The New Frugality

The New Frugality

How to Consume Less, Save More, and Live Better

Book - 2010
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Baker & Taylor
Offers recommendations for living frugally, covering such topics as spending money on quality rather than quantity, saving for college, renting vs. owning, and borrowing wisely.

McMillan Palgrave

From the personal finance correspondent for public radio's Marketplace Money, a new plan for a new economic reality—the philosophy and practice of living frugally.

As a once-in-a-lifetime downturn deepens, our go-go economy has become an uh-oh economy. But as trusted finance reporter Chris Farrell explains, there's a silver lining to this cloud: It is accelerating a trend already under way in America toward what he calls the New Frugality—a fresh way of thinking about how, what, and why we consume. In today's economy, a "sustainable" lifestyle isn't just one that's good for the planet—it's one that is based around core values and one that sustains your bank balance as well.

In this friendly, approachable book, Farrell explains both the theory and the practice of living frugally. Frugality, he reminds us, does not mean old-fashioned penny-pinching. It means spending your money on quality rather than quantity—buying the best you can afford but the least you need. Drawing on his expertise as a financial reporter and his years of conversations with his public radio listeners, he provides down-to-earth, practical advice for every aspect of your financial life, including:

• how to always maintain a "margin of safety" in your spending

• the frugal home: renting vs. owning

• the two best ways to save for college

• wise debt vs. foolish debt

• why giving your money away can be "newly frugal"

The New Frugality amounts to a paradigm shift in the way we spend and save. The good news is, a frugal lifestyle is one of less waste, lower environmental impact, greater peace of mind, and, over the long run, deeper satisfaction.

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Farrell, host of the popular public radio show Marketplace Money, has put together a brief book outlining the actions we can all take to shift our spending and saving patterns in the direction of frugality. His frugality goes beyond penny-pinching toward wiser consumption practices, such as buying quality instead of quantity, and hopefully leads to toward a more sustainable lifestyle that in the end brings deeper satisfaction. It includes tips for the ordinary investor, along with interesting ways to assess issues like whether you would be better off renting or buying a house. With references to specific websites and information such as current government taxation policies and regulations, portions of the book will be out of date in a few years time. Nevertheless, the basic approach should remain solid. Written for the general reader, it contains no references, but does have a useful index. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

& Taylor

A financial reporter offers his philosophy and practice for living frugally, which to him means spending one's money on quality rather than quantity, buying the best one can afford but the least one needs, in a book that also tackles such subjects as the two best ways to save for college, renting vs. owning, wise debt vs. foolish debt and more.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Press, 2010
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781596916609
Characteristics: x, 229 p. ; 25 cm


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May 27, 2010

Probably useful for the younger generations, although I know some from my generation who could benefit from it, too.

May 19, 2010

This book was not quite what I expected- it was more of a financial planning guide than a guide to the frugal lifestyle. Also, it had lots of terminologies for American companies and financial systems that are completely inapplicable to Canadians. Nonetheless, it had some great advice, and I'm feeling more confident about the whole frugal living thing as a result of reading the book.


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