Holiday Gift Guide- Be Thrifty (How to Live Better with Less) Book Review & Giveaway

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(How to Live Better with Less)

Compiled by Pia Catton and Califia Suntree

372 Pages

(from the Workman website)

"It all starts with a penny. An indispensable omnibus for graduates sharing their first apartment, young families stretching a dollar, retirees, students, frugalistas (the fashionably frugal), career-changers, and anyone who wants to cut back and needs ideas for how to get started, Be Thrifty offers positive solutions for every facet of our lives, covering food, health, finances, entertainment, education, travel, clothing, pets, and those often costly special occasions from a big family Thanksgiving to getting married.

Be Thrifty is not about being cheap—it's about being smart and self-sufficient. Drawing on the work of experts in every field, it shows how to cut your food bills, cut your credit card debt—cut your own hair. Financial writers explain how to create a budget, and the thriftiest ways to invest in the market (thrifty people are savers, and savers need to make their money work hard). Professional chefs give step-by-step advice for shopping for the cheapest, tastiest ingredients—and offer recipes that put those ingredients to good use, from homemade Chinese "take-out" to the frugal barbecue. There are also tips on creating a home spa; why beeswax candles burn the longest; the twenty best bottles of wine for under $10; tips for building a budget music collection, including how to buy from a flea market with confidence; how to sell your home without a realtor; the adjustable-wrench guide to home plumbing repair; how to make your own fresh mozzarella for less than half the cost of an Italian deli's brand; the basics of negotiating a killer rate on a car; keeping your clothes looking great without a trip to the dry cleaner; unspooling old sweaters and repurposing the wool; the stuff you should buy in bulk and the stuff you shouldn't; how to outfit a nursery; and much, much, much more.

Thrift—the word derives from thrive. Be Thrifty—it's how to thrive, and feel good and virtuous about it, too."

     Thanks to Workman, I was able to review the Be Thrifty book! Paul and I have had some rough times the last couple of years with Paul losing his job. We have struggled to make ends meet and we have just gone day by day hoping for the best. I was so happy to receive the Be Thrifty book because it has so many helpful tips on how to save money and be thrifty! I wish I would have had this book right when Paul lost his job. I have gone through pages and pages of this book. I'm so amazed on how many different tips to save money and be thrifty are inside. This book gives helpful tips on maintaining your car, cutting hair, making cat toys, making dog shirts, shortening a dress, hemming pants, raising thrify kids, at home facial recipes, making baby wipes, thrifty recipes, financial information, and the list goes on and on!

     I was surprised at the variety of subjects in this book. This book is very entertaining because you learn information on each page. Paul actually picked up this book and was glued too it because it was fascinating to him! He would keep reading me information out of the book that he thought was cool and unique!

This book has 7 Chapters inside! The chapters include:

- home, sweet, (thrifty home)
- animal, vegetable, budget
- food and the thrifty cook
 - the family that saves together
- taking care of you
- living the life of leisure
- thrift and your wallet

     We definitely would recommend this book to anyone who likes to be on a budget, who likes to save money, and who would love to learn how to be thrifty! This book would make a great Christmas present this year!


Visit Workman to purchase the Be Thrifty Book. You can purchase this book for $14.99 (US) and for $17.50 (CAN).


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I received a review product in order to write my honest opinions. All opinions are my own. Others may have different opinions. I did not receive monetary compensation for writing this post. Many thanks to Workman for letting me review and giveaway their products!


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