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“This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.”
I’ve never heard of Geneen Roth, but snatched up the opportunity to read her book Lost and Found: One Woman’s Story of Losing her Money and Finding her Life from the BlogHer book club.
I am obsessed with money at this point of my life. I never thought I would be a penny pincher or very vigilant about where my money goes, but I am. I don’t budget, mainly because I haven’t found 1. a software that’s easy and quick for me to use to set a budget up and 2. I’d probably stray from it. BUT I am very watchful over our bank accounts and always find myself wondering “how the eff are we going to____” (fill in activity or major purchase or major trip here). I’m just amazed at how many people we owe or how utilities increase like nobody’s business or how much gas, an oil change, whatever costs.
Geneen is very candid as she discusses her family’s struggles (and those of friends) with the loss of their entire life savings thanks to the Bernie Madoff scandal and how she had to take a step back and truly examine her relationship with money. She really takes you inside of her life (and her mind) including her extreme struggle with a pair of very overpriced sunglasses she wanted to buy in New York (which surprisingly, a sales clerk in the store talked her down from after failed attempts from her husband and mom).
I think she highlights really well how we can be so removed from the money we spend, mostly because we know that money is the gateway- we need money to get things and maybe sometimes, we just buy with our eyes closed.
There will be a conversation going on over the next few weeks at BlogHer on the book and of course, on money. Join us?
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