Over the years I have read quite a few books on frugal living. And in this world of internet, some folks may feel books are a thing of the past. I highly disagree. If you are trying to save money it’s the old tips that are the gold mines and the best way to find those tips is in the books they came in.
These are the books I have in my own frugal living library and the reason we were able to weather some pretty rough financial storms.
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My Top Picks of Books on Frugal Living
Frugal Living Book #1. 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 to keep things interesting.
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. Something I still use to this day.
Her tips range from the silly simple to complicated financial equations with her main goal being to see if you are actually saving money by doing the math.
Whether it is figuring out the charge per kilowatt, dividing down each ingredient in a recipe or computing your worth per hour it’s all there to help you better understand if a tip is financially worth the effort.
Frugal Living Book #2. Suddenly Frugal by Leah Ingram
I remember purchasing this book on a whim while waiting in line at the FedEx store. No lie! It’s not often that an impulse buy saves you money but this one sure did.
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 “money savings” breakdown at the end of each chapter.
Frugal Living Book #3. 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!
Frugal Living Book #4. 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 even today. Their tips are a bit different than the normal, with do and don’t lists for easy application. There are also printables all aimed to make your journey more successful.
The Economides are the original once-a-month grocery shoppers and where I learned this incredibly valuable tip. Their chapter lays out how to grocery shop once a month and that section alone really changed our family’s finances for the better.
Frugal Living Book #5. The CheapSkate Monthly by Mary Hunt
This is another oldie but a goodie frugal choice. Mary has more practical applications for frugal living that are a bit more on the financial side.
She introduced me to the “Freedom Account” and it is one I still use today. I recommend her book highly for that one chapter alone. This is a fast and easy read which is nice and it’s laid out in chapters so you can pick and choose what you want to read on.
If you are trying to organize your finances this is a great book to have in your library.
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. Reading not only tips on how to save in all aspects of our life but also the life journey of each author really helps to motivate when things get hard.
I am always amazed at the new tips and tricks I find when I reread these books. Their information is not only valuable but timeless as well.
Do you have any favorite books on frugal living? If so, please share in the comments below I would love to hear from you.