Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4 a Day
Last August Trent Hamm, the author of the Simple Dollar blog posted a review of ten books on finance, frugality and life he found worthy. One of those books is Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day by Leanne Brown. Trent writes: “This is a cookbook that is solely focused on using low-cost staples to prepare meals for your family. The goal of the cookbook is to enable families to prepare a full day’s worth of meals at a cost of $4 per day per person, which is a very reasonable target.
“Brown does this by focusing on staple foods such as rice and beans and pasta, supplementing them with fresh vegetables that are often inexpensive (such as zucchini) and some inexpensive meats used in reasonable amounts”.
You certainly do not have to eat a diet of beans and pasta all day to save money. You can use the many tips in this book to shave off cost here and there and reduce your food budget. If you save money most of the time it is easier to splurge now and then on something fancy or more expensive.
Who cannot benefit from saving some money and by eating more frugally you can save money on one of our most expensive living costs. It is worth checking out.
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The More of Less
Another book that Hamm featured is Joshua Becker’s book, The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own, is about focusing your life on your own goals and getting rid of everything, including stuff, that does not serve those goals. The book is about meaning – discovering what is truly meaningful to you and focusing your effort on that. It includes getting rid of possessions that do not serve that meaning.
It is about frugality and minimalism. It means jettisoning the stuff and the projects that are not meaningful to you. This can be difficult as we form attachments to stuff and to projects that we never quite finish. Both clutter our living space, our work space and our minds. They interfere with our focus on what really matters. Because of the attachments we form to them however it can be very difficult to let them go.
You may not be successful in getting rid of everything that does not serve you well or is not consistent with what you find meaningful, but the more you can do so the more clearly you will be able to focus on what is important to you. It is worth the effort to try.
Daniel R. Murphy
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