Danielle McCarthy


Books to help spend less live more

Books to help spend less live more

We all want to save money, but it’s a lot easier said than done. So, if you’re looking to spend less and save more, why not turn to those who have turned their lives around with some ingenious financial experiments? Here are five books to help you reinvent your attitude towards money, debt and happiness.

The $50 Weekly Shop by Jody Allen 

After being made redundant in 2009, mother of two Jody Allen created the blog Stay at Home Mum to share her tried-and-true money-saving tips for supporting a young family of four on one wage. Eight years on, she runs her own business and, despite being in a much more comfortable financial position, continues to follow a strict budget, feeding her family with healthy meals for just $50 a week. In this book, the savings extraordinaire shares her tips on how you can do the same.

Mind Over Money by Claudia Hammond 

Money has immense power over us. We need it, we want it, and it can sometimes drive us to some unlikely extremes. In this fascinating book, Claudia Hammond delves deep into the psychology of money and why our relationship with it is so complicated. From learning how being grumpy can save you money to why you should spend more when it comes to pain relief, this clever guide will change the way you see money forever.

The Art of Frugal Hedonism by Annie Raser-Rowland with Adam Grubb 

Who says you need to spend money to enjoy life? In The Art of Frugal Hedonism, you’ll learn how you can save more money whilst still living your life to the fullest. Not only will this book revolutionise your financial philosophy, but applying the strategies in this guide will make you happier, healthier, wealthier and more in love with life than ever before.

The No Spend Year by Michelle McGagh 

Could you live for a whole year without spending a cent on anything but the essentials? That’s exactly what London-based finance journalist Michelle McGagh did. After selling 80 per cent of her belongings and calculating the minimum amount of money she needed each week to spend on bills and groceries, she’s happier than ever – not to mention financially stronger – and learned how to live more on less.

The Spender’s Guide to Debt-Free Living by Anna Newell Jones 

In 2009, photographer Anna Newell Jones was almost $24,000 in debt. After finally realising it was time to act, she set up a blog and tracked her journey from spender to saver. 15 months later, her debt was gone. With her method, you’ll find out how you can get a clear idea of your financial situation, how you can make more money on the side, and, once you’re out of debt, to relearn how to spend the right way.