16 Frugal Living Books to Read This Year

I love to read. I’ve always been a reader. As a child, I spent my evenings after homework curled up on my bed with a book. To this day, I still read on long car rides or whenever I have a bit of time where I don’t have to be doing anything specific. One of my favorite quotes is from Einstein and in essence, it basically says that you should begin learning at birth and stop learning only at death. My time spent reading is time spent learning about something since I rarely read fictional books. If you like to read the way I do, you might be looking for a few new ways to save money this year and to cut your household expenses even more than you already have. These frugal living books are some of my favorites and can help you do just that!

Frugal Living Books You Should Read This Year - Looking to kick up your savings and build more wealth this year? Add these 16 frugal living books to your must read list!

Even if  you consider  yourself a veteran when it comes to saving money, it never hurts to have a refresher. There is always something for you to learn and almost always changes you can make. Confidence is a fantastic thing, but when you get so confident that you feel you can’t learn anymore, it can become a huge problem.

16 Frugal Living Books to Read This Year

These frugal living books are the ones I go to myself when I need to refresh my mind on ways to save money that I might have forgotten or when I’m looking for new methods. Some of them I’ve turned to in hopes of learning something new.


Of course, I think you will love my own book, Six Dollar Family! Newly updated, it now is chock full of budgeting and frugal living advice, frugal DIY’s and more! It is available on Kindle or in Paperback HERE.


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While Financial Peace University isn’t exactly “only” a book, it is something you should put on your to-do list this year. FPU is the core program from Dave Ramsey and will not only help you save more money, but will also help you get out of debt and build wealth as well. You can check it out HERE.



You could almost call The Tightwad Gazette the original frugal living blog and now, it is one of my favorite frugal living books! Pick up The Complete Tightwad Gazette to score all of the frugal living tips that Amy included back when the newsletter was active. It is well worth it and sure to save you a ton of money. You can check it out HERE.




If you’re new to frugal living, Dirt Poor and Lovin’ It!: Learning to live on minimum wage painlessly is a great place to start learning how to save! You can check it out HERE.



Another one of my favorite frugal living books is Frugal Living: 35 Tips for Living a Frugal Life. It’s great for beginners who are looking for ways to save money to get started with! Check it out HERE.



Financial Peace Jr. isn’t really a frugal living book, but if you’re looking to help your kids get off to a great start financially this year, it is where you’ll want to start. When y ou buy Financial Peace Jr., your kids will learn the value of a dollar, the connection between working and wealth and more! You can check it out HERE.



One of the frugal living books that I continually go back to for more ideas is America’s Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money. While the monetary amounts they use are often higher now because of inflation, the tips and ways to save money in the book are still very, very sound. Check it out HERE.




Have you ever wondered why they don’t teach money management in schools? I have many times which is why Why Didn’t They Teach Me This in School?: 99 Personal Money Management Principles to Live By is one of my favorite frugal living books! Check it out HERE.


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If you’re looking to learn how to live a simple life while learning how to save money, Little House Living is a great place to start! You’ll learn how living simply means living frugally and everything in between. You can check it out HERE.



This is one of my favorite frugal living books that has a personal finance spin. In Start Late, Finish Rich, David Back teaches you how to build wealth at any age. Even if you started late in life. Check it out HERE. 



Teaching your kids how to be financially smart and build wealth is one of the most important jobs we have as parents. If they don’t know the in’s and out’s of money, they will never make it as an adult. While Financial Peace Jr. is great for younger kids, you’ll want to give Smart Money Smart Kids: Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money a read for older kids. It was written by Dave Ramsey and his daughter and is fantastic! Check it out HERE.


Feel like you’re spending too much? Read 31 Days of Living Well and Spending Zero and learn how to freeze your spending so you don’t waste money. Check it out HERE.



If y ou have trouble creating a personal budget that works for you, the frugal living book Budget Like a Pro is a great read that I’m sure will help. Check it out HERE.



Minimalism and frugality go hand in hand and Minimalist Budget shows exactly how to live cheaper, save money and avoid spending problems. Check it out HERE.



Lost on how to start making your money work for you instead of the other way around? Money Is Everything: Personal Finance for The Brave New Economy can help! Check it out HERE.


Finally, The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey is probably the best book you can buy if you’re looking to save money, get out of debt and build wealth. Dave’s 7 baby steps are written so that anyone on any budget can follow them. Check it out HERE.

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Stacy Williams

Stacy Williams is a 37-year old wife to a USAF Gulf War Veteran, mother of two teen girls and fur-mamma to a rescued pit bull. The face and brain behind the frugal living and lifestyle blog Six Dollar Family, she also owns and manages Long Haul Wife, Republic Preparedness, The Genealogy Queen and a handful of others sites. By the age of 30, Stacy had overcome a drinking problem, a drug addiction, divorce, survived domestic violence, and had built a life for herself and her daughter after spending 10 months in a homeless shelter. Stacy is passionate about homeless advocacy and addiction education.  Her first book, also called Six Dollar Family is available on Amazon.

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