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By Leah Ingram

This is a manual for those that are suddenly trying to live a frugal lifestyle. Leah Ingram covers all of the bases from meal planning to getting the best deal on new appliances in an engaging style that is part entertainment and part frugal bootcamp.

“Just because a family decides to live a frugal life doesn’t mean that they have to move in under a rock and never go out for fun.”

While the book is geared towards the emerging frugalista, I found chapter three, “Appliances that Don’t Suck….Energy that is”, enlightening. It was nice to know that small appliances aren’t bleeding us dry, energy wise.

Frugal is not another word for cheap to Ingram. It means that “you think twice before buying something or spending money on something, but in the end you make a decision that’s right for you and your family.” The book stresses the difference between spending money wisely and being cheap. Each chapter ends with a tally of how much you can save by taking her tips. She claims that by using all of the tips in the book, your family can save $25,000 a year.

Let’s face it, many of us are in uncharted territory with this new economy and Suddenly Frugal just might be the right guide book. If you are already a master at squeezing out the most from your dollar, walk on by.

Suddenly Frugal: How to Live Happier and Healthier for Less by Leah Ingram

Adams Media, January 18, 2010, $12.95, 240 pages

If you are curious to learn more, Leah Ingram has a Suddenly Frugal Blog which is worth checking out. She also has a new book coming out called Toss, Keep, Sell! on December 18th.

I mentioned that I already have my frugalista on. Want to know how I do it? I use these sites right before taking off to the store.

Cellfire.com



Coupons.com

And a big shout out to
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She taught me all that I know!

It may seem like a lot of work at first, but give it a try for month and you will find that you have a ton more money to buy books with!

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