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Suddenly Frugal: How to Live Happier and Healthier for Less Paperback – Bargain Price, January 18, 2010
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UPDATE: The author contacted me and was very nice and had a great sense of humor about my blog post on her book so in all fairness, I wanted to let you all know. She did say the dehumidifier was needed and she frequently used the water for her plants. That makes her seem much more level headed about the whole thing, so I am glad I got to hear from her.
This book is best utilized by a family, who are homeowners, living in the U.S. However, as a single man living in Europe, there are still good things in here, just not nearly as much. There are some GREAT websites noted throughout.
I particularly enjoyed her idea about using a dehumidifier to make it feel cooler in your home when it's warm. This is a brilliant idea.
I questioned a few of her frugal ideas, such as using the grocery gift cards, and credit card reward programs instead of cash. I was surprised because every study that has ever been done between credit card use and cash always shows that when you use a credit card, you tend to spend more, and not just a little more, sometimes 30% more, so the "rewards" aren't much of rewards at all since you're overspending. Pay cash and save so much more.
She mentions dumping the seeds of fruits and vegetables in her back yard so they can grow and this is how she got some pumpkins. One very important thing she didn't mention is that of the company Monsanto's. Monsanto's provides most of the seeds to the vegetables that you buy in the store. They are genetically modified so that you can't harvest the seeds and grow your own fruits and vegetables, forcing you to keep them in business.Read more ›
-She talks a decent amount about farmers markets and composting, which other frugality books I've read either don't touch on, or just mention briefly.
-After reading numerous blogs and books on super couponing, I appreciated not having to wade through another drawn out chapter on the specifics of super couponing; a mention of it was fine for me (though she didn't use that term, just mentioned combining sales and coupons)
-I liked that she made the point that frugal living and green living can overlap. Since the green movement has begun, a lot of advertising goes to green or organic products that actually cost more than regular products, so I feel that green living got a bad rep and that it had started to be thought that it was 'your planet or your wallet.'
-She did have a few ideas I had never considered, common sense or not. One that I never really had given too much thought to was a dehumidifier for the summer (stupid of me, right?). And where not to put your overflow fridge.
-The updated websites for reference was excellent. I learned of new sites I'd never heard of, and learned more about sites I had kind of heard of.
-It was enjoyable to read.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this book in one evening; very light and easy read which I appreciate.
I went into this knowing we are frugal, minimalistic and very cautious about our expenses... Read more
Nothing new...at best you could say this is common sense. This is only useful if you have plenty of money and just don't want to waste it too easily; telling you that you can... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Susan
A good 101, for-dummies guide to living frugally. Much of the book is common sense and some of it is great wisdom, but I did struggle with some of the structural and writing... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Magdalene Thomas