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Frugal Luxuries: Simple Pleasures to Enhance Your Life and Comfort Your Soul Paperback – July 1, 1997
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"Think of Tracey McBride as the Martha Stewart of the cheapskate set."--Chicago Tribune
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Tracey shows us how to savor the intangible gifts we receive when we create a nurturing home, share luscious yet low-cost meals with family and friends, master our budgets, learn to combine style and thriftiness, and cultivate our dreams and imaginations without spending a cent.
Filled with ingenious, heartwarming, and practical advice, "Frugal Luxuries helps us remember what is truly of value in our lives--our time, our loved ones, and our inner sense of prosperity. Combining the spiritual nourishment of "Simple Abundance with the practicality of "The Tightwad Gazette, Frugal Luxuries is destined to become the classic on how to live every day with a sense of abundance, beauty, and luxury.
Top Customer Reviews
On the other hand, we found the book overly focused on the author's personal experience especially since she has been the editor of a newsletter since 1993. We were surprised to not see more information culled from her readers over the years. This would have fleshed out the book and provided substance with which more readers could identify.
Despite the lack of a varied viewpoint and a slight absence of practical tips (though we appreciated the tip on how to create home-made soup cups), readers who seek more soul than Dacycsyn and have less cash than Stewart will appreciate an evening in the garage-sale purchased armchair with this book.
Stick with The Tightwad Gazette trilogy ... Many, many practical suggestions. Although not everyone wants to live as thriftily as TG recommends, you can find many practical ideas there for your situation (whatever it is).
This book could have been wonderful. Instead, it was just useless garbage. I've collected quotes since I was a teenager, but, even I found the author's endless quotations a waste of paper.
This book was a big nothing!
I get the impression that the author wants to be from the Manor Born and is just making do by finding out how to get more for less money. She still seems to spend an inordinate amount of her life focused on shopping. Also, there were no environmentally conscious tips or angles, something that is very important to me.
There were times when she'd mention making something (ex: a garden arbor out of closet poles) and then neglect to include how to make it, which is frustrating.
She's a SAHM, and seems to have a great deal of time to shop, plant, do housework and do crafty things and while I like many of her ideas, I'd never be able to find the time to do them, unless I ignore my family and spend all my time perusing yard sales and spray painting masking paper, using florist wire, raffia, dried rosebuds and herbs to create things to give away to other people to impress themn with how poor we aren't.
Get it from the library first to see if you like it and then I recommend buying it used instead of paying full price.
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"Frugal Luxuries" offers a way to create a sweet, pleasurable, memorable family life without the constant demand for new stuff and more stuff. Read morePublished on July 20, 2013 by Linda G.
Title does not really match what is inside. The impression is given that somehow our lives are going to be totally lifted by the information inside. Read morePublished on July 7, 2013 by falcon08
This is an excellent book for those who wish to save money and simplify their life without feeling deprived. Read morePublished on August 2, 2010 by Suezen
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I found this book several years ago and bought it for my wife (for 50 cents at Half Price Books! Read more
My charge card was charged for this book, and I never recieved it. As of today I have not been credited for this transaction. I will think twice before buying again. Read morePublished on November 11, 2008 by Vivian Beran
Under a subtitle of "Lingering Wisdom" on page 183...."You may also use a clean washing machine to spin dry salad fixings - simply place your lettuce and other vegetables into a... Read morePublished on January 29, 2003