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Timely and useful tips for saving money
on 27 October 2013
I follow the author on Twitter and have found her links to sales and the like incredibly handy. I also see her tweets about Tenner Week and think to myself I'd never have the discipline to do that. Having read this book, I still doubt I'd do the Tenner Week challenge but it's because I'm reasonably solvent and already careful with my money.
However, it was an eye-opening read. I was particularly taken with the tips to be more frugal in the kitchen as I spend a lot of money on food - from choice. I immediately reorganised my freezer and put the longest-frozen meats on the top so I can use them up before they deteriorate. Then I tidied up my larder. I also resolved to finally order from a local veg box scheme I'd been looking at and then I decided not to buy any more veg between now and the box arriving so as to use up what was already in the fridge. There was a ton of good ideas for entertainment too - cutting back on TV and reading a book instead (something I sometimes struggle to find time for, and the author has a good list of suggestions for getting free e-books), meeting friends at home, plus making good use of free museums and galleries. And importantly, Golightly offers a lot of very useful and sensible advice on resisting consumer pressure to spend money as well as tips on longer-term saving in the form of switching utilities and other contracts - very timely as the cost of living rises again.
All in all, it's a very useful read even if, like me, you don't think you'll do the Tenner Week, because we can all benefit from looking after the pennies.