Thrifty Paperback – Jan 1 2010
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
I love the tips included from Margaret Atwood. Great conversation starters!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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!
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