When money is plentiful, this is a man's world.
When money's is scarce, it is a woman's world.
~Unearthed in a 1932 Ladies Home Journal.
In Peace And Plenty, the author focuses on her own financial journey, weaving together advice, along with excerpts from vintage magazines, to help inspire and motivate readers who are stuck in their own economic problems and struggling to stay afloat.
I always cringe whenever I read those one size fits all annoying articles on getting out of debt that basically tell you all you need to do is cut out a few lattes and take your lunch to work a few days a week, and wow, look at all the money you've just saved! Who knew it was that simple? (/sarcasm) I don't know about you, but being thrifty with my money is a fine art I've been at for a long time... long before the economy went ka-boom! in 2008, I was shopping thrift stores and I used my share of coupons before Extreme Couponing became tres chic. (Ahem!) This helped us save a lot of money - after all, I'm able to be a stay at home mom - but it wasn't until I really put my mind into a more old fashioned mindset that I was able to see where the extra leaks were lurking and tighten the pursestrings up. If I hadn't done that - and stocked our larder as they used to say with a full pantry, I honestly don't know where we'd be sitting right now with all the extra medical bills that came rolling in.
Therefore, I really liked the author's approach in the way she shares her story and the advice she shares and the short chapters. Sure, her story is different from many of ours, but if you dig into it, you'll see advice we can all use to keep our heads above water and make it through until that debt is long gone. Look at it like this: the book is not a financial adviser, instead, it's a blog you are visiting and you're getting to know the author's story. Through that, you'll pick up some pieces of knowledge that will help you out. I'm not sure I'd consider this book (and most self-help books, for that matter) to be permanent shelf friendly, but I'd definitely say add it to your library reading list first and go from there - if you love it, buy a copy, if not - you're not out anything but a bit of your time, right?
Peace And Plenty: Finding Your Path To Financial Serenity by Sarah Ban Breathnach is a hardcover finance book published by Grand Central Publishing. It is 448 pages long. The suggested cover price is $24.99, but Amazon has it available for $16.01 as of this posting. It is also available as an e-book for the Kindle and other e-readers.
I received a copy of this book in order to read it and share my thoughts on it. All opinions are my own, and not that of the author(s) or publisher.