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Favorite books about being frugal
« on: June 23, 2017, 05:48:39 AM »
What are your favorite books on being frugal? Not so much the investing, making money books, but the ones about cutting expenses, cooking on a budget, living frugally?

Some of the ones I like:

The Ultimate Cheapskate's Road Map to True Riches: A Practical (and Fun) Guide to Enjoying Life More by Spending Less by Jeff Yeager

How to Live Well Without Owning a Car: Save Money, Breathe Easier, and Get More Mileage Out of Life by Chris Balish

The Money Saving Mom's Budget: Slash Your Spending, Pay Down Your Debt, Streamline Your Life, and Save Thousands a Year by Crystal Paine
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Re: Favorite books about being frugal
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2017, 08:13:00 AM »
My bible was The Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn (pronounced... decision).
 There are 3 smaller books or 1 complete " monster " softcover.
Your Money or your Life would be my second choice. All can be found in your library or second hand .


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Re: Favorite books about being frugal
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2017, 08:41:15 AM »
+1 for Tightwad Gazette. Even if you don't implement the exact solutions described in the book, I found that just learning the thought processes behind all of her hacks really helped me re-think the way I did things and find more efficient and frugal ways to manage my household.


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Re: Favorite books about being frugal
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2017, 10:51:37 PM »
+2 for the Tightwad Gazette


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Re: Favorite books about being frugal
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2017, 02:38:35 AM »
More-with-Less Cookbook
There's also Living More with Less by the same author: Both of them are available used since the 1970s / 1980s or in recent anniversary editions, so you should be able to find them cheap or at a library.

This is a Mennonite cookbook with recipes but also ideas about how to conserve resources. There are quotes and vignettes from Mennonites around the world about their approach to eating. The basic idea is that you eat mainly grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables. You use meat and dairy in moderation for flavor. It's not vegetarian, but it has a lot of vegetarian recipes. One of my favorite recipes is a lentil and tomato casserole topped with cheddar cheese.

My Mom had the More-with-Less Cookbook when I was growing up, and I used to read it for the little bits of stories or memories that are written around the recipes. I finally bought my own copy in my thirties, though I don't use it as much as I probably should.


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