Save Money, Be Happy

Beware of little expenses.  A small leak will sink a great ship.

Benjamin Franklin

Five Books to Lead the Way

Be Thrifty: How to Live Better with Less

Edited by Pia Catton and Califia Suntree

Cut your bills, learn to haggle, turn your bathroom into a spa, join a babysitting co-op, maximize your take-home pay and more.

The Buy Nothing, Get Everything Plan: Discover the Joy of Spending Less, Sharing More, and Living Generously

Liesl Clark and Rebecca Rockefeller

An actionable plan and a thought-provoking exploration of our addiction to stuff.  It can help you spend less, turn your clutter into treasure, save time and money, and have more time to connect with friends and family.

Suddenly Frugal: How to Live Happier & Healthier for Less

Leah Ingram

A quick-start plan to change the way you shop, cook, vacation, improve your house and much more.

The Ultimate Guide to Frugal Living: Save Money, Plan Ahead, Pay Off Debt & Live Well

Daisy Luther

Hundreds of fresh ideas for living a life full of joy without spending a lot of money.

Simply Living Well: a Guide to Creating a Natural, Low-Waste Home

Julia Watkins

Easy recipes, DIY projects, and other ideas for living a beautiful and low-waste life, from the expert behind on Instagram.

All books are available at the Randolph Library!

Spend Less, Save More!

  • Take advantage of FREE entertainment opportunities.  

    • Your town, Library, local groups may have programs, concerts, activities you can enjoy for free.  Your Library also has books, magazines, movies, & downloadable books and audiobooks.  

    • Visit Fun New Jersey for free attractions within the state and Morris County Tourism for local suggestions.

  • Stretch your gas dollars by combining errands, car pooling, taking public transportation, bike, walk.  Anything to lower your costs.

  • Save money on utilities.  Visit The Penny Hoarder for suggestions.

  • Be careful when setting up “automated purchases” for non-essentials.  It is easy to forget to cancel them.

  • Before you buy new items, check locally for FREE or previously owned items.  

  • Save money on food.

    • Do meal prep.

    • Shop from a list (and stick to it.) Order groceries online and pick them up or have them delivered.

    • Eat out less.

    • Focus on recipes with less costly choices.  The Library has many recipe books that can help.

  • Buy local seasonal foods.  Many farms have programs you can join to get fresh items weekly.

  • Do your own home repairs and know when it is better to call a professional.  If you do have to hire someone, shop around.  Youtube may be helpful when you want to try your own repairs.

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