I recently read Effortless Savings: a Step-by-Step Guidebook to Saving Money without Sacrifice by Richard Syrop, having received a copy to review. Since I’m always looking for ways to cut back (especially now that I temporarily without income!), I welcomed the review copy.
Effortless Savings is separated into various categories, so it makes it easy to get to the section that most interests you: Telecom Services, Insurance, Home Energy, Grocery Shopping, Health and Beauty Products, Clothing and Household Items, Automotive Expenses, Additional Shopping Strategies, Restaurants and Entertainment, Vacations and Travel Expenses, Credit Cards and Banking.
Some sections are more helpful than others. Since I’ve read similar books and websites, I probably didn’t find as many useful tips as others might. Particularly, Syrop mentions several ways to save on restaurants and entertainment I’ve never considered…my main strategy to this point has been to eat out as little as possible!
Along with some good tips, there unfortunately a few that I find unethical (misleading the cable company into thinking you’ll cancel, bringing your own food into a venue that has a no-outside-food policy) and cannot recommend.
If you are new to cutting costs, this book could be useful to you.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Effortless Savings in order to write this review.