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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: House of Anansi Press (Jan. 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088784832X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887848322
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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It's a solid guide to the virtues of non-consumerism, yet - big relief - doesn't come across as preachy or reeking of environmental goody-goodyism. (Toronto Star 2010-02-10)

Thrifty is an entertaining read, thanks to the author's witty style and practical anecdotes. (Calgary Herald 2010-02-10)

Weaving concrete advice from her own life with stories and ideas from many of her frugal friends - including Margaret Atwood who encouraged Harris to write this book - Thrifty offers encouraging, entertaining and eclectic ways to live a frugal life with style. (rabble 2010-01-10)

Harris reminds us that the word thrifty is derived from the word thrive. If we do it right, she promises, living thriftily will make us feel good - not deprived. (Montreal Gazette 2010-03-10)

About the Author

Marjorie Harris is Canada’s best-known gardener. She is the national gardening columnist for the Globe and Mail and the author of several bestselling gardening books. She lives in Toronto with her husband, writer Jack Batten.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By carzmom on Jan. 31 2011
Format: Paperback
"Here are solid tips on how to haggle, how to find fashion deals, maintaining home and hearth on a budget, and money-saving ideas on gardening, travel, and entertainment. Thrifty is full of savvy advice drawn from Harris's own experiences, and those of frugal friends."

This book delivers. It's packed with simple, easy ideas for getting what you need (or want) at the best possible price. It's a how-to written with a bit of wit and lots of practicality, which appeals to me. An easy read filled with ideas about gardening, homekeeping, cooking and how and when to haggle or barter.
One of my favorite tips on gardening was "Make sure you have someone you'll be sharing your harvest with. Deciding on who grows what can turn an individual garden into a community garden with very little organization." Just think, we could feed each other right in our own neighborhoods!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. Stoddard on Feb. 18 2011
Format: Paperback
Loved this book. I have read a lot about frugal and thrifty living but this little book was really one that appeals to me. I have found many other ones very "preachy" and quite honestly, unrealistic (as in you should only use one roll of tin foil a year).

I love the tips included from Margaret Atwood. Great conversation starters!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Simple ideas July 16 2010
By AHR's mom - Published on
Format: Paperback
I read this book in one day. It had some simple ideas and topics, but nothing in depth. I enjoyed the read, however I'm glad it was a library book not something I purchased. I don't think I'd ever re-read it since it was pretty basic.
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Pracitcable book June 12 2010
By Vicky K - Published on
Format: Paperback
A very handy and practicable book full of useful information on a wide variety of ways to save time, money, be more self sufficient, live healthier and empower people to manage household, family, leisure and a host of other daily issues. Covers most of those areas where we tend too often waste rather than save. The thriftiest idea about this book is to buy and use it. I was handed a copy as a gift and because I liked this book, I would recommend it.
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OK but predictable Sept. 11 2010
By Geraldine - Published on
Format: Paperback
I was intrigued by the cover/title of this book.The author Majorie Harris has "rehashed" a number of green tips, that have been written about, again and again. this is nothing new. If you are looking for a great way to "go green" there are better books to read that are more entertaining as well. Try David Bach's Go Green Live Rich for one of them. Not worth the money.
Thrifty or Frugal? Jan. 2 2014
By Kristen - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Thrifty: Living the Frugal Life with Style by Marjorie Harris caught my eye on the library bookshelf. It was an interesting and thought-provoking read, although pretty basic.

Thrifty focuses on six distinct areas (interchanging the words thrifty and frugal quite a bit): the Thrifty Citizen, the Frugal Fashionista, the Frugal Foodie, the Frugal Home, the Thrifty Gardener and the Thrifty Traveller.

Mrs. Harris is a Canadian author so there is not as much of a focus on couponing, as there would be in most American books. Mrs. Harris did portray an interesting perspective as an older writer who grew up in more frugal times, where thriftiness was a way of life for the majority. It was good to be reminded that thriftiness and frugality does not mean cheap, but it means being responsible with your money. You save for what you want and make purchases that will last.

If you are looking for a basic book on frugal living that doesn't focus on the couponing aspect, Thrifty is a good book for you. Whether you read this book or not, remember that we can all chose to be thrifty - if we want to!
Fun and helpful! April 15 2014
By Platinum Brunette - Published on
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When I decided to simplify my life and reduce my debt, I searched Amazon for book ideas. I kept coming back to Thrifty, read it in my local library, and decided that this was The One. This book combines realistic, everyday ideas for reducing spending and saving money but does not have a Scrooge-like sensibility. Instead, the author includes stories and suggestions from other people who have lived thrifty lives while still thoroughly enjoying their lives. She covers many aspects of everyday life and offers practical ways of saving money and living fully and happily. Since I purchased this book, I have implemented many of the author's suggestions into my life and have found that they work wonderfully. Another one of my books that is heavily underlined and frequently read!