Posted by Tim Stobbs on June 2, 2009
Well in case you didn’t know, Kerry K. Taylor, of the Squawkfox blog has written her first book called 397 Ways to Save Money. Her publisher was kind enough to send me a review copy.
Overall I was expecting not to learn much from this book. After all I did my frugal wars on my own spending for a while, so I thought I had seen just about everything. Kerry shows me that even I have a few tips to finish learning. The book is nicely divided up into sections like Big Decisions (like buy a house or rent), Home Maintenance (prevention will save you thousands), Room by Room (which my wife even wants to read) and each tip is short so the whole thing is easy to read.
The tips are straight forward and focus on the obvious savings and skip the penny pitching to save you $1/year. Each tip has a bottom line of the approximate savings so you don’t even have to do any math to figure out if you want to try the tip or not. Some of the tips will save you thousands, others $50/year, but overall if you add them up there is a lot of potential in that book.
For me I liked the following tips:
- Insulate your fireplace: To be honest I had thought of this one a while back, but she gave me some good ideas on how to go about it.
- Make your own glass cleaner: Half water and half vinegar. Simple and it does the job great. My wife loves this one as she hasn’t been happy with her own glass cleaner.
- Set Up a Home Office for Less: A little sub section that deals with ideas for the setup. Since I’m still working on my writing office I found a couple of ideas to try out.
- Make Your Own Sangria: I have to admit I’m looking forward to trying out the recipe.
- Make Your Own Baby Wipes: I’m curious to give this a try as her instructions look very easy to do. I’ll have to do the math to see if it makes sense to try. We currently get bulk packages of wipes of 400 wipes for $10. So I’m not sure how much savings there is.
So overall I was pleasantly surprised that I learned a few things from this book. If you are a frugal tip monster you likely won’t learn much, but you still might learn enough to justify buying the book. Retail cost is a mere $15, so even if you learn a couple of tips the book might pay for itself. So if you want go buy 397 Ways To Save Money(affiliate link).