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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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Product Details

  • 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 (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,519,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Kudos for writing a book-many people only talk about it. But, the info was nothing new, and many of the suggestions were just not practical for some people. The book is geared toward retirees, but thriving in your retirement years takes planning before you retire. I am donating this book to my local library in case someone else might be interested in it.
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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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