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Low-Cost Living: Live better, spend less [Paperback]

John Harrison
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Book Description

28 May 2009
When economic conditions are tough, we all need to watch our spending. John Harrison’s simple, tried and tested methods will help you to enjoy a better standard of living while saving money and helping the environment. Discover the benefits of growing your own fruit and vegetables, raising chickens, making butter, cheese and bread, and brewing your own beer. Save energy, save on your bills. Harvest food for free and avoid waste. Play the supermarkets at their own game and get the best deals. See how to recycle, re-use, make do and mend. Find out if solar power is right for you and whether wind power makes domestic sense.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Right Way (28 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0716022117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0716022114
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Harrison (b.1955) lives in Snowdonia, North Wales on a smallholding with his wife Val and a pride of miniature lions who can be mistaken for moggies. As well as writing, he runs his allotment-garden.org website from his home. They aim to be as self-sufficient as possible, not only growing fruit and vegetables, but making their own butter, cheese and preserves and soon to be raising their own livestock.
His first book, Vegetable Growing Month by Month was a best selling success, closely followed by The Essential Allotment Guide and Low Cost Living which he says should have been titled "Self Sufficiency in the Suburbs"
Easy Jams, Chutneys and Preserves was a collaboration with his wife, Val, and it has become a bestseller because of it's straightforward, honest style. Val not only tells you what to do but also what do when things go wrong. And they do!
His book, Vegetable, Fruit and Herb Growing in Small Spaces was released in March 2010 and was based on their time in a terraced house with just a patch of concrete to grow on.
Following this John and his wife Val released How to Store Your Home Grown Produce, in September 2010. They realised many home growers just didn't know what to do to store their crops. As well as being released in the UK, this book was picked up by Skyhorse in the USA where it's doing very well.
The next book was The Complete Vegetable Grower. This was a departure from John's other works being a hardback, lavishly illustrated in colour with photographs. In effect it's a compendium of his previous growing books with some new material.
His latest book, released 1st September 2011, is Backgarden Chickens & Other Poultry. Written with his daughter, Cara, it aims to give a practical guide to those thinking of keeping poultry. Cara keeps a flock of chickens, ducks and quail in her small terraced house garden near Leeds.
As both John and his daughter Cara are into self-sufficiency the book also covers the economics of keeping poultry at home and raising chickens for the table.
They make no secret of the fact that it is hard to 'do the evil deed' when you raise table birds and admit that the Aylesbury ducks were reprieved and are now beloved pets.
Currently John is writing a book on making your own wine, beer and cider. He's thoroughly enjoying the research and testing phase!
John served on the National Executive of the National Vegetable Society, a charity promoting the cultivation and showing of vegetables until recently and is a fellow of the society.

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Reduce your living costs, lower your carbon footprint and still live well.

About the Author

John Harrison has been following a frugal lifestyle for over 30 years.A long-term member of Garden Organic, he runs two popular websites which are visited by hundreds of thousands of people each month.

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66 of 66 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Dip Into Book 5 May 2010
By Mouse
I bought this book partly in response to the recession and partly because I was curious about keeping hens in a built up area. It's a lovely book with an inviting and cosy writing style which made me dip in and read more every time I passed it - I even took it to bed! I loved the recipes and was a bit shocked to read about the commercial bread making process. I've found tips on everything from making the most of supermarket offers to storing vegetables. John Harrison writes like your uncle and I shall dip into his book regularly. As a manual it would need to be too big to carry around but as a motivational starter it's just perfect. We need more common sense like this.
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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Savvy savings 14 Aug 2010
Even for those of us who recycle, shun supermarkets, cut waste and cook - there are fresh tips to be found in this little book which can be read cover to cover in one short sitting. We grow what we can and have cut down food and packaging waste by only buying what we need so we thought we were doing ok. But this little book flagged up the fact that we really don't need to run the dishwasher for two hours on eco - 30mins does the job fine and slashes the energy cost; we always check and switch off our standbys but we'd overlooked the 'phones on charge all the time and the 'sleeping' computer; we'd forgotten how delicious bread and butter pud can be - considering it's made largely of stale bread and above all - we'd forgotten how rewarding life is when waste is cut, achievement is a daily event with home grown veg, home made jams and chutney etc and the freezer is full - all without the grind (and fuel cost) of the supermarket and the groan of the bills. It's not about austerity or frugality - it's about living a good life. If I have one complaint it's about some of the comments regarding water saving - that it's not all that important in a country as wet as the UK. Well even here in Wales with our rainfall we had drought orders this year - and let's face it water, like everything else is a precious resource - we should be using it wisely. It's easy to put this book aside and say 'well I knew that before I bought the book, it's just common sense' - but the key thing is not just knowing, it's doing. And don't say you haven't got the time - we both work full time, long hours - and this is a darn site more rewarding and relaxing than reality TV!
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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Gem! 11 July 2009
By S. Robb
I love the way this book shows how a less consumerist, more ecological lifestyle can also be more economical. I am also impressed by how it is helpful to those who are new to the concept as well as to those (like me) who are already converted.
It's very well organised and also indexed, so can be read cover to cover and just dipped into when you want information about something specific, and the basic guidance is nicely laced with interesting facts and background information.
The first half is all about food, (including recipes), and the second half covers the other aspects of our lives where savings can be made, and the environment treated a little more respectfully.
I am sure that anyone buying it will save the (minimal) cost of the book many times over by following the advice within it!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Bargain Book 28 July 2010
Low-Cost Living: Live better, spend lessI really enjoyed this book. It is very well written, full of good ideas on how to live well for less, which is very welcome in these difficult times. John Harrison has a really friendly, down to earth writing style - with a dash of humour. I read, I learned, I laughed! This book is the type of book you'll find yourself reading all the way through and then dipping in to now and again. And a such a good price, it was excellent value too!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Low Cost Living 20 July 2010
By Becky
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Great book with lots of handy money saving tips. Also had some good recipes to make with home grown foods. I did feel that some of the suggestions were more inclined towards country living that high rise apartment, however a good read all the same.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars low cost living 29 July 2009
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Excellent - easy to read and extremely informative! From someone who loses interest part way through most books - that's one heck of a compliment! Would highly recommend. We are looking to move to France and becoming self sufficient - this book will definitely help. I bought the author's other books - all very well written.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book. Good price. 15 Jun 2010
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Great little reference guide for anyone into their vegetable plot. Lots of useful stuff like how to store produce. Very cheap and very cheerful.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book 14 Jun 2010
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Not only is this book useful it was an enjoyable read. Informative, amusing and not condescending I recommend to anyone who wishes to cut back on bills or wants to live a more sustainable lifestyle. It wont give you answers to everything but it is a good book to read if you are just starting out on the road to a greener future. I have most of the books written by this author - he not only passes on knowledge he entertains you too with an informal, chatty writing style. Well worth the price - and at least he keeps to his ethics by keeping the price low - many of these books are a ridiculous price!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars same thing new
not as good as l thought it was going to be l already what the book says l was looking for same thing new
Published 4 months ago by Katherine Cross
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit basic
This book hasn't really told me much that I didn't already know but for anyone looking for ideas to save money it is ideal. Read more
Published 4 months ago by BE CARTER
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it !
Great idea's it shows our parents/grandparents were very thifty with things, and can show us a thing or two !
Published 5 months ago by miss pamela j tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars Saving money
Thank you so much for this item really helpful and useful book on how to save money in your household
Published 7 months ago by leonie bolton
5.0 out of 5 stars a must buy
This book was a must buy when my partner and I bought our first house, it came in very useful.
Published 9 months ago by Earl88
3.0 out of 5 stars Low cost Living.
I read the book in 2 evenings. Most of it is common sense, but there are some things you wouldn't think of in this book. Its written well by the author and it descriptive too.
Published 10 months ago by Simon Boi
5.0 out of 5 stars Going back to basics
This is a really good book to help one get back to the basics of living without all the myriad of easy, but not necessarily cheap or healthy) options there are available today. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kaela
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book
This is not only interesting but useful - have read it from cover to cover.

I am going to be moving permanently to a smallholding in Dorset – so know I will be dipping... Read more
Published 15 months ago by The Paddocks B&B
4.0 out of 5 stars easy reading
the book mainly covered growing your own veg as part of low cost living.
Also some receipes for the cheap cuts of meat. Read more
Published 15 months ago by paschal moloney
5.0 out of 5 stars great book!
In these cash-strapped times, this book shows ways of living better and spending less. It is very well written and inspirational without being patronising. Read more
Published 15 months ago by E. A. Langley
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