Let’s be honest. Sometimes when we’re trying to save money, it can be such a chore! You’re constantly finding ways to scrimp and save pennies here and a couple of dollars there. And while those savings do add up, there’s definitely an argument to be made for spending less time finding bigger ways to save.
That’s where a book like Effortless Savings: A Step-by-Step Guidebook to Saving Money Without Sacrifice by Richard Syrop from EffortlessSavings.com can help.
Syrop’s new book guides readers through dozens of ways to save money in an easy and manageable way. You’ll learn relatively painless ways to cut your cellphone costs, trim your utility bill, save on groceries, and much more.
The book covers many of the major expenses we all face and the tips and suggestions apply to families of every size and income level. It’s also nicely organized so that if you’re looking for information on how to save in one particular area (like travel, for example), you can just read that particular chapter. Syrop explains that spending just a little bit of time each day can yield to big savings over the course of a year.
I’ve been doing this frugal living thing for awhile, so I’m always interested in seeing if I can pick up a few new money-saving tricks. Effortless Savings did not disappoint in that regard. After reading this book, I came away with a better understanding of the telecom business and have a few items on my to-do list to try to reduce the monthly cell phone bill. I also learned a few new tricks for saving money on travel, clothing, and managing credit cards.
My one complaint with the book is that there are a few tactics I wouldn’t recommend to save money. For example, Syrop suggests looking for coupons to buy on eBay, and while you can do that, it can be a way to get burned by fraudulent coupons. He also suggests bringing your own snacks to the movie theater, which I’ve made the case against before. I was also disappointed to see few suggestions to use the library or to borrow/swap with others in an effort to save money. Syrop’s book seemed more focused on spending less at times than on saving more.
Despite those few concerns, Effortless Savings is still well worth a read. There are plenty of excellent money-saving tips on just about everything you spend money on as well as some suggestions for how to put your plan to save into action. The tips aren’t completely effortless, but they do provide you quite a bit of bang for the buck, so to speak.
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