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Gerstley acknowledges the lessons taught by her financial struggles, whether it’s bad investment advice or misusing credit cards. She acknowledges that her personal journey allowed her to recognize the issues people face while looking for financial guidance. This enabled her to design
In Depth Summary/Review
Chapter 2 describes why the 30-day cleanse actually works. It effectively debunks myths like earning twice the amount of money will lead to a happy life. According to her, the problem is a ‘scarcity mindset,’ which the average person faces on a daily basis. In this mode, the available financial resources will never seem enough and hence saving is a far-fetched possibility. The author discusses our relationship with money how we can redefine it in a meaningful way that also makes us happy. The constant references/allusion to food will clarify the concepts further as the author guides us on a journey of discovery.
Chapter 4 provides an overview about the first week. Since it’s a practical guide, the writer expects readers to embark on the journey and read each week at the appropriate time. This is expected to derive the optimum benefit from the whole exercise. Considering the reward mechanism, Gerstley explains its importance in deciding adequate reward for undergoing the 3-day cleanse. The chapter goes on to explain how money mantras drive the process and how discussing money cleanse with practitioners will support your effort.
In chapter 6, the author starts Week 2, whereby the first step is to fill out a ‘reflection list,’ that analyzes the experience of Week 1. The next part is really important as the author wants us to jot down what we like and then analyze the reason behind this want. The next step is a 100 point list of ‘Frugal joys,’ wherein different ways to achieve satisfaction are listed. Gerstley wants us to explore how we can accomplish our goals in a cost-effective manner.
The 7th chapter talks about annual income and expenses and where exactly we are spending. The author acknowledges that getting this information in one place is hard and that viewing the actual picture might be intimidating. At this point, she talks about the ‘happiness allocation,’ and how this concept positively affects our financial spending. A 9-step process to improve our spending habits is provided, which benefits from our previous learnings from the 30-day cleanse.
Chapter 8 concludes Week 2 by providing guidance on common money language like ‘I can’t afford this…’ Instead, the author wants us to embrace money mantras and choose which expenses are worth committing. This departs from the usual restrictive
Chapter 9 sheds light on Week three’s overview wherein Gerstley first tackles the problem of leaving the Money-cleanse bandwagon. She shared powerful tools that enable us to keep on track to financial freedom and even motivate others to follow the same. She also focuses on reviewing the performance of the previous two weeks and lessons learned while comparing to expenses during the Pre-30 day cleanse life
Chapter 10 talks about ‘value-based spending’ by brainstorming a list of words that we want to define our life. This is a vision-based exercise and builds upon our hope for life. The author then asks us to select 5-10 of the most important words and then prepare sentences that showcase our objectives. Since money and time are interrelated, this exercise will eventually portray how we want to live our existence. Prioritizing this list of 10 expenses will further streamline financial spending.
Chapter 11 introduces the concept of ‘opportunity cost’ and how it affects our spending decisions. The author explains that whenever we make an expense, we are forgoing something else. That opportunity cost might resemble one of our core objectives or be a necessary indulgence. Good financial management that we consider opportunity cost along with
Chapter 12 starts with an overview of Week 4, whereby the reader is combining values with financial spending. Also, the reader is introduced to a SMART goal-based approach that helps him/her achieve their mid to long-term objectives. This might include a long-overdue family vacation but the devil is in the details presented by Gerstley.
Chapter 13 is a reminder that without valuable support, the best plans end up in the drain. The writer focuses on what she calls the ‘Dream team.’ This is a selected group of people that are crucial to the reader’s financial journey. The author describes their criteria of selection and how the reader should collaborate with them to achieve major objectives. Brainstorming sessions with members of the ‘Dream team’ help to focus efforts and enroll their support in consistently attaining your objectives.
Chapter 14 describes the adverse concept to a dream team i.e. environmental toxins. This can be a costly friend or impulse buying that adversely affects your money goals. A structured process explained by the writer assists readers in identifying and mitigating the efforts of environmental toxins. This doesn’t mean ending relationships, but it does require a concerted thought process and how to find better alternatives to maintain the happiness quotient. Gerstley provides additional support in the form of group activities, spending triggers and the
Chapter 15 follows the journey after the 30-day money cleanse. The author starts off with the ‘Week 4 reflection,’ and then discusses how savings should be viewed as an expense allowing it to be budgeted accordingly. A short questionnaire explains the practical aspects of this concept. The author provides guidance on actually protecting the savings using an online savings account Next, Gerstley explains how the savings should be supported by a definitive purpose i.e. rainy day fund etc. Next comes a 4-step process to ascertain your rainy day fund and then a 3-step process to prioritize your goals. The author caps this chapter’s discussion with some pointers about managing different expenses and keeping ahead of bankruptcy/fraud
Chapter 17 wraps up the money-cleanse journey by reviewing whether the reader has achieved his/her money goals from the program. To support the life-long money cleanse, the author has provided a ‘Money-Bliss checklist’ that explains when you should apply the different tools learned in this course. The writer signs of with exhorting the readers to continue their journey of financial wellness by benefiting from literature,
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