Living Well Spending Less: Twelve Secrets of the Good Life is just one of the titles at the Monrovia Public Library that will help readers with budget issues. This book by Ruth Soukup concentrates on more than just finances. It is a do-it-yourself book that suggests ways to reduce stress and be happy with what we have rather than trying to buy our way to happiness. Each of the finance books on the Monrovia shelves has a different slant, but all are aimed at reducing budgets.
Daniel Solin’s advice in The Smartest Money Book You’ll Ever Need is less touchy-feely and is devoted to the facts of getting out of debt, saving, buying and investing.
Wondering if a certain purchase is the right one? Jack Otter’s Worth It/Not Worth It is a terrific and easy-to-understand guide to life’s financial questions: Buy or rent? Lease or Own? Remodel the bathroom or kitchen?
Some books are meant for specific groups of people.
Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties by Beth Kobliner is aimed to the group of people starting out in the job market, paying off student loans and establishing credit. The book is meant to be a road map that starts with the idea that it is never too young to start thinking about financial well-being. The $1,000 Challenge: How One Family Slashed Its Budget Without Moving Under a Bridge Or Living on Government Cheese by Brian O’Connor is a humorous and down-to-earth look at dozens of ideas of how to save money. Although not every idea will click, the book will inspire families to evaluate their own situations.
And, if readers are looking to save money, don’t forget to look at Consumer Reports magazine and the Consumer Reports Buying Guide which offer comparison shopping information and advice on what to look for when making purchases.