I’m a fan of reading other people’s ideas about saving money, especially when I’m feeling rather smug about my frugal lifestyle. Why yes, I did have leftovers for lunch today!
It is always humbling to read about the creative ways other people pinch their pennies. If you are in the market for some new money saving reads, here are three new books to inspire you:
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The Money Saving Mom’s Budget by Crystal Paine.
If you haven’t heard of Paine’s uber popular coupon and deal blog, Money Saving Mom, her book delivers more of the same spirited, motivating, and money-saving advice. She’s sassy, down to earth, and the writing is engaging.
In 9 chapters spread over 224 pages, Paine tackles couponing, saving without coupons, how to have fun without spending a lot, and experimenting with plastic-free spending.
All proceeds from the sale of the book go to Compassion International, a nod to Paine’s Christian faith. The book averages 4.5 stars from 79 reviews. The paperback version is $11.20 on Amazon, or buy the Kindle edition for $9.08.
Money Secrets of the Amish: Finding True Abundance in Simplicity, Sharing, and Saving by Lorilee Craker.
The author shares stories about 12 hyper-frugal habits of the Amish, including concepts familiar to experienced bargain hunters, like repurposing, doing without, and thrift shopping.
Raised a Mennonite, Craker reveals her own struggles to spend less and her attempts to put the frugal habits she learned from the Amish into practice.
While this book covers many of the basics of spending less than you make, it’s a good place to begin if your spending is out of control or if you really have no idea where to start.
Out of 189 reviews on Amazon, the book averages four stars. A paperback version was published in June 2011 and is available for $11.38 on Amazon. The Kindle edition is just $8.79.
You can also find detailed reviews of Craker’s book on GoodReads.com.
The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey.
First published in 2003, a revised accompanying workbook was released in Jan. 2013 and has refueled interest in the book.
If you’ve heard Ramsey’s wildly popular eponymous radio show, seen his Fox Business Network TV show, or visited his website, you’ll recognize Ramsey’s no-nonsense advice to get out of debt and save: eschew credit, stop comparing yourself to others, and consolidate debt.
Ramsey admits there is no big secret he reveals in the book. But if you want Ramsey’s motivating core message in one place, read this book. If you’re hungry for more, look into the workbook.
Grab a hardback copy of the book for $14.99 on Amazon. The Kindle edition is $9.17. The book averages 4.5 stars out of 740 reviews on Amazon.
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One book I’m looking forward to reading when it’s published on Aug. 6, 2013 is Clark Howard’s Living Large for the Long Haul: Consumer-Tested Ways to Overhaul Your Finances, Increase Your Savings, and Get Your Life Back on Track.
I thought his 2011 book “Living Large for Lean Times” was pretty awesome. He’s down to earth and gives solid advice. I even used his recommendation to set up a 529 plan for my daughter.
Older books that are still popular…
Want some sage advice that has withstood the test of time? Think and Grow Rich,by Napoleon Hill was first published in 1937. Case studies of men who worked hard and made millions drive the book, which is arguably one of the best-read books on money.
A revised paperback version came out in Feb. 2013 and it is available for just $12.80.
Hill’s book is ranked No. 452 in Books and No. 20 in Personal Finance Books and has had 975 reviews averaging 4.5 stars.
Julia Scott founded the money and freebie blog, BargainBabe.com.