Read about the cost of living

We have put together a list of titles to help with day-to-day living amid rising costs. Books cover a range of themes including housing rights, making and saving money, eating on a budget, growing your own vegetables, DIY and cheap ways to make repairs at home.

Book promotions are taking place at selected libraries to make it easy to borrow books to help.

How to borrow cost of living titles from the library

All items can be requested from the Barnet Libraries catalogue via our Select and Collect service. You will need your library card number and PIN to do this, and you can collect your chosen books at your local library. The links will take you to the titles so you can make your requests.


Matt Allwright Watchdog: the consumer survival guide

David Bryan A straightforward guide to the rights of the consumer

Roger Sproston A straightforward guide to housing rights

Roger Sproston A straightforward guide to the rights of the private tenant


Gemma Bird Money mum official: your ultimate money tips guide

Lee Boyce and Jessie McClure Never go broke: how to make money out of just about anything

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

Adrian Fellows A straightforward guide to individual and family finances

Selina Flavius Black girl finance: let’s talk money

Patrick Grant  A straightforward guide to planning for retirement: managing retirement finances

Makala Green The money edit: your no blame, no shame guide to taking control of your money

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

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

Bola Sol How to…save it: fix your finances

Laura Whateley Money: a user’s guide


Miguel Barclay Miguel Barclay’s one pound meals. Fast & fresh

Miguel Barclay Miguel Barclay’s store cupboard: one pound meals

Lorna Cooper Feed your family for £20 a week

Lorna Cooper Feed your family for £20 a week in a hurry

Lorna Cooper Feed your family: more from less

Nicola Graimes The thrifty veggie: economical, sustainable meals from storecupboard ingredients

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

Jack Monroe Tin can cook

Jo Scarratt-Jones Eat well for less

Jo Scarratt-Jones Eat well for less: happy & healthy

Jo Scarratt-Jones Eat well for less: quick & easy meals


Lucy Chamberlain RHS step-by-step veg patch

Paul Grace The urban vegetable patch: a modern guide to growing sustainably, whatever your space

Carol Klein Grow your own fruit & veg bible

Lia Leendertz The half-hour allotment: timely tips for the most productive plot ever

Lia Leendertz My tiny veg plot: big ideas for small spaces

Clare MacNaughton Grow your own food

Paul Peacock Grow your own vegetables in pots and containers

Dick and James Strawbridge Practical self-sufficiency: the complete guide to sustainable living today

Alan Titchmarsh Grow your own fruit and veg

Jo Whittingham Easy veg: essential know-how and expert advice for gardening success


Zoe Edwards Mend it, wear it, love it!: stitch your way to a sustainable wardrobe

Jen Gale The sustainable(ish) living guide: everything you need to know to make small changes that make a big difference

John Harrison Low cost living

Dawn Isaac 101 things for kids to do outside

Dawn Isaac 101 things for kids to do on a rainy day

Arounna Khounnoraj Visible mending: repair, renew, reuse the clothes you love

Molly Martin The art of repair

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

Digital books

Some of these titles are available in eBook format in our 'Cost of Living' collection on Overdrive. We recommend downloading the Libby app to borrow these titles.

We also have a collection of eAudiobooks available to listen to on our free Borrowbox app; which you can also access through a web browser on a laptop or PC.