1) Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping | By Judith Levine

Judith Levine and her partner, Paul, vow to forgo all but the most necessary purchases for an entire year.

Tracking their progress, Levine contemplates need and desire, scarcity and security, consumerism and citizenship. She asks the Big Questions: Can the economy survive without shopping?

2) Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence: Revised and Updated for the 21st Century | By Vicki Robin, Joe Dominguez and, Monique Tilford

In an age of great economic uncertainty when everyone is concerned about money and how they spend what they have, this new edition of the bestselling Your Money or Your Life is an essential read. With updated resources, an easy-to-use index, and anecdotes and examples particularly relevant today-it tells you how to:

  • get out of debt and develop savings
  • reorder material priorities and live well for less
  • resolve inner conflicts between values and lifestyle
  • save the planet while saving money and much more

3) The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy | By Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko

The Millionaire Next Door identifies seven common traits that show up again and again among those who have accumulated wealth. Most of the truly wealthy in this country don’t live in Beverly Hills or on Park Avenue-they live next door. This new edition, the first since 1998, includes a new foreword for the twenty-first century by Dr. Thomas J. Stanley.

4) Penny Pincher’s Almanac: Hints & Tips on Living Well for Less | Put Out By Readers’ Digest

Here are over 1,700 ways to save on everyday expenditures and big-ticket items alike. Get low-cost, high-quality medical care, buy tickets to the hottest shows and sports events at discount prices-with down-home household hints and clever “tightwad tactics,” learn how to get smart about health tips, home repairs, housekeeping, vacations, work, and much more.

5) Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life | By Jenna Woginrich

Jenna Woginrich set out to build a more self-sufficient lifestyle by learning homesteading skills. She had a strong desire to opt out of what she saw as a consumer-driven culture. After moving across the country to a rented farmhouse in northern Idaho, she learned to raise chickens, keep bees, and grow her own food.

Made from Scratch shares the deep satisfaction that comes with providing for oneself. Woginrich weaves into her narrative easy-to-follow instructions for making your own clothes, teaching yourself to play a musical instrument, and much more.

6) Money Can Buy Happiness: How to Spend to Get the Life You Want | By: MP Dunleavey (Author)

MP Dunleavey, personal finance columnist for the New York Times and creator of the award-winning “Women in Red” column on MSN Money, presents a radical new plan for attaining happiness—and it doesn’t involve taking money out of the equation. The secret to true and lasting contentment is learning how to spend your cash.

Learn how to use your money to buy:

  • More Time
  • Less Stuff
  • Better Health
  • Stronger Relationships
  • Greater Confidence
  • Rewarding Hobbies
  • Life-enhancing Skills
  • Financial Security
  • Peace of Mind