Friday, August 15, 2008

I should have read The Best of The Cheapskate Monthly before Debt Proof Your Holidays. I checked them out simultaneously but opted to read the other first. It was shorter, after all.

In sharp contrast to the oft-repeated advice found in the other book I found The Best of to be full of practical advice. There was advice on everything from supermarket shopping (make sure you weigh all bagged produce, often 5 pound bags can actually hold 6 pounds!), household cleaning (alcohol and vinegar are two staples in my place now), money tracking and more.

The book's introduction can be found on many websites and details author Mary Hunt's fall from good economic grace. Luckily for people like me, she recovered and made a business of telling others how she did it!

She also reminded readers of the need to be humble. The next time someone compliments something you own, don't give away all the details; let them wonder how you do it on your budget. Savvy advice indeed ;)