Of books and blogs and other things.

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Of books and blogs and other things.
Thu, 07-14-2011 - 9:00am

I was thinking it would be great to share any book titles, blog etc... that have inspired/encouraged/educated you on your journey to becoming debt free.

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Thu, 07-14-2011 - 9:46am
On a daily basis, I read Gail Vaz Oxlade's blog. I love her no nonsense approach.


I also loved dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover book.

I am also a fan of Suze Orman, her weekly TV show and specials she has every once in a while.

I like to take from each of them and blend their methods to fit my life.

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Thu, 07-14-2011 - 2:01pm

I am a big fan of Mary Hunt. For me na d my family it fits

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Thu, 07-14-2011 - 3:04pm

I paid a lot of attention to Frugal Living stuff in the 90s, when our children were small and money was always tight.

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Thu, 07-14-2011 - 5:45pm

I just started reading Suzy Orman "Money Class" book today and I liked it a lot so far.


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Thu, 07-14-2011 - 7:40pm
I am reading "The Places That Scare You" by Pema Chodron. It's got nothing whatsoever to do with money--on the surface. It's a book of Buddhist philosophy. However, in the first couple of chapters she's outlined so many things that I have found difficult in everyday life, and the different categories of behaviours people use to deal with fear....and in that for me is the key to my serial string of avoidance behaviours, all of which either got me into debt, kept me in debt, or kept me from being more productive and making more money. With understanding of myself, I can deal with anything and the money falls into line where I want/need it to be.
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Thu, 07-14-2011 - 7:59pm
That's really interesting, rebeccalouise. I'm currently reading "Lost and Found : Unexpected revelations about food and money" because I thought it would be about the Bernie Madoff crime. Instead, the author is a devout Buddhist and she shares her insights on how her fears and avoidance behaviours contributed to what happened to her. It's really making me think about what I'm hiding from (with food, spending or even all my tv watching). She advocates facing all those feelings you are trying to avoid.

I think I may look for your book at the library.

My favourite financial book is "All Your Worth" by Elizabeth Warren.

I also like Gail Vaz Oxlade's blog.

And I like this site as well :

I really enjoy reading autobiographies about people grappling with various money issues. Two fun reads are "Save Karyn" and "Bitter is the New Black".


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Thu, 07-14-2011 - 9:32pm
Hi Kate, I highly recommend any of her stuff, this is the first I have read. I truly believe the root of a lot of our debt and generally lack of satisfaction can be dealt with through these teachings...and I have spent many years avoiding even looking at these books...Hope you find the book. I discovered her through an audiobook I stumbled across titled "Getting Unstuck"...then I went into the bookstore for a different book which they didn't have, and this one was front and centre on the shelf. It is helping me.
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Fri, 07-15-2011 - 1:17pm

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Fri, 07-15-2011 - 8:45pm
I will second both Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover and Your Money or Your Life --both have been phenomenal resources as we clean up our acts!

We now save more now than we did a few years ago, and now we have an almost $900/month daycare payment that we didn't have a few years ago, and I make less money too. YMOYL put a lot of things into perspective. That book advocates seeing how many 'hours' it costs you to purchase a certain thing. When I think of a splurge (a nice purse, for example) and consider that I have to work 20 hours to have it, well, I don't want it as much any more. :-) YMOYL also encouraged me to spend MORE on a simple hobby that I have. I got so many hours of enjoyment out of it every month, but was only spending about '2 hours' worth of working time on it to pay for it. It was worth so much more to me, so I upped the spending a little. Long story short, YMOYL advocates figuring out what you value and spending accordingly. Very eye opening!
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Sun, 07-17-2011 - 10:19am

While doing my Sunday morning blog reading, I thought of two influential blogs for me: