When I wrote my list of 5 books every broke person should read, I realized there were many more books worth reading as you learn to spend less and save more.
While my original list was designed to address your attitude toward money, the list below will provide you with the practical skills and know-how to start paying down debt and creating wealth. Consider adding these tools to your frugal tool box:
6 Books Every Frugal Person Should Read
It’s been more than two decades since Amy Dacyczyn started the newsletter that would be compiled into The Complete Tightwad Gazette and yet I still find inspiration in the pages of this book. From quick tips to long-lasting money-saving advice, this book is indispensable for any one looking for how to begin to save money in every aspect of your day-to-day life. I find myself returning to this book whenever I need a reminder of what I could be doing to save money. You can find this book at most public libraries, but it’s a substantial resource that’s well worth buying for your own collection.
If you’re serious about saving money, there’s no better way to do that than by learning to cook healthy, tasty and affordable meals at home. The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook by Erin Chase is filled with 200 recipes to create entire meals (not just main dishes) for your family for just $5.
But this is so much more than a cookbook! Chase dedicates a couple of chapters to teaching you how to save on groceries at the supermarket and how to create affordable menu plans. The book also includes a chapter on how to make homemade pantry staples like bread, dinner rolls, pizza sauce, salad dressings and more.
America’s Cheapest Family by Steve and Annette Economides
America’s Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money: Your Guide to Living Better, Spending Less, and Cashing in on Your Dreams by Steve and Annette Economides is your guide to running your household on a small budget. Each chapter covers ways that you can save on everything from home ownership to groceries to entertainment and shares it in a way that is easy to understand and easy to follow.
This book will inspire you to look at ways you and your entire family can economize.
Live Your Life for Half the Price by Mary Hunt
Live Your Life for Half the Price: Without Sacrificing the Life You Love by Mary Hunt is probably one of the best “how-to” guides on the market when it comes to handling your personal finances. She talks about how to live within your means so that you can afford the things you want and shows you exactly how to do that with plenty of examples.
One of the most important lessons in this book is the chapter on buying vehicles. Hunt shows you how to buy quality, reliable transportation without car payments.
The appendix in this book has a collection of recipes I use regularly as well as a useful list of additional resources to keep your finances on track.
As an honorable mention, Mary Hunt’s book Debt Proof Your Holidays is also a very good read!
10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget by the Writers of Wise Bread
10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget, written by the folks at Wise Bread, is chock full of great ideas on every aspect of your life – from travel to health and beauty, entertaining to dressing for success. I especially enjoyed the sections “8 Endurance Principles for Staying the Frugal Course,” and “How to Get Rid of Your Junk.”
This book feels like a modernized and abbreviated version of The Complete Tightwad Gazette and is equally inspiring. It is a terrific resource for those looking to use the internet to unlock great deals. Even those who consider themselves frugal zealots will learn a new trick or two!
The Money Saving Mom’s Budget by Crystal Paine
Crystal Paine’s book The Money Saving Mom’s Budget: Slash Your Spending, Pay Down Your Debt, Streamline Your Life, and Save Thousands a Year is full of excellent tips to help you cut expenses and simplify your life. From coupon strategies to saving on entertainment, there are hundreds of money-saving ideas in this book.
The Money Saving Mom’s Budget offers simple, no-frills advice for managing your budget and your home. Paine’s 7 principles for financial success will help you gain control of the clutter in your life, set attainable goals, manage your time, and appreciate what you have. I love that Paine and her husband managed to put her husband through law school with no debt and pay cash for their home using the strategies she writes about in this book.
These are the books that sit on my bookcase, but rarely collect dust. I refer to them often to keep myself inspired to find new ways to save.
What books inspire you to live more frugally? Share some of your favorites!
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