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“America's mad romance with consumer debt is finally on the decline, and Farrell, economics editor for public radio's "Marketplace Money", guides readers to a healthier relationship with their finances… With an emphasis on changing the way we live to make the most of what we have and promoting moderation, Farrell provides a solid and encouraging high-level overview of individual financial health.”—Publishers Weekly
“A how-to for people who say the Great Recession has made them want to change.”—Star Tribune
“[Farrell is] eager to restore fiscal conservatism to its proper, vaunted role. Being thrifty has become a badge of honor…Farrell is so enthusiastic in his mission to promote a more sensible lifestyle that he makes the reader want to burn a credit card.”—Time
“This book offers age-old advice on budgeting, saving, investing, renting vs. buying a home, and other financial basics. Farrell's advice comes wrapped in a message about financially and ecologically sustainable living that is particularly welcome in tough times.”—SmartMoney
“Here’s the good news: Being frugal is not synonymous with being cheap. Buy the good bike, the low-energy-use appliance; they’re better made and will last longer. Just don’t be reckless, with your life or your habitat. The New Frugality includes tips on college savings plans, shared home equity, home insurance, investing, borrowing and retirement.”—Los Angeles Times
“[The New Frugality] is full of information about how to manage money wisely…The book has a lot to like, including the storytelling style and such tips on saving and sustainability as to share books with friends.”—Washington Post
“In Farrell's new book The New Frugality, he presents a number of ways for moving forward in our slumpy economy without totally going broke. Not only does Farrell point out the ways in which we can be frugal, he discusses the ways in which global climate change affects us and concludes that frugality and "going green" can and should go hand in hand. Purchasing things that are affordable AND sustainable, Farrell argues, is the key.”—SFist
“Chris Farrell helps define the new frugality—and how it can be enriching.”—Minnesota Monthly
“A guide to creating a healthier relationship with your money…The author provides concrete advice on dealing with risk and debt, putting savings aside for investing, college, retirement, charitable giving—and realizing if and when you have enough.”—Time.com
“[The New Frugality] will help you spend less and save more…This book is filled with anecdotes, historical insights, resources and common sense, all of which are designed to teach you how to wisely spend your money while saving for the future.”—The Arizona Republic
“Chris Farrell provides practical guidance about how to manage personal finances. In a nutshell, which is a great disservice to the author, Farrell -- who hosts a radio show on NPR-- advocates implementing a margin of safety in investing and a return to the frugality that many of us grew up with…the world would be a better place if more people followed his common sense advice.” – Star Ledger
The author's personal anecdotes keep the material from being boring, and the writing style makes it easy to read.
If the book is supposed to show that people actually are getting more frugal, there isn't nearly enough evidence / examples of that.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in improving their finances, and living a simpler, sustainable lifestyle.
I did get a few new ideas from the book and it was well-written and well-edited.
However, I was hoping for more practical ideas on frugal living, cutting back. Read more
...about the way that money, spending, saving and planning fit into the context of your whole life. Unlike books that focus on how to change your life to satisfy arbitrary... Read morePublished 15 months ago by aohsebastian
Money interests me! I am frugal and only spend what I have to so this book was certainally one that I enjoyed reading. Read morePublished 20 months ago by batgirl01
I haven't read the book but I did hear the author speak about it. I won't be buying the book. My parents grew up in the Depression. They taught me the OLD frugality. Read morePublished on February 12, 2012 by A. Kelley
Alot of it is really common sense advice but many people seem to lack common sense when it comes to finance. Read morePublished on December 14, 2011 by Jay M. Lutsky
We all need to think about how to sustain ourselves and the planet. First step -- get a copy of this book and follow its guidance!Published on August 22, 2011 by Marci Alboher
If you are new to investing, this might be a good (and non-mathematical) overview of things like index funds, diversification, the power of compound interest rates, etc. Read morePublished on February 20, 2011 by Marlon Pierce