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Be Thrifty: How to Live Better with Less
by Pia Catton Details
This book is an indispensable omnibus for graduates sharing their first apartment, young families stretching a dollar, retirees, students, frugalistas (the fashionably frugal), career-changers, and anyone who wants to cut back and needs ideas for how to get started. It offers positive solutions for every facet of our lives, covering food, health, finances, entertainment, education, travel, clothing, pets, and those often costly special occasions from a big family Thanksgiving to getting married. "Be Thrifty" is not about being cheap, it's about being smart and self-sufficient.
Clark Howard's Living Large in Lean Times: 250+ Ways to Buy Smarter, Spend Smarter and Save Money
by Clark Howard Details
This book is Clark Howard's ultimate guide to saving money, covering everything from cell phones to student loans, coupon websites to mortgages, investing to electric bills, and beyond. In his candid and friendly next-door-neighbor manner, Howard shares the small, manageable steps everyone can follow to build a path towards independence and wealth.
Frugal Isn't Cheap: Spend Less, Save More and Live Better
by Clare K. Levison Details
Levison serves up practical financial advice, and challenges you to change the way you think about money. Her message is clear and deceptively simple: it's cool to be smart about your money; it's stylish to be sensible rather than overindulgent; financial stability is more glamorous than extravagance. But should you cut up the credit cards? Levison prefers to promote responsibility rather than abstinence.
How to Retire the Cheapskate Way: The Ultimate Cheapskate's Guide to a Better, Earlier, Happier Retirement
by Jeff Yeager Details
Unlike most retirement planning and lifestyle books that focus on investing -- or at the other end of the spectrum, on how to get the senior discount on a Grand Slam Breakfast at Denny's -- this new book from Jeff Yeager makes the compelling case that you can have a joyous, worry-free retirement by merely spending smart and focusing on what you truly want and expect out of retirement.
Living with Less: So Your Family has More
by Jill Savage Details
Our culture believes that bigger is better, but Jill and Mark Savage believe that being satisfied with less materially can allow you to give your family more -- emotionally, relationally, and spiritually. The Savages, a husband and wife team who have made it on less than society says they need for more than 20 years, lay out a three-step plan for investing in the things that really matter.
Suddenly Frugal: How to Live Happier and Healthier with Less
by Leah Ingram Details
Many people know one or two things they can do to save money, like cutting back on vacations and meals out, but beyond that, they're stumped. When they look at their current lifestyle, they have no idea where they can trim the fat without sacrificing their quality of life. This book can help readers identify small, painless changes they can make to their daily habits that can add up to big savings -- while bringing them closer as a family.
The Cheapskate Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of Americans Living Happily Below Their Means
by Jeff Yeager Details
The author reveals 16 key attitudes about money, and life, that allow the cheapskates next door to live happy, comfortable, debt-free lives while spending only a fraction of what most Americans spend.
Thrifty: Living the Frugal Life with Style
by Marjorie Harris Details
Written in Marjorie Harris's trademark witty, engaging, and accessible style, this book is full of simple and savvy tips drawn from her own richly thrifty experience, and those of other experts. With solid tips on how to haggle, how to become a frugal fashionista, maintaining home and hearth on a budget, and practical advice on thrifty gardening, travel, and entertainment, Harris provides essential guidelines to living a quality life on less.
Toss, Keep, Sell!: The Suddenly Frugal Guide to Cleaning Out the Clutter and Cashing In
by Leah Ingram Details
The American house is one cluttered place. Frugal folks need to get their homes in order and find ways to make money from the junk they no longer need or want. Organized by rooms of the house and tasks of the day, this book becomes a veritable clutter checklist.
Tossed & Found: Where Frugal is Chic
by Barb Tobias Details
This book reveals how to clear the clutter from the home and resell it; and it uncovers the secrets to decorating and dressing with fantastic results. From first-time apartment dwellers to transitioning baby boomers, "Tossed & Found" has something for everyone. It dishes up a generous plate of intriguing stories pulled from the frugal adventures of a newly thrift-conscious nation.
Updated 05/01/2016

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