This book didn't tell me anything new or anything I haven't considered. It's probably a very good book for people who are starting to be more frugal, but the same recommendations are available on Frugal Living websites, Tightwad Gazette, etc. It is good book with some good examples of how they handled things. However, it's not breaking any new ground for me.
Good book but so far no new information. All the books Tightwad Gazette, etc all have same information. I keep hunting for the one to say something new...If you haven't read any others though I recommend this as a good one.
The information may not be anything new, but sometimes it's nice to see this info through another set of eyes. I enjoyed reading about how this family saves money and stays out of debt. Very inspiring!
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A lot of what this book said I already know. There were lots of other books that said it before them. I like that some of that information is all gathered together into one book. The down side to this book is that some of the information inside is not going to be helpful to all people. My particular concern is the grocery saving section. Which works really good in Phoenix where they are, but not so good for those who live in rural areas. There just isn't enough grocery store competition in rural areas to take advantage of the loss leaders, etc. I would get miserly moms, and miserly families instead. Do borrow this book from the library first before you make a decision. It might contain information you want.
I guess every generation has its thrifty heroes. The stories here are more up to date than those in the Tightwad Gazette but the tips cover the same ground. This book also seems more patched together. What I was really soured by was the patronizing tone -- where the person doing the writing was advising the person doing the thrifting and cooking and parties on how to do it better instead of being able to write "I" and "we" in the tips.