Books and Blogs
These titles are free for downloading at the time of posting. This can and does change without notice, so be careful to check the pricing first. I'm doing something a little different this time, and along with each free Kindle download, I list a blogpost you can read on a frugality related issue. The booklistings may expire, at least the free part, but the blogposts won't.=)
Standard background information:
These books are free at the time of listing. This can change, so be sure to check the cost first before you download. Check carefully. If it only says free for Prime, it's not free unless you have Prime. I don't. (I love to hear from our readers, but I do not love to hear that a book listed here is not free because this tells me you did not read what I said and that makes me sad. On the plus side, it might even make me sad enough to eat chocolate, so there is that.)
You do not need a Kindle to take advantage of these offers. You can read them on various free reading apps. I often read mine on my laptop if they are short enough books, even though I have two kindles. That’s because my kids keep taking off with the Kindles to read their school books and they don’t remember to recharge them before returning. I wouldn’t say I’m bitter about it, but I might be a little disgruntled.
If you’re curious, this is the Kindle I have when the teen-agers have not absconded with it. I have used others and mine remains my favorite. Mine has Keyboard 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi and I don’t have commercial screensavers. I love all of these features. When our grandson Striderling was in the NICU and I stayed there with him and his Mum because his Papa couldn't get off work immediately, my Kindle enabled me to keep the rest of the world updated on his progress. They wouldn't let me bring a cell phone into the NICU and text with it, but I could bring the Kindle and update FB, as well as play soothing music (I could have played unsoothing music if I'd wanted to, I suppose, if I'd used my earbuds).
Our second Kindle is actually one I was given in exchange for some writing work, and I gave it to my two teens. It does not have 3G, which is why it’s their Kindle.
I have tried the Fire, I didn't like it. If I'm going to have distracting colors, bells, or whistles, I just want an iPad or a Tablet, or whatever. You know, really *great* bells and whistles.
If you like these free listings, you should also like my Facebook page, because I list other free titles there several times each week, and you wouldn't want to miss a chance at free, would you? Plus, I post other fun stuff on the FB page, too, political links, and funny stories about my son that don't make it to the blog.
Most of the blurbs and book descriptions above are not mine, but come from reviews on Amazon's page. I usually try to differentiate between my words and others in these posts, but sometimes I forget.
No, I don't have time to read them all, although quite often I do 'discover' free copies of books I have already read, or at least authors I already know. I do know some obsure authors.
However, I barely have time to find them all. I don't even download all the goodies I share. I try to weed out the vile, the drek, and a few other things and post the titles I think most likely to be interesting to my readers, but I can't make any promises. I'm just a kind of a bird dog who runs into the woods and fetches back all kinds of stuff. Woof.
Undoubtedly some of them are duds, but I do my best to weed out the duds as much as possible without actually reading all the books first. If you had to wait for me to read them first, I'd never be able to list the free stuff.
And here we go:
Winning With Money: Simplify Your Financial Life
Amazon review: I read Winning with Money in one night - it is so easy-to-read and user friendly! A few days later, my husband and I started the Winning with Money program at the beginning of our pay period. We are now 3 weeks into it and I can honestly say that it is the first month in 13 years that we are not already out of money! (We are paid once a month.) We used a whiteboard calendar to write the chart on, and it is sitting right on our computer desk where we see it everyday. This has become a family affair. Our kids have been watching our progress and learning right along with us. I would also recommend this book as a marriage book. My husband and I have tried many different ways of managing and communicating about our money, and this is the first program that has allowed us to truly work as a team and talk about our spending without being defensive about it. It has made us more accountable in a positive way because when we spend less, we see the money add up right in front of our eyes.
Blogpost: Frugal Winterizing
See also these blogposts:
Homemade Gifts for Pre-teen Boys
In this 60 Savvy Money Tips Volume 3 book, you can expect even more great ideas to make "free and smart" part of your everyday vocabulary.
If the change in the economy taught us anything valuable, it's that we can continue to be smart savers and modify the way we approach spending. This can be done by focusing on saving where we didn't think it was possible and zeroing in on areas that need to tightened up.
In this guide, "How to Save Money: 60 Savvy Money Tips," you'll get easy-to-follow instructions on EXACTLY how "saving first and spending later" can lead to a prosperous future.
Blogpost: save a few pennies on gas
Blurb from Amazon: 925 Ideas... is an easy and readable guide to help your family find financial peace. Author Devin D. Thorpe explains:
1) how you and your spouse can find agreement on money matters,
2) how to teach your kids about money,
3) how to pay for your children's college education,
4) how to live like a millionaire (spoiler alert! Frugally)
5) how to come up with $25,000 in a crisis
6) how to make ends meet on one income
7) how to get out of debt and stay out of debt
8) why home ownership should be your family's top financial priority
9) how to ask your boss for a raise
10) how to use your finances to do more good in the world.
And much more!
See also this blogpost on how to set aside money for emergency funds or extra sales when you are already pared to the bone.
I've linked to this one before, because it's a gem of a vintage book on using your time wisely.
Blogpost: Frugal fix for kids snowclothes.
Practical Suggestions for Mother and Housewife
Vintage book with both charm and practical ideas.
See also this blogpost on a delicious change of pace way to use leftover spaghetti noodles.
Blogpost: Cost vs Value
Blogpost: Hearty and frugal soup(s)
blogpost: Calculating costs and living within our means without feeling deprived.
Blogpost: Frugalities and Potatoes
I just skimmed the first few chapters and I like this. It's not polished, and it might be you already know most of it, but the conversational style based on the experiences of the author makes this read like a friendly chat with an older frugal friend over a cup of coffee. Home-made, of course, because we're too frugal for the overpriced stuff at the shop, right?
Probably my most popular blogpost ever on frugality- learn to use what you have in your hand.
Blogpost: Frugal tips for disaster prep
Blogpost: Free toys for entertaining the littles
Blogpost:lessons learned from poverty- 'free money.'
Author's blurb: Cooking on a budget doesn't mean you have to sacrifice flavor or nutrition. Cooking on a budget is a skill that you can learn over time. Yes, it may take a little more time and planning but in the end it turns out the more you focus on purchasing local, unprocessed food and preparing meals at home, the healthier and tastier your meals will be, and the more money you'll save.
In my family we are no strangers to stretching the dollar, living in an ex-Communist country that is still one of the poorest within the EU. We are always living paycheck to paycheck, so we find the cheapest ways possible to cook meals that will feed our family of five. Our favourite recipes are strongly influenced by traditional cuisine and contain a lot of simple, hearty foods.
In my new cookbook I am offering you some great tips on cooking on a budget as well as 130 recipes for savoury soups and stews, satisfying salads, hearty casseroles and delicious desserts. In the end of the book you will find a few nourishing skin masks you can prepare at home, because after saving all this money on food we deserve a little pampering, don't we?
blogpost: How I cooked when we were dirt-poor.
Blogpost: Cabbage and the grocery budget