"An inspiring, sensible money guide that helps people learn how to spend without feeling guilty, deprived, or unhappy, and feel good about saving for their future. A wonderful book for anyone wanting to take charge and make the most of their financial life."
John Gray, author of How to Get What You Want and Want What You Have and Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus
"Deborah Knuckey shows us that spending and investing aren’t just about money. They’re about realizing our dreams, and being true to ourselves."
Carrie Schwab Pomerantz, Vice President, Consumer Education
Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
"The Ms Spent Money Guide is innovative and offers exercises that can really help readers learn about themselves and money. The ‘Conscious Spending’ model is an especially innovative planning approach that reflects how people feel about money."
Dr. Gwen Reichbach, Director
National Institute for Consumer Education
Over the course of your life, you will probably earn more than a million dollars. How will you spend it? Will you consciously use it to live out some of your dreams, or will you unconsciously spend it just living? Will you consciously choose your lifestyle, or will you unconsciously drift into it? Discover how "Conscious Spending" helps you answer these challenging questions and redesign your financial life.
PART ONE: READY TO CHANGE: IS YOUR HIP POCKET OFF BALANCE?
Where Did It All Go?: The Unconscious Spending Trap.
Conscious Spending: Honoring Your Values.
Becoming Conscious: Getting More of What You Want.
The Excuse File: Why Unconscious Spending Tempts.
PART TWO: SET TO SPEND: THE SEVEN CONSCIOUS SPENDING CATEGORIES.
Security: Your Financial Foundation.
Shelter: Your Home, Sweet Home.
Sustenance: Feeding Your Body.
Self and Family: Everyday Expenses.
Social: Connecting with Others.
Society: Giving Back.
Soul: Expressing Your Higher Purpose.
PART THREE: GO: BECOMING A CONSCIOUS SPENDER.
Starting Out: Creating a Conscious Spending Plan.
Keeping Conscious: Designing a New Hip–Pocket Habit.
Iceberg Ahead: When You′re Weighed Down by Debt.
The Big Squeeze: When Your Means Are Not Enough.
Conscious Spending: Next Steps.