Hello Frugal Friends! I just wanted to share a quick book review of "365 Ways to Live Cheap," by Trent Hamm, founder of thesimpledollar.com blog. While we are probably all aware of a good 300 of the tips presented in Hamm's manuscript there may be a few tips that can help you save hundreds or even thousands of dollars per year on consumer purchases which will free up more money for medical and medicinal needs.
What I like most about the book is that each category: Appliance, Automobiles, Banking, Children, Clothing, etc. through Vacations are done in a simple list format. It was very easy to get through the book and I've found a few common sense strategies that can be save time, money and sanity with just a few simple tweaks to one's lifestyle.
Think about such "to do" list activities as making your own cleaning products, investing in rechargeable batteries and LED light bulbs, shopping at local farmer's markets (see www.localharvest.org), and trading skills and products with family, friends, and coworkers. Ever think of joining a book club? What about starting one? Ever think of coupon swaps? What about buying refurbished equipment instead of new? Perhaps the best tip of all is to shop alone. How often have our children and/or spouses interfered in our plans for a quick and frugal shopping trip with $1 here and $2 there purchases?
Whether you have the chance to get "365 Ways…" from your library or as a quick "keeper" book from Amazon or Ebay, the book will pay for itself as a reference work. Again, you won't find awe inspiring tips and tricks here but a penny saved is … well, a few pennies once compound interest comes into your world.
Just thought I would share my most recent "money matters" recommendation.
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