I just finished reading a great book that I want to tell you about. It’s called Living a Beautiful Life on Less: The Blissful and Domestic Guide to Food, Fun, and Finances.
I first found Danielle, the writer of this book, on her blog at Blissful and Domestic. She was featured on Yahoo about her articles she wrote about living a frugal lifestyle on a low budget. I was interested, so I checked out her blog. I liked it a lot and started following. I guess that was about 5 years ago and her blog has really made me change my way of thinking about money and managing a home without spending a lot.
I was very excited to hear that she was writing a book! Our library still hasn’t gotten a copy of it and so I waited until I had an Amazon gift card and got it. I was not disappointed, her book was just as good as her blog!
In her book, she writes about her own financial situation. It helps that she relates as an imperfect person who needed help to be a better person. She writes about why it is important to create and live on a budget with your money. She also writes about how to go about doing that as far as how to set up a budget that works for your family and all kinds of tips and ideas to help.
She talks about how to cut down on your grocery bill and how menu planning can help with that. After that, she moves onto getting out of debt and staying out.
She also gives ideas on how to buy clothing on a budget, having family nights and why they are important, celebrating and eating out on a budget. All with great tips and ideas that are very practical for families of all sizes.
Last, she talks about how she keeps her home clean and orderly and gives lots of wisdom in that area. I like how she says that a clean home is a happy home. I know that much is true for me, I am much more relaxed when our house is clean and neat as opposed to cluttered and messy.
She ends by encouraging us that these changes won’t happen overnight and it will take time. If we really want to make our lives better, we can if we stick with it and don’t give up and just work on one area at a time. Eventually we will begin to see the changes all our hard work is producing.
I was incredibly encouraged by reading this book, even though I have read many blogs and books about living a “Frugal Lifestyle”, focusing on my family and working toward bettering myself. I commend her for being so honest and showing us all that none of us are perfect and we’re all in this life together and that we should lift each other up and encourage each other along the way. That is one of the main reasons I started my own blog.
I hope you get a chance to read this book and check out her blog as well!