How to live the good life for a lot less money. The book that helped start the frugality revolution of the 1990's is back and better than ever. You saw the author slash supermarket bills on Oprah Winfrey. Now iscover for tourself hundres of easy to follow cost ctting tips including dozens of new entries as well as updated addresses, phone numbers, and store listings added especially for thid edition that will help you lower expenses in just about every spending category without lowering your standard of living
I found this book to be sort of a guide to reducing costs for the living-above-their-means-but-don't-want-to-really-give-anything-up set. It's a much less extreme approach than The Tightwad Gazette or even Jonni McCoy's books. For instance, the authors assume that you do not want to give up brand-name food, that you trade your car in for a new one every 3-4 years, and that you only want to buy new clothes. Thrift stores and garage sales aren't even mentioned in the chapter on saving on clothing. Some of the information is also a little dated (as one might expect from a 1997 book).
But there are still some good ideas. The appendix on budgeting makes creating a budget a little less scary. There were also some tips that I was not aware of (largely because I had not concerned myself with those areas). I did learn some things, but I wouldn't put this on my must-read shelf of books on frugality.