I just finished reading 397 Ways to Save Money by Canadian author Kerry K. Taylor (HarperCollins Canada). Like many of you, I love saving money and finding new ways to be frugal without giving up the lifestyle I love is such a rush. This book has so many great tips in it for saving money in every aspect of your life. Whether you have kids, pets, a home, an apartment, are single or married, this book offers some great ideas to cutting costs without cutting your quality of life. It offers cost effective alternatives to many day-to-day expenses as well as tips for things I hadn’t thought of before.
One of my favorite sections is How to Start a Compost. Papa Bird and I have been thinking about composting for a while and this is a great section with a lot of good information.
The back of the book is also a great resource. There is a monthly checklist to maintaining your home so it runs more efficiently, healthy recipes to make nice family dinners for $5, a quick guide to small things you can do right now to start saving and a nice list of internet resources. Being Canadian, I love that Kerry, the author is from Canada and writes from a Canadian perspective as the resource links at the back of the book are applicable to me.
Kerry K. Taylor is also the writer behind Squawkfox, a blog about having fun and living frugal. I love this site and it has a lot of great tips for not only living a happy frugal life, but it also has some great posts on things like writing a resume and offers free printable workout logs and grocery checklists. If you get a chance, I recommend you check out her site and the book.
Sheri publishes, and writes at This Bird’s Day where she shares all of the thoughts in her head without the voices. Sticking mainly with content for Canadians, Sheri shares family stories, product information and anything that fits into her (and her family’s) daily activities.