Our favourite books on frugal living!
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The Moneyless Man – A Year of Freeconomic Living by Mark Boyle. Think eco-living is just for the rich? This highly readable book disproves that idea completely and raises many points about our wasteful society. There are many tips for frugal living from foraging and growing your own food, building a rocket stove, making paper with mushrooms and obtaining items on freecycle. The free food ‘feastivals’ sound amazing and again show how much food is wasted commercially. A fascinating tale of a year with no money and the development of the freeconomy community.
Near the Motorways: Affordable Alternatives to Service Stations (10th Edition). This book lists places that provide a meal or a quiet rest just five minutes from a motorway junction. The author has personally visited and selected over 200 entries in the guide which are included for their ambiance, friendliness, imaginative menus or peaceful surroundings. They do not pay for inclusion so each is chosen solely on merit. Each entry is illustrated by pen and wash drawing by the author, for ease of recognition. Special mention is made of the welcome for dogs and children and of any places of interest which are nearby. Buy from Amazon.co.uk
When Huw Richards was a baby his family moved to a smallholding to become self-sufficient. In his latest book he focuses on making growing cheap or even free with lots of money saving tips and tricks. Lovely colour photography throughout too.
The YouTube Channel that he’s been running since he was 12, is extremely informative too.
How to Grow Your Own Food: A Week-by-week Guide to Wild Life Friendly Fruit and Vegetable Gardening – actually a very good, humorous read too. Full of practical advice for getting the most food out of your garden.
Buy from Amazon.co.uk
Creating a Forest Garden: Forest gardening is a novel way of growing edible crops – with nature doing most of the work for you. A forest garden is modelled on young natural woodland, with a wide range of crops growing in different vertical layers. Unlike in a conventional garden, there is little need for digging, weeding or pest control. Buy UK
The Frugal Life – How to Spend Less and Live More by Piper Terrett. Wow, this book is jam packed with a wide plethora of tips and advice! Sections include being frugal at home, to eating out, energy bills, travel, Christmas, finance, fitness, clothing and our favourite: food. Shopping for it, growing it, foraging for it – there’s a lot of info in here. Some tips are so simple and easy we wonder why we did not think of them ourselves, such as using old plastic bottles for cloches to protect tender, young plants. Some are most intriguing – we had not heard of clandestine gardening before… We are very, very impressed by the wild food recipes at the back, especially the 100% Foraged Christmas Pudding… though we will leave out the badger suet and substitute a vegetable one as suggested!
The Spend LESS Handbook – 365 Tips for a Better Quality of Life While Actually Spending Less by Rebecca Ash. A fabulous little book full of life improving ideas. It starts with ‘The Problem’, a section examining our spending-obsessed culture, moving on to ‘The Solution’ of which we particularly like rule 3: rescuing the essential from the clutches of the irrelevant. Then the book proceeds with the 365 tips spread through many sections from shopping, house and home, finances, food and drink to kids, schools and universities, travel, happiness that money can’t buy and more. We were most impressed by the kids section and the advice given there. Far more important than which school your child goes to or what toys they have is who they have as parents – your time and love are what they need. Full of good reminders for returning to a simpler and happier way of being.
Food for Free – a great guide to Britain’s wild foods – goji berries may cost a bit, but many superfoods are all around us for the taking! A great favourite of ours – detailing wild herbs, berries, greens sea vegetables and fungi.
The Book of Rubbish Ideas by Tracey Smith. Written in a friendly, chatty style this book is choc-full of innovative ideas for reducing waste, both money saving and environmentally conscious in tone. After the informational start, detailing why we should bother – Rubbish History, Rubbish Climate and Rubbish Obsolescence – we are guided, room by room, though our house and made to think about the waste generated in all areas. We were most impressed that even the letter box is covered with entirely practical and quick ways to stop junk mail (and phone calls for that matter). Highly recommended.
More with Less Cook Book – a classic on saving the Earth’s resources and living simply – very thrifty recipes – commissioned by a Mennonite community who live in a similar way to the Amish people. Buy from Amazon.co.uk
Save cash Save the Planet from Friends of the Earth. A wonderful, colourful (lots of pics) money saving guide – frugal living and environmentalism go hand in hand so well. We challenge you not to save money using some of the ideas in this book. From food to finance, birth to death, finance, home decor, heating, you name it, there’s guidance here. See it in Friends of the Earth’s shop or Buy from Amazon.co.uk (USA)
Also see: books on Abundance
Set in the late sixteenth century, at the height of the Scottish witchcraft accusations, our founder’s novel, THE MERMAID AND THE BEAR, is a story of triumph over evil, hope through adversity, faith in humankind and – above all – love. Also: romance, witches, and a Scottish castle…