Over the years I have read quite a few books on frugal living. Some I loved and some not so much. My favorites I now own so I can refer back to them again and again. I thought I would share my list with you. I will provide links so you can purchase these books, but most if not all of them can be found in the library. 🙂 This is about frugal living after all![spacer height=”20px”]
The Tightwad Gazette I, II and III by Amy Dacyczyn These books are older but their tips (even though some are a bit “out” there) are still great ones. The books are a compilation of the information Amy Dacyczn wrote in her newsletter over the years. I just love how she has the books organized, very easy to read tips with a few narratives thrown in here and there. Written in the early 90’s, Amy was living a life of frugality before it became a buzz word. Her books were where I first learned the benefits of a price book. Her tips range from the silly simple to complicated financial equations. Her one main goal is to see if you are actually saving money by doing the math. [spacer height=”20px”]Whether it is figuring out the charge per kilowatt, dividing down each ingredient in a recipe or computing your worth per hour. Who has time to break down recipes to see if bread is actually cheaper to make or buy? Amy does this all for you![spacer height=”20px”] [spacer height=”20px”]
Suddenly Frugal by Leah Ingram I remember purchasing this book on a whim while waiting in line at the FedEx store. No lie! It ended up being one of my favorite books. Funny how that works out. This book is a quick start guide on frugal living. It is a great place to start if you are just beginning your journey to a debt free and frugal lifestyle. The book is broken down into sections with a “money savings” at the end of each chapter. This is nice because it tells you if the savings is worth it when you are getting started. You can pick and choose which ones to implement and go back to the others when you are ready.
Saving Savvy by Kelly Hancock This is another frugal book that does the math for you. With Saving Savvy Tips sprinkled in the margins, Kelly lays things out in practical ways showing in writing if each tip is worth it in value. She also has printables in the book you can copy, and you all know how I love printables! Another bonus is a large section on grocery shopping and couponing.[spacer height=”20px”]
America’s Cheapest Family by Steve and Annette Economides This is by far my favorite frugal living book and one I still read again and again. Their tips are a bit different than the normal, with do and don’t lists for easy application, and more wonderful printables all aimed to make your journey more successful. The Economides are the original once a month grocery shoppers. Their chapter really lays out how to grocery shop once a month and that section alone really changed our family’s finances for the better. It requires a time investment at first but before you know it you will have a system that will not only save you time but money as well.[spacer height=”20px”] [spacer height=”20px”]
The CheapSkate Monthly by Mary Hunt This is another oldie but goodie. Mary has more practical applications for frugal living. She introduced me to the “Freedom Account” and it is one I still use today. I recommend her book highly for that chapter alone. This is a quick read which is nice and it’s laid out in chapters so you can pick and choose what you want to read on.[spacer height=”20px”]
Whether you are just starting out on your frugal journey or an old pro like myself, having an arsenal of useful books at the ready will keep you moving forward. I like to read these books when I am burned out a bit with the whole frugal living and it inspires me to keep going. I am always amazed at the new tips and tricks I find when I reread these books. Their information is timeless.[spacer height=”20px”]
Do you have a favorite book? Please let me know in the comments below![spacer height=”20px”]
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