10 Books That Will Make You A Thrifty Ninja


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When I was first married I knew a small handful of  thrifty tricks but I soon realized I was going to need to learn a whole lot more of them if I wanted to be the at home mom I desperately wanted to be and not dig us further into debt (don’t worry we soon dug out of debt but that is another story).

I became a homemaker 19 plus years ago, so the internet was just really in its beginning stages and there was nothing like pinterest. So I turned to books to learn all I could about living thrifty.

10 books you need to read if you want to be a thrifty ninja


Today I still think reading books is an excellent choice for learning. The shear length of them as apposed to blog posts allows the author to go way more in depth than a blog writer can which means that you will learn more in depth secrets of how the thrifty stretch a buck  as far as humanly possible

10 Books That Will Make You A Thrifty Ninja

1. The Complete Tightwad Gazette

The Complete Tightwad Gazette is actually a collection of 3 books in one with added content. This is the ultimate thrifty collection of books. What I love most about the series is that it truly does cover every area of life and teaches you how to save money on it. I also love that the author Amy encourages her readers to take thrift to the level they desire and to meet goals of their choosing.

2. The Money Saving Mom’s Budget: Slash Your Spending, Pay Down Your Debt, Steamline Your Life, and Save Thousands a Year

Written by Crystal Paine of Money Saving Mom the book The Money Saving Mom’s Budget is packed full of ideas of how to not only save money but make room in your daily schedule to perform the actions needed to save more money.

3. Cut Your Grocery Bill In Half With America’s Cheapest Family: Includes So Many Innovative Strategies You Won’t Have To Cut Coupons

If you want to cut your grocery budget yet still want to eat a healthy diet I highly recommend reading Cut Your Grocery Bill In Half. The family does use coupons but the book contains so many more ways of saving money on foods that you can’t normally find coupons on.

4. America’s Cheapest Family Gets You Right On The Money: Your Guide To Living Better, Spending Less, And Cashing In On Your Dreams

Written by the same authors as number 3 America’s Cheapest Family Gets You Right On The Money will help you understand how you can pay for vehicles cash, how you can live without debt and how you can live a life of less and yet feel like you are getting more.

5. Money Saving Secrets Of The Amish: Finding True Abundance In Simplicity, Sharing, and Saving

Money Saving Secrets Of The Amish goes further than buy less and you will save money. It will help you look closely at habits that with a little effort could be changed and when they are could save your family and others a significant amount of cash.

6. 1/2 Price Living: Secrets To Living Well On One Income

1/2 Price Living is written for those moms who don’t want to return to the work force, or those that have but want to come home. It shows you how to chop expenses in all areas so you can afford to be a stay at home mom. The book has a chapter on how to run an at home business without letting it take over your life in case living off one income just isn’t possible for your family even with all the cost chopping tips found in the book. I love the last chapter which is how to give even when your budget is tight.

7. Miserly Moms: Living On One Income In a Two Income Economy

After Tightwad Gazette Miserly Moms was one of the first books I read on how to trim expenses. This book contains some great frugal recipes as well as tips to cut your expense in all areas.

8. Pocket Your Dollars: 5 Attitude Changes That Will Help You Pay Down Debt, Avoid Financial Stress, & Keep More Of What You Make

Pocket Your Dollars is unlike any book on thrifty living that I have ever read before. The author divides the book into three sections. Section one addresses attitudes that keep you from managing your money well, and I suffer from a few of them from time to time. The second section teaches you the skills you need to help you turn your wrong attitudes about money around and the third section offers simple budgeting advice. If you keep falling off the thrifty wagon this is the book for you.

9.The Cheapskate Next Door: The Surprising Secrets Of Americans Living Happily Below Their Means

Written from inspiration the author received while doing an across the nation bike tour with his first book, The Cheapskate Next Door is full of real life examples of people living very happily on less than they make. These people share their secrets as well as their stories of why they continue to be thrifty even when they might not need to be.

10. Debt Proof Your Christmas: Celebrating The Holidays Without Breaking The Bank

Debt Proof Your Christmas is crammed packed with ideas of how to reduce every area of your Christmas budget. I think it is a must read for all those on a tight budget, as it takes what can be a very expensive time of the year and turns it into an affordable one.

What thrifty reads would you add to my list?

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  1. I loved Money Saving Mom’s book – it was so easy to read and very practical! I have the Debt Proof Your Christmas one on Kindle, and am looking forward to reading it. I’ve also read Mary Hunt’s Guide to Retirement book and that really helped me understand the different between mutual funds, stocks, etc!

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