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Book recommendation: Be Thrifty

2010 May 11
by Aaron

I want to tell you about a book that I recently came across from Workman Publishing called Be Thrifty: How to Live Better with Less. Editors Pia Catton and Califia Suntree note they have not come onto anything new with being thrifty, but write: “For a while, thrift was all but forgotten-as neglected as an old broom at the back of the utility closet, obscured by a pallet load of paper towels. Decades of prosperity, plenty disposable goods, easy credit, and one-click shopping made acquisition a legitimate pastime. Frugality seemed hopelessly old-fashioned.”

Throughout their collection of helpful ideas, thoughtfully arranged, they aim to educate the reader on an array of topics including: “how to buy in bulk”, ” how to make your own cleaning products”, “how to clean a hot water heater” and even “how to cut hair”.

Be Thrifty has a real penny attached to its (hard)cover to get you inspired to live a life of thrift. The book is divided into seven chapters: home, sweet (thrifty) home; animal, vegetable, budget; food & the thrifty cook; the family that saves together; taking care of you; living the life of leisure; and thrift & your wallet.

Overall, there are plenty of great ideas here and the $15 book value will probably pay you back several-fold with ways of saving money and living life on the cheap.. er – thrift. We recommend it.

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Helped start Three Thrifty Guys with his friends Charlie and Mark after being inspired by how they lived their lives “on the thrift”. A designer by day, Aaron was once $40k in debt. After 5 years – he dug himself out and lives to tell about it. Aaron also blogs at the StarTribune

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3 Responses
  1. May 12, 2010

    Sounds like a book that I would like:)!

  2. May 14, 2010

    That’s just the book I need right now :^)

  3. June 28, 2010

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