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Are you Average or Savvy?
on January 19, 2011
When Melissa Tosetti opened the "Introduction" with a descriptive contrast between the "Average Woman" and the "Savvy Woman", I was hooked. Refreshingly, I feel that I am doing well in living a "savvy life". I have implemented so many changes in my lifestyle over the past five years that many of the points she makes on how to shop for clothing, food and travel already resonate with me. By reading her book, I felt more validated by my choices. After all, when living in a world surrounded by "Average Women", it can sometimes feel pretty lonely being "savvy".
Her book is full of references, equations and lists that make for easy to follow advice. I loved the information provided on pages 174-175 about financial rules to follow in order to prosper (I have been looking for those equations for a long time). Each of the main chapters that focus on certain life subjects (ie: Home, Food, Money,Beauty,etc) has a Top 10 List recap of the chapter. I took a lot of interest in the chapters on "Food" and "Money". I am now putting forth the effort to look at recipes, list exactly what I need to make those recipes and then go grocery shopping. I know this is going to help us keep our grocery bill down and it will keep me organized with meal planning.
Another tip I am employing is keeping a "Spending Book". I am constantly seeing things I would like to purchase. My old self would have thought nothing of throwing it in the cart (real or virtual) and "buy it now"-even if that had meant charging it. By using a "spending book", this means saving and planning ahead for purchases and/or emergencies. Keeping a list of things I want or need close at hand, will help me to control my spending and not make frivolous purchases I will regret later. OH! And did you know about Ebates? I sure didn't and it kills me to think about how much money I lost on such ignorance.
All in all, this is going to be one book that doesn't rest on the bookshelf too long. I will be repeatedly reaching for it and referring to it for its fine, simple, non-preachy advice.