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I didn't always live a frugal lifestyle and stay out of debt. I have admitted this to ya'll before. Heck at one point I had 4 max-out credit cards. I started reading money-saving books. I still do to this day and a few I read over and over because every time I read them I find new things that relate to me. I have read everything from couponing to frugal living, Dave Ramsey, freezer cooking, and canning. There are so many ways to save money and here are a few books I think you need to read no matter where you are on the frugal living journey!
What are three money-saving strategies?
Save on your utilities – There are a number of things you can do to save on your utilities, including turning off electronics when they're not in use, using energy-efficient lightbulbs, and installing a programmable thermostat.
Related: 14 Ways to Build An Emergency Fund Without Pulling From Your Budget
Save on extracurricular activities – Many extracurricular activities can be expensive, but there are a few affordable options available, such as participating in community theater or joining a sports league.
Live below your means – One of the best ways to save money is to live below your means. This means spending less than you earn and saving the difference.
What are the top three tips for saving money?
Create a budget and stick to it.
Comparison shop before making big purchases.
Think outside the box when looking for ways to save money. For example, consider couponing, bulk buying, or negotiating a better deal on services you already use.
Related: How to Properly Make a Zero Balance Budget
Money-Saving Books Everyone Should Read
One of the first books I read about saving money was this one: America's Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money. This couple writes in such an engaging way that it's fun to read and I learned so much! This book I read over every few years and I swear I find new things! I later read their Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half Book and there were tips I heard before or read about elsewhere. Many tips I still use to this day!
Money Secrets from the Amish was another one I read that I learned from. The book truly goes into how to REALLY use it up, wear it out, make do, or do without. Plus some of the ways to cook and save money we put into action!
Suddenly Frugal is a book with TONS of money-saving tips on EVERY aspect of living, from your house to entertainment to your car and even vacations!
While I don't think everyone should/can do the Dave Ramsey Total Money Makeover method I think you should read the book. While we didn't hit Dave's method hard we used some of his advice in our budget. It's worth a read for sure!
Next, I recommend 1/2 Price Living from Ellie Kay. She is a former military wife and talks about living on 1 income, there are many great tips in this book. Plus she has many other great money books you can see them all here.
We hope you’ve found these money-saving tips helpful. What are your favorite ways to save money? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to share this post with your friends and family who could use a little help staying on budget.
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