Thrifty: Living the Frugal Life with Style

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Best-selling author Marjorie Harris offers a timely and entertaining guide to living the richly frugal life. From tips on how to haggle to becoming a frugal fashionista, maintaining your home on a budget, and thrifty gardening, travel, and entertainment, Harris provides essential guidelines to living a quality life on less. Written in her trademark witty, engaging, and accessible style, Thrifty is packed with simple and savvy tips drawn from Harris' own fulfilled, thrifty experience. Bonus tips come from ...
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Overview


Best-selling author Marjorie Harris offers a timely and entertaining guide to living the richly frugal life. From tips on how to haggle to becoming a frugal fashionista, maintaining your home on a budget, and thrifty gardening, travel, and entertainment, Harris provides essential guidelines to living a quality life on less. Written in her trademark witty, engaging, and accessible style, Thrifty is packed with simple and savvy tips drawn from Harris' own fulfilled, thrifty experience. Bonus tips come from renowned experts such as best-selling author Margaret Atwood, chef Jamie Kennedy, actor R. H. Thomson, travel writer Sylvia Fraser, and The Globe and Mail's style columnists.
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Harris (Botanica North America; Seasons of My Garden) believes that "being thrifty means being self-aware," and she applies that tenet to all aspects of modern domestic life. The gardening columnist for Canada's Globe and Mail, she includes a chapter for thrifty gardeners along with chapters for frugal fashionistas, foodies, and travelers. The straightforward advice is directed toward a natural, self-sufficient lifestyle; for example, Harris recommends cleaning methods and household habits that are fiscally and environmentally responsible, such as using vinegar and salt to kill weeds. She also shares tips from friends like Margaret Atwood. Readers in the United States may not be familiar with some of Harris's Canadian references, but the information she imparts will be universally welcome. VERDICT This is not a guide to pinching pennies in a recession or living on a budget; instead, it offers a sustained way of thinking and acting no matter the economic climate. A solid addition. [See the 4/15/10 edition of BookSmack! for more titles on DIY/back-to-the-earth basics.—Ed.]—Meagan P. Storey, Virginia Wesleyan Coll., Norfolk
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  • ISBN-13: 9780887848322
  • Publisher: House of Anansi Press
  • Publication date: 5/25/2010
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: How I Got to Be Thrifty ix

Chapter 1 The Thrifty Citizen 1

Chapter 2 The Frugal Fashionista 17

Chapter 3 The Frugal Foodie 43

Chapter 4 The Frugal Home 77

Chapter 5 The Thrifty Gardener 121

Chapter 6 The Thrifty Traveller 161

Chapter 7 The Top 20 Tips for Living the Frugal Life with Style 191

Notes 195

Acknowledgements 201

Index 203

About the Author 212

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