Best & Worst: Moneysaving & Money Making Books

This post was actually requested a couple of months back after I posted a picture on my Instagram of the books that currently reside on my desk. These books are here to inspire me and remind me to do certain things – and some of my readers were interested to see just how helpful I found them. I won’t lie – some are more helpful than others. However, I will go into each book, one by one – and give you some positives and negatives. Here I bring you the best and the worst of the moneysaving and money making books currently in my possession.

Best moneysaving and money making booksThe Family Manager Takes Charge (Kathy Peel) –  available here

This isn’t primarily a moneysaving book nor is it primarily a money making book. This book is designed to ‘get on the fast track to a happy, organised home’. What this book does have to offer however is everything you need to get on top of your finances and truly be as organised as you want to be. By being on top of your finances, you are bound to save money! I dip in and out of this when needing inspiration and this really does help. Some sections aren’t relevant to me but that is generally the way with most organisational books or blogs.

ProBlogger: Secrets For Blogging Your Way To a Six Figure Income (Darren Rowse & Chris Garrett) – available here

There are so many blogging books around yet this one hardly gets mentioned anymore, in favour of books such as Blog Inc. Whilst I never started blogging with the intention of earning an income from it, I am lucky enough to be able to do so and when searching for books on blogging, I came across this one. Darren Rowse is perhaps better known as the man who launched ProBlogger.net in 2004. He has a wealth of knowledge and whilst some of the information he shares may not be that easy to understand for brand new bloggers, other bloggers should be able to utilise his techniques to their advantage.

Get Rich Blogging (Zoe Griffin) – available here

I found out about this book via London Beauty Queen and was interested to see what fresh ideas Zoe had. Whilst the information she gives is sometimes more relevant to the UK audience than other books, most of the book tells us exactly what we already know. It’s worth a read but don’t expect to learn too much from it.

The Greatest Guide To Winning Competitions (Karen J Jones) & Winning Consumer Competitions (Kathy Kantypowicz)  – find a similar book by Karen J Jones here & a copy of Kantypowicz’s book here.

You may be wondering why I have included competition books. You may not know it but I love to enter competitions and these can often save you money – and even make you money at times. Where does the saving come in? When you win something you would have been buying anyway! Where does the making come in? When you win cash prizes! I recently read a fantastic post on Young Adult Money where David talks in more depth about making money through giveaways. Whilst both books are a little outdated now, the best one is surely the Winning Consumer Competitions book – it was the book that got me interested in comping when I was about 11!

The Money Diet – available here / Thrifty Ways For Modern Days available here / The Three Most Important Lessons You’ve Never Been Taught available here – all by Martin Lewis

I make no secret of the fact that I love Martin’s website moneysavingexpert.com and that I always try to catch his TV shows when they are on. The knowledge he has is astounding and this shows in his books. By far the best is The Money Diet, giving  you a number of ways to save up to £6000 a year! Thrifty Ways…is a handy little book of moneysaving tips from the community on the MSE forums and the book I like the least, The Three Most Important Lessons, is basically a rehash of everything Martin has said previously. I know that The Money Diet has helped me; I hope it can help you.

The Thrift Book (India Knight)  – available here

My least favourite book of them all. There are some handy moneysaving tips in here – however, India’s tone often comes across as patronising and the majority of the tips are rehashed from other books such as those by Martin Lewis.

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What books do you feel are the best and worst for moneysaving and money making? Do let me know in the comments below.

Christmas Comping Challenge Update

The past few weeks since my last update have seen me comping like crazy but slacking on the survey front. I have won a few prizes such as three personalised phone cases now and some jewellery. The biggest win was a £50 voucher for Ask Her Friends – I was going to save this for my mum’s and mother in law’s Christmas presents but then I realised that Mother’s Day is next month so I am saving it for then instead.

I have been ebaying my heart out with the free listings days and weekends – listing anything and everything that I no longer need or want. Clothes, makeup, books – you name it and it is probably on there. I am putting the money from my Ebay sales towards paying people back – Steve’s job and my job are keeping us afloat bills wise (just about) so this is my main focus.

I am still entering all the gift card and money competitions I can find plus lots of other ones if I think the prizes would be good for presents – you can keep up with my progress in real time over at the comping challenge Facebook page.

Have you set any plans in action for Christmas yet? What are you doing?