One of the best money-saving ideas is to buy some of the 2009 Entertainment books that come out each year. These books are loaded with coupons for half-price dinners, movies, sporting events and miscellaneous items targeting business in your town.

Not only are these books a bargain, but you can now buy them for $15, representing 50% off of the normal price, at

You will save the cost of the book with just one half-price dinner at an upscale local restaurant. After you use it the first time, it's all savings right down to your bottom line. I use them for personal and business-related purchases.

I'm not a financial advisor, but I always thought these books would make a great gift for clients. Instead of giving out fake-leather pocket or desk calendars that are basically obsolete these days, these books show you are trying to help them get through these tough times.

Just think, for $15, you can give one of these books to your client and have them save money for themselves. You can buy some of those little round stickers that say "Compliments of (Your Name Here)" and slap it on the front cover so they will see it every time they use it during the rest of 2009.

Seems like a win, win for you and your client. You give your client a gift that they can use all year and they can save hundreds of dollars.

Your cost: 15 bucks. Now that's entertainment!

Charlie Stroller, president, CEO and CFO of Financial Advisor magazine's parent company CFPN, has 25 years' experience running companies and has specialized in expense reduction and cost containment. Those who know him can attest that he is an expert on finding the best deals when it comes to both business and personal expenditures.