MISERLY MOMS, 3RD ED. Paperback – Sep 2001
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"Practical and relevant, no matter what a familys situation... women of any or no faith tradition could find it helpful." -- Publisher's Weekly, Sept 4, 2001
About the Author
Jonni McCoy, author of Miserly Moms holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Prior to motherhood, she spent ten years as a senior buyer and supervisor for electronics firms such as Apple Computer and National Semiconductor. She presents seminars on living for less to women's groups and other conferences. She has been practicing her frugal ways since 1991.
Jonni has appeared on the Gayle King Show and The 700 Club, and radio programs such as Family Life Today and the Dick Staub Show. She has also been featured in Good Housekeeping and Woman's Day magazines. Jonni and her husband, Beau, make their home in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where they homeschool their children.
Top Customer Reviews
I loved this book!! It's become my sah bible and I recommend it to all of my friends.
The fact that the book is called "Miserly" Moms may be slightly misleading (it initially put my husband off, which is why I mention this). "Miserly" indicates stinginess, penuriousness, lack of generosity. By no means is this the message contained in this book. Rather, it shows many ways families can cut expenses in order to meet a particular goal: that of having one parent stay home with the child(ren).
In fact, the author's approach is to find those areas where she can make the biggest dent in expenses in the least amount of time. Approximately half of the book is dedicated to saving money on food, since for most families with two parents working outside the home, cutting back on food expenses offers the biggest opportunity to save a lot of money quickly.
Her first principle is not to confuse frugality with depriving oneself. The reason: if you think you're depriving yourself, you cripple your ability to make long-term changes. Rather, she presents frugality as a choice, made every day in many different ways, both large and small. (Example: Would I rather have this Starbucks coffee and muffin now or would I rather do without them, if that is what it takes to be home with my children?) This principle is reflected throughout.
There's also a great chapter in this book on raising frugal children.
I would recommend this book in conjunction with another book called You Can Afford To Stay Home With Your Kids.Read more ›
I went ahead and bought Miserly Meals because I liked her recipes that much.
I still use this book as reference at least two times a week.
I would recommend this book to someone just starting out on their journey of thriftiness, or as a gift to a young married couple of middle-to-upper-middle-class background, who have never really had to worry about money before. It would not be very helpful to someone who is already a dedicated and experience cost-cutter/bargain-hunter.
Most recent customer reviews
I checked this book out from the library and don't plan on buying it for my home library. This book would be more helpful to an urban, younger woman just starting to save money. Read morePublished on Nov. 20 2003
I am so surprised this book has some bad review. I think it's a very good book. I love the section on all natural cleaners. Read morePublished on Nov. 24 2002
If you arent used to taking your clothes to the dry cleaners for cleaning, and eating expensive foods, this book will offer little that you dont already know.Published on Sept. 21 2002
As a new "stay at home mom" I purchased this book to find ideas on how to step down from a two-income family to just a one-income family. Read morePublished on July 19 2002
Honestly, when I purchased this book, I thought I would be given better and more original advice than "shop at Goodwill and Salvation Army. Read morePublished on March 27 2002 by Alicia B. Taylor
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