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Leah Ingram (New Hope, PA) is the author of several lifestyle books and hundreds of newspaper, magazine, and web articles. She has written for USA Weekend, Parade, and Woman?s Day, and has been featured on the cover of BusinessWeek and on The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. Her blog,, averages 30,000 page views a month.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (January 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440501823
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440501821
  • ASIN: B004KAB46A
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,058,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Book Worm on January 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
It's so nice to see frugality becoming acceptable in our society. I am about halfway through this book and it is full of helpful information. The websites are fantastic and this author has done her research. However, if you have ever read the 'Tightwad Gazzette' books by Amy Dacyczyn, you will be disappointed in the author's claim to save you $25,000.00. There isn't so much new information on how to save money, but updated information with the websites being the highlight of the book. This book is well-organized and the author practices what she preaches. It's nice to see her transformation from being a spendthrift to her newly-found frugal way of life. This book is an enjoyable read and, having been a tightwad for many many years, I found this book reenergizing.
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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Carol J. Dingwell on March 11, 2010
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After retiring suddenly from my job and learning to live on just one income I absolutely love this book. One of my favorite tips I already adapted before reading it.....learn to love cooking at home again and the tip of planning ahead is right on. Also the microfiber cloths which I buy in the auto care department of walmart. I hardly ever buy a paper towel anymore. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who needs the "nudge" to save and keep more of their money. Using up your items before buying new like our parents did is also a good one.I use a lipstick brush to use up all the lipstick in the tube and can't believe how much is wasted.I love the term "conspicuous consumption". I have only just begun to read it and can't wait to get all the way through and check out all the excellent tips and websites. Thanks for writing this book and sharing with us all you have learned. This book deserves way more than five stars!!!!
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Christine Skepton on June 2, 2010
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As a whole, the book is not bad. Most of the information is readily available for free on the internet but it is nice to have it in one place. I do think BeCentsAble is a better book but this one is fine. That said, I do find it hard to believe she was suddenly frugal. I understand the author wanted to get out of debt and save money but when she suggested in chapter 3 that I use the water from my dehumidifier to "flush" my toilets, Ms. Ingram lost a lot of credibility with me. If she is that broke, or cheap, I suggest she move to home with a septic system so she does not have to purchase water. Just my thoughts.

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.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By T.J. VINE VOICE on August 4, 2012
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As someone who is already frugal, I was appreciative of some of the new things I picked up on in this book. I was able to quickly go through the book in one day, so that was another nice thing. I also really enjoyed that she summed up the information at the end of each chapter. This made it handy because while you're reading this book you think, "that's a good idea!" and then you want to write things down (be sure to read this book with a notepad near you). A few notes though...

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.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Thompson on March 24, 2011
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...but still an easy and enjoyable read. Like many other reviewers said, a lot of this information is readily available in other places (blogs, other books, etc.). And I found that some of it was a bit of common sense, like when she mentioned not turning your heat as high in the winter or as low in the summer. So while it doesn't necessarily stand out from the competition in terms of extra knowledge, there are pluses in it's favor that made it a 4 star rather than 3 star.

-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.
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