Getting By On a Budget – Books to Read

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I got divorced just over a year ago, and I’m finally to the point where I’m going to be able to move out of my parents’ house and back on my own again. Except this time around it’s not going to be as easy because my income is significantly reduced over what it was when I was married and my ex-husband was the bread winner. As a result, I’ve really been researching ways to save money but to still be able to enjoy life on a budget. In doing so, I came across a few great books that I thought you might be interested in too!
I am super excited about the book, Make Your Place: Affordable & Sustainable Nesting Skills by Raleigh Briggs. I think this book is beautiful and it brings back memories of when ‘zines were a trend and mail order was god, before the internet took over the masses and amazon made it’s way into the world as the first big internet retailer. Sort of in the way that mustaches are trendy now. Except this book is much more useful than a mustache on a mug! Written and illustrated by Raleigh Briggs, this book is a DIY collection from the author’s ‘zines and illustrations containing her amazing ideas for making and keeping a DIY household. There are how to’s and recipes for making cleaning solutions, using herbs to heal, dealing with “women” related problems, setting up a garden, and so much more. If you’re interested in becoming more sustainable and a little more green, this is definite one book you’ll want to buy!

You may also be interested in the book, The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking: Decorating, Dining, and the Gratifying Pleasures of Self-Sufficiency — On a Budget! by Kate Payne. This book is your source for decorating, homemaking, and dining on little to no money. It’s the perfect book if you’re on your own for the first time – especially if you have a limited budget – or just want to explore new ways of saving money. This book contains ideas for thrift shopping with a purpose, urban gardening, cleaning, cooking, decorating, saving space and more!

And if you are REALLY into growing as much of your own food as possible, definitely check out The Urban Homestead (Expanded & Revised Edition): Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City (Process Self-reliance Series).

It’d love to hear some of the things you do to save money in your household as well as inexpensive ways to entertain or have fun!