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Tight Living for Tough Times: A Frugal Retiree's Guide to Thrift Paperback – February 2, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1450569071 ISBN-10: 1450569072

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  • Paperback: 110 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450569072
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450569071
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,350,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

For the author, thrifty living is not just a recent concern, but rather a way of life dating from the 1940s, when he was born the eldest in a family that eventually grew to 12 children. By necessity and by choice, Frank Nellis has lived the simple life. He grew up in Evansville, Indiana. After high school, he enlisted in the Army, serving in the Washington D.C. area and Southeast Asia. Frank graduated from Indiana University, where he met his wife and also earned master's degrees in Economics as well as in East Asian Language and Literature. After college, Frank worked various jobs, including serving as an adjunct university professor in economics. However his most memorable job may have been a stint as elephant keeper at a zoo. Frank and his wife live on four acres in a rural Indiana county near Evansville, and they raised two daughters in that country setting. In early 2008, as work stress and health issues collided, Frank decided to retire early, which required that he begin living on a thousand dollars a month. This book, in which he has chronicled that yearlong lesson in frugality, should help readers discover novel ways to live comfortably on a more limited budget, whether they are thinking about retiring or just trying to get by in hard times. Since retiring, Frank spends time fishing, organic gardening, hobby farming, and writing. Access his blog at www.tightlivingfortoughtimes.blogspot.com.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Kough on June 23, 2010
If you can't save 100 times the price of this book; you have not read it thoroughly. I loved the useful illustrations the author uses to save money. It is so practical. I plan on retiring within the year and I am thankful that I read this book. I am sure I will read it over and over again. I highly recommend it for anyone who is thinking of living on $1,000 to $1,500 a month fixed income.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hannah108 on May 5, 2014
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Not so much a "how-to" as his experience in a certain locality (IN) that he refers to often. It is motivating and did give me some tips. Certainly written from a man's perspective, i.e. my husband is also happy to NEVER have new clothes, even when he really needs them, whereas I like to shop more. Sounds like a smart and nice person. My biggest objection, and I can't believe no one else wrote about it, is that you really shouldn't have any pets, mostly dogs. Our dog certainly costs us a lot, but if no one ever got a dog, what would happen to all the dogs? Millions of homeless dogs? That idea I didn't understand.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nancy on January 11, 2013
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I just got this book and have already finished it. Author Frank Nellis is a graduate of Indiana University and has a Master's in Economics.Though Nellis is retired and his focus is how he survives on his retirement income, the information is VERY useful for both retirees and younger struggling families and singles. It is not a thick book, but I thought it was a very interesting read. It is not a front to back list of things to do to save money, but it does give you quite a lot of great ideas. It is a book of a man's philosophy on living frugally and developing a positive, frugal outlook and seeing thrifty living as a challenge and not something to dread. So many of us fall victim to advertisements and over-consumerism and this book is a good reminder of how enjoyable life can be when lived a bit more simply. I recommend this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Linda Painchaud-Steinman VINE VOICE on June 23, 2013
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Lots of us who are approaching retirement, think we may as well plan to work until we drop, because we're convinced that without a huge retirement nest egg, we're too poor to retire.

The ideas presented in Tight Living for Tough Times, give a new way to think about and plan for retirement on a small income.

The book has twenty chapters, covering subjects such as "Cheap Eats", "Houses, Cars, and Dogs", "Duct Tape Solutions", and so on. Now, some of the information given in these (and other chapters) has certainly been written about before. And not all of it is practical for everyone. But some of the information is clever and innovative. (Of the "why didn't I think of that?" sort.)

The writing style is homey and conversational, and by the end of the book, you'll be thinking of your own ways of maximizing your small income so that you can have a comfortable (though frugal) retirement.
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