It seems like everyone has a tip for saving money these days… including yours truly. Fortunately with the cost of every day items like milk and eggs increasing 10 to 20 percent over last year, people seem to be looking for those tips.
I picked up the book “Everyday Cheapskate’s Greatest Tips: 500 Simple Strategies for Smart Living” by Mary Hunt from the bargain section of Barnes and Noble. I used the free gift card I earned from MyPoints.
I’m a big Mary Hunt fan, so I was looking forward to this book. I was a bit dismayed to learn within the introduction, that the book technically isn’t written by her. It’s really a compilation of readers’ tips to her syndicated Everyday Cheapskate newspaper column.
That little bit was enough to turn me off. I mean, I thought I was getting Mary Hunt, not Mary Hunt’s readers! But then I started to read it the book.
It’s a quick read – divided into easy-to-reference, alphabetized sections such as Automobiles, Babies and Kids, Grocery Shopping , and Travel.
The tips are simple and easy to follow, such as how to make your own dishwasher rinse agent or how to remove fruit stains from clothing.
There weren’t a lot of “A-ha!” moments as I read this book, but I still found a few good tips. I will say that the book is a bit tamer and more accessible to the average saver than some of the extreme money saving strategies of “Tightwad Gazette” by Amy Dacyczyn.
The book is worth reading, but I would try to find it at your local library rather than purchasing it. If you can’t spare the time for that, you can also subscribe to daily Everyday Cheapskate e-mails for FREE without ever having to leave the house.