Favorite Books about Frugal Living

23 Aug

saving money
I consider myself a voracious reader, and I frequent our local library often to pick up a huge stack of novels, children’s books and nonfiction.

Because we live in Southern California on a single income, the vast majority of nonfiction books I end up bringing home are about saving money. Even though the tips can sometimes overlap, for example shopping the sale ads at grocery stores or buying secondhand whenever possible, I always come away with a renewed enthusiasm for living frugally.

Below is a list of books I’ve read and enjoyed; pick one up at your library or click on the links below to purchase through Amazon:*

Do It Gorgeously: How to Make Less Toxic, Less Expensive, and More Beautiful Products by Sophie Uliano

    This book is just plain fun. Lots of ideas on making your own beauty and cleaning products; some of them can be a big initial investment but will save you in the long run. There are also sewing and other crafty projects that cost far less than buying new. I also enjoyed The Gorgeously Green Diet by the same author, although its focus is more on environmentally friendly ways to feed yourself and your family while not breaking the bank.

America’s Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money: Your Guide to Living Better, Spending Less, and Cashing in on Your Dreams by Steve and Annette Economides

    This family of seven is nothing short of inspiring. They take frugal living seriously and plan purchases carefully, buying nothing – including big purchases like cars – unless the money is already set aside for it.

Miserly Moms: Living Well on Less in a Tough Economy by Jonni McCoy

    “Miserly Moms” gave me a great starting point for reducing our household budget. McCoy gives tips on meal planning, freezer meals, gift ideas and cleaning supplies.

Two books on my “Need to Read” list:

Be CentsAble: How to Cut Your Household Budget in Half

The Complete Tightwad Gazette

*Clicking on these links will take you directly to Amazon.com. As an Amazon Affiliate, I will earn a commission if you choose to purchase the book via the link I have provided.


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