It doesn’t always feel good to be on a budget. I’ve lived and worked in New York City during the leanest years of my life (hopefully!) and as much as I love rocking coupons at Whole Foods, it can be hard not to get caught up in the “everyone-should-have-everything-they-want-all-the-time” feeling of the city. Still, most days I’m proud of the little tips and tricks I’ve built up over the years to live well on a budget.
Speaking of those little tips and tricks, imagine that your funny and down-to-earth friend talked to all of her own funny and down-to-earth friends about their little tips and tricks. Then she put them in a book for everyone to use and love (you see where I’m going with this). Kate Payne’s The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking really is just this.
Kate is a friend of mine, whose blog (also called The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking) I admire. I gladly accepted an advance copy (don’t fret, it’s in stores now) of The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking to share with you here. Kate’s publisher, Harper Collins, was also kind enough to provide a copy for me to give away!
The book is divided into three parts. Part 1 is a room by room guide to making the most of your living space, even if you have linoleum as hideous as mine. Kate urges you to not get hung up on imperfections like horrible floors and work with what you have (empty pickle jars, for example) to make your space lovely and livable.
More MacGyver than Martha, part 2 highlights “Impressive Acts of Domesticity,” which includes things like a section on non-toxic, DIY cleaning products that I know I’ll be referring back to in the future. Finally, part 3 details “Life After Restaurants,” and has some soothing words on all things homemade and hostess-y. There’s also a knock-your-socks off preserve recipe in this chapter that will help you get over any lingering canning fears in no time.
After finishing The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking, what really stuck with me is the way that Kate makes frugality both rewarding and empowering. Living well with less is something to be proud of!
If you follow The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking on Facebook, you know that Kate supports bragging about homemaking feats. In that spirit, enter to win a copy of The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking by leaving a comment on this post about something that you’ve done around the house lately that makes you proud. I’ll get things started by sharing that I’m proud that I recently made my best gluten-free bread yet!
Comments will close at midnight on Sunday May 1st and I’ll randomly select a winner. One entry per person and US and Canada entries only please. The giveaway is closed! Thanks to everyone who entered and congrats Meredith!
Check out the book tour page on Kate’s site and be sure to catch her near you. I’ll be joining her at the Brooklyn Flea in Williamsburg on May 8th for some thrifting fun, more details on that soon! Peep inside the book here and do watch this cute video Kate put together about getting maximum mileage out of a $5 bouquet: