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Money Drunk, Money Sober: 90 Days to Financial Freedom [Paperback]

M. Bryan , J. Cameron
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1 April 1999
In a society where it is often easier to discuss sex than money, many of us have hidden issues about personal finances. But when fending off bill collectors, begging for salary advances, or borrowing from relatives becomes a way of life, unresolved money problems can lead to enormous stress and destroy relationships, careers, and lives. Do you recognize yourself or someone you love in any of these descriptions?

Do you buy things and hide them?

Do you refuse to watch your money because one big deal is going to make everything all right?

Is the pay the only thing you like about your job?

Do you feel morally superior to people with money?

Are you afraid to say no to your partner about money?

Through their highly effective seminars, Mark Bryan and Julia Cameron have helped many people free themselves from the painful cycle of acting out with money. The Money Drunk offers new perspectives on the real roots of money problems, showing how to dismantle negative family and societal programming about money and how to undo the destructive patterns that sabotage your financial success. The program teaches new, more constructive habits to anyone who has ever had a problem with money.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books Inc. (1 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345432657
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345432650
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 565,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This book has helped me greatly - and several others who borrowed it from me as well.

For years I was mystified by my money habits. I earn good money and I am neither greedy nor materialistic. Yet I constantly find myself maxed-out on credit. The people who benefited from all this spending were always others - never myself.

This book helped me to see where my problem lay and to understand how my up-bringing and past traumas with money have given me a blind spot when it comes to having and keeping money. We are supposed to be adults with money sense - yet I never learned that in school and certainly never learned it at home.

As well as helping me get an insight into where my money habits are letting me down, this book gives a tough program (based on proven addiction recovery techniques) to help me tackle this problem.

I am not yet out of debt - but thanks to the steps in this book I am on the path and feeling hope and confidence that, this time, I can do it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good book 4 May 2013
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Worth reading. Helpful insights. Trouble with money and find nail insecurity and managing money it's all in here and is written in an easy to read format
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I'd like to review this item but I still haven't received it ! I hope this problem will be solved soon. I take it it has to do with the summer holidays?
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book 12 Jun 2004
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This book is a really good guide - makes you challenge your thoughts and gives good sound advice on how to make some changes. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Got me out of debt! 2 Aug 2000
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I was given this book by my mother when I said at one point that no matter how much I made I seemed to owe even more. My husband and I owed so many thousands of dollars on high-interest credit cards that I thought 25 years would pass and we would still not be out of debt. It is now three years later and not only are we out of debt, but we have a good start on retirement savings, an emergency cushion in the bank, and we are about to buy our first house -- all things that I never thought we'd be able to do. This book first describes different types of money "addictions" (you will absolutely see yourself here), and then gives you an easy-to-follow step-by-step program to get you started on your way to being fiscally responsible. I followed the program diligently and found the exercises very helpful in keeping focused, not just on my spending but on how to use our money to make Life Changes....not just home improvements. I really can't recommend this book highly enough -- it truly saved my life.
53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Look at Money Addictions and Their Cure 26 Jun 2000
By Donald Mitchell - Published on
This book is based on a seminar series designed to work with those who have obsessions and addictions about money that are harmful. Unlike most books that address the psychological roots of money problems, this one develops a detailed recovery plan over 13 weeks that builds on programs for overcoming other addictions like alcoholism. Even if you don't have a full-scale addiction to money, you can use this program to diagnose and improve the places where you are misfocused in your thinking about and use of money.
One of the many valuable insights that I took away from this book was that money addictions are often associated with other addictions like alcoholism and excessive gambling. Many people will solve those addictions with great difficulty, but still find their lives missing something due to their money addictions.
One of the strengths of this book is found in the many diagnostic lists that can help you assess whether you are having or have had problems with money addiction. I certainly found myself in several chapters, and that provided useful insights to me.
Here are some of the categories to watch out for: Compulsive spending (getting an emotional rush from buying things); Big deal chasing (fantasies providing encouragement for irresponsible use of time and financial resources, and the related problems of workaholism to get more money and avoid intimacy with one's family and friends); Maintenance money focus (doing work just for the money); Poverty addiction (seeing sainthood in having little money and less spending); and Co-dependency (where your relationships are based on providing money for someone with a money addiction).
The 13 week recovery program is marvelous. I was very impressed. It starts with undoing your stalled thinking about money, and bit by bit helps you establish new and better habits about money.
The program builds a lot on measuring how you are spending and getting money, focuses you on stopping the worst of your bad habits (like taking on more debt), and gradually refocuses you on important human issues like self-esteem, compassion, peace, spirituality, and reintroducing hope into your life. This stallbusting approach is one that should work for anyone who has hit bottom and truly wants to reform. This is a book that everyone should read and use to evaluate themselves. It should also be shared with children. Money addiction is often passed down from parents to children through sharing bad habits learned in the home. If a friend shares with you that they are in a bad way financially and need help, give them a copy of the book. It will probably do them more good than giving them money that they won't be able to repay.
Live a higher quality of life from learning the lessons of this book!
40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jumping in with both feet 7 Sep 2000
By Luanne Williams - Published on
There are many books that will help you become financially stable. This book is different from the rest. Money Drunk gives you an overview of the addictive personalities that money can bring out even if you have not taken a drink. It is a step by step process that over the years has worked for many people.
Relating the step by step process to money speaks only to the format of the book. The Solution is a 90-day program that will bring you on your feet in no time.
A strategy discussed in the book for balancing the budget is to divide your income into 3 parts, 1/3 for the past, 1/3 for the present, and 1/3 for the future. This is a strategy that I am still evaluating and experimenting with.
Julia Cameron's approach is gentle and reassuring. A great book for jumping into financial management with both feet.
60 of 66 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I've read better, but I still recommend this book 17 July 2000
By Michael Mendenhall - Published on
Whenever I read books on debt issues, I always compare them to "How to Get Out of Debt, Stay Out of Debt and Live Prosperously" by Jerrold Mundis. Buy that book if you are in debt. I also recommend this book, but not as highly, but do buy it and read it. It's got some good material in it.
The focus of this book regarding debts is various addictions people have and how they relate to money. Now, I've never had a drink of alcohol in my life, and I've never had any drugs, so I can't relate to addictions in general, but I must admit, when I read this book and the various levels of addictions people have regarding money, I could see a little bit of myself in each description. If you want a rundown of these, click on "editorial reviews" right above "customer reviews" over to the left.
Having paid off thousands and thousands of dollars in debt over the last 2 1/2 years so far and still working on it, I can say with confidence that debt payment is worth the effort. This book does an excellent job of describing those various personalities of money addicts. The one I identified with the most was the "Big Deal Chaser." I always thought if I bought the right stock at the right time I would make a killing and pay off all my debts. Some people buy lottery tickets while other people are waiting for that big pay raise. Don't waste your time chasing the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The pot of gold is right at your feet. Cut up those worthless credit cards and start paying cash for everything. Pay off your debt with your current income. It's not the difficult. Been there done that.
After describing the various levels of money addiction, the authors go over their 90 day plan for getting back on your feet financially. This was a bit of a letdown for me. Some people may find their plan very workable. I basically ignored it. Maybe that's because I'm almost out of debt, I really don't know. I found it kind of incoherent, but there were some things that I liked. One was finding a "money buddy" which is basically someone who you can relate to and openly discuss your money situation with and your debt payment progress. I suppose you could almost call it a mentor in a way. I never had one and I still don't have one, but after experiencing all I have experienced and triumphed over a huge pile of debt, I find myself acting as a mentor to others to help them along the pathway. If you find yourself in debt and need a little coaching, drop me an email. I'll be your "money buddy." Seriously. I love sharing it with others.
I'm giving this book 3 stars. I found the descriptions of the various types of money addictions to be enlightening, but the plan to get out of debt was pretty incoherent. Everybody's different, so perhaps you the reader will find it more useful than I. I do recommend this however: buy this book and "How to Get Out of Debt, Stay Out of Debt and Live Prosperously" by Jerrold Mundis. Read them both. If you're in over your head in consumer debt, it can't hurt to check out all of your options. If you buy both at the same time, you'll even save money on the shipping. Email me with your experiences. I always enjoy sharing my triumphs, mistakes and lessons from the battlefield of the real world.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Philosophy! 17 Oct 2002
By Sonja - Published on
For me, this book was more useful to explore my spending habits. When do I spend my money? Why? What are ways to circumvent this spending? In terms of the actual plan to get out of debt, I found it less helpful to me than other books on the market today (Of course, I encourage that you read as many books on this subject as you can check out for free from the library).
The way proposed to get out of debt or at least so you stop living off credit cards is good and sound, built up through a week-by-week program. However, some of the activities I don't believe will benefit all people who pick up and read the book. If you're way in over your head, getting calls from collections and STILL debting, definitely check this one out, but if you're like me and are not yet at that point, just read the first half to get into the psychology of your spending behaviour.
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