The Good Life for Less Review & Giveaway

*Giveaway is now closed!*

Back in December, I vowed that as soon as the crazy that was Caroline’s birthday/Christmas was over, I was going to buckle down and find ways to save money. And then, like magic, I got an email in my inbox asking if I’d be interested in reading and giving away a copy of a new book on how to live a happy, abundant life for less. Hey world, next week I want to buckle down and win the lottery! Unfortunately, life doesn’t work like that. Fortunately, I did get a copy of The Good Life for Less written by MomAdvice.com founder Amy Allen Clark.

The Good Life For Less

The Good Life for Less ranges in advice from saving money at the grocery store to designing a cute and eye catching frame wall for your house. I really enjoyed the chapters on setting a cleaning schedule (something I’ve always struggled with) and on saving money during the holidays by remembering that the memories are more important than the stuff.  Obviously there were a lot of tips aimed at moms but none of it would be bad for anyone – everyone has a friend getting married or knows someone with a new baby and could use a creative gift idea.

In my opinion, the best part of the book is the plethora of recipes in the middle. I know that these days you can find recipes for almost anything on the internet but having them all together in one place is so nice. Amy covers everything from how to make your own Bisquick mix to what to do with frozen fish to Rainbow Cupcakes baked in mini mason jars (who doesn’t love things in jars?!) One of my favorite tips was to make your own mixes for things like pancakes, cookies and bread in large batches, then keep them in sealed and labeled bags in the pantry so you can whip up whatever you need quickly and at a fraction of the cost of buying all the mixes premade. She also inspired me to dig my bread maker out and give homemade bread another try (“try” is a good word for now, but I’m going to work on it).

I know from my description it sounds very common-sensey. Maybe some of it is. But reading it all written out in The Good Life for Less in a light, conversational style made following the smart and practical advice much easier. It’s not a hard read and you’re definitely going to want to stop at various points to go do that thing you just read right now! It’s a great idea! Do it quick! And then your good life is a little bit better.

The publisher sent me an extra copy of The Good Life for Less (an actual hard copy I’ve hidden from my children so it’s still in excellent shape) to give to one of my readers. If you’re interested, leave a comment on this post. You can tell me something you do to create a good life for less (or you can just tell me my hair looks pretty today – I’m not picky). I’ll pick a random winner next Friday!

You can read more about Amy Allen Clark and her book on her website here, including where and how to buy a hard copy or the e-book version. I was sent a free copy of the book but no other compensation was provided and all opinions are my own.

And the winner is…#16!

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Congrats to manda, who was commenter #16! I’ll email you to get your address and put your book in the mail ASAP!

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19 Responses to “The Good Life for Less Review & Giveaway”

  1. raincheckmom says:

    Good luck with the bread machine. Even if your recipes don’t work out your house will smell terrific! Someone told me once the quality of the flour makes all the difference…

    Oh yeah, your hair looks great…

  2. Suz says:

    This book sounds great! I read library books ~ reading is part of my good life & getting books for free = awesome.

    I can’t wait for the babies to be old enough to appreciate & have fun at our local library. ::hmmm I bet they have board books for them now. And story time. Off to explore library website::

  3. Emily says:

    I’m a sucker for books like this… Always up for another spin on making it work!

  4. barbra says:

    I desperately need ideas to cut corners. All our income goes toward medical expenses. I need it laid out in a simple no nonsense way without too much work or planning. I’ve read the reviews for this book and I really want it!

    p.s. Your hair looks pretty everyday!

  5. Stacy says:

    I’ve really been trying to do a weekly meal plan to cut down on grocery waste, which was becoming a huge problem in my house. We’d buy all sorts of veggies at the beginning of the week but by the time we get home at 7 PM neither of us is really up for any cooking! So I bought this fancy post-it calendar where I can plan out what we’re eating for the week and do a lot of the prep on Sundays, it hasn’t totally worked for a full week yet (we did take out one night this week, but take out SALAD (who am I?!)) but it’s definitely helping to cut down on the grocery bill!

  6. Alena says:

    When I was in HS my mom got a bread machine….It came with a book of recipes to try. One night she decided to make peanut butter and jelly bread. I mean I loved PB&J, it had to be good right? NO IT WAS DISGUSTING! Proof that even things that seem like a good idea, aren’t always a good idea.

  7. Robyn says:

    I wish I had a bread machine…

  8. merin says:

    I would love to read this book! We are diligent about meal planning and grocery shopping. It’s a pain in the ass for about two hours but totally worth it every night when there is something planned and healthy to eat for dinner. It also REALLY helps that my husband does the majority of the planning and grocery list writing and sometimes even the shopping!

  9. Brigid Keely says:

    I’ve been meal planning and doing targeted list shopping. I made Alton Brown’s “Once and Future Beans” yesterday. Much better than anything out of a can.

  10. sarah says:

    I’d love to check this book out! And you wouldn’t even have to mail it… :)

    We try to do a lot to live frugally – lots of meal planning, cooking from scratch, cloth diapering, reusing stuff, but there’s always room for improvement!

  11. Jen F (from Robinson) says:

    Coupons! You inspired me. I have several in my wallet right now!

  12. Stephanie says:

    I signed up for eMeals and the Fresh 20. Also shop at ALDI and maybe 2+ more stores to save money!!

  13. Candee says:

    I do a little of all of the above! To be able to be a stay at home mom with hubby’s paramedic income, we do coupons, sales, generics, library for books and videos (and entertainment – family craft night, storytime, etc.). when we do go out, we go where there is a coupon or free kids meal. we save all our errands for one day of the week (to cut down on gas). we buy bigger packs of meat and make more than one meal at a time so hubby saves money on lunches (he’s got a bigger appetite than a sandwich at lunch). I think the biggest difference has come with “getting over the brand name” and trying generics/homemade and doing garage sales for play clothes. It’s been fun trying to save money, actually! ;)

  14. Rachel says:

    I can use all the help I can get so I would love to win this……if I don’t I am going to go buy it!

  15. Debbie says:

    I’m always looking for ways to save money! Would love to win this book.

  16. manda says:

    Great giveaway!

  17. I never, ever pay full price for kids clothes. When winter clearance is going on, I stock up for next year. That way, I can save money on their wardrobes. I have been getting better at taking meat like chicken and beef and stretching it for 2-3 meals, giving me more bang for my buck. BUT I could always use some help! :)

  18. Shannon says:

    This book sounds great! I am getting ready to TRY to start making my own baby food so we’ll see how that goes…

  19. Jennifer W says:

    This would be perfect for us. At the beginning of the year (when our taxes went up and paychecks went down :D) we started making a budget. So far we’re saving money by meal planning. It’s nice too…since when we get home at 5pm we don’t have to take 30 minutes to figure out what we want to eat.