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Books to help with the cost of living

A twenty-pound note with various coins on top of it, and a calculator.
24 November 2022

We know people are worried about rising costs and may be struggling. We've put together this booklist which we hope you'll find helpful.

Essex County Council has a Helping you with the cost of living page to help you during this difficult time. It includes advice about support with money, debt and benefits, and help with energy, childcare and household costs.

West Essex Health and Care Partnership have put together a booklet on keeping costs down this winter.

Also, keep warm and connected through our Warm Welcomes initiative.

Borrow Tiny budget cooking: mealplans, shopping lists, ingredient swaps, by Limahl Asmall

Borrow Great family days in: over 75 ideas for rainy days, school holidays and everything in between, by Claire Balkind

Borrow One pound meals: fast and fresh, by Miguel Barclay

Borrow Money Mum official, by Gemma Bird

Borrow Green living made easy: 101 eco tips, hacks and recipes to save time and money, by Nancy Birtwhistle

Borrow On the money: take control of your finances to build life you love, by Charlotte Burns

Borrow Feed your family for £20 a week, by Lorna Cooper

Borrow Weekly provisions: how to eat seasonally and love what's left over, by Kimberley Duke

Borrow Mend it, wear it, love it!, by Zoe Edwards

Borrow Waste-free kitchen handbook: guide to eating well and saving money by wasting less food, by Dana Gunders

Borrow Low cost living: how to live well for less money, by John Harrison

Borrow The no spend year: little ways to save a lot of money, by Michelle McGagh

Borrow Cooking on a bootstrap : over 100 simple, budget recipes, by Jack Monroe

Borrow Grow food for free, by Huw Richards

Borrow Holly Smith’s money saving book: simple savings hacks for a happy life, by Holly Smith

Borrow The DIY wedding manual: how to create your perfect day without a celebrity budget, by Lisa Sodeau

Borrow I am not an old sock: the recycling project book, by Sara Stanford

Borrow DIY on a budget: the very best tried-and-tested ideas for your home, by Toni Trevillion