Suddenly Frugal Book Review

I waited awhile for this book, Suddenly Frugal, to arrive at our public library before I could sit down to read and review it. Leah Ingram is the author of several books as well as Suddenlyfrugal, the website. Leah writes this book (copyright 2010) from her personal experience as she adopted a frugal lifestyle later in life to recover from past financial mistakes.

Suddenly Frugal starts by helping you look at your daily routines and encouraging you to shift how you shop. There are also chapters on your appliances, rooms for improvement and transportation.

One of the unique aspects of the book is that Leah gives her “Suddenly Frugal Seal of Approval” to products and services that have helped her live frugally. I would certainly agree that microfiber cloths are handy to have around, as well as regular rags. What is our fascination with paper towels anyway, other than convenience? I admit to using them, but I’m personally working at cutting back.

The book boosts a claim to help your family save up to $25,000 a year. While I already practice many of her suggestions, I believe this claim could be true if you are living quite extravagantly. For me? Not so much. In fact, for many of us, I would suggest that we are already doing many of these things. Even if the book doesn’t save you that large of a price tag, it’s a good read to help you reflect on the how and why of living frugally.

While Suddenly Frugal was an enjoyable read, it was not in my top five. I appreciate Ellie Kay’s Christian perspective on frugality more than the secular approach of Leah. Still, if you can check this out from your library, do so. Otherwise, employ Leah’s frugal techniques and look for it frugally on Freecyle!

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