Item description for Frugal Living for Dummies (For Dummies) by Deborah Taylor-Hough...
Overview Present practical advice on how to reduce such expenses as groceries, clothing, holidays, and home maintenance; suggesting ways to minimize financial disagreements in families and budget for such items as cars, houses, and vacations. Original.
Publishers Description Feel like you're trying to dig out from under a mountain of debt without a shovel? Tired of working your tail off just to break even? Is the high cost of living taking all the joy out of life? Unless you're one of the top two percent of wealthiest Americans, all of the above should sound painfully familiar. While they're trying to decide between the ski lodge in Telluride and the Tuscan villa, for the rest of us, it's an endless litany of corporate lay-offs, stagnant wages, crushing credit card debt, skyrocketing medical costs, exorbitant utility bills, the high cost of higher education.... And they call this "the good life." Is there a better way to live? Can you get what you need and what you want without killing yourself to get it? "Absolutely," says frugal-living guru Deborah Taylor-Hough, and in "Frugal Living For Dummies," she shows you how.
In this warmhearted guide to living the good life on less, Deborah shows you how to live within your means and enjoy doing it. Among other things, she shows you how to: Eat like a king on a peasant's budgetTake the sting out of gift-givingDress well on a shoestringSave big bucks on family expensesSlash household expensesSave on medical expensesInvolve the whole family in saving moneySave more for the things you want
From basement to attic, cradle to grave, "Frugal Living For Dummies" covers all areas of life with common sense advice and guidance on: Working with your partner to achieve financial goalsGoing to the grocery without being taken to the cleanersQuick and thrifty cooking techniquesProviding kids the basics on a tight budgetPutting kids through school without going brokeLooking good and feeling good on a tight budgetFrugal holiday fun year roundSaving money around the house and drivewayFinding quality in pre-owned merchandise
Packed with tried-and-true techniques for cutting costs and stopping the insanity, "Frugal Living For Dummies" is the ultimate financial survival guide for the rest of us.
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Studio: For Dummies
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.28" Width: 6.18" Height: 0.64" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Jan 31, 2003
Publisher For Dummies
Series For Dummies
ISBN 0764554034 ISBN13 9780764554032 UPC 785555086357
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More About Deborah Taylor-Hough
Deborah Taylor-Hough teaches people how to live well on less and is the publisher of The Simple Times Newsletter, which reaches more than 18,000 frugal readers around the world.
Deborah Taylor-Hough currently resides in Olympia, in the state of Washington.
Reviews - What do customers think about Frugal Living for Dummies?
Not the best frugal living book out there Mar 18, 2007
This book would be great for "beginning" to live and think frugally. If you've got a home, and kids then this would be a good book to just look at if you are thinking about becoming more frugal.
I guess I would refer this book to people who definitely have a budget to live off of - and maybe those who really aren't hurting that bad money wise.
And, you don't have to be a dummie to read this book.
The introduction was probably the best part of the whole book.
Very helpful book Aug 23, 2006
This book has tons of great tips and overall is helpful to anyone looking to become more frugal and live more simply. Highly recommend.
Great for those new to the lifestyle Mar 18, 2006
If you're new to frugal living then I'm sure this book will be of great help to you. I've been living a frugal lifestyle for a few years now and was hoping I might get a few new suggestions by reading this book but unfortunately I was wrong. I would recommend this book to those who are interested in saving a bit here and there. Frugality doesn't mean that you need to move to a teeny tiny apartment, clip coupons and eat rice for every meal. If you're looking to get out of debt or maybe try to simplify your way of living, this book would be a great start.
Intro to frugality 101 Dec 24, 2004
I see this book as an intoduction to frugality. In the last 2 years I have read everything I could get my hands on frugality. I am now debt free, my only bills being my mortage and utility bills. No credit card debt! I think this book is an introduction to being frugal. It is not as comando as the tightwad gazette, and the ideas can be easily adapted for a newby. Geting started is always the first step, and this is a friendly introduction to the concepts of frugality. I think it is laid out well. And can help anyone it does not seem so radical. A lot of these books make the reader feel deprived, this book does not, it is an alternative. When ever we feel deprived we don't stay on track. Thats budget wise, diet wise, or anything else in our lives we want to change. This is the book for you if you want to change your spending habits. I would buy it if I were new to frugality, if you have been frugal for a while you may want something diffrent as this book has a lot of ideas I have read in other books. I think it is great for a beginner, but not for advanced frugal zealots.
Keep in mind, this is a "FOR DUMMIES" book! Jul 14, 2004
Just a quick reminder for all of those reviewers who seem to have forgotten this one little fact: "FOR DUMMIES" books are written for self-proclaimed "Dummies" ... people who know nothing about a given topic, but want to learn the basics.
For example, when I wanted a basic book on birdwatching (because I knew NOTHING about the topic but wanted to get a good, solid start with basic, accurate information) ... I bought "Birdwatching For Dummies". When my teenage daughter needed help with her classes in Algebra and Biology ... I bought her copies of "Algebra For Dummies" and "Biology For Dummies".
These "FOR DUMMIES" books have a particular place in the book market ... they're written for BEGINNERS -- people who know absolutely NOTHING about a topic. "Frugal Living For Dummies" accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do ... it provides a basic introduction and simple framework for people unfamiliar with frugal living basics.
Keep in mind when reading reviews of this book that say things like, "It barely scratches the surface of frugal living," that this book is part of the trademarked "FOR DUMMIES(R)" series ... it's a book that's obviously NOT written to people who've been living frugally their entire adult lives and already know a-thousand-and-one ways to recycle styrofoam meat trays.
If you're a long-time frugal person, buy a copy of "Frugal Living For Dummies" as a gift for your spendthrift friends ... but if you've read every frugal book on the market, you'll honestly be happier just sitting around hugging your Tightwad Gazette books.
REMEMBER: Don't buy a "For Dummies" book on ANY topic if you're not looking for a simple overview of the absolute BASICS! I just hate seeing people bash a perfectly good book just because they don't "get" the purpose of the book. Silly, silly people. What are they thinking?
But ... if you're brand new to frugal living and are looking for a basic introductory overview, then THIS, my friend, is YOUR book! If you have a sense of humor, can laugh at yourself a bit, and need a simple introduction to frugality, run -- don't walk! -- to the "Buy Now" button on this webpage. You won't be disappointed!