I love a good frugal living book, and there’s a brand-new one out on the market:
I know what you’re thinking — because I did, too. Why in the world would I want to be blessed with poverty? (Daughter #1 took it one step further, and subtitled the book as “Why Being Poor Is So Much Fun.”)
Diane’s point, though, is that we all go through hard times, both financially and emotionally. And it’s easier to get through those times with God’s help, a little elbow grease and a lot of creativity. Her ideas come from experience: over the years, she and her husband raised three children, paid their bills and purchased a house on a surprisingly low combined income.
The book is divided into two basic sections — an analysis of hard times and the attitudes that can accompany them, including struggles with jealousy, frustration and discouragement — and practical solutions for dealing with those destructive feelings.
Once those are resolved, though, you still have the basic issues to solve — including food, shelter, entertainment and education. Diane covers ways to stretch your rent and mortgage dollars (including tips for sharing your home with others). She also discusses ways to stretch food (in her case, for 5 mouths), including a method that nets her 17 meals from a single turkey!
Even if your income is more than adequate, The Blessings of Poverty will help you stretch it even more, with money-saving ideas on entertainment (including Rainy Day Walks). Diane gives you plenty of real-life stories from her family and friends, as well as recipes and unexpected solutions, to lead toward a very rich life, indeed.
(Disclosure: Diane is my cousin — but I bought this book anyways, for my personal library. It’s that good! )
Cindy Brick is a personal property appraiser, judge and national teacher who loves to write about frugality and other personal finance topics. She has written six books and hundreds of articles, but often focuses on quilting, her teaching specialty. She lives in Colorado with her husband, two golden labs and a flock of very suspicious chickens. Find out more at Brickworks, http://www.cindybrick.com, or visit her personal blog: http://www.cindybrick.blogspot.com