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Suddenly Frugal: How to Live Happier and Healthier for Less Kindle Edition
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-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. She has a chatty style without being too chatty, she gives good information without being preachy or condescending, she gives places where it is OK to 'splurge' in order to be frugal, and she really seems like she practices what she 'preaches.'
(Though I did find it funny when she was talking about buying cars and went into this long speech about used VS new and seemed to imply that there may be cases where leasing or buying new would be cheaper in the long run...only to show that the 5 year costs of a used vehicle are something like 1/4 the cost of buying new or leasing. With such a buildup, I figured she would go more into devaluation of one car over another, how to determine when a used car isn't a good deal (can someone say lemon?), etc.)
All in all, if you are a well read frugal queen (or king), this probably isn't going to be anything enlightening, but it is still a good choice for the frugal library. And for those starting out, it provides good information into most of the frugal categories (though Be CentsAble is probably a better handbook...same range of topics, but more indepth).
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