Howdy again, fellow bloggers! Luckily I have not been swallowed alive by the jungle/rainforest/garden that is in my back yard. We’ve had weeks of rain. Grass is going crazy in the pastures (and the goats are fat and sleek), and the weeds have gone from the “wow, I should probably weed” stage to “I think I need a machete” to “OMG I CAN GO HUNT TIGERS IN THERE”. Overnight.
I’m not lazy. Not at all.
In the interest of being truthful, I did let it go far too long. Now it’s away too daunting to knock out in one afternoon. These aren’t just your local fluffy, store-brand, cute little weeds. Nope. We’re talking stalks taller than me (I’m 5′ 9-1/2″ barefooted) and showing no signs of slowing down. Don’t worry, pictures to come. This stuff is too good to not bombard my patient readers with photo after photo after photo… 🙂
I’ve done quite a bit of reading the last few months, too. One book in particular I really appreciated, and I’m going to write a review! So here goes:
It’s called Debt-Proof Living, by Mary Hunt. I would ABSOLUTELY recommend this book to anybody who is either working on getting out of debt, or just wanting to learn about money management. And most folks who know me well know that I don’t dispense praise lightly when reviewing books.
I expected it to be the “38 great new tips to help you save money!!” kind of book, but it was FAR more. The usual “tips” I find in money management literature tend to be things like “quit eating out”, “cut your cable package”, “don’t buy expensive clothes”, etc., none of which we do in the first place. We cook most of our food from scratch, bike to work, eat out maybe a few times a year, and don’t even own a television, mostly from personal preference.
However, we are currently working to get out of debt, and I found the ideas in this book super helpful. It goes beyond just tips, and it focuses on how to have a sound philosophy and lifestyle of money management. There are charts and plans included in the text that are easy to comprehend, and implementable for nearly any situation. You just scale it down to your own needs. The book explains a lot about what is both good and bad about credit cards, investing, loans, and much more.
According to the author, getting to the debt-free stage is not the finish line, but the starting line. Her philosophy makes a LOT of sense. It helps the reader formulate a plan to not only get out of debt, but STAY out of debt.
Plus, it’s well-written and easy to read. A big thumbs up for this book!
So there you go, Bandit readers! Until next time, go forth and have a wonderful day.