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Overcoming Overspending: A Winning Plan for Spenders and Their Partners
     

Overcoming Overspending: A Winning Plan for Spenders and Their Partners

by Olivia Mellan, Sherry Christie (Contribution by)
 

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Do you or someone you love have trouble saying "No" when the urge to spend strikes? Are you always living on the edge financially because your intention to save money is never as strong as your compulsion to spend it?

In Overcoming Overspending, acclaimed money therapist Olivia Mellan offers a dynamic, compassionate program that will help spenders

Overview

Do you or someone you love have trouble saying "No" when the urge to spend strikes? Are you always living on the edge financially because your intention to save money is never as strong as your compulsion to spend it?

In Overcoming Overspending, acclaimed money therapist Olivia Mellan offers a dynamic, compassionate program that will help spenders understand why they overspend and how they can stop, and will empower their partners or family to provide the support so critical to this process.

Mellan has been helping couples and individuals adjust their attitudes toward money for more than twenty years, and she presents here the positive exercises, dialogues, and other communication strategies that are the focus of her private practice and nationwide workshops:
•self-assessment quizzes that pinpoint the deep-seated causes of overspending;
•innovative exercises to help control the impulse to spend;
•communication exercises and dialogues to help spenders and their partners heal a relationship distressed by money conflicts.

In addition, Mellan provides real-life stories of individuals and couples facing and triumphing over harmful spending habits.
If overspending is a central problem in your life, Overcoming Overspending is a win/win solution.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Mellan, herself a recovering overspender, has been a psychotherapist specializing in money conflict resolution for almost two decades. Here she states her conviction that overspending is a societal addiction in the U.S. and cites sobering statistics: Americans took on $4.5 trillion in household debt between 1990 and 1994; in 1994, we charged $701 billion on credit cards. Pointing out that each individual's attitude toward money is established in childhood and adolescence, she offers practical suggestions for curbing the self-destructive behavior of either overspending or miserliness. While self-help groups such as Debtors Anonymous and Consumer Credit Counseling Services can help some people, Mellan feels that spouses or partners can be of the greatest assistance. The book, written with freelancer Christie, is never preachy and is enormously useful. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Mellan, a psychotherapist in the field of money conflict resolution and herself a recovering compulsive spender, presents not a personal finance book on budgeting, saving, and investing but a psychological self-help book for couple relationships in which one or both partners suffers from an addiction to spending. Mellan uses case studies, including her personal experience, to show what causes overspending and how couples can work to overcome it. Most of the cases involve couples in which one partner is a hoarder or a saver while the other is an overspender. Mellan encourages couples to talk about their spending and what emotions they feel when money is spent. She then wants couples to discuss ways they can fulfill these emotions without spending money. This is an excellent book that should be read by all couples whether they think they have a problem with overspending or not. Highly recommended.-Joel Jones, Kansas City P.L., Mo.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802713094
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
10/01/1995
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.24(w) x 8.35(h) x 0.85(d)

Meet the Author

Olivia Mellan is the bestselling author of several books on money-conflict resolution, including MONEY SHY TO MONEY SURE: A Woman's Road Map to Financial Well-Being (2001 hardcover), MONEY HARMONY: Resolving Money Conflicts in Your Life and Relationships (1994 hardcover; 1995 paperback) and OVERCOMING OVERSPENDING: A Winning Plan for Spenders and Their Partners (1995 hardcover; 1997 paperback), all published by Walker & Company.

Mellan is a groundbreaking therapist in the field of money-conflict resolution; Money magazine calls her "the matriarch of a fast-growing list of couples money therapists." She gives seminars nationwide and has appeared regularly on national television including Oprah, Today, 20/20, and the PBS-TV series In the Prime.

She is regularly quoted in national publications such as Psychology Today, Woman's Day, and Modern Maturity, among others. Her articles have appeared in numerous magazines and professional journals ranging from Working Woman to Money, and she writes a regular column called "The Psychology of Advice" for Dow Jones Investment Advisor. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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