Review: 397 Ways to Save Money by Kerry Taylor

24 Mar

HarperCollins Canada, 2009

Families are always looking for simple and effective ways to stretch their household budgets. In tight times, finding extra dollars in unexpected places is even more important. Packed with ideas, information, tips and tricks that range from longterm savings to instant cash in your pocket, 397 Ways to Save Money makes budgeted living easy — and even fun.

Written by an average Canadian whose frugal ways have saved her thousands, this accessible guide offers saving savvy that you don’t need to be a financial planner to understand. By looking in every corner of every room in your house, from the kitchen to the closet, and by considering the needs of every member of your family, from your toddler to your dog, 397 Ways to Save Money will help you find thousands of dollars in savings.

From HarperCollins Canada website

So, who doesn’t want to save money? I mean, we could all use a bit of tightening the ole purse strings, right? Enter Kerry Taylor’s 397 Ways to Save Money.

Kerry, better known to some of you folks as the brains behind the uber-popular website Squawkfox.com, gives us easy to do things to help us save a buck or two (or, in some cases, a buck or a hundred). The book is super easy to read and very laid back in its approach. A lot of times books on saving money can be dry and induce yawns and drooping eyelids. Not the case here. Kerry uses straightforward language which helps to create a connection with readers.

This book also has the benefit of not needing to be read cover to cover to be of some use.  You can take it a chapter at a time, finding tips and ways to save money catered to either a certain element in your life, or even a specific room in your home.

A lot of the tips are fairly common sense, but some of them had me smacking my head, wondering why I wasn’t already doing it (especially the buy high quality, slightly more expensive items that will last longer. I’m a bit of a sales/cheap products freak). It was cool to see that I was already doing quite a bit to keep my cash where it should be – in my no fee, high interest bank account.

Browse inside 397 Ways to Save Money.

Thanks to HarperCollins Canada for the review copy.

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One Response to “Review: 397 Ways to Save Money by Kerry Taylor”

  1. Squawkfox March 24, 2010 at 1:51 pm #

    Hi Colleen! Thank you so much for your review. Three cheers for no-fee high interest savings accounts. 🙂

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