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Book Review - Never Throw Out a Banana Again

Updated on December 8, 2008

If you are looking for a great book filled with ideas (365 of them to be exact) Never Throw Out a Banana Again and 364 other ways to save money at home (without knocking yourself out) by Darcie Sanders and Martha Bullen is the book for you. Times are tough right now and more and more people are trying to find ways to save money. This book has lots of easy ways that you can save money, without changing your life.

Never Throw Out a Banana Again is broken up into chapters on the following ways you can save money in the - kitchen, closets, garage, backyard, nursery, home, utility closet, stores, bank, classroom, in sickness and in health, pets, and the family room. The ideas are numbered and each idea is a quick read. This book was very easy to pick up for a few minutes here and there or read for an hour. It held my attention very well and didn't take long at all for me to find out 365 ways I could save money.

There are ideas on Eating Cheap on the Run, Making it Last Longer, Freebies (things you can do that don't cost anything and will save you money down the road), finding the lowest price on contract work, small things you can do to save money, negotiating a lower price, and living better for less. This book was written in 1995 and while some of the prices they quote and telephone numbers are very out of date, the ideas are still solid ways to save money.

For the person who is just starting out trying to trim their costs and save some money this is a very good book to help you on your journey. The great thing about this book is that there aren't any crazy, out there ideas of how to save money. This book will show you things you can do, that take very little effort on your part and will not force you to change your life to incorporate them. These are basic things you can do from day to day without overwhelming you. For the more seasoned frugalite, you will probably have heard of most of the ideas, but I found a few that I hadn't thought of or heard of before. It is a quick read and offers motivation for saving money - something we can all use from time to time.


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    • Dottie1 profile image


      9 years ago from MA, USA

      Thanks for the review. I like the title!

    • foodstorage profile image


      9 years ago from Utah

      Looks like a useful book!

    • Triplet Mom profile image

      Triplet Mom 

      9 years ago from West Coast

      This sounds like just the book that I need. I look at the waste my family of 5 has and maybe there are other tricks that I can use. Thanks for this great review.

    • Bruce Elkin profile image

      Bruce Elkin 

      9 years ago from Victoria, BC Canada

      Cool! As a single man, I often end up buying too much food, and much of it spoils. I'm sure there's lots I could learn from this book, that will help me -- an my simple living clients.

      Do you know about The Tightwad Gazette? If not, check it out. Very helpful, and a great story about the woman who started it. Another good resource I recomend is The Simple Living Net <> Great articles, and book lists!


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