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good read for those trying to understand why they're in debt
on 22 September 1998
This is exactly the type of book you want to check out of the library and read over a weekend when you are struggling to understand why even though you make a very decent salary, you are living from paycheck to paycheck. While alternately overly-academic or anecdotal in parts, Schor does lay out some very real and fundamental facts about American spending habits. She gives broad strokes of what one can do to combat excessive consumerism (e.g. downshift, comparison shop, neighborhood pools on large items such as power mowers) and does a good job of not being finger-pointing or perjorative about Americans' lack of financial capability. Schor wants to help solve a pervasive problem in our society. Making people aware of why they spend the way they do is a big step in the right direction.