In reviewing this book, it is important to first point out that this book is geared toward Christians as it is filled with biblical scriptures and prayers.
I was surprised, but encouraged, to read that 87 percent of moms said they would prefer to be home if they could afford to. I’ve always thought that it’s best if both mom and dad cut back as much as possible on their workload while their children are young.
Mrs. Doebler asks readers to consider how much they allow society and the media to influence what they should want for their family as well as what it is that they truly need and want for their family.
She has great ideas on planning and saving before you actually quit working in preparation for your first child.
I was less impressed with the chapter on ways to save money. Most of it was common sense, but I can see how it might be helpful to those just starting out in life.
Cathi also writes about the changes that the business world is finally starting to making hiring more part time employees allowing both dad and mom to spend more time with their family. I truly hope this trend continues, and it becomes more acceptable to make family a priority. The book also covers how to propose cutting back hours at work in addition to transitioning to more hours as your children get older.
The book ends with a simple action plan and a pitch to purchase the “complete action plan tool with a step-by-step process” the Ditch the Joneses, Discover Your Family Workbook.
Bottom Line: I believe this is a good book for young families who are just starting out, but for those parents who have been around the block a time or two, it might be a bit redundant.
*Disclaimer: I was given one copy of Ditch The Joneses, Discover Your Family: How to Thrive on Less Than Two Incomes! to read and review. No other monetary compensation was given. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and not influenced by the author or publisher in any way.*