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  • Published: 24 April 2009
  • ISBN: 9781869791605
  • Imprint: Random House NZ
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $22.99
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Live Well Spend Less

Easy Ways to Save Money In Every Part of Your Life




The ultimate guide to a stylish but frugal life, based on the DG principles

A simple, practical and definitely not boring book on living well while spending less. It will appeal especially to families but also to students, flatters and fixed income households.

It incorporates tips, suggestions and serious strategies but with a light hearted, easy to apply, honest approach. Covering all aspects of life there are suggestions for making money as well using less of it. The intention is to motivate and encourage not hector and lecture. It is NOT a book about investment, mortgage repayment or banking.

Each chapter includes immediate as well as longer term suggestions. The immediate ideas are to capture the initial enthusiasm and motivation and longer term strategies will result in bigger savings given time or effort. Topics include: food, energy, cleaning, cars, outdoors; family life, kids and money, leisure, celebrations, looking sharp and presents.

  • Pub date: 24 April 2009
  • ISBN: 9781869791605
  • Imprint: Random House NZ
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

Sophie Gray

Sophie Gray is the face of, and inspiration behind, destitute gourmet and the ‘dg’ series of cookery books and www.destitutegourmet.com. She is a popular speaker and teacher on food, family life and finances, and is a regular contributor to Food Magazine and Taste Magazine.

destitute gourmet has gathered an international ‘community’ of like-minded followers who Sophie communicates with daily through her Destitute-Gourmet Facebook page. She also engages with the cost-conscious global community via Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram; destitute gourmet has a Youtube channel and is about to release a money-saving phone app.

Sophie presents a local programme of live ‘taste everything’ demonstrations for groups of 100.

Her family-friendly recipes are easy to make, tasty, healthy and affordable, and frequently include gluten-free and dairy-free alternatives. Menu planning, smart shopping tips, how to use leftovers, and advice on eating in season are fundamentals. She is married to Richard, and they have two teenagers, Isabella and Jack. Sophie works fulltime communicating the destitute gourmet philosophy from their home in Auckland, New Zealand.

Kate Hawkesby, writing in Next, found that ‘Sophie’s passion for the real deal is compelling’, while Taste NZ summed up her approach when it said of Delicious: ‘more stylish cheap eats by the Queen of Mean … a tasty dinner in under 30 minutes, and without breaking the bank’.

In Live Well Spend Less, the ‘sassy but sensible’ (Bay of Plenty Times) Gray turns her attention to ways to save money in the household. Her timeless wisdom has never been more relevant than in this time of recession. As the Truth pointed out, these appealing, affordable recipes are ideal for anyone living on a budget — whether students, retirees, or flatters.

Reviewing Feed the Family for $15 or Less, the Waikato Times praised the ‘precise costings’ given, emphasising that economies and savings need not come at the cost of taste.

The Otago Daily Times summed up Delicious as ‘a delicious mix of family and a few slightly posher recipes for destitute gourmet entertaining’, while the Northern Advocate proclaimed Enjoy! offers the sort of meal that ‘looks posh, sounds complicated, but my 11-year-old son, Jack, can make it!’, Cuisine ruling it allows you to ‘dine like royalty on a pauper’s budget’.


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