Laurana Rayne taught consumer issues to college students for twenty-seven years and observes consumer behaviour globally through her travels. This experience has made her keenly aware of the challenges facing the young and inexperienced as they set out on their own in a consumer culture, and she is passionate about sharing her insights to level the playing field. When not teaching, writing, speaking, or travelling, she hangs her many hats in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
What inspired you to write the book Conscious Spending, Conscious Life?
For many years I taught a college course about issues in consumer economics. I could always find good money management books for a portion of what I was teaching, but no books covered the remainder of my content—that is, self management in a consumer context. This book started out as a small supplement for my students, and then morphed into a full-blown book for the general public.
What message would you like people to take from this book?
I would like people to be reassured that it is possible to navigate the challenging waters of the consumer culture without becoming over-indebted or losing their sense of self. In fact, figuring out how to skilfully make our way through life is a wonderful opportunity for personal growth. Conscious Spending, Conscious Life was written as a guidebook for this journey.
In a consumer world, it's incredibly easy to make poor choices that haunt us for years. Usually, we are deep in difficulty by the time anyone stops us. The best approach is conscious spending. Packed with practical information and thought-provoking ideas, Conscious Spending, Conscious Life enriches the way we look at money and at life. It helps us think for ourselves to make satisfying decisions.