“Budgets, like diets, don’t work. The fourth law of the universe is that for every budget and every diet, there is an equal and opposite binge.” -Geneen Roth
I read that and frowned. As a voracious reader of budgeting books and blogs, I firmly believe in living simply and within your means. But her quote did pique my interest. Keeping a handle on money and spending it wisely is, after all, a lot of work.
I quickly discovered this book is not about budgeting or quick tips to save more money. The author starts her story by losing 30 years of their savings by the hands of Bernie Madoff. And thus, began the author’s journey in evaluating her core beliefs about money.
I’ll admit it took me awhile to get into the book. Yes, I felt compassion for her and the others that lost their money. And yes, it made me want to see Tower Heist (although the book makes no mention of it – that’s just me). But why should I keep reading?
She surprised me by turning the light onto my beliefs. Suddenly the mind games I played while shopping or budgeting took on new meanings. The questions in the book made me examine the thought process and core beliefs that surrounded the way we spent and thought about money. And, since Roth has gone through a similar process about the way she relates to food, I found myself examining that part of my life as well.
I will still budget and stay within our means but, after reading Roth’s tale, the anxiety and stress that often sneaked into the process is gone. Ironic after reading about someone losing all their money, but a sign that it’s a good read.
I’ll be discussing this book with the BlogHer Book Club this week. Come join me.
This is a paid review for the BlogHer Book Club, yet the opinions expressed are my own.