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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: HighBridge Company; Unabridged,Unabridged; 7 hours on 6 CDs edition (December 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615730346
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615730346
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,057,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Farrell's brief on the value in shifting from conspicuous consumption to responsible spending is well-intentioned, but rarely does his advice move beyond commonsense considerations into more substantive lifestyle shifts. The pedestrian material also undermines Farrell's reading—which, given the author's textured voice, a personable vocal manner, and lilting rhythm, should have been excellent. Coupled with the text, however, Farrell's performance is listless and lacks energy, charisma, and powerful prose necessary to interest and inspire the listener. A Bloomsbury hardcover (Reviews, Oct. 26). (Jan.)
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“engagingly light and conversational.”
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This book was just what I needed.
Bill
The author's personal anecdotes keep the material from being boring, and the writing style makes it easy to read.
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The New Frugality, despite its title, contains nothing new.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By emblem on February 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm listening to the audio-book I thankfully borrowed from my library. While there are some good common sense ideas I will apply, for the most part, this book is for the upper middle class. These earnings and savings numbers used as examples are insurmountable for me. 90% of what I'm hearing doesn't apply to me and leaves me with a sense of hopelessness and depression. Also I can thoroughly agree with many of the reviews here that this is one long radio show. For those who make six figures and have for a long time, they probably already know the majority of this stuff, though the cost of checking it out for them is a mere pittance.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jane M. Stahl on August 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
No one should pay $24 for this kind of "how to" book. This is recycled radio talk, and barely edited at that. It's disturbing that someone who advocates thoughtful purchasing should offer this to consumers.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ho Kheong Tan on March 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
If you are looking for simple guidance to a simple lifestyle of living and investment, then this is the book to read.

What I found useful in this book:

1. The background of American Dream and how debts play its role.

2. The concept on "Margin of Safety".Warren Buffet buys Washington Post because the market valued it for USD80 million, whereas he calculated the assets to worth USD400 million.

3. The broader definition of managing risk - considering the consequences of each choice we face.

4. Simplicity means knowing yourself. There is no one size fits all investment or style of living.

5. Remember the concept of opportunity cost - even when buying and reading a book; the value of time spent reading the book and alternate use of that time.

6. Do not just think of driving less but get rid of that car and use public transportation.

7. Life insurance is crucial to protect your loved ones financially from your untimely death. Once your kids have left the family, you probably won't need much life insurance-if any. Buy 6-8 times family income when you have a family with 2 children.

8. Stick to plain-vanilla financing. Sounds boring but it generates more return. You can't beat the market.

9. Divide your funds into 2 pots: one pot in broad-based equity index funds, domestic and international, and the other pot in fixed income security. The fixed income portion of your portfolio should equal your age. If you are thirty years old, fixed-income securities should be 30% of your portfolio.

10. Be creative about how you want to retire.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Nealy on April 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
For the financially literate there's probably nothing unique in this book. Perhaps that's why I like it. While I consider myself relatively intelligent (who doesn't see herself that way?), at time finance baffles me, at least beyond the absolute basics of compound interest and credits and debits. In particular, the nuances of investing and insurance confound me. Chris Farrell's The New Frugality clarified and demystified the management of personal finances.

Mr. Farrell offers 7 basic guidelines called The New Frugality Rules: keep it simple, pay yourself first, invest in yourself, worry about the downside, borrow rarely and wisely, give back, and think big. See, there's nothing totally new there. But the author offers insight into each of these rules and various areas of personal finance. I won't give that insight here because, well, read the book.

There are plenty of call-out boxes that list resources and specific information like tools for budgeting, calculating retirement and calculating the benefits of renting versus buying. Mr. Farrell often offers several options, understanding that the best plan isn't one-size-fits-all but rather a blend of ideas and tools that suits one's particular life circumstances and personality.

I find a number of the book's topics to be immediately useful such as buying a car, planning for college expenses, saving for retirement, life insurance, and home refinance. I'll admit there are a few sections that may have still flown over my head. I'll return to those sections for greater understanding in the coming weeks and months.

I appreciate the writing style of this book. It's as if Mr. Farrell is in the room telling me a story, blending facts and history with real life accounts of contemporary people.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Angela Reads on March 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
There have been hard economic times in the past. People had to learn to live on less and be content with what they had. But then...the good times came back, and we gradually went back to our spendthrift, wasteful ways.

Chris Farrell thinks this time will be different. He believes that this recent economic turmoil may be the beginning of "The New Frugality." Paying off debt and living within our means will be "in". Making a large down payment on a home, and having an emergency savings account will be standard procedure.

Maybe you believe that, maybe you don't. But either way, this book is helpful. Farrell covers similar territory to other money books (budgeting, borrowing, investing, saving for college, retirement funding, charitable giving, etc), but since it was recently published in 2010, this is one of the most up to date ones I've read. And instead of focusing on "cheap" solutions, he focuses on sustainability. For instance, buy the low energy appliance even though it costs a bit more, buy the expensive coat so it lasts for the next 20 years, instead of buying multiple cheap coats, etc. He also stresses doing what you love, even if that means a lower paycheck.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in improving their finances, and living a simpler, sustainable lifestyle.
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Chris Farrell is senior economics contributor for Marketplace, American Public Media's nationally syndicated public radio programs. He is economics commentator for Minnesota Public Radio. An award winning journalist, Chris is a regular contributor to Next Avenue, Money.com, Bloomberg Businessweek and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Most importantly, Chris is the father of two sons, both wonderful young men.

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