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Reviewed by Teodora Totorean for Readers' Favorite
As promised by the title, A Frugal Life: Learning How to Spend Less and Enjoy Life More by Rhiana Jones is a book on lifestyle that shows readers how to find the best deals in order to spend less money but still enjoy all the advantages a modern life can offer. Covering aspects like rent, living in a small accommodation, shopping cleverly, finding bargains, saving on entertainment or managing your day to day costs, the book offers readers hands-on solutions to consumerism and temptations that one may not even need. The book covers all aspects of everyday living: finding the best house to rent for your family’s needs; clothes shopping and organising; how to negotiate the best cable, internet and car insurance monthly bills with your suppliers; shopping for food and how to store when buying in bulk; buying online, etc. The book finishes with a chapter on how to have an extra income by working from home in your spare hours, together with ideas and links to such opportunities.
A Frugal Life by Rhiana Jones is a must-read for any family who lives from pay cheque to pay cheque. It is easy to read, understand, follow and implement, especially as it is written from Jones’ personal experience. The chapters are well organized and there are many external references to links and further reading should one want to find out more. The tone of the book is conversational and friendly, which keeps readers interested throughout. The overall message is: a frugal life doesn’t mean a life without treats, but a life where you manage your monthly budget cleverly so you won’t miss out on other attractions.