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Frugal Living

See also: Green Living

"I believe in Pittsburgh the powerful--the progressive. I believe in the past of Pittsburgh and in the future founded on the heritage of that past; of clean living, frugal, industrious men and women of poise, power, purity, genius and courage."

-- "The Pittsburgher's Creed" by James G. Connell, Jr.

 

Selected Books

Economides, Steve and Annette Economides
America's Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money: Your Guide to Living Better, Spending Less, and Cashing in on Your Dreams
HG179.E27 2007
Steve and Annette Economides have managed to save money, avoid debt, and pay off a mortgage--all while raising five children. How did they do it? Their book, America's Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money, details ways people can take charge of their finances and pay off debts while still living a comfortable lifestyle. Library Journal says "the numerous practical tips and ideas will surely hit the mark with frugal families everywhere."
 
Gray, Rich
The Frugal Senior: Hundreds of Creative Ways to Stretch a Dollar!
HG179.G725 2006x
In our throwaway society, where debt skyrockets, landfills fill up, and consumerism clamor spills relentlessly from every television, radio, and print publication, the term "frugal" has become much-maligned and equated with tightwad and cheapskate. Unjustly, according to Rich Gray.
 
Hamm, Trent
365 Ways to Live Cheap: Your Everyday Guide to Saving Money
Take a look at your life and you'll realize that there's almost always a way to make do on less. This book offers up a bevy of ways to cut down on costs and still enjoy a satisfying lifestyle in any situation.
 
Kalian, Linda
The Best Free Things for Seniors
This volume of tips for seniors on discounts and free services is updated annually.
 
Rosenberg, Sharon Harvey
The Frugal Duchess: How to Live Well and Save Money
TX326.R673 2008x
Sharon Harvey Rosenberg is an award-winning journalist for the Miami Herald and blogger, who consumers know as The Frugal Duchess.
 
Schor, Juliet
Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture
HF5415.33.U6 S355 2004
In Born to Buy, economist and author Juliet B. Schor (The Overworked American) examines the shocking advertising strategies that target children and offers advice to parents and teachers on how to reverse the damage that commercialism causes. Parents thinking about leading a less-costly lifestyle will find motivation to do so here.
 
Soule, Amanda Blake
Handmade Home: Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials into New Family Treasures
Filled with 33 projects made by reusing and repurposing materials--from vintage feedsacks to old sheets and towels--and including some projects that children can help with, all of the items here offer a practical use in the home. Amanda Soule reveals crafting as a lifestyle based on the principles of consuming less and reusing more, appreciating the earth, and connecting to our families.
 
Taylor-Hough, Deborah
Frugal Living for Dummies
HG179.T39 2003x
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 peasantís budget, take the sting out of gift-giving, and dress well on a shoestring.
 
Yeager, Jeff
The Cheapskate Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of Americans Living Happily below Their Means
HG179.Y426 2010
In this book, Jeff Yeager interviews fellow cheapskates, getting them to divulge their secretes for living the good life on less, covering topics like "We can't retire. We went out to dinner instead.".
 
Yeager, Jeff
The Ultimate Cheapskate's Road Map to True Riches: A Practical (and Fun) Guide to Enjoying Life More by Spending Less
HG179.Y43 2008
Author Jeff Yeager believes that money isn't all it's cracked up to be and wants to help people stop the "money step" (earning money in order to spend it). In his funny, easy-to-read guide to personal finance, he offers advice about spending less and describes the importance of living within one's means, being self-reliant, saving money, and making sensible financial decisions. Patrons who probably wouldn't pick up most financial planning books may give this one a chance.
 
 

Web Sites

With the downturn in the economy there has been a proliferation of thrifty living web sites and blogs. But there are also old standbys for living gently on the earth.

  • AARP: 99 Great Ways to Save
    The AARP has saving tips for everyone, not just senior citizens on a fixed income, and they cover cars, finances, health, utilities, travel, shopping and entertainment.
  • Mother Earth News
    The magazine Mother Earth News has been around since 1970 and helps those who want to live off the land.
  • Thrifty Fun
    ThriftyFun is a site where regular folks can share their knowledge and ideas.