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365 Ways to Live Cheap: Your Everyday Guide to Saving Money Paperback – December 17, 2008

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About the Author

Trent Hamm (Huxley, IA) is the creator of The Simple Dollar (www.thesimpledollar.com), a popular blog on personal finance, frugal lifestyle choices, and do-it-yourself projects. He lives in rural Iowa with his wife and two young children. His writing has appeared on MSN MoneyCentral and in Quill magazine.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (December 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605500429
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605500423
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Trent Hamm transformed his life, escaping both massive consumer debt and work he couldn't stand. He began sharing the lessons he learned through his web site, The Simple Dollar (www.thesimpledollar.com), which has quickly grown into one of the nation's most popular personal finance sites. He is author of The Simple Dollar: How One Man Wiped Out His Debts and Achieved the Life of His Dreams and 365 Ways to Live Cheap: Your Everyday Guide to Saving Money. Trent also contributes articles to OpenForum.com, American Express' Small Business forum.

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Trent's book is good for people serious about using many small changes to make a big difference in their monthly budget. It is especially helpful for people who think they cannot squeeze a dime out of their monthly expenses, because many of the tips are very small things that save pennies or a few dollars a month. Over time and in quantity they add up to thousands of dollars. A lot of these take some serious time, but the book is honest about that, and people who need to save money should get used to the idea that it takes time to keep money in the bank.

I would buy this book for someone new to frugality who wants a light, up-to-date read that gets to the point - no spending several chapters developing a frugal philosophy. Such a person might be frightened away by the Complete Tightwad Gazette or Your Money or Your Life. I wouldn't buy it for someone experienced with frugality.
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What the one-star reviews seem to say is that this book only offers tips that are available elsewhere. That's true.

But if a book needs to have completely new information to be worth reading, then practically every book on cooking, marketing, small business, investing, fitness, taxation, self-improvement, etc would be a waste of time and money. *All* of that information is available for free somewhere on the web.

365 Ways to Live Cheap won't be life changing, but if you read it with an open mind you should easily be able to pick up a handful of tips worth trying--each of which would likely recover the $7 the book cost.
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Like many other pennypinchers, I have been frugal my whole life. Well, half of my life it was enforced by my adoptive parents, farmers who took it for granted that the practice of thrift was the only way to achieve a life with the greatest amount of ease.

Thrift we had but name brand designer jeans we didn't. In my college years I dreamt of an adulthood that mirrored our spendthrift culture. However the experiences of my adult life have proven my parents correct. Despite the pipedreams we are sold on TV and in fashion magazines, at some time in most people's lives they are going to need to practice economy. However, few of us are taught how to think rationally about our spending. Seeing your pain incites famous fruggies such as Trent Hamm to publish, either online or in book format, usually what amounts to a list of ideas that have worked for him and others.

Frugalites from way back will read Hamm's small compilation of thrifty tips and and mutter "been there, done that." But this book isn't written for you. Astonishingly there are folks who are puzzled about how a library card works and who have never even gone grocery shopping with a list! Forget a meal plan. "Who has time for that?!" they yipe and then walk away worrying how to make that car payment.

Each section has a line item list of tips, something I thought made for a more efficient read. You can read all of the way through, or you can glance at the chapter headings and cherrypick those items that are new to you.

Pennypinchers will read this book since we are quite resourceful in gathering any nuggets that enhance the practice of our art.
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The Simple Dollar has been one of my favorite blogs for a very long time and over the years Trent has shared so many great tips it's great to see some of the best ones in one place. I enjoyed reading through the 365 Ways to Live Cheap: Your Everyday Guide to Saving Money it's a quick read and afterwards it's great to have on the desk or coffee table to pick up any time for a refreshing tip.

While I will say that many of the tips I've read before on the blog, I think this is a great addition to the bookstore shelves for those who don't follow The Simple Dollar. Every day, millions of people wander aimlessly through life spending money and surviving from paycheck to paycheck. A small $7.95 investment now can save them so much money later on.

This book also makes a great gift for anyone who is in need of a little financial makeover, don't let it's small size fool you - it's packed with lots of great information.
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I read Trent's blog daily, and of course immediately bought the book when he made the big announcement. While I can agree somewhat with the criticism that a lot of the material can be found online, I think the real value of the book will be for those who aren't yet seeking information on frugality online.

Several of my family members live beyond their means, have expressed a desire to change their ways, yet have done nothing about it thus far. This is a perfect book for them!

I remain highly impressed by Trent's ability to relate to his audience, and think the information in this guide is much more applicable to the average person than the "Tightwad Gazette". Trent- I commend you for not recommending rinsing and reusing ziploc bags! :-)
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Common sense is not all that common. Everyone needs a starting point. Many, many years ago books like this were my mainstay. It is full of thought provoking basic principles that can be transferred to other areas like reuse, repair, repurpose and make do.

If you understand that "tie your shoe laces so you don't trip on them" can be a lesson in stretching the life of what you have invested in by taking care of it then you can apply that to everything you own from your car to your hair brush. These transferrable principles where what made the Tightwad Gazette such a hit after all.

It seems that the vast majority of us are perceived to have surpassed this stage in our lives but I don't believe most of us have. With the state of the economy how can one even assume that "most" people are beyond this material? We wouldn't be in the overextended financial hell we are in right now if we were.

This book isn't going to have you seeing choirs of angels but it will be the jumping off point for many frugal financial epiphanies to come if you read it thoughtfully and apply the deeper lessons it tries to reveal.
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