Money Matters - 365 Ways to Live Cheap - Trent Hamm

RAYT721
By RAYT721 Latest Reply 2011-09-05 11:46:25 -0500
Started 2011-09-04 17:45:07 -0500

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.

We return you to your regularly scheduled discussions. This has been a public service announcement because money DOES matter.


3 replies

Gabby
GabbyPA 2011-09-05 11:46:25 -0500 Report

This is a great list. I printed my copy out today. There were some surprising ideas in there such as taking care of the needs of the marriage and understanding that money doesn't fix relationship problems. So that is cool.

RAYT721
RAYT721 2011-09-04 21:29:59 -0500 Report

Another book I got is "Living Large in Lean Times" by Clark Howard. That's on my shopping list also. Clark, a radio/tv personality, has a number of books published with "Living Large…" the most recent. I have compiled a list of his recommended sites including product and service websites and information on shopping for insurance, autos, banking/credit unions, and more. I am a fan of Clark Howard on facebook and he has his own site, clarkhoward.com. I find his information down to earth, unlike other tv personalities who seem to aim their information at homes with six figure incomes … mine is more like a single finger income. :)

re1ndeer
re1ndeer 2011-09-04 18:30:06 -0500 Report

Thanks Ray, going to look for this book and get me a copy. Any way we can save money, really helps.

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