For years, Amy from MomAdvice.com has inspired with her knitting and baking and no-spend challenges. A few years ago I had the opportunity to meet her in real-life. She’s fun, bubbly, energetic. and just plain cute!
When I heard she had a book coming out, I knew I had to get a copy. If anything, I wanted to support a first-time author. But I also was sure that if it was coming from Amy, it would be very inspiring.
And I was right. Her book, The Good Life for Less, is so practical, down-to-earth, and motivational. If you’ve struggled with job loss, credit card debt, or feeling like you’re completely green when it comes to cooking, you’ll be motivated by her story of how they’ve struggled to make ends meet, crawl out from under a mountain of credit card debt, and how she’s learned that stew can actually come from somewhere other than a can!
I loved the unique and creative ideas she gave for cutting your budget. And if you don’t have a budget in the first place, you’ll find the percentages she gives for each category to be a helpful guide.
Chapter 3 is packed with make-it-yourself recipes. You’ll find recipes for homemade salad dressings, mixes, soups, crockpot meals, Starbucks knock-off drinks, and much more.
One of my favorite quotes in the book was in chapter 4. She said: “Make it your goal to leave your family with a legacy of happy memories, not expensive gifts, and you’ll be well on your way to creating the kinds of special times they’ll always hold in their hearts.” Love that!
The Good Life for Less is a quick read (I read it in about two hours!). It will leave you feeling inspired to beautify your home, bless others, and make food from scratch. Many of the tips and ideas in this book are things I’ve heard before or currently do, but it’s always good to have a frugal living refresher at least a few times a year. Plus, there were some new perspectives I’d not thought of and Amy brought her own unique angle to everything — which I loved.
My only two complaints? I wish this book were a little longer and I would have loved to hear more of their story. She told it in snippets, but maybe in her next book, she can delve more into all the details of their frugal journey. I know that it’s a story that would be inspirational to so many!
Have you read any good reads in the past few weeks? Tell us about them in the comments!