Be Thrifty

Be Thrifty

How to Live Better With Less

Book - 2010
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It all starts with a penny. An indispensable omnibus for graduates sharing their first apartment, young families stretching a dollar, retirees, students, frugalistas (the fashionably frugal), career-changers, and anyone who wants to cut back and needs ideas for how to get started, Be Thrifty offers positive solutions for every facet of our lives, covering food, health, finances, entertainment, education, travel, clothing, pets, and those often costly special occasions from a big family Thanksgiving to getting married.

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 your food bills, cut your credit card debt--cut your own hair. Financial writers explain how to create a budget, and the thriftiest ways to invest in the market (thrifty people are savers, and savers need to make their money work hard). Professional chefs give step-by-step advice for shopping for the cheapest, tastiest ingredients--and offer recipes that put those ingredients to good use, from homemade Chinese "take-out" to the frugal barbecue. There are also tips on creating a home spa; why beeswax candles burn the longest; the twenty best bottles of wine for under $10; tips for building a budget music collection, including how to buy from a flea market with confidence; how to sell your home without a realtor; the adjustable-wrench guide to home plumbing repair; how to make your own fresh mozzarella for less than half the cost of an Italian deli's brand; the basics of negotiating a killer rate on a car; keeping your clothes looking great without a trip to the dry cleaner; unspooling old sweaters and repurposing the wool; the stuff you should buy in bulk and the stuff you shouldn't; how to outfit a nursery; and much, much, much more.

Thrift--the word derives from thrive . Be Thrifty --it's how to thrive, and feel good and virtuous about it, too.
Publisher: New York : Workman Pub., c2010
ISBN: 9780761156093
Branch Call Number: 640.73 B3651 2010
Characteristics: xxvii, 372 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Catton, Pia
Suntree, Califia


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ksoles Oct 23, 2012

Handy and practical, "Be Thrifty" contains a wealth of information on ways to save time and money, to increase self-sufficiency, and to live healthier. The authors have written clearly and designed their book for easy access, covering topics from household to leisure to garden to pets to diets.

Easily available, cost saving solutions with an insistent focus on "a happier, greener, healthier life" form the bulk of this book, allowing readers to make smart choices about where to spend their money. After all, thrift does not mean "cheap" but rather "intelligent and of excellent quality."

Ali144 Mar 20, 2012

I liked this book a lot! It was a fun read with lots of great ideas!

Aug 06, 2011

This is the coolest book! I appreciate the idea of being thrifty as "thriving on less".

Feb 27, 2011

A great general overview of living frugally that isn't too overwhelming, probably, for someone who's not used to a life with fewer luxuries. Nothing really world changing for people who are already pretty frugal, but some good tips nonetheless.


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