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The story of our precious little girl's 17 months of life with Trisomy 18 (July 4, 2010 - December 15, 2011) and of us, re-learning to live "after Lilly."
"I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made ...." Psalm 139:14

Thursday, October 22, 2015

The book list - August & September AND money saving books

Considering I only managed to finish a whopping two books for August and September, you'd think I would have gotten up the post by now.  I've got an enormous stack of books on my nightstand but reading bits out of each one during the week does not leave me with the same feeling of accomplishment as reading through a whole book quickly.  But I can't decide what to finish reading first so ....

Hunter was so engrossed in his book about "how things work" that he never even noticed I took his picture

Wish Me Luck by Rebekah Joy Anast - I read the first book in this series, Holy Cow, last year and really enjoyed it and learned a lot from it.  (See my post here.)  This book continues the story of a family's living off grid on an Indian reservation.  I find it fascinating to read about how people do that.  This book's story focuses on a mystery and scandal regarding GMO's (genetically modified organisms).  I already didn't like GMO's in my food and what I learned in this book, totally reinforced that.  Overall, though I liked the story in the first book much better.  Both books have recipes in the back and additional information for topics discussed.

engrossed ...
properly surprised ...

trying to hide ...
How to Have More than Enough:  A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Abundance by Dave Ramsey - I got this financial book in a great way - FREE!  Frank brought it home from the "swap shop" at the dump we go to, LOL.  (We don't have trash pickup where we live so we haul our trash to a dump a couple miles away. They have a little shelter there where people leave stuff looking for a new owner.  A lot of it is junk (in my opinion) but the males in our family frequently find things they like.  Recently Hunter got a drop light, Solomon a Santa Claus ornament, and Frank some shirts!)  Anyway - back to the book.  In this book, financial guru Dave Ramsey leads his readers through many chapters and worksheets teaching his methods for financial, business, and family stability.  Lots of good information if you are looking for a guide like this.

this little guy loves books like the rest of us
I honestly didn't learn much from the Dave Ramsey book.  But that is probably because I spent about a decade of my life immersed in financial books.  I read Dave Ramsey's first book, More than Enough, shortly after it was published and really liked it.  Very practical, useful information.

I am a huge fan of Mary Hunt and have read most of her books.  I was a subscriber to her newsletter "Cheapskate Monthly" which later became "Debt Proof Living" for many years.  She has written a lot of books including books about teaching children about money, debt proofing your holidays, etc.  Her book Debt-Proof Living is probably the best for someone wanting to learn to be better with money.  She has a marvelous system for saving up for things called "The Freedom Account."  I highly recommend anything by Mary Hunt.

If you are looking for TONS of really practical ways to cut money, then get a copy of The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dycyczyn.  The book is a compilation of the author's subscription newsletter that was published for about six years in the 1990s.  I read the book shortly after publication and still have tips pop in my head at times.  Some of the tips really irk me.  Like reusing baggies.  I hate washing baggies out and then drying them.  I refused to do that for years.  But now I am dutifully washing baggies and setting them out to dry.  Sigh.  Saving money in lots of little ways really does add up.

Who is that masked boy?!
"Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for God has said, 'I will never leave you nor forsake you.'” - Hebrews 13:5

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