Clare Levison, CPA


Frugal Isn't Cheap: Spend Less, Save More, and Live Better

Her message is deceptively simple and clear: it's cool to be smart about your money; it's stylish to be sensible rather than overindulgent; financial stability is more glamorous than extravagance. But cut up the credit cards? No way. Levison prefers to promote responsibility rather than abstinence. She takes a realistic approach to personal finance that we can all live with, including:

  • How to find and nurture your frugal side
  • Why you don't need to cut up your credit cards
  • The simple formula for financial success
  • The Savings Challenge, 20%
  • The best ways to make large purchases


“I read your book and it completely changed the way that I view money. Thank you!” Trevor, reader review

"Clare Levison creates a no-nonsense, easy-to-follow roadmap for you to break the chains of debt and become a true master of your money…and your future." Sharon L. Lechter, CPA, coauthor of the international best-selling Rich Dad, Poor Dad

"Clare provides a fresh perspective on financial literacy issues. Her ability to synthesize complex financial solutions into a clear and understandable story sets her apart from others." Ernie Almonte, CPA, former chairman of the American Institute of CPA

"Each chapter is full of useful information that we can all understand and relate to." Thrifty Ways and Ideas

“It’s a very fun, easy read. I love this book.” Chuck Jaffe, MoneyLife Host and senior columnist for MarketWatch

“It’s a great book. If you haven’t picked it up, I strongly suggest that you do.” Juanita Adame, KTAB-TV (CBS) Abilene, TX

“It is a very good read. Very unique ... a personal affirmation of what we all need to be thinking about.” Leonard Wright, CPA, Host of Financial Fridays on KLAV Las Vegas, NV

“Just bought your book yesterday, at B&N, and love it. I have been telling my friends about this wonderful little book. I am planning to recommend it to my students! I love love love the chicken story!” Tina, reader review

“I liked the chapter Wanting to be Rich Doesn't Make You Evil. I too believe money gives us options to do what we love. Thanks for sharing your wisdom in your book.” Melissa, reader review

“Clare has done a wonderful job addressing this topic in a light and humorous manner. Everyone can relate to her stories. But more importantly, everyone can benefit from her advice.” Carl, Amazon reader review

“Her book is entertaining and instructional. This is a must read new release that helps bridge the gap between personal spending habits, fulfillment of the desire for more and more, and practical frugal wisdom.” Karen, Amazon reader review

“I want to thank Clare for putting all of her thoughts together in a clear and concise way. I also want to thank her for allowing us to learn more about her via her personal stories. It can be hard for some to relate to book authors, but by the end, you feel like you know her.” Grayson Bell, creator of

“Love this book!” Marlon, reader review

“Clare's book is easy to read and full of practical advice that doesn't suggest you cut up your credit cards or give up the things you enjoy, like giving gifts. Instead, she shares everything you always wanted to know about how to make your money work for you in a sweet, southern style you can't put down.” Jackie Brown, Deputy Executive Director of the Maryland Association of CPAs

“I will be giving copies to my clients who are striving to realize their goals in life.” Jim Shepherd, CPA, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Society of CPAs

“The author does a nice job of connecting you with her. One gets the impression she is quite a pleasant person with a good sense of humor. Her and her family would probably make great neighbors.” Satyrman63, Amazon reader review

“I read it with passion, very nice book.” Patrick, reader review