I have read a lot of frugal living books. I’m a fast and voracious reader. My favorite books are usually non-fiction, including memoir. I like to use books to help me figure out new ways to improve upon my own life.
I have learned a lot about frugal living from the books that I read. Of course, I’ve learned tips and hacks for reducing my spending. More than that, though, these books provide inspiration. If I read about a topic, then it stays at the forefront of my mind. Therefore, I focus on saving money when I read about doing so.
I have a lot of favorite books. In addition to frugal living books, I like a lot of books about minimalism, simple living, eco-friendly living, and so forth. However, for this list, I’ll just focus on my top seven choices for books specific to frugal living.
1. The Art of Frugal Hedonism
The Art of Frugal Hedonism’s subtitle is, “A guide to spending less while enjoying everything more.” That’s a philosophy I love. The big difference between minimalism and frugal living is that the former is focused on having less stuff while the latter is about saving money. What I love about minimalism is that the emphasis is really on having a higher quality of life through conscious consumerism. This book’s approach incorporates that concept into a frugal living approach.
Tips from Frugal Living Books
My favorite tip from this book is to “indulge your curiosity.” Specifically, the authors emphasize that “knowledge can function in lieu of material goods.” In other words, deeply embrace learning things for free and you won’t feel like spending money to get a dopamine hit.
2. Meet the Frugalwoods
This book’s subtitle is, “Achieving financial independence through simple living.” However, Meet the Frugalwoods isn’t just about simple living. It really is about frugality. The book is a memoir by Elizabeth Willard Thames, a popular blogger who shared her journey to achieve the dream of retiring early. Her family did this primarily through drastically cutting their spending.
One of my favorite parts of this book is that she begins the introduction by acknowledging her own privilege. Her way of frugal living won’t work for everyone. However, it’s interesting to learn about how it worked for her.
3. How to Manage Your Money When You Don’t Have Any
Speaking of privilege, this frugal living book really speaks to an understanding that many people don’t have excess money to worry about. They are worried about making ends meet. They are living month-to-month. It’s a situation that makes people feel out of control. This book shows that you can still gain control of your finances despite this situation. The author addresses how quick fixes, like credit cards, are designed to make you feel better in the moment. However, if you adopt a frugal living perspective, you can live below your means, even if your means are already low.
4. The American Frugal Housewife
The American Frugal Housewife was written in the early nineteenth century. Therefore, a lot of what you’ll find here isn’t practical for today. However, you will find a wealth of inspiration. Plus there are some timeless tips for smart cooking. If you’re looking for a guide to living frugally, this isn’t that. However, if you are interested in the history and possibilities of this way of life then don’t neglect to read this one.
5. The Homemade Housewife
The Homemade Housewife is one of the frugal living books that updates the Americal Frugal Housewife for the 21st century. The book provides recipes and tips for saving money around the house. Moreover, it addresses contemporary issues such as living on a military salary or as a one-income family. In addition to basic tips, you’ll find advice for buying a home and other advanced aspects of frugal living. This book’s subtitle is, “The last book you will ever need on homemaking and frugal living.”
6. Habit Stacking for Frugal Living
What you do each day is what you do with your life. If you develop good frugal living habits then you will find yourself living frugally. Habit Stacking for Frugal Living is all about establishing those habits. It is subtitled, “50 simple life changing tips to save money, get out of debt, and live a happy life.” Do note that this is available only as an ebook. It’s free on Kindle if you’re part of the Kindle Unlimited plan on Amazon.
7. Meal Planning on a Budget
The subtitle for Meal Planning on a Budget is, “Save money on groceries, master meal prep, and reduce food waste to reach financial freedom.” Groceries take up a big chunk of the budget. In fact, people often spend ten percent or more of their income on groceries. If you can learn how to live frugally when it comes to food then you can save a lot of money over time.
Remember that if you spend a lot of money on frugal living books then you aren’t living frugally. Use your library and get discounts where you can.
Do you have a favorite frugal living book? Share it with us in the comments below.
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