Friday, March 29, 2013

Jane Austen's Guide to Thrift: An Independent Woman's Advice on Living within One's Means

Jane Austen's Guide to Thrift:
An Independent Woman's Advice on Living within One's Means
Authors: Kathleen Anderson and Susan Jones
Publisher: Berkley Paperbacks
Publication Date: April 2, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-425-26016-6

Book Description:
Embrace your inner Jane and find a new way of life in thrift! Jane Austen knew that wealth and grandeur had little to do with happiness, and that fashionable new dresses and reticules to impress Mr. Darcy simply were not the path to fulfillment—especially when one accrues debt in the process. It’s as true today as it was then . . . Whether you have a fortune or not, you’re well advised to make the most of your income—and save for your future.

Now, using the timeless wisdom and example of Jane Austen’s memorable heroines, this book offers everything the modern lady needs to know about:
*Clever investing
*Keeping up appearances on a budget
*Giving and receiving graciously
*Finding treasures at flea markets and church rummage sales
*Planning a party that only looks extravagant
*And more

Jane Austen’s Guide to Thrift shows how to make your circumstances significantly less reduced, and how to live a life of elegent economy and joyful generosity—whether you’ve as much as Emma Woodhouse or as little as Miss Bates.

Idgie Says:
This book is an interesting way to keep the reader engrossed while passing along very helpful and sensible tips on how to survive financially in today's materialistic world on a smaller budget.  Even if you have the money, the point of this book is, why waste it when you don't have to?

Each chapter and example uses of of the characters from Jane Austen's life.  The thrifty Jane herself, Eleanor Tilney and her budgetary gowns, even the rather unliked but still resourceful Lydia.  She transposes their lives into ideas and ideals that can be used in today's society.

This is definitely a "how to" book, but with a twist.