishing the chapter on cutting the grocery bill in half (without using crazy coupon strategies!) I started a lowest prices list and am adding to it weekly. I also started a cash and spending log. I mostly use the cash envelope system, and wasn't super careful about keeping track of what I spent where and would "cheat" the system by borrowing from one envelope to justify overspending in another. For this month, I'm writing down EVERYTHING. Every single red cent. If I can't write it down immediately (it's small enough to carry in my purse), I get a receipt and tuck it in the book. And at the end of the month, I'll know EXACTLY how I'm spending my money.
I love it when there are real life and immediate application in a book I'm reading. This book was full of them. Definitely worth the investment if you struggle with discontent, clutter, want to learn more about goals, or want to do better with finances.