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About the Author

A versatile author, shopping expert, media spokesperson, and public speaker, Jonni McCoy has been helping increase the shopping power of people since 1991. She has appeared on the Gayle King Show and The 700 Club, and radio programs such as Dr. Laura and FamilyLife Today. She has also been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, Woman's Day, and Woman's World magazines. Prior to motherhood, she spent ten years as a senior buyer for electronics firms. Jonni and her family make their home in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 297 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; 4 edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764206419
  • ASIN: B002U0KQ66
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,545,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A versatile author, shopping expert, media spokesperson, and public speaker, Jonni McCoy has been helping increase the shopping power of people since 1991. She has appeared on the Gayle King Show and The 700 Club, and radio programs such as Dr. Laura and FamilyLife Today. She has also been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, Woman's Day, and Woman's World magazines. Prior to motherhood, she spent ten years as a senior buyer for electronics firms. Jonni and her family make their home in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 24, 2009
Format: Paperback
I was kind of leery when I first began reading Miserly Moms Living Well on Less in a Tough Economy by Jonni McCoy and published by Bethany House because I wasn't sure if a family who has two children and who has a lot of other differences compared to our family would be able to help me with ideas on living frugally. I was proven wrong and again taught not to assume or judge a book or an author by it's cover. This book is indeed a great help no matter the size of your family.

As gas prices go back up, food prices continue to climb and trying to make sure we have enough money for a house payment, one van payment, electricity, water, food, etc I try to find ways to cut corners. For my family, food is one way we look to cut corners and I have been already been doing a lot of scratch baking and freezing. It's amazing how one can stretch a $1.55 (on 'sale' at Aldi's) bag of flour! So that was one thing I concentrated on this book, the food. Also by cutting out cable and satellite *GASP* and not having a cell phone *GASP AGAIN** we don't live like most Americans.

Jonni McCoy offers Eleven Miserly Guidelines that are easy to implement and keep with it. Some of these I had already been doing such as not shopping at the same store, making and freezing food, making meals from scratch, etc but she offers other ideas for taking it further. She gives idea for baby care including whether to use disposable or cloth diapers, making your own baby food (we save on this by my nursing for however long the baby wants and not starting solids until 7 or 8 months when the baby can generally some of the foods I make for everyone else). There is also a section for working moms, although she does advocate for mom's who stay home she knows this isn't always a possibility for all moms.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 11, 2010
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The book overall has a lot of good information. I don't really think there is anything in the book that you can't find simply by googling "frugal living." She said that cloth diapering doesn't save much money. The way she talked about certain expenses like fabric softener with cloth diapers showed me that she did not do her research in this area as any cloth diaper mom knows that fabric softener takes away the absorbancy and is a big no no. I am cloth diapering baby #3 and have saved thousands of dollars.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By HomeschoolMom38 on May 16, 2009
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Miserly Moms: Living Well on Less in a Tough Economy (4th edition) is a great resource for those struggling with the current conditions of the economy. Written by a mom who wanted to stay home with her children and had to learn how to economize, while living in expensive area of California. This book is the outcome of her research and "continuing education."

Being a fan of Jonni McCoy for more then 10 years and having frequently visiting her website ([...] I was wondering if purchasing an updated version of her book would be all that helpful. I was pleasantly surprised by the thoroughly updated and new information that was contained in the book. There is a new opening chapter with testimonies from moms who came home. Then there are a few new chapters more relevant for today's world such as a chapter dealing with special diets, Five Things I wish I Knew About Money When I was Young, How To Save $10,000, and 5 Questions I Get Asked Most Often, information that has come with experience. The titles of many of the chapters are the same, but there is enough new information in them, you can hardly recognize the old. I did also appreciate the new information on debt reduction and budgeting. However, I did find that most of the recipes, gift ideas, cleaning supplies, and children's crafts are the same as the second (1996) edition of the book that I own.

There are items that are just common sense like shopping for items on sale, making your own food from scratch, washing laundry in cold water, and lowering your thermostat and hot water heater temperatures. Other suggestions I find great, like how to make homemade products for every day use and inexpensive gift ideas. The recipes are simple to make and taste great.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Buyer on June 18, 2009
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I don't think there is anyone who can't benefit from making their money work harder for them. We'd be surprised to learn the areas in our expenses where we are needlessly throwing money away. I've been on the lookout for a practical tool for stretching my dollars, and I found it in Miserly Moms: Living Well on Less in a Tough Ecomony by Jonni McCoy.

I was one of those people who thought they needed more money to make ends meet. But McCoy showed me, through strategies she used in her own household, to budget the money we have now to cover more of our expenses.

McCoy shares ways she cut her household budget that turned out to be more profitable than getting a part-time job! The author notes, "I was inspired by the challenge of reducing our budget instead of increasing our salary" (p. 14).

McCoy first offers eleven miserly guidelines and tips that will immediately help you save money like, "Don't buy everything from one store," and my personal favorite, "Make your own whenever possible". A lot of time is spent on money-saving tips for groceries, because the author maintains this is where money can be saved the most. Then there are chapters dedicated to other places to save money like on baby care, the eye-opening real cost of working, medical expenses, utilities, etc., all organized from the most cost-saving to the least.

Every time I opened the book, I found a useful strategy to use in my own household. I did not read the book from front to back rather chose topics for which I immediately needed advice. Chapter 31: "An Easy $10,000: Various Ways to Pocket Some Money" is worth the price of the book alone.

If you've wondered how to make more money without increasing your salary, and to make cut backs without cutting out all luxuries, invest in yourself by reading Miserly Moms. Even if you're not a mom, singles and empty nesters can benefit from the cost-saving tips found in this book.
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