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Jane Austen’s Guide to Thrift: An Independent Woman’s Advice on Living Within One’s Means

by Kathleen Anderson and Susan Jones (Berkley Trade), $15

Like Charlotte Lucas in Pride and Prejudice, stockpile your pantry with essentials. “Though you may not realize it,” the authors write, “last-minute grocery runs for basics ultimately cause you to use more time, energy, and money than necessary.” p37

Thrift stores are great resources, but be thorough. “Compare options until you know the field,” they write. “Patience is always rewarded in Austen’s world. Anne gets her Wentworth; Fanny gets her Edmund; and Aunt Norris gets her cream cheese.” p82

When using travel websites such as Kayak or Orbitz, pay extra attention to the cancellation policy. “You don’t want to buy a getaway to a tropical island with the Admiral and Mrs. Croft [from Persuasion], and then a hurricane hits, and you end up paying for a trip you never got to take!” p184

Compliment people. “The best-placed flattery can result in spontaneous acquisitions,” they write, “whether an intriguing old recipe book, a pair of Manolo heels, or a set of charming Limoges china.” p206

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