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397 Ways To Save Money [Paperback]

Kerry Taylor
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Book Description

May 15 2009

Families are always looking for simple and effective ways to stretch their household budgets. In tight times, finding extra dollars in unexpected places is even more important. Packed with ideas, information, tips and tricks that range from longterm savings to instant cash in your pocket, 397 Ways to Save Money makes budgeted living easy -- and even fun.

Written by an average Canadian whose frugal ways have saved her thousands, this accessible guide offers saving savvy that you don’t need to be a financial planner to understand. By looking in every corner of every room in your house, from the kitchen to the closet, and by considering the needs of every member of your family, from your toddler to your dog, 397 Ways to Save Money will help you find thousands of dollars in savings.

3 Quick Ways to Save

• Raise your homeowner insurance deductibles from $250 to $500 -- you’ll save up to 15 percent on your premiums immediately and more in the long run because making fewer small claims helps keep your premiums from increasing.

• Brush your dog’s teeth -- it sounds like a silly task, but dental cleanings at the vet can cost between $200 and $500. Pick up a toothbrush and toothpaste at your pet store, and brush up those savings.

• Watch those drinks! Eating out with the family is much cheaper if everyone orders water. Adding three or four chocolate milks or Cokes to the bill can easily boost the cost by $10. Forgo your beer or glass of wine and save even more.

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Kerry K. Taylor is the writer behind www.squawkfox.com, a blog that makes frugal living fun. She is a journalist, technical writer and two-time Ironman triathlon finisher. By combining commonsense thrift with an average Canadian income, Kerry paid off her student loan of $17,000 in just six months and has since saved a six-figure portfolio. Kerry lives on an organic farm in vernon, British Columbia, with her husband, Carl, and their mutt, Pivo.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great advice on how to save a few $$ Aug. 16 2009
I have been a fan of the blog for a while and wanted to support Kerry and get a little advice at the same time...

It is a great book to give you some sound advice about ways to trim your lifestyle. Some of the items are things that you have already heard at various times in your life, but are still good to be reminded of.

Unfortunately, because she lives in Canada and focused some specific advice around that fact, some bits do not quite fit for the US reader. But the underlying message about finance does translate, and that is what really matters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent & Inspirational! Feb. 18 2010
This is a great book for finding you ways to save money. The author takes you on a tour around your house and life, presenting you with ideas on where you can save money. These range from common sense things to ways that seem almost counterintuitive until you see the bottom line.

And this is where the book shines. Not only are there a lot of ways (397!) presented, but each one has a bottom line that tells you in real dollars and cents how much you can save. The fun writing style of this book makes it a true joy to read, whether you read it cover-to-cover or jump into it looking for ideas that suit your lifestyle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Specifically good for Canadians! June 15 2011
I can't say I'm a big practitioner of the 'frugality' lifestyle - in fact, in my head, I hear my wife howling with laughter as I type this! :-) That said, all of us could stand to painlessly save a few bucks that would otherwise be squandered, am I right? Kerry Taylor gives you - I was going to say umpteen, but it's really 397 isn't it? - simple items that will keep money in your pocket. She lives in Kelowna, BC, so the advice is all applicable to Canadians, which is so often not the case with money-saving ideas from US writers. You will make back the cost of the book itself with little effort. Then go put your savings into things you actually care about. Cheers, Ron
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