Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Holiday Gift Guide: Ditch the Joneses Book Review

The holidays are always a time that we get to spend a lot of time with family. Isn't that a big part of what makes it the most wonderful time of the year? I know I look forward to the time spent together baking, watching holiday movies, sitting around the table with good food and even better conversation. Doesn't it kind of make you wonder why if it's so great it doesn't happen year round?

I know first hand what it's like to balance work and family. My husband works full time and I work part time. Then we add into the mix that we have a toddler who takes dance and swimming. I shop, clean, and cook. And our time together seems to have disappeared. What exactly are our family priorities and how can we make them take a front seat in our lives?

The truth of the matter is that we are living in tough times. The cost of living is high. The cost of having children is high. And we have to work to make ends meet. But this book, Ditch the Joneses: Discover Your Family, is a really helpful tool. It allows you to step back and look at what is important. How do we create a balance in our life that really puts our family first?

This book guides you in looking at your big picture, making small changes that make a big difference, and being happy with those changes. Cathi gives helpful tips on how to save money. Finances are big part of arguments in families everywhere. But analyzing your spending, making decisions together, and being happy with those decisions can make a big difference.

This book is a quick read with a lot of information. It even offers some worksheet activities to help make the content more real and relevant to you by allowing you to look at your personal situation. I would definitely recommend this book to any couple thinking about starting a family and even families with very young kids. You never know what small changes you could make that would make a big difference in your family life. Or, maybe you will discover that you and your family are ready to make a big change, like becoming a one income family.

You can visit Cathi's website to learn more about her book, and you can also check out her video HERE. Cathi is also on Facebook and Twitter, so check her out for all the latest about her book!