Living on a Budget

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Be CentsABle : How to Cut Your Household Budget in Half
Chrissy Pate and Kristin McKee
Former neighbors and stay-at-home moms, Pate and McKee offer a detailed look at slashing household expenses. The authors, asked by their husbands to cut their budgets in half, settled on savvy coupon use: "stacking" savings-purchasing goods already on sale with apitional coupons. They present a plethora of information about coupons themselves, where to find them and how to use them properly in conjunction with sales on particular groceries. Nearly half of the book is devoted to grocery shopping, including tips on which stores to visit, and how to plan meals and "win at consumerism."

 

Be Thrifty : How to Live Better with Less
Pia Catton and Califia Suntree
"Be Thrifty" is not about being cheap; it's about being smart and self-sufficient. Drawing on the work of experts in every field, it shows how to cut food bills, credit card debt, and even cut hair to save money.

 

The Cheapskate Next Door: the Surprising Secrets of Americans Living Happily Below Their Means
Jeff Yeager
He's at it again, but this time he's not alone. America's Ultimate Cheapskate is back with all-new secrets for how to live happily below your means, la cheapskate. For The Cheapskate Next Door, Jeff Yeager hit the road to interview and survey hundreds of fellow cheapskates, getting them to divulge their secretes for living the good life on less.

 

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Eating Well on a Budget
Lucy Beale and Jessica Partridge
Packed with tips, strategies, ideas, and more than 150 recipes for those who are either new to food budgeting or have had to greatly tighten their food budgets. Readers will not only learn how to do savvy grocery shopping, they will learn how to eat out on a budget. During the current tough economic times more Americans than ever need to watch what they spend on food. Apresses the challenge of buying healthier foods-which are often more expensive-and maintaining a careful budget.

 

The Everything Budgeting Book
Tere Stouffer
Practical advice for spending less, increasing savings, and having more money for the things you really want.

 

501 Decorating Ideas under $100
Better Homes & Gardens
Giving your home a facelift doesn't have to break the bank-or your back! This idea-packed book gives you step-by-step instructions for tackling small, inexpensive, and easily achievable decorating projects that will give your home a whole new look.

 

1/2 Price Living : Secrets to Living Well on One Income
Ellie Kay
Kay, "America's Family Financial Expert," calls upon her financial expertise and experience as a mom to write this step-by-step plan on how to downsize from two incomes to one. "Half-Price Living," also gives readers real life stories, comprehensive charts, worksheets, and a plan to make it work. Far from being a book about deprivation, these tips will make living on one income a pleasure.

 

The Lazy Environmentalist on a Budget : Save Money, Save Time, Save the Planet
Josh Dorfman
Focuses on the 3 Rs : reduce, reuse & recycle. Includes tips and suggestions for conserving energy and water. Also, how to redo your wardrobe, and living in a green house.

 

Make Your Paycheck Last: How to Create a Budget You Can Live With
Jason Rich
Offers step-by-step directions and dozens of strategies for setting and achieving personal and family financial goals. A great resource for students, recent graduates, newlyweds, young professionals, single parents, the recently divorced, recent retirees, and anyone seeking to take charge of their finances.

 

Miserly Moms : Living on One Income in a Two-Income Economy
Jonni McCoy
Designed to help families live on one income, the book is packed with ways to reduce expenses and expose hipen living costs.

 

The New Good Life : Living Better Than Ever in an Age of Less
John Robbins
How do you define the good life? For many, success is measured not by health and happiness but by financial wealth. But such a worldview overlooks the important things in life: personal contentment, family time, spirituality, and the health of the planet and those living on it. Here is everything you need to develop high-joy, low-cost solutions to life's challenges. Practical and timely, this book equips you with the skills needed not only to survive but to thrive in these challenging times.

 

Real-Life Décor: 100 Easy DIY Projects to Brighten Your Home on a Budget
Jean Nayar
Real Life Décor brims with ideas for repurposing, reusing or replacing your accents and furniture to keep your home fresh and functional as well as wallet-friendivy. Comprised of a collection of 100 easy, appealing projects illustrated with lively photos and simple how-to’s, the book is divided into 7 sections that offer multiple approaches to dressing up walls, sewing simple soft furnishings, recycling old furniture, brightening lamps and accents, making multipurpose furnishings and storage, and sprucing up floors and ceilings.