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Martin Lewis
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Book Description

14 Dec 2006

This extraordinary book is based on the collective wisdom of the scores of contributors to the MoneySaving Old-Style section of - the award-winning, trend-setting website which, in less than four years, has attracted over one million UK users a month.

The Old-Style forum started when many of the older visitors to the site decided to share their accumulated knowledge with other younger users. It has swiftly developed into a discussion on living life cheaply, healthily, ethically and thriftily, with all generations together searching for a path to Old-Style bliss.

Edited by Martin Lewis who, as well as being the founder of, is a newspaper columnist, TV and radio money guru and presenter, and author of the bestselling The Money Diet, this lively book cannot fail to appeal to anyone who is interested in living better for less.

The book includes hints and tips on:

- How to budget

- Cooking from scratch

- Cleaning for pennies

- Gardening

- Making homemade gifts

- How to shop

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion (14 Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091912776
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091912772
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 16 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This thrifty site deserves to be your financial best friend" (Sunday Times)

"The UK's biggest financial anorak" (BBC Radio 4's MoneyBox)

"If anyone can help, it's this man. Martin Lewis knows more about credit cards than possibly anyone else in the country" (Justin Rowlatt BBC1 Panorama)

"The Dumbledore of debt." (This Morning)

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Handy hints on living better for less from the community of

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105 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Live better for less 3 Sep 2006
An absolute must for anybody on a low budget or who does just want to reduce the rip-off factor built into high street shopping.

Using tips here I have more than halved my household budget and actually live and eat even better than I used to.
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140 of 146 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Martin Lewis and Old Style tips are fab! 9 Oct 2006
I love the whole ethos of Martin Lewis' moneysaving website and have both copies of his previous books which focus on consumer advice to make your money go further.

This book concentrates on going back to basics and looks at domestic matters including advice on cleaning your home the old-fashioned way and feeding the family like royalty on a peasant's budget!

If you're the sort of person who loves programmes like Anthea Turner's Perfect Housewife or Kim and Aggie's How Clean is Your Home?, then you'll love this book.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful for the retired etc 2 Mar 2008
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I found this book had helpful tips for saving money in an old fashioned way however a lot of them ie baking your own bread etc are very time consuming. I was slightly dissapointed with the book as i felt it would incorporate more modern fresh thinking ideas however i would still recommend the book and feel that if you have the time you can make substantial savings
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70 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best buy of the year! 10 Dec 2006
What a great book. Like the web site [...], it's full of great hints and tips to cut costs, and still live well. There's no need to spend a fortune on big companies' marketing ideas, or overpriced chemicals (food and otherwise) in expensive packaging. I think everyone should own a copy, and refer to it often!
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87 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great little lifestyle guide 12 Dec 2006
By Cate
I have bought this book because I frequent the Old Style forum where all the tips have been taken to compile the book. I thought I would know them all, but to my surprise I am finding great new tips at almost every page.

This book is refreshing and gives truly useful hints on how to reduce one's expenses without reducing quality of life, it is not prescriptive and the style is light and funny, like other Martin Lewis books.

I also love it that Martin is donating all proceeds to charity as he acknowledges that the book is the result of collective wisdom.

Great read altogether, not only useful but fun!

Caterina (an Old Styler)
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and easy to read 6 Dec 2006
Martin Lewis and his fans are determined to save the environment and lots of money, into the bargain. His latest book is packed with all sorts of ideas and suggestions, laid out in an accessible and attractive format. We can dip in and out or completely transform the way we live. Either way, it's win win for our planet and our pockets.
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have! 17 Dec 2006
Buy it for the kids leaving home and going off to Uni, buy it for young people starting their own families, anyone who wants to use less chemicals in the house, if you're struggling and want to save money on cleaning, cooking, anything, or just buy it to find yourself amazed at the amount of knowledge we seem to have forgotten over the years whilst the advertising companies have been brainwashing us to use their brands...

A dedicated OS'er shouldn't be without one!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good tips. 27 Feb 2012
By Sharmah
The premise is sound - life can be great on a budget! This book provides good advice overall and a number of helpful tips to boot. It is a little repetitive in parts, though, perhaps a touch dated in others (ex demo sewing machine for 10? I wish!!) and some tips needed additional explanation - such as, for example, making your own cushion covers for gifts out of scrap fabric "two squares sewn together and stuffed" - a cushion without a removable cover (easy to make - just an overlapping back piece) is a disposable one (hard to wash an entire cushion) and a false economy.
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Published 9 months ago by Nattymaker
4.0 out of 5 stars REALLY HELPFUL
I am working on a lot of the ideas here, hardest menu making.I now wash clothes on 0 degrees-no difference(as long as one soaks stains, but one should anyway!)good idea! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ladyredfox
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Thrifty Book
I love this book its filled with loads of hints and tips and the ideas are great.
The book is easy to dive into and look back on to find certain topics.
Published 10 months ago by Joanna
1.0 out of 5 stars thrifty ways
very poor book not worth the money, gave it to charity shop.po0r for MR lewis.would certainly not recommend to buy
Published 11 months ago by bert mduncan
4.0 out of 5 stars very useful
This is just what i needed, practical and helpful. The print is a little small but the advise is perfect for moden day saving.
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