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Win Cool Stuff: Living the Savvy Life by Melissa Tosetti

And the winner is… #14 Kristy! Congrats to our winner and thanks to everyone who shared their wonderful savvy living tips.

Please note: This giveaway has ended and is now closed to further entries.

We've teamed up with Melissa Tosetti, author of the online magazine The Savvy Life, to give one lucky Budget Babe reader the chance to win a copy of her brand-new book Living the Savvy Life, which launched in stores TODAY!

Living the Savvy Life looks at money from a lifestyle perspective rather than a "personal finance" point of view. It's filled with stories of friends and family members who are naturally savvy or have learned to be savvy the hard way. Written in a positive, upbeat manner, Living the Savvy Life encourages readers for the future rather than making them feel guilty about past financial decisions.

It's the perfect read for the new year, especially if one of your resolutions for 2011 is to make peace with your money!

To enter:

  • Visit, then tell us one way you're "living the savvy life" in the comments section below.

  • Follow The Savvy Life on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook. (optional)

Good luck!!!

Why wait? Get your own copy of Living The Savvy Life: The Savvy Woman's Guide to Smart Spending and Rich Living at now for just $11.53.

Open to US and Canadian residents. Entries must be posted by 12 noon EST on January 18th, 2011 to be eligible to win. Disclaimer: I received a free advance copy of Living the Savvy Life in conjunction with this giveaway.
This year I am attending two weddings that are in different parts of the country. They are each for very dear friends of mine and so it is vital for me to save the money to be able to travel and share in their special day. I have prioritized these trips at the top of my list and have started to adjust my spending as such.

However, I am also a shopaholic. I am living the savvy life by revamping my wardrobe and mixing items together to create new, creative looks instead of going out to buy new pieces. When it comes time for the weddings, not only will I have my travel expenses taken care of, but I will also have had tons of practice assembling fresh ensembles.

I will look great at the events and, most importantly, be present for them!

Great giveaway, BB and Melissa!
#1 Brit on 2011-01-11 15:41
I Buy Local!!! I help keep my community prosperous and sustainable.
#2 sarahsosa on 2011-01-11 17:04
I'm living the savvy life by cooking for my family everyday instead of going out to eat. We are saving money and being more healthy too!
#3 Amanda on 2011-01-11 19:40
This year I've pledges to shop more ethically which means: buy less, and consider how my clothes were made. This really helps me reign in shopping expenses by buying used, and makes me feel a lot better about what I wear!
#4 Liz (Homepage) on 2011-01-11 20:16
I cook every day from scratch, we rarely eat out, and I do most of my clothes shopping at thrift stores and deep deep discounts at other stores. I use the library and we watch movies on netflix.
#5 sue on 2011-01-11 21:27
My boyfriend and I do not have tv, we watch shows and movies on Netflix and Hulu. We also go shopping with my parents at Costco and split groceries and other products between the four of us.
#6 olyenka on 2011-01-11 22:32
I also don't have TV; only use a cell phone; use Skype or gmail for free long distance; get books from the library, and plan my grocery shopping using online flyers and coupons.

I follow The Savvy Life on FB and twitter.
#7 Jenny (Homepage) on 2011-01-12 04:12
i definitely could use this book! i just bought a house and am now crunching my dollars but having a hard time making the house feel cozy without spending money! that is my goal!
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#8 rebecca on 2011-01-12 09:21
I really think before I make all purchases. I ask myself serious questions as to why I need the item, etc.
#9 KGP on 2011-01-12 09:26
My last two vacations have been staycations. Since i live in California and friend and family live back east, they come visit me!
#10 Jen on 2011-01-12 12:52
Packing lunches for me and husband every day has saved us a ton of money!
#11 Jennifer on 2011-01-12 13:01
I buy fewer impulsive purchases that I find later I don't really like after all, and buy classic quality items instead.
#12 Patricia on 2011-01-12 15:27
I am generally a frugal shopper. I go where the deals are. I'm known for always being able to find a great deal.
#13 Tatiana on 2011-01-12 15:52
As I started to write this, I was going to write how I don't think I've been living the savvy life and how things are going to change in 2011; however yesterday someone suggested I quit being so hard on myself and give credit where it's due...

so I HAVE put myself through undergrad and grad school, work hard and save money in a 401K, bring my lunch most days, donate to charity regulary, try to purge my house from useless clutter, spend time with my puppy...

I DO however need some help with planning for the future and getting out of my current clothing/unorganized/spending spree rut, which I hope this book will address... Also, I can't lie, I look forward to learning how to better save my money to plan for a big trip in 2011 - hello Europe??
#14 Kristy on 2011-01-14 10:59
I would love this book! I read all kinds of books and sites on how to be frugal and I've done some major changes in my families life...We cook every meal except 1 pizza night a week, I buy clothes on clearance and shop thrift stores and I alter the thrift store clothes and make the cutest stuff out of them, I tend to just look for the fabric I like and you can make anything! We have a HUGE garden every year and we freeze and can as much as possible. I also feel that it's rewarding to also give back to the community so we donate all that we can and also recycle. I feel that if you pay it forward, good things will come back to you and we feel richly blessed! I will bargain shop because it feels so rewarding in the end to take my family on a nice vacation or somewhere as a treat and be able to afford it because we've used smart, savvy spending tactics in other areas.
#15 Jenay on 2011-01-14 12:15
I live the life. Every morning I walk the dog. I go shopping afterwords with my friends and have fun.
#16 dawn fiske on 2011-01-17 21:28
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