Book Review | Frugal + Phenomenal

One of the many things that have been on my “to-do list” lately is to read more!  I’ve certainly made an effort when it comes to actually finding material to read, but not the additional effort to read it.  #Fail, I know.  Though, today I found the time to read a book that I have been hearing a lot about.  The book “5+5FNPhenomenal Ways to Save $100 This Week Without Killing Your Lifestyle” by Aisha Taylor has been sitting on the shelf of my Kindle app for a while, now, and I must say it is a great read!  I am in no way at all balling out of control, and I struggle with managing my finances.  So this book was great in offering practical and realistic money saving tips!

One of the things that really drew me into this book is the fact that there were actual characters.  I love being able to relate my situation to the characters in a book.  Each woman is trying to find ways to trim back their spending, in one way or another, and still live the lives they’re accustomed to.  The book really challenges you to look at your everyday spending and identify where you can cut back.  At the closing of each chapter, there are questions and action items so that you not only read the tips offered, but apply them to your life.

My biggest financial setbacks are eating out, shopping online, impulsive shopping and not watching my bank account.  There are others, but I won’t go in to detail.  It’s crazy that all I have to do is check my email, see a retailer offering a “deal” on one of my favorite products (that I don’t need), go to the website (or store) and buy it, and think that I actually saved money.  One of the things that I have had to come to terms with is that it’s not technically saving me money if I don’t need it.  That’s not to say that I’ll never need it, or that I shouldn't buy things that I want.  Let me just say, when you’re an impulsive, but frugal, shopper like myself, the words sale, clearance, and discount will have you in the store rationalizing unnecessary purchases.

I’m one of the most frugal people that you may ever meet, but my excessive shopping says otherwise.  What I've been doing, and the book also suggests it, is removing myself from all of those retailers subscriber lists that clog up my inbox! The deals are going to keep coming, and if I don’t know about the sale, I’m less likely to indulge.

I won’t give away much of the book, but I will say that I enjoyed it, and recommend it! Aisha Taylor is a natural at developing strategical options for women who want to be frugal AND phenomenal!

(I purchased the e-book from amazon.com and read it in the Kindle app, but a hard copy is also available.)

Antoinette