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                   Product Description-Frugal Living for Dummies
   Feel like you’re trying to dig out from under a mountain of debt without a shovel? Tired of working your tail off just to break
even? Is the high cost of living taking all the joy out of life? Unless you’re one of the top two percent of wealthiest Americans, all
  of the above should sound painfully familiar. While they’re trying to decide between the ski lodge in Telluride and the Tuscan
    villa, for the rest of us, it’s an endless litany of corporate lay-offs, stagnant wages, crushing credit card debt, skyrocketing
medical costs, exorbitant utility bills, the high cost of higher education.... And they call this “the good life.” Is there a better way to
    live? Can you get what you need and what you want without killing yourself to get it? “Absolutely,” says frugal-living guru
Deborah Taylor-Hough, and in Frugal Living For Dummies, she shows you how.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 peasant’s budgetTake the sting out of gift-givingDress well on a shoestringSave big bucks on family
   expensesSlash household expensesSave on medical expensesInvolve the whole family in saving moneySave more for the
things you wantFrom basement to attic, cradle to grave, Frugal Living For Dummies covers all areas of life with common sense
  advice and guidance on:Working with your partner to achieve financial goalsGoing to the grocery without being taken to the
   cleanersQuick and thrifty cooking techniquesProviding kids the basics on a tight budgetPutting kids through school without
going brokeLooking good and feeling good on a tight budgetFrugal holiday fun year roundSaving money around the house and
   drivewayFinding quality in pre-owned merchandisePacked with tried-and-true techniques for cutting costs and stopping the
                     insanity, Frugal Living For Dummies is the ultimate financial survival guide for the rest of us.

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Customer Reviews:
209 of 226 people found the following review helpful

Glad I borrowed this at the library, August 6, 2003 By A Customer
This review is from: Frugal Living for Dummies (Paperback) It's not true, as another reviewer suggested, that Dummies books
can only be expected to be of use to beginners in a topic. I've been online for years and still got something out of Internet for
Dummies. I've used Ebay quite a bit and still got something out of Ebay for Dummies.In reading Frugal Living, however, I kept
noticing glaring omissions that would have been so easy to include if Ms. Taylor-Hough would move into the 21st century. She
mentions library booksales as a source for cheap books but doesn't include the website that lists virtually all upcoming library
booksales throughout the country. (In fact, she mentions libraries several times but never suggests taking advantage of the free
programs for kids and adults that most libraries offer.) She does not mention Amazon or any other online sources for
inexpensive used books.She doesn't mention using the library for free internet access. She doesn't mention how to find
inexpensive computer equipment or cheap internet...

86 of 92 people found the following review helpful

Not worth buying; barely worth reading., July 8, 2004 By W. Paul W. "Paul White" (Amarillo, TX)
This review is from: Frugal Living for Dummies (Paperback) Frugal living is such a broad topic that one really can't expect all
advice offered to apply to them; however, this book was evidently aimed at people living in at least moderatly large cities, and
with families. It is also much more oriented toward the homeowner as opposed to the apartment dweller.Even granting that, it is
not really a worthwhile book. Some of the information is questionable; much of it that is really valid is so basic it's really below
even common sense level (buy generic brands...duh!).The book is in several parts, each of which I will review independtly.Part
one is about the adjustment to frugal living. It's really a mixed bag. I don't have kids, and my fiancee and I agree on the budget
and goals, so most of the tips on how to cope with combative family members are lost on me. However, most of it is incredibly
basic: catalog your expenses. Catalog your income. Decide what your priorities are. The one decent section is where she talks
about how...

44 of 51 people found the following review helpful

Keep in mind, this is a "FOR DUMMIES" book!, July 13, 2004 By A Customer
This review is from: Frugal Living for Dummies (Paperback) Just a quick reminder for all of those reviewers who seem to have
forgotten this one little fact: "FOR DUMMIES" books are written for self-proclaimed "Dummies" ... people who know nothing
about a given topic, but want to learn the basics.For example, when I wanted a basic book on birdwatching (because I knew
NOTHING about the topic but wanted to get a good, solid start with basic, accurate information) ... I bought "Birdwatching For
Dummies". When my teenage daughter needed help with her classes in Algebra and Biology ... I bought her copies of "Algebra
For Dummies" and "Biology For Dummies".These "FOR DUMMIES" books have a particular place in the book market ... they're
written for BEGINNERS -- people who know absolutely NOTHING about a topic. "Frugal Living For Dummies" accomplishes
exactly what it sets out to do ... it provides a basic introduction and simple framework for people unfamiliar with frugal...


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