You Don't Need a Budget

Stop Worrying about Debt, Spend without Shame, and Manage Money with Ease


By Dana Miranda

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A simple, no‑stress guide to managing money—free of the toxic messages and shame baked into traditional personal finance advice.

Track every dollar you spend. Check your account balances once a week. Always pay off your credit card bill in full. Make a budget—and stick to it. These are just a few of the edicts you'll find in virtually every personal finance book. But this kind of rigid, one‑size-fits‑all advice—usually written for and by wealthy white men (and a few women) with little perspective on the money struggles that many people face—is unrealistic, and only creates stress and shame.
As a financial journalist and educator, Dana Miranda is on a mission to liberate readers from budget culture: the damaging set of beliefs around money that rely on restriction, shame, and greed—much like diet culture does for food and bodies. In this long‑overdue alternative to traditional budgeting advice, Miranda offers a new approach that makes money easy for everyone, regardless of the numbers in their bank account.
Full of counterintuitive advice—like how to use debt to support your life goals, how to plan for retirement without a 401K, and how to take advantage of resources that exist to support those left behind by the forces of capitalism—You Don’t Need a Budget will empower readers to get money off their mind and live the lives they want.


On Sale
Dec 24, 2024
Page Count
304 pages
Little Brown Spark

Dana Miranda

About the Author

Dana Miranda is a Certified Educator in Personal Finance® (CEPF®) and a personal finance journalist. After leaving a leadership position with a popular financial media startup and spending two years as a freelance writer, she created Healthy Rich to change the way we talk about money. Dana has shared her expertise as a contributor to Forbes, Business Insider, the New York Times, CNBC, NextAdvisor, Culture Study, The Motley Fool, Money magazine, The Penny Hoarder, and Inc. magazine; and Healthy Rich has been featured in publications including Bankrate, Real Simple, and Forbes, where it was named a safe resource for LGBTQ+ financial education in 2022. 

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