I just finished reading Diva-nomics, by Michelle McKinney Hammond. The author is a self-proclaimed “diva,” who chronicles her story of financial difficulties and provides motivation and numerous tips for others who have the need or desire to live a more frugal lifestyle. Miss Hammond earned a lot of money and lived a life of extravagance, enjoying all the “nicer things of life” such as designer clothes and elegant restaurants. When her finances took a hit, she was forced to reevaluate not only her out-of-control expenses, but her attitude toward possessions, money, and life.
I realize that many people have serious spending problems and this book could be very motivating for them. I, personally, had trouble relating to the author. I am thrifty by nature and even her money-saving tips were extravagant by my standards. I was amused by her excitement that Walmart and Target had lots of “stuff” at low prices. I did like that the book was entertaining to read, included many personal examples, and focused not only on methods for the reader to live within a budget, but the attitudes behind overspending.
I was provided a free review copy of this book by Tyndale House Publishers.