Financial Book Review: Effortless Savings

Effortless Savings offers a complete guide to saving money without sacrificing your favorite things.

I don't pinch pennies. At least, I don't spend a lot of time look to squeeze every last cent out of every purchase. Plus, as anyone who knows me can attest, I'm not a big fan of sacrificing in order to save a couple bucks.

For someone like me, the book?[easyazon_link asin=”0989015602″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”moneyseed-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Effortless Savings: A Step-by-Step Guidebook to Saving Money Without Sacrifice[/easyazon_link] by Richard Syrop is the perfect handbook.

Effortless Savings?shows you exactly how to get the best value for your dollar, without giving up the things you love. While it's true that life requires a certain amount of sacrifice, and that you will have to do some things that you don't want to do, it's nice to know that, when it comes to your finances, you might not?have?to scrimp and save to get by. Effortless Savings is all about helping you develop some simple habits and practices so that you maximize your money with each spending decision you make.

How to Save on Every Day Purchases

Effortless Savings is organized so that you can quickly and easily find information on saving on the things you are most likely to spend money on each day. From health and beauty items, to groceries, to clothing, to entertainment, this book offers practical advice that almost anyone can follow.

One of the things I really like about the book is that Syrop makes it a point to provide multiple strategies so that, if one doesn't work for you, another might. He also offers multiple resources that you can use in your quest to get the most bang for your buck. He focuses a lot on the ways you can save using the Internet, which makes sense, since you have more choices when you shop online. (However, I still think it's a good idea to find ways to support local businesses when you can.)

Not only does Effortless Savings take you through step-by-step strategies to save, but it also provides you with solid information about the pitfalls of some strategies. When sharing strategies related to daily deals and credit cards, Syrop is careful to point out that you don't want to buy just to buy, and that your spending should match your financial plan.

You can also get practical reminders for improving the energy efficiency of your home. I love that boosting your home's energy efficiency is not only good for the environment, but it also saves you money.

Bigger Purchases and Vacations

Effortless Savings also tackles bigger purchases, like electronics and cars. While this guidebook didn't convince me that buying a used car is the way to go (I'm hooked on new cars now), it does offer some very good advice. Syrop encourages you to research the car first, and make sure that it is reliable, before buying. There are other helpful tips in the book as well.

I also really liked the advice about saving on electronics — mainly because I already follow the suggestion to buy refurbished electronics, especially computers. There's nothing quite like feeling validation for your financial choices.

There is also plenty of advice in Effortless Savings about saving when you plan a trip. This is vital to me, since I love to travel. I recently saved more than 50 percent on a spring break trip to San Diego with my son, and many of the tactics I used are?detailed in Effortless Savings.

Many people complain that they don't have enough money to travel, but the truth is that you might be surprised at how affordable travel can be when you plan ahead and employ a few cost-saving moves. The thing I love about the strategies in Effortless Savings is that many of them don't require you to change you preferences. I'm not likely to ever decide to book a red-eye flight to save $100 on airfare. However, with the right strategies in other areas, that doesn't matter. I can, in fact, have my cake and eat it too.

With summer under way, you might want to read Effortless Savings. It's written in an engaging style and easy to read, and it is chock-full of helpful tips that will help you keep your budget on track for the summer, as well as help you form habits that can help you save well into the future.

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3 thoughts on “Financial Book Review: Effortless Savings”

  1. Very insightful review! I actually purchased this book last week and also thoroughly enjoyed it. My favorite part of the book was the first chapter related to telecom bills. I found the strategies around renegotiating Internet and cables bills particularly helpful and plan to use them later this week:)

    1. Miranda Marquit

      I agree that it was a great book, full of practical advice for saving on things you purchase every day.

  2. Cash Cow Couple

    This sounds like such a practical book. I like the idea that the author also warns about the pitfalls of some strategies and offers alternatives.

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